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Moving to Belize in Your 70s

22 November 2011 3 Comments

By Kathleen Peddicord

Cecilia and Robert are 70-somethings from Michigan preparing to reinvent their lives. They have sold their home, downsized their lives, and are nearly ready to hit the road.

After years of research and consideration, Cecilia and Robert are focused on moving to Belize. They think this could be a place where they want to live, at least part-time. But what really attracted them to Belize, over all the other countries they considered, was finances. “We aren’t wealthy people, but we’ve managed what we have,” says Robert. “We see this new adventure as a next step in that process.”

On their first scouting trip to Belize, the couple focused on Ambergris Caye. “We loved the island and really enjoyed our time there,” says Cecilia. “Mostly, though, that first visit to Ambergris was important because it helped us to realize that we do not want to be on the beach. We’re not lay-out-on-the-beach people.” They also found the Ambergris Caye area, around San Pedro where the expat community is centered, to be noisier than they would like. “We know that we want a quieter atmosphere,” she says.

For their second visit to Belize this month, Cecilia and Robert are planning to visit the country’s Cayo District. This part of Belize is nothing like Ambergris Caye. While Ambergris is a Caribbean island, offering a quintessentially Caribbean lifestyle, Cayo, in Belize’s interior, is a rain forest with rivers and mountains. This area has a much quieter, simpler, and more relaxed way of life, perhaps just what Cecilia and Robert are looking for.

The couple is taking their time researching retirement spots that might meet their needs. “We’ve been thinking about this, researching, and planning for more than two years,” Cecilia says. “This is a process. One thing builds on another, and the next thing builds on that.”

They have at times been nervous about their decision to relocate overseas. For both of them, this is a big adjustment, as it would be for any couple preparing, at this stage of life, to reinvent themselves in a new country. They’re taking it one step at a time, gradually getting comfortable with the idea. “We just kept pushing ahead, and, in time, the pieces began to fit together,” says Robert. “Everything started to gel.”

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter. Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.


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  • Larry Waight (@larrywaight) said:

    Moving to Belize in Your 70s | #Belize Travel Blog http://t.co/91IGdnvk

  • Pat said:

    Just like Cecilia and Robert, I had a similar dream! I just turned 71 this week and have had many wonderful years here so far.
    Belize is full of adventure and many wonderful charms which I have grown to know and love! The culture is rich and diverse, and I have made many wonderful friends over the nine years of living here in Cayo. I came with a friend on vacation in the late 90′s, brought my son back on a second vacation, quickly made a few friends and started making plans to retire here. Things do just fall together… it’s just the Belizean way. I stayed at a nice adventure oriented bed and breakfast and asked about living in the area, it turns out the owners were looking to lease the place to do some adventuring of their own… I ended up running the lodge for two years, building an adobe house and settling in to the community. It’s great to be able to go to Yoga classes, monthly women’s gatherings, helping with the library, working on environmental awareness programs and so on. Never a dull moment! Gardening – OH MY GOD!
    I must say I got a little excited and bought more than I need – so some lucky retiree might enjoy a piece of property I have for sale – 10 acres on the road to El Pilar ruin, and a nice Adobe home in Bullet Tree Falls.
    I would be happy to share my experiences of moving to Belize if you want to write me personally on my website.
    You can check out the Adobe house for sale too!
    http://www.real-estate-in-belize.com/
    Happy Belizing!
    Pat

  • Lorenzo Gonzalez (@belizepost) said:

    Moving to Belize in Your 70s http://t.co/kldvZUEO

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