Thanks all. We are looking at an extended stay to see if we like Belize starting in probably January 2012. It could very well be 6 months in Ambergris and 6 months in Caulker or possibly 6 months in Costa Rica.

I have seen some places for rent in Belizean dollars for what I would consider local living prices rather than tourist trade but yes, I have certainly noticed that there is not "alot" available.

Was expecting it to be expensive but not that expensive for "staples" That is fairly comparable to somewhere like Switzerland. Does anyone have a resource for pricing on the Cayes, either Ambergris or Caulker specifically or a generalization of Caye living vs mainland.

I have never seen this spelled out but it appears that most expats either run tourist related buinesses such as properties or are truly retired. True?