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Important Tips for Belizean Expats

Posted by Grand Baymen on Mar 24, 2014 8:45:03 AM
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Moving to a new country can be challenging, so it is important that people take the time and effort to fully research their destination. There will always be a few surprises facing those who have decided to move to a foreign country, but it is important that these are minor details instead of possibly life-altering hurdles. Jim and Kathy Suits moved to Belize in 2013 and have now offered some important tips for those who want to follow in their footsteps.

Kathy explained the attraction of living in Belize, saying: “When we got off the plane on our first trip to Belize, we knew immediately that this was the place for us. It just felt right, right away.” She added that they were originally interested because of the private banking but quickly discovered there were many other things to be thankful for. For example, the hospitality of locals is a welcome benefit, and the couple state that Belizeans are some of the happiest people in the world. “When they say ‘good morning,’ they actually mean it," she added.

Jim and Kathy understand the vast undertaking that moving abroad can be and have offered a few important inside tidbits to help people make their decision and get settled. The first is that expats have to be prepared for noisy birds and lots of bugs. Bird calls often wake people up at the crack of dawn, and with sunrise being early all year, expats have to learn to ignore the noise or embrace getting up early. Meanwhile, living alongside insects is a way of life in Belize, particularly cleaner ants, which can invade a house and clean out the mites, spider webs, and other pests before disappearing again.

When it comes to shopping, both Jim and Kathy were quick to relay that there are no big department stores in Belize. This means that items have to be picked up in unusual places. Canned goods need to be checked as thoroughly as possible before they are purchased to ensure they contain the correct items. People should never ask whether items are priced in US or Belizean dollars. Often, vendors will quote a US dollar price far higher than what would have been paid otherwise.

With these few pieces of inside knowledge, Jim and Kathy hope they can make people’s transitions into Belizean life a little easier, allowing everyone to relax into life in this wonderful country.

Topics: Living In Belize

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The Grand Baymen Community includes three distinct but complimentary properties that cater to tourists, expats and Ambergris Caye residents alike. Baymen Garden Condominiums – A private, secure condominium community located on a four-acre parcel of property. Exotic Caye Beach Resort – An established, popular beach resort that caters to tourists and residents alike. San Pedro Fitness Club – Ambergris Caye’s premier club - with pool, tennis courts and gym.