What You Must Be Aware Of When Retiring In Belize
Creole Proverb: Wen teef teef fram teef, God laff.
Translation: When a thief steals from another thief, God laughs.
Belize can be a wonderful sun- and fun-filled place to live, but, like anywhere, there are some things to be aware of.
Unlike Mexico, Guatemala, and other countries in the region, Belize has no organized crime. In Belize, no drug cartels are fighting for dominance or control. Luckily, our sleepy little country seems too small to interest those types.
That said, there is gang-related crime in some areas of Belize City, but this doesn’t spill over into the general population. You probably aren’t going to want to move to Belize City anyway, unless you’re looking for a job. The Cayes, Cayo, Northern Belize, and the Deep South are all better locations for expats. Serious crime statistics can seem high for Belize, until you realize that they really all take place in very localized areas of Belize City. The statistics are still high, but the crimes aren’t something you have to worry about unless you plan to move into a gang-ruled neighborhood in the city’s capital (and, of course, that’s not something you’re going to do).