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Making a Move to Belize

We all have our different stories about how why and what motivated us to move to Ambergris Caye Belize. I find it interesting to hear how other people made it to Belize and other places that captured their heart. Since many of you reading this hold similar dreams I know you enjoy this post – One couple’s story about how they made the jump from corporate America to living and owning a business on a tropical island; By Ann Kuffner

My husband and I, first bought in this country in 1999. We spent a lot of time here, and my husband moved to Ambergris Caye about six years ago, when we opened the San Pedro Family Fitness Club.

I finally joined him fulltime last June, after taking early retirement from corporate life. We lived separate lives while we tried to figure out what do with the property in Belize. I continued in my corporate role. I was a VP in a Fortune 500 company. But I was eager for escape. It just took me a while to extricate myself from the security of a regular paycheck.

We Baby Boomers don’t usually retire, per se. We transition. My husband knew I would drive him crazy if I didn’t have something to do after I left my corporate job. I think I am busier now than ever, running the fitness club, setting up a real estate business, teaching salsa aerobics, trying my hand at travel writing… But it is so much more fun and interesting than my previous life.

There is a real sense of community here that I have never experienced before. Big cities are busy and remote. You never see your neighbor. Now, everywhere I go, I know people. It is very satisfying since I never lived in a small town.

I lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 35 years, which is fantastic. But it is huge. We lived in a cute neighborhood in Oakland, which I loved. I miss the foreign flicks and fantastic little restaurants…and my friends, of course. Otherwise, the transition has been a lot easier than I anticipated.

by Ann Kuffner

2 thoughts on “Making a Move to Belize

  1. tacogirl says:

    Hi Jane

    Not sure I am the best one to ask about real estate as we do not own anything. What I can say is that there are some good deals here if you get lucky but overall it seems like some stuff is overpriced and open to negotiation. If you would like to be in touch with someone in the real estae feild or who has bought property here let me know and I can put you in touch.

    Thanks for the compliment on my blog.

  2. Jane Bakerson says:

    You briefly mention real estate in this piece and I’d be interested in your view on Belize real estate as an insider. We’ve done some analysis focusing on the international real estate sector and compared prices with 2008. We found price falls which is not a surprise given the global downturn but much smaller (ie under 10%) than we’ve become used to seeing in the US. Would love get your thoughts from what you are seeing on the ground. (Also congratulations on your blog – a great read covering a huge range of topics)

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