What you need to know about Belize in 33 insightful minutes

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A little San Pedroean watches a parade pass by her home on Pescador (Middle) Street.
A little San Pedroan watches a parade pass by her home on Pescador (Middle) Street.

Thinking about moving to Belize? You’ve got a friend in Ann Kuffner.

Well, we have a friend in Ann — and her husband, Mike. But you should get to know them, too.

Blogger’s note: The status of the video referred to in this post has since been changed to private. My apologies. You can still find Ann Kuffner’s writings on the International Living website and in their magazine. Some of her other videos on Belize are available by searching YouTube.

In the four months that we have lived here on Ambergris Caye we’ve share quite a few yoga classes and happy hours on Fridays at Wine de Vine. Mike baked a loaf of fresh-baked sourdough bread and Ann made a coconut keylime pie — both insanely delicious — for dinner at our condo one night. We were dinner companions at Casa Picasso’s epic wine-pairing dinner with Wine de Vine recently.

Mike and Ann first landed in Belize in 1999 and have lived here full-time since 2008.

They are smart, involved, generous and engaging companions. Mike can entertain you with a discourse on the many wonderful qualities and uses of the Ambergris Caye coconut and about his quest to bake the perfect loaf of sourdough bread. Ann, who was an environmental engineer back in the states, still consults. We often talk about the writing experience.

Together on Ambergris Caye,  Mike and Ann have built a condo complex, the island’s largest athletic/fitness complex and a house or two.

More recently, Ann has become the voice of Belize for International Living, the generally upbeat organization dedicated to transitioning Americans and Canadians into the expat life around the world.

With World Cup in full swing, national pride is beginning to show in soccer jerseys and flags. The Brazil flag peeks over the top of the palm near Abuela's Deli, which has terrific pies, cakes and donuts as well as breakfast and lunch treats.
With World Cup in full swing, national sports team pride is beginning to show in football jerseys and flags. The Brazil flag peeks over the top of the palm near Abuela’s Cafe, which has terrific pies, cakes and donuts as well as breakfast and lunch treats.

Ann has the job many an expat would die for. She travels around the country and writes up her experiences for International Living ‘s magazine and Website. Then they bring her to conferences around the world where she talks to expat hopefuls about her life and what she’s learned.

But don’t kid yourself. This is hard work.

We know because we’ve seen Ann agonizing over deadlines, logistics, the right content and the same things with which any writer anywhere in the world struggles — only, while the sun is shining and the beach is beckoning Ann is inside the house typing up stories on what a great life you can have as an expat in San Pedro.

Somebody has to do it.

Most recently, Ann was sent to an International Living conference in Mexico to tell prospective expats about life in Belize. She gave two talks. The first was a sweeping overview of the country, with information on hotspots for expats, history, politics, the laws and benefits of living here in Belize.

I’ve included the International Living video of that talk here.

If you are even casually wondering about a move to Belize one of the best things you can do is sit down for the next 33 minutes and listen to Ann’s talk.

6 thoughts on “What you need to know about Belize in 33 insightful minutes

    Bruce Losee said:
    June 17, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Hi Robert

    I was hoping to see your video that you [posted from Ann at International living biut it is marked private? Did I miss something?
    Can you send it again to me? My email is bruce.losee@gmail.com


      Sandra Wilson said:
      June 25, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I, also, received private video message. Sandrawilson27@yahoo.com


        robertjhawkins1 responded:
        June 26, 2014 at 12:24 pm

        Ugh. Yeah, me too. Somebody must have changed the status of the video shortly after I posted it. So, sorry about that.


    karmik13 said:
    June 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I am confused. I received this email and link as I have expressed interest in Belize but the video says private. Please advise. Thank you.


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      July 1, 2014 at 7:33 am

      When I first posted the video was public. Its status has since changed. Thanks for reminding me. I’ll note it on the blog post.


        ELLEN MCELROY said:
        July 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm



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