She’s a real trooper.
Linda is strong-minded and persistent. Those are the traits that attracted me to her in the first place.
Needless to say, when I told her I that I wanted to investigate the Corozal district of Belize 8 months ago, she shrugged and said, “what do you want to know?”
As a Belizean, Linda spent many weekends with her large family traveling from Orange Walk town and visiting Chetumal, Mexico across the Belizean Border. Her father’s roots from Spain made Chetumal a welcome alternative to Belize City in the South.
But when she moved to the Chicago area in 1981 along with other family members, Linda used her same strong mind and persistence to carve out a long career in dental office management.
She longed for “home” from time to time. The yearly visits to Belize weren’t enough.
When I came into her life, she introduced me to her country. It was a neat vacation spot for me. My job schedule forced me to vacation in the Summer, so it was humid, (in the 90s and 100s) and the rainy season was in full force. But my love of hot ‘n humid goes back to catching August double-headers in high school. I enjoyed it.
I’ve been to Belize about 6 times, and each time Linda’s family would take me to different parts. I’ve experienced the mountains, caves and jungles in the South, the humid flatlands and farmland in the mid-section and the cool breezes of the touristy Cayes of Ambergris and Placencia Peninsula.
But my time in Corozal District was limited to a 15-mile Caribbean canoe trip with Linda’s brother just north of Copper Bank village on my very first trip to Belize.
Our Plans for Retirement in OrangE Walk Town
Linda owned a lot in Orange Walk and we put a fence on it and came up with a home plan. I was excited about an eventual move to Belize for retirement. Our plan was to build slowly, and avoid debt along the way.
Here is a look at our humble land development project to date:
The past few years have been spent taking a sober look at our finances, exploring possible online business opportunities that would translate to Belize, and reading up on how other Expats have prepared themselves for life abroad.
The more I read, the more excited I grew. Perhaps that’s because I was usually reading in the wind-chill of a Chicago winter.
We talked about our plans often and the idea of utilizing Linda’s gifts of cooking and hospitality in a Bed ‘n Breakfast came up quite a bit. We knew that it would need to be in a touristy area.
Maybe Orange Walk would be a good place? The main highway runs through town, plus the Lamanai Mayan Ruin Tours were popular just to the south. Plus, we already owned land there.
I also knew that Corozal was very popular with Expats from Canada and the U.S., so Linda was excited when I asked her if we could explore that area on our most recent trip.
Kicking the Tires in Corozal
So I spent the past 6 months investigating every area of the Corozal District. By the Caribbean Sea. By 4-mile and Progresso Lagoons. And all the way up to the Hondo River that separates Belize from Mexico. I’ve learned a lot.
But online research can’t compare to kicking the tires, so we spent 10 days this past vacation meandering along many of the trails of Corozal district.
We talked to developers, builders, restaurant owners and current resident Expats. The experience was priceless and this blog is a humble result of our time there.
Here is the view of Corozal Bay from the Bedroom of the seaside home we rented for a week on the south end of Corozal. It’s on a stretch of road known locally at “Gringo Lane” because of all the Expats that reside here.
Our hope is that this blog will help you better understand the possibilities of the Northern part of Belize. We plan to utilize our contacts there to help flesh out this blog for your benefit.
Looking for Your Input
Hopefully, the discussions will be lively and others will be able to fill in pieces of Corozal that we have missed.
If you are already an expert in Belize, please contact us with possible blog ideas and contributions. Please bookmark our blog and come back as much as your curiosity drives you back. We would love to hear your opinions.