Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Serenity Paradise, Your Home In The Mayan Yucatan Peninsula Of Belize

Welcome to the intersection of Serenity & Paradise! We’re located close to the village of Consejo and Corozal Town. Santa Rita, the Mayan pyramid is located only at a distance of few miles from our subdivision, in the Corozal. The pyramid gives a beautiful glimpse of the ancient Mayan architecture and gives tourists a chance to go back into time and experience the Mayan culture.

Fortunately, we’re situated close to the Cerros Mayan archeological site. This means that once you come to Serenity Paradise, you can easily visit Cerros that is at a short distance from our subdivision. Stand atop a temple on the Cerros Mayan and enjoy the most spectacular panoramic views of the ancient Mayan civilization that existed over two thousand years ago.

A Look into the Cerros Maya Civilization

Luckily, Cerros is only a short while away from Serenity Paradise; a quick boat ride. The locals of the region often trace back their ancestry to the people of the civilization. These local villagers are a great source of information about the Mayan civilization, and attract many tourists from across the globe. From details about their trade, culture, food and interest in agriculture and fishing, these villagers keep you engaged with history and strong stories about the Mayan culture. Some of the locals, even till date, cook in Mayan kitchens and even speak the ancient language that they learnt from their parents and grandparents.

Cerros for Tourists

Serenity Paradise has great terms with the Copper Bank Inn, which is located near the Mayan historical site. Copper Bank Inn is near the Cerros Maya, which makes easy for tourists to take day trip of the ancient ruins in details and enjoy the historic sites. If you do not wish to walk or ride a bike to the place, our friends at Copper Bank Inn can introduce you to the caretaker of the Cerros Maya. The area has a center for visitors that offers a map of the ruins, and also showcased some ancient artefacts that archeologists, historians and scientists discovered over time. The Copper Bank Inn has had guests who were scientists visiting the ruins. These scientists often share their experiences and stories about their efforts to preserve and document the historical site.

Most photographers, scientists and historians who visit the Cerros Maya mostly choose the Copper Bank Inn for their stay and accommodation. This allows them to have a comfortable stay while staying in close proximity to their main attraction site. Photographers capture breathtakingly beautiful and scenic view of the historic structures, temples, ball courts and so many other sites in the Cerros. The beautiful wildlife, trees and flowers, plans and waters make it all the more worthwhile and amazing. The usual mode of communication for locals is the ferry and the boat. Boat rides are an experience of a lifetime as you pass by temples and other sites of the Mayan civilization before reaching Cerros.

A Boat Trip around the Cerros

When you’re in Belize, the most common type of mode of travel is by boat. From everyday errands to visiting archeological sites like the Mayan ruins, ferries are your best friend. A boat trip around the Cerros Peninsula makes you experience the Mayan civilization from an entirely different perspective. A little ahead of the Cerros site, there is the New River. This blue water river goes straight from Corozal Bay to the New River Lagoon. The latter is home of the Lamanai, one of the most renowned Mayan ruins. From your home in Serenity Paradise, you can easily have a long and enjoyable day trip to the ruins of the Lamanai. You can even get an extended trip for a rich Mayan experience, if you get to stay at the Copper Bank Inn.

Serenity Paradise is your best bet, if you want to hop on for some exciting Mayan adventure while enjoying other amazing archeological and entertaining sites in Belize.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Journey to Serenity & Paradise

Many of us in the United States have a longing to live in a warm paradise with palm trees swaying in the Caribbean breeze. What started as a conversation among a group of old friends several years ago is now a reality. Our journey to paradise has been a labor of love for friends and family.

After the discussions to develop a vision and concept for a move to Belize, a location was chosen in the northern part of the country in the District of Corozal. At the intersection of Serenity Road and Paradise Road our friend and developer went to work purchasing and building what is now Serenity Paradise Belize.

Our little community development family has finally reached the point where we packed our bags in Alabama, drove to Atlanta and boarded our flight to live in paradise…Serenity Paradise, that is! After a three hour flight from Atlanta we started a new chapter in our lives…welcome to Belize!!!

We even have a small hotel to facilitate our visitors and prospects as they take a look around and contemplate the possibility of joining our community. The Copper Bank Inn is where “Miss Elizabeth” brought a little “Southern Hospitality” from Auburn, Alabama to help make this journey a home away from home!

Being the newest arrivals in a foreign country has had its share of adventure sprinkled in with the palm trees and sea breezes. If you have never crossed a river with your car on a hand cranked ferry…you are in for a treat. Going shopping in Corozal Town and the neighboring villages has been affectionately named the “Scavenger Hunt” by our Serenity Paradise family. Shopping in Central America takes a little patience and ingenuity, along with some creativity. There is no longer the fast paced drive to Walmart for a quick shopping event. Hopefully Miss Elizabeth will share all of her shopping secrets with you as you settle into this tropical setting.

When you hear folks talking about Belize being “Mother Natures’ best kept secret”…they are not kidding! The Mennonites here produce the best food on Earth. At the Copper Bank Inn our local Belizean cooks in Miss Elizabeth’s kitchen are truly gifted in the culinary arts of the Caribbean.

Maybe it is time for you to come to paradise for some of the serenity and hospitality. Then you can see for yourself what we call “the last best deal in the Caribbean!”

By: Bill Roughton

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pure Conservation and Pure Food Protection in Belize

 Belize is a country with much to offer. If you are someone who is interested in conservation and protection of our natural resources from the waters, to the soil, then this is the country for you. Without countries like Belize who take the health of their people, animals, waters, and forests and most importantly their food seriously then we would all be much worse off health wise. Here is a little history on all the protection acts that Belize has taken to protect their country and the health of the people.

