Life on a Pristine Beach in Ambergris Caye, Belize


By Ann Kuffner,

This essay comes to us pleasantness of, a world’s heading management on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire improved overseas.

Two years ago, Duane and Judy Allen changed full-time from Tampa, Florida, to Ambergris Caye, Belize. “I always wanted to live right on a beach, though not in a condo,” says Duane. “I wanted a home, and space around me to roam. For years, we scoured Florida’s coasts, looking for an affordable property. But all was out of reach.”


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As fitness would have it, Judy’s sister and her family had changed to Ambergris Caye before “Temptation Island” put it on a map… Judy notes, “We chose San Pedro given we had been visiting my sister and her father given they changed to Belize about 23 years ago. We fell in adore with a island by those many visits.”


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Duane started checking out a island’s beachfront skill and found that it was still affordable. In 1999, a Allens snapped adult a overwhelming beachfront lot south of town, in an underdeveloped area. They weren’t nonetheless meditative about retirement. But given Judy’s sister’s family was already vital on a island, a Allens changed adult their report and built their residence in 2004. Judy’s sister and family live in a downstairs unit. The Allens live upstairs. At initial they came for vacations, before finally timid full-time.

“Our perspective is breathtaking, no matter what time of day it is,” says Judy. “Sitting on a porch examination a object arise is a daily pleasure. Welcoming any pleasing new day, coffee in hand, as we devise what we wish to do that day is substantially a favorite time together. Walking a dog on a beach any afternoon is a tighten second. We accommodate so many accessible and garrulous people — both vacationers and residents, and they always seem to be dog lovers.”


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She adds, “Until we changed here, we had no thought that Duane is indeed creative.
Fortunately, a lot is vast adequate to accommodate his many coconut and driftwood creations. And he always has several projects going. We’d been vital here a year and a half before he even done time to go fishing.”

Duane’s creations are whimsical. He especially creates quirky animals from driftwood found on their beach. The Allens name any art square and post a laughable story.

Duane’s creations are all in their yard. Judy says, “They are a large strike with a tourists — who infrequently travel a beach from city to see them. Sometimes as many as 40 people uncover adult in one day.”

Judy keeps bustling operative around a residence and yard, gripping Duane stocked with reserve and staying in hold with friends and family in a States around computer. She takes unchanging jaunts into San Pedro with her sister or friends for lunch and shopping. The Allens have a gentle brew of expat and Belizean friends. “We go out for cooking dual or 3 times a month. Sometimes we go to Fido’s on Monday nights to eat out and listen to Dennis Wolfe and his band. we also horde a flattering cut-throat Scrabble diversion with girlfriends and my sister any other Sunday,” says Judy.


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To date, a integrate is gratified with a health caring in Belize. Like many expats, they compensate out of slot for medical expenses, that are reasonable in Belize and Mexico. Duane recently had dual molars extracted for $30. Judy paid $40 any to have 4 fillings replaced, and $200 to reinstate a crown.

Both Allens sealed adult for Social Security early, when they incited 62. They also accept income from annuities. All told, their monthly costs volume to around $1,300 (excluding medical expenses).

Like many expats in San Pedro, a Allens are zealous animal lovers. Judy volunteers for a Saga Humane Society. She and her sister devise to spend some-more time volunteering for Saga this year.

Duane is really calm vital on his primitive beach, operative on his art pieces and projects. He occasionally leaves a island. But Judy earnings to Florida or Georgia 4 or 5 times a year to see family and friends. After all, it’s a brief two-hour flight.

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