Thanks for the warm reception everyone, truly appreciated!!! And yes...gonna hold on to this dream as long as possible! Was SO disenchanted that the yahoo news article was so off base - but - can still dream...
True the article was assuming you already have paid for a home on the beach and have no mortgage but i disagree with most of the posters responding the costs of living are high. Cost of living is high if you buy things that are imported from the us,and continue to try and live like they did when they lived there.
Duty is awful and designed to encourage you to buy local products that are dramatically cheaper because no duty has to be paid by the seller.
24.bz for a jar of Jiffy
peanutbutter is a good example, just don't buy it and chose Belize peanutbutter.
I don't feel living expenses are high if you adjust your style !