So you want to dip your toes into living in Belize?
There are several reasons for why someone may want to move to Belize. With the COVID-19 pandemic, industries have seen how efficient and capable employees are to work from home. People can successfully complete many jobs from a computer, literally anywhere. If you’re among these lucky people, perhaps you are ready for an extended stay in Belize! Or perhaps you’re retiring or plan to retire early and want to live in the Caribbean. Maybe you’ve been in a high stress job and want to trade that in for a better work-life balance. All these reasons could mean Belize is the right place for you.
Have an Extended Stay Before You Move to Belize
One of the first and most important thing you’ll hear from expats living in Belize is stay for 1-3-6 months before deciding to buy here. We’ve seen people up and move their lives here just to be unhappy with it and move back to the states within a couple years. We suggest getting a rental, seeing what you like, where you like, and whether Belize suits you.
Depending on where you are at in your life and what your goals are with visiting and moving to Belize, you can find out if it is the right place for you. If your visit is not with the intention of staying long-term, maybe the country will pull you in and surprise you during your extended stay in Belize.
With that being said, Donna and Hailey (owners of Drift Inn) purchased their property after one long weekend in San Pedro. It worked for them since Hailey had no attachments to the US outside of family. She was able to move to Belize with little effort, and having lived abroad for years in non-English speaking countries Belize was a cake walk. Other families were not so lucky with their experiences dipping into restaurants or hotel businesses with no prior experience.
Belize is Great Location for Digital Nomads
Remote workers and digital nomads find Belize to be among the best places to work remotely for many reasons. One, the time zone is comparable to North American time zones. This means, you won’t need to wake up at, say, 3 AM to stay on your US work schedule. Two, English is the first language in Belize. You can make close friends quickly in this country, where you’ll listen to English spoken in a creole Caribbean rhythm. Three, the work-life balance in Belize is excellent. Go from a morning of work, to a float trip down a river or diving to see the Belize Barrier Reef.
If you want a slower vibe a bit more isolated, check out quieter villages like Hopkins or Dangriga down south or jungle resorts. In popular places, like Placencia and San Pedro, you will find more populous with the towns buzzing with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are exceptional island destinations, you can go from working on your laptop to snorkeling or diving the Belize Barrier Reef. For a mainland bigger town for nature and culture buffs, San Ignacio town is the perfect place for working in a quiet zone. Everybody has different interests when traveling, so be in touch with what you want and what would suit you best. Also, check out article 8 Reasons to Work From Belize.
Regions of Belize
Honestly, several districts I haven’t spent much time in. For that reason, I’ll focus on three I visit frequently and know more about. These three options aren’t only where I’ve spent time, but where most people traveling to Belize frequent as well. If you want to move to Belize, it is worth moving around and testing out each area.
If you want a slower vibe a bit more isolated, check out quieter villages like Hopkins or Dangriga down south or jungle resorts. In popular places, like Placencia and San Pedro, you will find more populous with the towns buzzing with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are exceptional island destinations, you can go from working on your laptop to snorkeling or diving the Belize Barrier Reef. For a mainland bigger town for nature and culture buffs, San Ignacio town is the perfect place for working in a quiet zone. Everybody has different interests when traveling, so be in touch with what you want and what would suit you best.
Northern Cayes (San Pedro | Caye Caulker)
San Pedro is an excellent location to base yourself in. The population is roughly 15,000 people and it is part of the Belize District . It is the number one tourist destination for travelers to Belize, so it has all the resources you need to get the most out of your trip. There’s an excellent expat and local community on the island, you’ll be welcomed with open arms and find friends easily. Check out How to Spend One Day in Caye Caulker for more information on the other Caye.
Stann Creek District(Placencia | Dangriga | Hopkins)
Cayo District (Mountain Pine Ridge | Santa Elena)
The pace is slower and more relaxed on the mainland. Spend your days listening to birds and howler monkeys, looking out into the jungle. This district is home to ancient Maya sites such as Xunantunich, Caracol, and Cahal Pech. This region is known for their agricultural production, growing citrus and bananas. Cayo’s town, Spanish Lookout, is known for the Mennonite communities. This district has a population of around 53,000 people (2000 census).
Toledo is the southernmost district, hosting the maya site Nim Li Punit and the capital town of Punta Gorda (PG). Orange Walk and Corozal are north of the Belize District. Orange Walk has the Lamanai Maya site and is known for its sugar production. Whereas, Corozal is known for the border town where you can cross in and out of Mexico into Chetumal.
Choose the Right Accommodations to Suite You
Once you’ve decided where you’ll be staying for the rest of your workcation, the next thing you’ll need is a nice place to stay. When it comes to booking, they are some main priorities like: location, facilities, and services.
The location of your accommodation is extremely important and should be taken into consideration when you are choosing a place to stay. Even more so when you move to Belize and buy property. Are you wanting to walk around, take taxis, or rent/buy a car or golf cart? The location of your stay will determine your access to different resources like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and night clubs. If you are wanting solitude, choose somewhere that will allow you to be alone. If you’re looking for a lively environment, stay in town.
Downtime and Belize Adventures
Life in Belize is about more than working, though. There is a reason to leave your home and find a new place to live. Belize is cheaper than many cities in the United States. Take advantage of low expenses for rent and food, and spend those savings on Belizean adventures. Choosing where to stay, you may want to spend more time on the islands or on the mainland depending on what activities you love. Visit the Maya ruins, go cave tubing, zip line the jungle, and indulge in what this little Caribbean country has to offer. Living on a Caye in Belize is waking up to the beautiful turquoise water and feeling the Caribbean breeze blow through your hair. Enjoy the little things, like taking walks along the beach or snorkeling and diving the Belize Barrier Reef.
Research Before you Move to Belize
It is necessary to do some research before visiting or up and moving somewhere. Determine what requirements a location has for you to be happy and satisfied, as well as what your job needs you to have. Think of questions like – can you afford two leases? How much will your monthly budget be? How much time will you spend on activities? Conducting research on this topic is important to prepare for a move, whether it be a short term or long term move. Fortunately, there are many online resources available to assist you in planning your journey.
Articles and blogs are excellent sources of knowledge, especially for traveling to a country such as Belize. Facebook pages such as The guide to moving to Belize | Facebook or Ambergris Caye Tourists | Facebook are great resources to ask questions and read about other people’s experiences in real time. Search Drift Inn Belize’s blogs for more information on living in Belize.
We hope this article helped you in your research on whether you should move to Belize and where you should stay.
Visiting Belize? Stay in San Pedro with Drift Inn
While taking advantage of all the stunning sites and activities Belize has to offer, you need accommodations that provide comfort, convenience, and a community to enjoy it with. This is why Drift Inn is where you need to stay. Our affordable, comfortable rooms all come with handmade Belizean furniture and premium mattresses, private bathrooms, A/C, hot water, and WIFI. Spend your time chilling in our courtyard or wandering the small streets of San Pedro, Belize. The convenience of our location is unparalleled for our prices. Stay 100 feet from the beach and walking distance to restaurants, grocery stores, fruit stands, and street food.
Drift Inn is an affordable hotel / hostel with a community of travelers who live to travel and enjoy finding themselves interacting with new people and trying new things. Stay with us as a solo traveler, digital nomad, a friend group looking for a Caribbean adventure, or for a fun getaway with your SO. Drift Inn offers opportunities to meet other guests including tours for snorkeling trips, day trips to Secret Beach, the Iguana Sanctuary, dinners, and to see live music. Any tours and excursions can easily be organized by Drift Inn staff, this includes trips to the Blue Hole, golf cart rental, and more!