Belize is considered one of the most desirable locations in the Caribbean for ex-pats. Not only does it have towns with a great vibe and some stunning coastal locations, but it also offers a different way of life. The various features and pros and cons of each of the towns and cities in Belize mean they will appeal to different people. Here are 10 of the best places to live in Belize to help you choose the most suitable location for you.
10. Orange Walk
Orange Walk is a rural area that incorporates several small villages and hamlets, so it is ideally suited to those who want a quieter life with a more laid-back pace. The district is known for its sugar cane farming, and its main town is also called Orange Walk. There are many second-hand stores in the town that sell American goods, and the area is famous for its tacos. There are some stunning river and lakefront properties available for those who want to live away from the town and have a higher property budget. Orange Walk offers the best of both worlds, as the town is bustling but surrounded by rural areas.
9. Consejo Village
Live and Invest Overseas says that several residential developments in Consejo Village are popular with ex-pats. The village is close to both Corozal and Chetumal, so those who live in the village have convenient access to the amenities they need. The village has many excellent restaurants, so it is a good place to live for those who enjoy dining out. One of the most popular developments is Consejo Shores, which sits on the oceanfront and has a nine-hole golf course. Another option is Mayan Seaside, which is a quiet development at the dockside.
8. Toledo District
If you are more interested in living in an area that reflects the true culture of Belize than in a tourist area or ex-pat community that is highly influenced by other cultures, then the Toledo District is a good option. There are long stretches of beautiful beaches and lush rain forests, so people usually enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. However, evening entertainment options are limited, so it is not a place for people who want to sit in bars every evening.
Sarteneja is a traditional fishing village just north of the Corozal District, close to the Mexican border. People living in this area usually speak both Spanish and English, and the Mexican influence is evident in many aspects of the lifestyle. It is not one of the top tourist destinations, so those who move to this area can enjoy a quieter lifestyle and a natural way of living. However, there are plenty of restaurants and bars for the locals to enjoy. One of the best features of Sarteneja is the gorgeous beaches.
6. Placencia Peninsula
Placencia Peninsula shares many of the same features as Ambergris Caye, such as its beautiful beaches, so it is considered Ambergris Caye's mainland counterpart. However, it is less populated, and there are fewer housing options, although finding an affordable place to live is not difficult. People who live in Placencia Peninsula enjoy a laid-back lifestyle and low living costs. While the surroundings are tranquil, there are many entertainment options nearby.
5. Corozal District
There is a sizeable ex-pat community in the Corozal District, which many ex-pats want when relocating. It is also an affordable place to live that is close to populated areas and the amenities they have to offer. Although Corozal Bay is stunning, there are no beaches. However, there are some nice walks and play areas for children along the bay, and it is possible to swim in the waters.
4. San Ignacio, Cayo
Expat Exchange highlights that one of the benefits of living in San Ignacio, Cayo, is the relatively low house prices. It is also a beautiful place to live with spectacular waterfalls, lots of rivers,.and lush forests. San Ignacio is a wonderful place to live for those who want to spend time outdoors. It is also an excellent choice for those who want to live a sustainable life off-grid.
3. Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker is known for its relaxed vibe, so it is a fantastic option for people who are moving to Belize for a slower pace of life. In some ways, it is like Ambergris Caye, although Caye Caulker is smaller and less developed. On the plus side, the surroundings are spectacular, and the cost of living is affordable. The downsides are intermittent Internet connectivity and limited healthcare facilities. However, Belize City and Ambergris Caye are both accessible by high-speed water taxi. A hurricane created a channel that runs through the middle of the island, and the turquoise waters of the channel mean it is a popular place to go swimming.
2. Belize City
If you intend to work once you have moved to Belize rather than retiring to this location, then one of the best options is Belize City. It is the largest city in Belize and the country's financial and industrial hub. Furthermore, it is where the cruise ships dock, and it is home to the country's main airport. There are plenty of things to do in the city, but you can still enjoy a relaxed pace of life at home. Belize City is very culturally diverse, and this is an element of the city that many people like.
1. Ambergris Caye
According to Caye Bank, one of the best places to live in Belize is in Ambergris Caye. It is at the top of most people's lists when relocating, thanks to the lifestyle on offer and the stunning beaches. People living in this location enjoy water-based activities such as fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and various water sports. The island only measures one mile wide and 40 miles long, and most people get around on foot, by bike, or using a golf cart. There are plenty of restaurants and entertainment options to enjoy, but there are also secluded spots when you feel like some peace and quiet.
Written by Dana Hanson
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