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When you’ve got to get away, go Belize

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A quiet and windy Sunday afternoon on the beach in San Pedro Town. The bar known far and wide as Wet Willy's sits on the end of the dock.  If you are looking at his and all it does is remind you of the three feet of snow outside your front door, then you should be booking your flight to Belize. Right. Now.
A quiet and windy Sunday afternoon on the beach in San Pedro Town. The bar known far and wide as Wet Willy’s sits on the end of the dock. If you are looking at this picture and all it does is remind you of the three feet of snow outside your front door, then you should be booking your flight to Belize. Right. Now.

I don’t know if this is a trend or merely a reflection of the relentless winter that has left so much of the US in the freezer but in two days we met two people who spontaneously booked the next flight to Belize.

One fled Chicago and the other Massachusetts, both on two days’ notice.

I see a new Belize Tourism Board campaign in the works: When you’ve got to get away, go Belize. Read the rest of this entry »

Inside San Ignacio with Preston Wright

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Iconic steps leading to Preston Wright's Kumquat Cottage in San Ignacio.
Iconic steps leading to Preston Wright’s Kumquat Cottage in San Ignacio.

Preston Wright of Minnesota  has owned Kumquat Cottage in San Ignacio for more than a decade. He recently added a seven-acre coconut grove to his holdings. Still working in the States and visiting when he can, Preston longs for the day when he can live in San Ignacio full time.  As our “guest columnist” today, Preston Wright had this to say about San Ignacio in the western Cayo District in a couple of e-mails: Hello, came across your blog about moving to Belize, and San Ignacio in particular.  I have owned land and a house for 10 years there, but currently work for a media company in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

Belize: We have a departure date and four suitcases to fill

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We have a date. It is February 7. On that day, with two suitcases apiece, and probably a backpack each, we shall be leaving for Belize.

Picking a departure day wasn’t too arduous.  Rose and I have been talking about leaving in March but the speed with which our belongings are being bought up, distributed and discarded makes us think that sooner, rather than later, makes more sense.

So, we were driving through San Francisco recently … and started talking about “sooner.” Read the rest of this entry »

Help us crowdsource info for our move to Belize!

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Help me to my place in the sun!
Help me find my place in the sun!

It is beginning to look like we will be moving up our departure date for Belize! At the current rate that we are disposing of possessions we’ll be sleeping and sitting on bare floors by the end of December.

Lately I’ve been getting an interesting question from friends: “Are you getting nervous?”

Hell, yes. I’m getting nervous. Read the rest of this entry »

Moving to Belize? Making a list, checking it twice …

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Downtown San Ignacio offers the hustle and bustle of a center of commerce but also has lovely parks on the Mopan and Macal rivers and a relentlessly encroaching rainforest.
Downtown San Ignacio offers the hustle and bustle of a center of commerce but also has lovely parks on the Mopan and Macal rivers and a majestically and relentlessly encroaching rainforest.

It all starts out so simple:

  1. Decide to move to Belize.
  2. Sell everything.
  3. Pack what you want to keep into two oversized suitcases and a backpack each
  4. Fly to Belize.
  5. Move into a cool place.
  6. Open a Belikin beer on the veranda and watch the sun set … or rise.
  7. Exhale.
  8. Repeat 6 and 7 as needed.

Apparently there are some interim steps that must be executed before you get to Step 8. Like a million.

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