Many expats and retirees in Belize are unaware of just how much is on offer across the border in Mexico. The Mexican state of Quintana Roo and cities like Chetumal offer residents of Belize easy access to world-class healthcare, affordable shopping, and familiar low-cost retailers like Walmart and Sam’s Club.
Chetumal City in Mexico lies just 10 miles from Cerros Sands in northern Belize. The modern land crossing makes it easy to zip across the border into Mexico to stock up on goods or enjoy some savory Mexican foods. Chetumal is also the gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula, a region of great cultural destinations and famous resort destinations like Cancun.
Mexico is a member of NAFTA, which makes Chetumal City a great place to stock up on familiar foods and other items are prices that are usually far lower than in Belize. Chetumal City has several shopping districts, making it a great place to find good deals on big-ticket items like washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, and other appliances that are usually more expensive to buy in Belize.
Chetumal City is also home to several clinics and hospitals where you can get affordable health care, including dental and ophthalmological services. Whether you need a new pair of glasses or to refill your prescription, Chetumal City has many very affordable options. Chetumal City also has several full-service hospitals and surgical centers. In most cases, a consultation with a licensed medical doctor starts at just $10.
Chetumal City is also a great destination for anyone wanting to learn more about Mexican culture. Revolutionary heroes and other important figures in Mexican history came from this region of the country. There are several museums that showcase their contributions as well as information about the ancient Maya culture that once dominated the region.
Chetumal City is a densely crowded, bustling metropolis with multiple malls, several commercial zones, open-air markets, restaurants, and nightclubs. You can dine at McDonald’s or sip on an iced latte at Starbucks, two major chains that you won’t find in Belize. If you’re missing the hustle and bustle of big city life, then Chetumal City has everything you’re looking for, including casinos and open-air bazaars.
Best of all, once you’ve done touring Chetumal City and getting your shopping done, it’s easy to return back to the quiet beauty and tranquility of life in Belize. From Cerros Sands to Chetumal City is a distance of just 8 miles by boat and 21 miles by vehicle, but the two feel like worlds apart.