So You Want to Move to Belize

Like most people who go to Hawaii for the first time, I had decided before the end of our vacation that I could live there.  (“There” was Kailua-Kona on the Big Island.)  But moving anywhere wasn’t feasible at the time because my husband had a business to run, although he and Mark, his partner, started a bicycle rental business on the main street, so we had an excuse to visit a couple of times a year.  I still love the area, although of the thousands of people who fall in love with Hawaii, many, of them did move there—and today Kona is as crowded and congested as Del Mar, California.  Belize is a little like the Hawaiian islands in that nearly everybody speaks English, the climate is great (no real extremes of temperature or climate), and everything costs more than it did back home.  But it takes a certain kind of person to pick up your roots and leave your friends—and sometimes your family—behind and move to Belize.

Two-story houses in Belize with both an inside and an outside stairway are very popular.  This house was built by two men with no previous experience.  (Photo by Joan Fry)

Two-story houses in Belize with both an inside and an outside stairway are very popular. This Maya house was entirely built in Big Falls by two men with no previous experience. (Photo by Joan Fry)

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