The Two Biggest Challenges You'll Face Retiring In Belize
Jan. 13, 2015, Belize City, Belize: Expats Cathy and David Thayer share details of the challenges they’ve faced retiring to Cayo, Belize.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Picking up where we left off yesterday...
Cathy Thayer: So, after 32 years of marriage and four children, David and I were retiring to Belize in six weeks...
Being married 32 years and raising four children results in a lot of stuff. What were we going to do with all of it? Our plan was to move to Belize for a year, to try out the idea, so we decided we'd take six of everything with us. The rest we'd put in storage.
I packed six plates, six forks, six spoons, six tank tops, six pairs of shoes, six, six, six, because I thought that'd be enough for a year.
Then we showed up and unpacked our six of this and six of that. Now what?
Our first two challenges in Belize were food and relationships.
How do you go about finding food in this country? Don't laugh. It's not all that easy. You start with the Chinese grocery stores. All the grocery stores in San Ignacio and Santa Elenea, the "twin cities" of Cayo, are owned by Chinese. They stock basic supplies and also some imported things. The things imported from the States cost about twice what they cost back home, so we don't buy them. We buy local packaged things or stuff from Mexico, which is cheaper.
You get your basics from the Chinese grocery stores but not your produce. For produce, you go to the open-air market. Find a vendor you like and get to know them, ask their name. We've gotten to know a very nice lady. She gives us good deals, and she's also teaching us about Belizean fruits and vegetables, showing us how to prepare and eat some things we had never seen before.
Here's another tip: If you see something in Belize that you want, buy it. It may not be there the next week. I learned that the hard way.