Life In Corozal: A Rustic Caribbean Paradise

13km (9 miles) N of Belize City; 50km (31 miles) N of Orange Walk Town; 13km (9 miles) S of the Mexican border

Corozal is a calm tranquil seaside town, located just south of the Río Hondo (Hondo River), which forms the border between Mexico and Belize. Set on a crystal-clear bay, Corozal was an important center on the early Mayan trading routes, and the evidence remains in the ruins of Cerros and Santa Rita, and the old English Fort Barley. During the mid-1800s the modern town was settled with a large population of refugees from Mexico’s Caste War.

Today, Corozal is home to a growing expatriate community, mostly concentrated in the northern tip of the town at Consejo Shores, and along the seaside in the Copper Bank and Chunox areas. While not part of the traditional tourist circuit, Corozal Town makes a good base for fishing excursions in the calm bay; bird- and wildlife-viewing tours into nearby Shipstern Nature Reserve; shopping trips to neighboring Chetumal, Mexico; and explorations of the aforementioned Mayan ruins.


There has been quite a bit of excitement building about how affordable it is to retire in Belize.

Admittedly, tropical weather is evanescent, though invariably beautiful: Windy or rainy in flares from time to time, as a baby who fluctuates in a flash from placid to tantrum.

With an annual mean temperature of 79°F and comforting sea breezes 3-4months a year, sunny and rainy.  Belize is an earthly paradise, and countless expats.
Corozal province is true nirvana. Here dwells a dreamy, quintessentially Caribbean way of life where the ocean’s whisper lulls you to sleep and the tropical birds wake you at dawn.



located in northern Belize, the town and surrounding villages feature all the country’s wonderful qualities, but at unrivaled low prices. Plus, the area’s proximity to Chetumal in southern Mexico allows for easy access to U.S.-style shopping with all its amenities and conveniences. This actually may be one of the primary reasons many expats choose Northern Belize, at all. This fledgling country, which only recently achieved independence, lacks sophisticated services and infrastructure—as well as bureaucracy and clout—so being able to drive to a department store or Costco is a real boon for residents.

At approximately 3 miles from the Mexican border, the development of Consejo Shores,  retires from  Canada, United States and Europe. The project offers attractive, newly built homes set on meandering roads and surrounded by luscious trees and flawless yards. Sizable lots ready for construction can be found aplenty, running anywhere from US$25,000 to US$130,000. The hardest choice to make is whether to go right to the waterfront or stay a few blocks from the shore. The sea views and locale in general, which is also the site of the nation’s one-time first and only hotel, are some of the best in the country. Catering to those who decide to build their homes away from the shoreline, you’ll find shore access that’s made public to residents and their visitors equipped with excellent beaches and boat ramps. Other development amenities include a community center brimming with activities, a nature trail, and a public library—which many consider better stocked than the town’s own.

If you are an explorer while traveling you might A typical day for you might feature kayaking, fishing, swimming, Jetsky ride or just walk along the sea shore in Corozal. If you are a party person or not a party person Belize is alway's a party place. Nighttime here at Corozal is always quiet not much going on beside's going to Scotty's Bar, Patty's Bistro, Mario's, RD's, Seabreeze Bar, WoodHouse Beach Bar, Corozo Blu Resturant and Tony's Inn.


Restaurants
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant3.74 $2.50-4.47
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course27.38 $12.00-35.09
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)4.00 $4.00-5.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)1.70 $1.24-2.50
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)2.50 $1.24-3.00
Cappuccino (regular)2.51 $1.50-3.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)1.00 $0.50-1.14
Water (0.33 liter bottle)0.50 $0.50-1.00
Markets
Milk (regular), (1 liter)2.28 $1.06-3.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)0.88 $0.75-1.50
Rice (white), (1kg)0.87 $0.50-1.65
Eggs (regular) (12)1.64 $1.25-2.00
Local Cheese (1kg)5.48 $2.00-5.53
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)5.00 $3.31-5.00
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)7.25 $2.25-8.00
Apples (1kg)2.73 $1.00-3.73
Banana (1kg)0.92 $0.50-1.10
Oranges (1kg)1.10 $0.40-1.11
Tomato (1kg)1.11 $1.11-1.75
Potato (1kg)1.11 $0.66-1.32
Onion (1kg)1.31 $0.75-2.00
Lettuce (1 head)1.99 $1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle)0.92 $0.75-1.25
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)10.00 $10.00-12.53
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)1.75 $1.24-2.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)2.41 $1.24-2.51
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)3.50 $3.50-4.00
Transportation[ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)3.00 $
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)20.00 $
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)2.50 $1.24-3.01
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)2.11 $1.54-2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)5.00 $5.00-5.00
Gasoline (1 liter)1.28 $0.82-1.32
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)30,000.00 $30,000.00-32,900.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)20,000.00 $20,000.00-50,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment74.63 $29.75-100.25
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)0.22 $0.10-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)136.67 $49.99-175.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult22.39 $
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)?
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat7.52 $7.00-7.52
Childcare
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child50.00 $50.00-50.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child3,600.00 $3,600.00-3,600.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)29.99 $29.99-30.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)35.00 $25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)75.00 $50.00-75.19
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes50.13 $30.00-60.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre174.13 $
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre124.38 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre248.76 $
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre298.51 $
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre?
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre?
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)1,649.56 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly9.009.00-9.00

Prices in Corozal

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Belize It Or Not…
The legal marrying age in Belize is 18
For shopping, if you live in Consejo Village, have the choice of either the adjacent Consejo Village, with its grocery store and restaurants, or, for weekly shopping, a bike ride to Corozal town. Radiating from its central square—the town’s business section—this simple burg has one significant artery: the Northern Highway. Roughly a half-mile walk from the center sits Santa Rita archaeological site with its Mayan temple ruin, where locals recreate ancient events to pay homage to their legacy. Likewise, the town celebrates “Art in the Park,” a cultural exhibition and market for native paintings and crafts.

Bounding the bulk of the province at the shore, Corozal Bay effectively encloses the area, harboring it from any ocean damage. Thanks to the second largest coral reef barrier in the world, which hedges the Belizean coastline in its entirety, this is an incredibly tranquil bay. Diving and snorkeling here—as everywhere in the country’s coast—are some of the best in the world on account of the reef. Although I’m not a diver, I do snorkel at least once a week (including in “winter”) and have stumbled upon a few marine “relics.” For art or nature lovers, the underwater world here is a treasure trove.

You could think of all these pluses as extra though… The weather is enough to entice most people to stay, its occasional outbursts of fury notwithstanding. I couldn’t be happier here in Corozal, even with the gusty wind. After all, occasional surprises complement the spice of life. In the words of Marcel Proust, “A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.”

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