An alarming number of people have browsed (sometimes
devoured) this website and decided that Belize is the place for them. I'm
afraid I may be guilty of sugarcoating the facts. This section will
acquaint you with the downside of paradise before you get here.
(On the other hand, if you're already here, you can agree or
take exception. Puh-leeze, let me know...)
Disenchantment for Visitors.
Many readers become enchanted with the idea of life in a tropical
paradise. Laying on the beach, "strumming my six-string, watching the
tourists, all covered with oil". WOW! I could do that.
Well... maybe not. read on here.
My misgivings. I
love Belize, and I mean to keep right on living here, doing the things I'm doing
(unless they throw me out.) However, there are some things that really
need changing, and I will do my darndest to help get them changed. In the
meantime, I want to warn you about them, since they may spoil your stay or
change your mind about moving here. To find
out more, click here. New:
Well, I left Belize in Sep 2005. You can read all about it here.
Newer. I am increasingly
alarmed by crime in Belize, and by the inability of the police to control
it. You should read the STAR
here to understand.
The U. S.
State Department has a very frank discussion of
Belize, over here. They concur
with most of my misgivings, and their bulletin is required reading for anyone
planning to visit Belize.
Kipplinger Newsletter. After reading Bill & Claire Gray's tour blurb, a couple
of staffers came down and did a whirlwind tour of (mostly)
Belize North. They didn't talk to us, but they did
find some other happy campers. They themselves were
looking for an undiscovered Florida or Arizona in the Third
World and they did NOT find it. Read their account
here for a different perspective. (New:
Well, you'll have to subscribe to read it -- or, try your local library!) Newer:
Actually the letter resurfaced, with a few additions, just a month ago (May
2006) Here it is, along with my
Implications. Any time anyone criticizes anything down
here, a lot of people regard it as a political statement. Heaven forefend that Sr. Ric takes political sides! The plain truth is, whenever the
government changes hands, a few things get fixed (a good thing) and a lot of
things stay the same or get a little worse. I reserve the right to suggest
improvements and perhaps criticize things that I think need changing without
everyone regarding it as a political statement for the opposition.
Think of me as a "gadfly" (look it up in your newer Funk &
You should know.
A lot of truths, good and bad, about Belize.
Look at everything! For more perspective on Belize, you should subscribe to the
list bz-culture. Send a message to
firstname.lastname@example.org containing the word
"subscribe" (without quotes.) Tell them Seņor Reek sent
Some Gringos have looked at Belize and then gone someplace else! For some
alternatives, look here.
Newer. Lan Sluder always
tells it like it is, and he implies that Belize is discouraging ex-pats from
moving here. You might like to read thru his assessment of the current situation
On page three of the Apr 13, 2007 issue of the
Independent Reformer, Mary Toy tells you what Belize has become.