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#511667 - 02/16/16 08:51 PM Advice on moving to Belize and making friends
moloneymb Offline
Hi folks,

I am looking for a change of scene and Belize is looking like the best place for myself and my gf, weíre both 30. Iím an applied researcher in Big Data and Machine Learning. Itís a pretty good gig which I can do from home anywhere in the world. Currently Iím based in San Francisco but tax combined with a very high cost of living and constant visa issues (Iím Australian and visas get in the way of contracting) are all conspiring to make living here less than ideal.

What Iíd like to get a sense for is if I could fit in with the expat community in San Pedro. Iím looking for feedback to help me set my expectations, and Iím looking to make friends who share some similar interests and hopefully hit the ground running.

So for my expectations of San Pedro; at a minimum Iíd be happy with an air-conditioned room with internet (even slow and intermittent) where I can work, study and save money. With the money saved I could attend tech conferences around the world and be much more plugged into the tech scene than I am now living in the center of SF. So even if there isnít anyone that shares my interests at this stage I think moving to Belize would still be a good move.

But ideally what Iím looking for are for people in San Pedro who share similar interests to me to work with, hang out with and go on trips with. I'm into tech, flying, kiteboarding, traveling. I have equipment for fun outings that I'd be happy to share.

[<Edit: Toning it down a bit>]

My girlfriend shares many of my hobbies but is also really into Yoga and rural retreats.

At this stage my plan is to go to San Pedro for a few weeks as a sanity check and if it works out Iíll move in April.

Iím really looking forward to it.

Cheers,
Matt


Edited by moloneymb (02/17/16 03:25 AM)

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#511671 - 02/17/16 03:00 AM Re: Advice on moving to Belize and making friends [Re: moloneymb]
Wizardofaahs Offline
Visit. Then choose somewhere else to live and base from. I cannot imagine you will find a peer group much less mutual ground for you interests in the older expat population. Immigration issues, work permits, all those things are costly. Probably not the placem for you. Do some more research.
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#511672 - 02/17/16 03:37 AM Re: Advice on moving to Belize and making friends [Re: Wizardofaahs]
t42 Offline
Look into Caye Caulker sounds more your like what you might be interested in.

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#511673 - 02/17/16 05:09 AM Re: Advice on moving to Belize and making friends [Re: moloneymb]
moloneymb Offline
Thanks guys. That's why I do these sanity checks. I'll check it out.

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#511683 - 02/17/16 12:02 PM Re: Advice on moving to Belize and making friends [Re: moloneymb]
Diane Campbell Offline
I think you will fit it very well! There are lots of people your age with shared interests in San Pedro. Don't look just to the expats for friendship. Integrate with the community.
Gf will find many yoga groups and you will probably find the internet service very adequate to your needs.

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#511686 - 02/17/16 12:19 PM Re: Advice on moving to Belize and making friends [Re: moloneymb]
collyk Offline
There's a pretty good scene here now of people in your age group. There has been a change since I've lived here from older retirees and snowbirds to younger, creative and a more adventurous crowd (not to say that there aren't some pretty adventurous and creative people in the older crowd either). Definitely come and do a reccy. I suspect you may find the sort of scene you are looking for.
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#514375 - 06/14/16 12:45 AM Re: Advice on moving to Belize and making friends [Re: moloneymb]
AustinThomas Offline
Hey Matt,

My wife and me just came back! Have you guys moved?

Thomas

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#517028 - 08/22/16 03:04 PM Re: Advice on moving to Belize and making friends [Re: moloneymb]
KeyWestMike Offline
Hey man, just popped in wishing I could help....but...I just posted pretty much the same add as u. So, I thought if we get linked into someone that is willing to take time to share some insights/info I'll share with u and u share with me. I'm in Key West my handle here is KeyWestMike my email: miketodd84@yahoo.com smile THX

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