What’s Life Like for Ex-Pats in Belize? Everything They Want it to be!
Unless you happen to own a crystal ball, it’s hard to know what to expect when relocating overseas. You can start by investigating the location and then visit to get the lay of the land. But the best way to get an idea of what life might be like in Belize is by talking to, reading about and meeting people who have done just that and started new lives here. What could you expect if you were to join them? Surprising lifestyle changes that are so bountiful, you’ll fit in right away. Here are some of the things you can expect:
-A revolving list of activities planned by your neighbors to bring the community together in various ways. In a single week, you could be invited to a neighbor’s home for cards, take a Pilates class, join a jogging group to run around the Orchid Bay property, join a volleyball team or take a paddleboard out if you need a break from all of this togetherness and just want to spend alone time with your spouse or partner. Horseshoe matches are big in Orchid Bay as is bike riding and Yoga. Once you’ve had your fill of the active life, plan to gather with new friends at the Swing Bar where it won’t be long before everyone knows your name.
-Your ex-pat neighbors won’t always be available to hit the beach with you because so many of them have launched businesses after swearing that their work days were over. What happened? Belize re-energized them. In the active community of Orchid Bay, residents start new businesses every day, including these thriving enterprises: the Tradewinds Restaurant, The Market, TA Builders, EKO Landworks, Southern Hands Construction, YOLO Paddle Sports, Orchid Bay Tours, Bamson Transportation and the Crimson Orchid Inn. Many owners come to retire but wind up becoming entrepreneurs because they are finally doing it on their own terms, not on someone else’s!
-Your community is already established and waiting for your arrival. If you’ve spent your life amid neighbors who were strangers, it takes getting used to when one is enveloped by a community of friends so quickly. Growth in communities like Orchid Bay is steady and reflects the vibrancy of the ex-pats who have crafted a village of unprecedented and flourishing growth with a unique personality. But perhaps the comment of an ex-pat who moved to Belize for the tax breaks, but wound up staying for the life she thought only existed on the pages of books, describes it best: “I had to move to Belize to understand the true meaning of the words friendship and neighbor.”