Create Custom Package

Belize Travel blog

Beaches & Dreams Blog


To the States for Christmas

| by Jessica

This year, after successfully submitting our application for Residency, the travel restrictions were lessened and we were able to travel to the States for Christmas. First, the kids and I flew to Minnesota to visit my family, then we flew to Florida to meet up with Ryan and his family. So we got to see both grandparents. 


Looking back on our first year of school in Belize

Looking back on our first year of school in Belize

| by Jessica

The kids finished up their first year at Sittee River Methodist School in June and I finished my first year learning about how schools work here in Belize compared to what I experienced as a child in the Midwest or what my kids experienced in NYC. Its been an amazing year filled with ups and downs. And now we are ready to start our 2nd year!


Applying for Residency in Belize

Applying for Residency in Belize

| by Jessica

When we decided to buy Beaches and Dreams and move to Belize, we almost immediately knew we would apply for Belizian residency. It seemed like a clear path to saving money and hassle in the long term. And we plan to stay a while. This is a detailed explanation of how to apply.


Our Christmas in Belize

Our Christmas in Belize

| by Jessica

The Christmas season is here, our first in Belize. So, what is Christmas like in Belize? There are many traditions that are surprisingly similar to what I’m used to, like the kids’ school had a holiday show. But then each tradition might have a slight Belizean flair to it.


Grocery Stores and Food

Grocery Stores and Food

| by Jessica

It took me about a month to figure out the best way to buy food after moving to Hopkins, Belize. Coming from NYC where same day delivery was common and 24 hour stores were fully stocked, Hopkins was a very different shopping experience.


New home above the restaurant

New home above the restaurant

| by Jessica

When we got back from cave tubing, we were able to move into our new home for the first time. We stayed in a Beaches and Dreams hotel room for the first week. And with all the traveling we'd done before moving to Belize, we'd been living out of suitcases for 2 months.


A Trip to Belize City

A Trip to Belize City

| by Jessica

After our marathon two days of closing, we also needed to take a trip to Belize City to transfer the titles of the resort boats. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive to Belize City so the fastest way to go is to take a little prop plane on a 15 minute flight from Dangriga. 


Closing Day - Part 1 and 2

Closing Day - Part 1 and 2

| by Jessica

Wednesday was set as closing day — the day we take ownership of the resort. Ryan had been working with a lawyer from Belize City for months, putting together the contracts and sorting out the details of the purchase with the former owner. 


First Couple of Days in Hopkins

First Couple of Days in Hopkins

| by Jessica

For the first week that we are in Hopkins we will be staying in our new hotel as guests. We are exploring the resort and village like tourists this week. Thats ok, it doesn't quite feel like we live here yet anyway!


Moving to Hopkins, Belize

Moving to Hopkins, Belize

| by Jessica

Today we moved to Belize, to live and work. We are coming from NYC, moving to Hopkins, Belize to run a resort called Beaches and Dreams. Ryan and I have lived in NYC for about 20 years. Our kids, Fay (9) and Rex (7) have lived in NYC their whole lives.