What is life like in Belize? Well, it’s a lot different than life in the United States, but in a good way. For one thing, there are no traffic jams or headaches dealing with crowded streets. Gasoline is expensive, so most people prefer to get around by bicycle, bus, or golf cart. In fact, there’s not a single stoplight in the whole country!
Everyone speaks English, but in Belize, it has a gentle, Caribbean lilt that takes a while to get used to at first but soon becomes second nature. Everyone in Belize is very friendly, and it’s common practice to smile and say hello even to total strangers, one of the many reasons why Belize feels like one big small town. And because there are no big cities, everything is close by and very convenient to get to.
The weather is also a huge part of Belizean life. It never snows, even in the highest elevations of the Maya Mountains, which is a welcome relief for many expats and retirees. Without having to ever worry about cold weather, every day is optimal for taking a walk, doing some birdwatching, gardening, or enjoying outdoor activities like horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, and scuba diving.
Belize is a primarily rural country, so nature is a big part of life. In fact, you’re more likely to see a giant iguana cross the road than a car. There are hundreds of bird species in Belize, and there are all kinds of interesting creatures to spot as well including monkeys, tapirs, and gibnuts (a kind of giant rodent). The air smells incredibly fresh, and nothing cheers the heart more than seeing tropical flowers bloom all year long.
The food in Belize is also outstanding. Farmers’ markets sell a wide variety of organic produce grown locally by small family farmers that you’ll soon come to know by name. And there’s just no beating the seafood in Belize. Snapper, grouper, conch, lobster, and much more is often caught and sold on the same day by local fisherman. Delicious!
If you’re interested in enjoying the good life in Belize for yourself, be sure to visit or contact Cerros Sands. A true “community in the country” located on the golden shores of Chetumal Bay in northern Belize, Cerros Sands is a gated, master-planned neighborhood that offers all the modern comforts of home in a laidback, Caribbean setting, making it a great place to live and retire.