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Visiting in March, want to move to S.P.

Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 01/30/11 09:16 AM

Hey All! First time posting on a Forum. My wife and I are coming down March 19th through the 26th. First time in Belize, staying at Corona Del Mar. Looking to move to San Pedro mid-year. Been doing alot of research online, but would love to meet with as much of the expat community as possible this trip to get good information from the people that live there. Any ideas on how to accomplish that, or would any of you be willing to meet with us at some point?
Posted By: Otteralum

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 01/30/11 03:12 PM

Besides being jealous -- let me give you an objective warning as a non-ex-pat with wanderlust.

You've come to right place. Do research on this board to see others who have asked similar questions. Also, prepare to get a lot of devil's advocate advice to make you think twice. This is done out of genuine neighborly concern (by most anyway) and should be taken as a real attempt to get you thinking about things.

Out of the gate, the first thing you will hear is that 7-days isn't nearly long enough to understand the intracacies of daily living on the caye. Hope you plan on staying at least 30 at some point, in a rented establishment where you need to buy groceries, provide own transportation etc., before selling all your possessions.

Regardless, good luck. Too bad you're not there when I am so I can shake your hand and curse you for doing what I'd like to do myself smile
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 01/30/11 03:54 PM

Good advice from the Otterman
I made eight visits here before I made the move. Made deals on two different projects that fell through (thank God) before I settled on what is now known as Bermuda Palms. I had planned to keep my house in California and buy a small condo here; things changed sold house and boutht biggest condo in the complex.
I had not lived in anything but a private residence since 1965 so was not prepared for some of the things about condo life - although I absolutely love my unit.
I bought a jungle lot in the Tres Cocos area and designed a house. ha ha ha ha - cost twice as much as it should have so ran out of moola before it was finished. I do have the two rental units on the bottom done and now live here and lease out my condo which is also for sale.
I find I love the peace and quiet of a smal neighborhood and having total control over what I grow and what I have chopped down.
Over all I am very very happy - but there is a lot of soap opera drama on this little spit of sand. I wish Ex-pat's would leave their fears and need to control in the USofA.
When people ask me what do I do here my answer is "Whatever I feel like at the moment; or nothing at all."
If you want out of the USA now is not a good time to sell a house; lease it out for a year. Now is a good time to buy anyplace; even here. If you find something you like if you can get a lease with option to buy that would be the best.
Good luck.
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 01/30/11 03:57 PM

Thanks Otteralum, I appreciate the feedback. Let me say that the March trip is our first, exploratory look at San Pedro, and will also be serving as a vacation and transition as we're both leaving our careers/jobs. Our intention is to be back sometime between June and August on an indeterminate basis to experience actual day-to-day living there. Practically all of our "stuff" is going to be in storage in the States pending the firming up of our plans. Should everything work out, we'd be buying a plot somewhere on the island, building a home, and eventually applying for permanent residence. If we ever are there at the same time, I'd love to meet!
Posted By: Belize-N-Us

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 01/30/11 05:46 PM

Planning on working/earning a living in Belize?
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 01/30/11 05:56 PM

Thanks Harriette, I really appreciate the feedback! We try to limit "helpful advice" we receive to the people that actually know what's going on, and information from people like you is priceless. If possible we look forward to meeting you on our trip in March!
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 01/30/11 06:12 PM

Tommy/Sonia: There are still a number of decisions that we need to make before we know if it would be necessary to earn an additional living down the road, but at least to start out our intention is to be self-sufficient while we do our long-term research and work toward possible Residency. One of my goals is to have the time (and slow pace of life) to concentrate on writing. As a side note, off and on for many years I've been a Karaoke DJ (purely as a hobby) and have my own setup with all of the gear. No idea yet if that's already overplayed on AC though.
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 02:01 PM

Speaking of which, where are the best places for a Karaoke junkie while we're there?
Posted By: Phil

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 04:05 PM

Wednesday evening at Roadkill - with a name like yours the pressure to win will be on!!!!
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 05:35 PM

Pressure to win? Is it contest only, or is there also open mike?
Posted By: Voxman

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 08:56 PM

Good Karaoke that I know of (and I know there are more) Saturdays @ The Cantina (noth of bridge), Sunday at Tacklebox Bar & Grill, Monday @ Fidos, Wednesday @ Road Kill Bar. Reef Village has one (not sure what night) etc. etc. etc.

