I too am planning to retire in Belize where I hope to get back into the discipline of writing. My photography has been taking up all my free time while I am working.
I have visited San Pedro 4 times, but will not MOVE there until I have stayed for several months to see what it is REALLY like.
I plan to keep my home here. I have a room mate so the house will not sit empty but I can come and go as I please.
My motto is: You may need to close doors behind you, but don't lock them.