What Makes Living in Belize the right choice – Part II
In my last blog, I began outlining all of the reasons why I decided to move to Belize. This blog continues with more very compelling reasons:
Lifestyle – This was probably the hardest choice I had to face. One can choose the mainland of Belize, which has many beautiful regions and villages to offer. You can live next to rivers, rainforests, or ruins in a rural or small town atmosphere. Conversely, if you choose one the many cayes, such as Ambergris Caye and the town of San
Pedro, it is quite literally like being inside a post card. There you have turquoise blue waters, white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, close proximity to the Barrier Reef, where almost any water sport you can imagine is available, and incredible resorts and restaurants. What a dilemma, huh?
Climate – Of course, living in the Caribbean means the weather is gorgeous mostly year round. Temperatures stay in the high 70’s to mid 80’s fairly consistently. June through October are technically hurricane season, and you can have lots of rain and wind, but still, it doesn’t get freezing cold, or snow, like in the States.
Moving somewhere that had the threat of hurricanes didn’t really bother me, since I came from the Earthquake capital of the world (California, USA). The nice thing about a hurricane is you have ample warning and can plan ahead, a luxury you do not get with an earthquake!
Access to Good Medical Facilities – This was extremely important to me. Every village or town in Belize has a local doctor or two either right in the village or one village over. These doctors are quite competent and capable for everyday illness and injuries. There are also a lot of pharmacies available, so getting your prescriptions filled is not generally a problem.
If you find yourself with a major illness or in need of surgery, then you can head to Belize City on the mainland and go to the major hospital there, or you can go to Chetumal in Mexico where there are many, many fine doctors. Or, if you prefer, you can travel back to your home country and see a physician there too. Houston, Texas, is only a 2 1/2 hour flight from Belize City.
There are many options if you become ill, and I felt quite confident after speaking with locals, as well as expats, that should a medical situation arise, I would be able to get the proper care.
In Part III, I’ll wrap up and reveal the final reasons why I chose this alluring country to call home. Are you feeling like you might want to do the same?
Sharon Hiebing is an American Expat living in San Ignacio Town, Belize. She is the founder of Wealth Ships’ and offers Expat Relocation Consulting Services via email, phone and one-to-one at affordable rates. She also owns the only property management company in Western Belize, Red Roof Property Management. She has written two ebooks , writes a weekly blog, and posts tidbits daily about her life and work on Facebook. She’d love it if you came and got to know her.