WHAT'S BELIZE LIKE?
Ultimately, we hope to have lots of pictures which give you the flavor of the
country. For now, here are some salient points:
Third world country. What does that mean?.
(Click here for a formal
definition) From my point of view, it means that the country is
still "emerging". It has been touched by the media and the
technology, but it has not been transformed. Belize remains one of the last
real frontiers in proximity to the United States. Click here
for facts & figures. Click here for geographical
and economic details. Click here for a discussion of traffic safety issues.
Warm. Latitude 19º, about the same as Acapulco. It rarely
breaks 100º F. in the shade, but it's hot in the sun. Nights are often cool,
usually in the 70's. Click here for the weather.
Click here for a lesson about seasons.
Inexpensive. The per capita annual income is about $1200
US, which means that a family of four probably gets by on about $7000.
(Roughly $25 a day) If you have retirement income of $1000 per month, most
Belizeans will think you are "rich"-- and by their standards, YOU
ARE!! Click here for our budget. NOTE:
This is true in BelizeNorth, and costs here may be less than anyplace else
except Belize South. This presumes, too, that you will live at a moderate
standard. If you insist on all the comforts of del Norte, you will find it
more expensive than South Texas. NEW:
(2006) Many predatory taxes have made it more expensive for Gringo ex-pats, and
many are moving elsewhere. Look here
Friendly. Generally, Belizeans are glad to have us Gringos in
their country. We bring money, new ideas, and an enthusiasm for their
country that they may have lost because of familiarity.
English-speaking. English is the official language, so most
people understand it, and speak it well enough that you can understand
them. However, in Northern Belize, most of the people speak Spanish or
Creole day-to-day. We tried taking Spanish at the Community
College. but the course was "Spanish Grammar for kids who already
speak Spanish." Oh, well -- we're picking it up gradually!
Different. Belize is strikingly different from any place we have
ever visited, even tho Rick has traveled all over the world. On this
website, you will find the letters we have written to
our friends, describing these differences.
Adventure-Filled. Quite frankly, we were stuck in a rut in
Colorado. Belize has forced us to look at everything differently. In
fact, it has turned each day into an adventure. Not frightening, but
challenging. It keeps us young. Click here
to read about our adventures.