You could probably sing every night of the week if that's what ya wanted to do.

Good Luck!
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 09:17 PM

Thanks! So if I wanted to meet alot of the expats, where (and when) would be the best place(s) to go?
Posted By: divingcowgirl

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 09:25 PM

Joe,
Some of the places to meet people would be at BC's, Canucks and probably Legends Burger House. I know there are a few other places to meet expats, but that is the first few that came to my mind. Keep an eye on Tacogirl.com because Laurie is always blogging about local get togethers and fund raisers at different venues. Good luck and enjoy your visit and exploration of San Pedro.
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 09:36 PM

On the way to Legend's stop at Coco Loco's Beach Bar grin
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 09:48 PM

So if I'm on top of things so far, I should stop at The Cantina, Tacklebox, Fidos, Roadkill, Reef Village, BC's, Canucks, Legends, and Coco Loco's. So what should I do on Day #2? grin
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 09:50 PM

Originally Posted by KaraokeJoe
So if I'm on top of things so far, I should stop at The Cantina, Tacklebox, Fidos, Roadkill, Reef Village, BC's, Canucks, Legends, and Coco Loco's. So what should I do on Day #2? grin

Make the round again! grin
Posted By: ron

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 09:54 PM

I heard its better if you reverse the order. You don't want you wear out a good thing.
Posted By: Otteralum

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 10:32 PM

That's a presumtion you make ron. I didn't hear Joe say he likes going both ways.
Posted By: divingcowgirl

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 10:47 PM

Originally Posted by Otteralum
That's a presumtion you make ron. I didn't hear Joe say he likes going both ways.


LOL! Well as long as Joe remembers...... walking north, left foot on sand, right foot in water...walking south, right foot in sand, left foot in water. smile

Unless of course you wind up like a good friend (or 2) of ours that have wound up w/ knees on sand and in water (saw the pic) and another one that decided to do a face-plant sand angel outside of BC's. (sorry, no pic for proof on that one...but a very reliable source) laugh
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 10:47 PM

Hey, whatever gets the job done...wait...what am I saying? shocked
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 10:49 PM

It sounds like it's going to be more like: Passed out, face in sand, feet in water! laugh
Posted By: divingcowgirl

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 10:52 PM

as long as it's not feet in sand and face in water! You'll do just fine!
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 10:56 PM

Note to self: Wear snorkel when leaving bar!
Posted By: Hon

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 11:04 PM

Note to Joe; don't be surprised if no one notices.
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/01/11 11:38 PM

Sounding more and more like my kind of place! But I'll need a snorkel lesson before the first night of drinking.
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/02/11 01:53 AM

DCG, Kilo-Mike-Alfa !
Posted By: Ernie B

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/02/11 01:56 AM

KJ, when in March ?
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/02/11 02:19 AM

Ernie, as far as I'm concerned, after 2 June (my actual ETS date) they can ALL Kilo Mike Alpha! I'm starting terminal leave on 11 March, and we'll be at AC 19-26 March. Counting the minutes!
Posted By: divingcowgirl

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/02/11 02:43 AM

Originally Posted by Ernie B
DCG, Kilo-Mike-Alfa !

heheheheh! laugh laugh
Posted By: KaraokeJoe

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/02/11 04:24 PM

OK, just sank in: DCG = divingcowgirl. That's the problem with having been Active Duty, you always think in military acronyms. I thought you were talking about the Deputy Commanding General, and I was agreeing with you. Whoops! Things seem to make more sense in the morning when sober. laugh
Posted By: divingcowgirl

Re: Visiting in March, want to move to S.P. - 02/03/11 01:55 AM

LOL! laugh laugh
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