My kids are grown and my wife (soon to be ex) is on her own. I'm retired US military. I 'm making a good living plus my military retirement, but would rather start over, make new friends and live off my military retirement. If anyone has any ideas please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
#140843 - 12/28/0103:11 PMRe: Thinking of retiring to Belize
Not sure of any ideas except to say that probably 95% of us on this board would love to be retired and living in Belize right now. Good luck to you, hope you find what you're looking for! Head down there for a little vacation, check it out, and you'll see why we all love it so much (if you haven't already)!
#140844 - 12/28/0104:13 PMRe: Thinking of retiring to Belize
I'm here retired/comatosed in San Pedro. My usual suggestion is to come on down here for a prolonged visit. The Hideaway Hotel has reseasonable long term rates, and you will have the advantage of meeting a good assortment of folks, from locals to ex-pat's and even some Texans. I have been coming down here since 1985 and have had lots of help along the way. Vacation is one thing, living here is another. Its not for everybody, but for me,its a dream come true to live here on a semi-permanent basis. I'm still weening myself from my St Louis roots, but can see that my ties will eventually be broken incremently. The nice thing about San Pedro is that if you get a case of "island fever", you can always go to the mainland and experience a "central american" Belize. Here on the Cayes, it's definately a Carribean Envirnoment. Good luck and I hope you can process all the input that your about too get. Bill
#140845 - 12/28/0104:45 PMRe: Thinking of retiring to Belize
Mike, I finished high school in Moberly in '61. I've have 12 years living in the caribe, as the others say, come down and start real slow, go on local economy and life style for 6 months to a year before you make the big decision to break ties in the states. I started life over down here, it's been over 5 years since I've been back to the states, some people can do it, some cannot. Let me know if you want some questions answered, most of my answers will apply to Belize as well as Mexico where I live now.
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#140850 - 12/29/0101:33 AMRe: Thinking of retiring to Belize
Thanks for your responses, I didn't expect such propt replies. I guess from everyones advice I should take a trial run first. I have been spoiled here in Colorado. Very low humidity. In the middle of the winter at 6,000 to 10,000 feet you can ski in shorts and T-shirt. I will have to become to acclimated. I was in Missouri this last summer and the heat and humidity really slowed me down. What is the best time of year to visit? I have always been active in something. Are there things for one to do and stay busy even without a work permit? How much money should be set aside for say three to six months? How should it be handled? Travelers checks, exchange to Belize dollars, and deposit in a local account? How does everyone else handle it? Where is the best place to stay?
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#140851 - 12/29/0104:39 AMRe: Thinking of retiring to Belize