Belize Vacation Blog

Ms. Jess’s Family Blog

Hopkins Day 2019

This weekend was Hopkins Day in our village. The name may sound redundant since we live in Hopkins, Belize. What it means is the village council of Hopkins creates an event that gives residents (and the village itself) an opportunity to make money and to celebrate Hopkins. People of Hopkins...

Residency Approved!

We applied for Belize Residency in August 2018 after living here for a full year. We were extremely limited in our travel that first year because when establishing residency you cannot travel more than 2 weeks in a year. After submitting the application, we were still limited but with slightly...

Maya Immersion with Mom

Mom arrives in Belize! My mom made her second visit to Belize in January, just one month after our Christmas visit to the States. We had planned her Belize trip long before our Christmas trip so it was not intentional to see each other SO soon again, but certainly welcome!...

Newbie bloopers

I think my mistakes in life are the things that make me laugh the hardest. Once enough time has passed, the most embarrassing moments are usually the funniest to think back on. It will be fun to put some of these in writing and have them to look back on...

To the States for Christmas

During our first year in Belize (last year), we wanted to establish Belizean Residency (you can think of this as a green card...we will still be citizens of the U.S. but, as residents, we no long need to deal with student or work visas). In order to apply for residency,...

Scam or not, you decide

We've owned the hotel and restaurant for one year now. I have to say, the best part of owning this business is meeting and talking with all the guests. I really really enjoy meeting people and hearing about their lives back home: their stories. Some guests I click with so...

TIL: What is a Savings Syndicate

One of the great things about moving to another country is learning how things are done differently. From when we are young, we learn about how to get through life from our parents, teachers, and community. And that is happening all over the world, except sometimes there are very different...