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...

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,...

Applying for Residency in Belize

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. The first year living in Belize...

Our Christmas in Belize

The Christmas season is here, our first in Belize. There is this movie that the kids and I used to watch -- Curious George's Christmas, which explained that the joy of  Christmas is not wrapped up into ONE day; rather, the days leading up to Christmas, with the decorating, the...

Grocery stores and food

I feel like it took me a month to really figure out the food situation here...meaning: what is the best way to shop for food and keep the pantry/fridge stocked. Coming from NYC, we were used to placing an order on Fresh Direct (delivery) once a week and supplementing with...

New home above the restaurant

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. We were planning on moving to an apartment two doors down for the remaining 3 weeks of...

A trip to Belize City

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...

Closing Day – Part 1 and 2

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. Our lawyer, Steve, planned to leave Belize...