Since declaring independence in 1981, Belize enacted many environmental
Protection laws aimed at the preservation of the country’s natural and cultural heritage, as well as its wealth of natural resources. These acts have established a number of different types of protected areas, with each category having its own set of regulations dictating public access, resource extraction, land use and ownership. Belize is full of different biodiversities. It is situated within the Mesoamerican hotspot. Belize has a high level of terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. It is home to more than 150 species of mammals, 540 of birds, 150 of amphibians and reptiles, nearly 600 species of freshwater and marine fish and 3,408 species of vascular plants. The country contains a vast array of ecosystems, many of which are critical habitats for threatened and endangered species.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, stretching the full length of the
Country’s coastline is the largest unbroken coral reef complex in the Western hemisphere. In Belize, the reef’s rich diversity of corals and other marine life has qualified it to be designated a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its consequent global importance. Much of the mainland of Belize forms part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, which comprises a network of protected areas linked by biological corridors, stretching from Mexico to Panamá. Belize has two large, unified, blocks of intact virgin rainforests that are likely to be the last strongholds for species that require large, undisturbed areas for their long-term survival, such as the jaguar.

The number of species endemic to Belize is low, since Belize is a small country and does not have many habitats that are unique. Most of the few endemics are found in the Maya Mountains and in the lowland savannas of Belize. Belize is party to a number of legally binding multilateral environmental agreements, many of which deal with proper management of the country’s natural resources. These include, most notably, the CITES, CBD, CCD, FCCC. Since its ratification of the Ramsar Convention in 1998, Belize has had two sites designated as wetlands of international importance: Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, in 1998, and Sarstoon-Temash National Park, in 2005.


Here is a list of the Protected Reserves:

Archaeological Reserve: These reserves are designated for the protection of historic archaeological sites, typically ancient Mayan ruins.

Forest Reserve: These areas are designed for sustainable timber extraction without destroying the biodiversity of the location. Companies are given permits to extract after being reviewed by the Forests Department.

Marine Reserve: These are designated for the conservation of aquatic Ecosystems, including marine animals and their habitats, as well as for the
Sustainable extraction of marine resources. These reserves are managed by the Department of Fisheries.

National Park: These parks are areas of recreation and tourism, as well as Environmental protection. Visitors are welcome to explore the park.

Natural Monument: This protected area is designated for unique geographic Monuments of the landscape, to preserve them for research projects and future generations.

Nature Reserve: These parks enjoy the highest level of protection; permits are required to enter the area and are restricted to researchers only. Nature reserves are typically pristine, wilderness ecosystems.

Private Reserve: Either official or unofficial, these reserves are owned and Operated by private conservation initiatives, and enjoy various levels of
Protection.

Wildlife Sanctuary: These areas are created for the preservation of an important keystone species in the ecosystem. By preserving enough area for them to live in, many other species receive the protection they need as well. With all of the conservation Belize offers comes good management.

Overall oversight of conservation and management of protected areas in Belize is the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. The country’s system of private reserves is co-ordinate under the Belize Association of Private Protected Areas. The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) was founded in 1969, oversees a total of nine protected areas, including 4 natural monuments, 2 national parks, 2 wildlife sanctuaries and 1 nature reserve. The Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT), founded in 1995, provides funds for the development of conservation and the promotion of environmentally sound management of Belize’s natural and cultural resources, in order to foster sustainable development. It is primarily financed by the collection of a conservation levy included in the country’s airport departure tax.

Belize also has strict laws in place for non-GMO’s seeds GMO’s are not allowed in Belize and has been rejected by the people. Belize is a country of non-GMO’s seeds which in turn means pure food and a healthier population. In today’s society pure food is becoming harder to find in an ever increasing toxic world. Belize farmers and farmers market sell top quality pure veggies, fruits and raw milk products. With all of the conservation laws protecting the environment, forests, soil, water sources, and oceans you are sure to live a much healthier life. To sum all of this up, it would seem to me that cancer and other toxic health conditions would be considerably lower in a society that has pure seed and food. There are few environmental pollutants in Belize compared to the rest of the world.

For those of us who are in support of conservation and keeping an area
Protected from invasive species whether it be plant or animal or seeds this is the country for you. I hope to see you here and may we all live to be 100 years old. Come visit Belize, the clean air, the clean blue water, the trees are greener and the food is pure and health. So what are you waiting?

Live Life……..Live Belize!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Benefits of Retirement in Belize

If you are thinking about Retiring in Belize, moving to Belize, want a lot or lots in Belize or just investing in Belize Serenity Paradise Subdivision is located near the Township of Corozal. This can be your future first or second home location for you and your family. Just investing in Belize building lot is a wise investment in today’s world, plus we have electrical Power in the Subdivision for more value for your money.

During a delightful visit to Belize in 2012, we noticed many retired Americans and Canadians—as well as a few Europeans—are making quaint Corozal their home for retirement or buying land and lots for their future. The gentle ocean breeze is refreshing and life is easy. Much of the food is grown locally by the Mennonite community and it is delicious, healthy, unprocessed, and additive-free. Serenity Paradise offers the best of all worlds as the subdivision is only 1,800 feet (a short walk) to Corozal Bay on public access. Also Serenity Bay is only about 4 miles to the shopping area in the Township of Corozal. We have full electric power in the Subdivision and we hold absolute title to the property so we can convey good title at time of closing. So if you are thinking about Retiring in Belize, Moving to Belize, want Lot or Lots for Sale in Belize or just investing in Belize for your future Serenity Paradise is your home waiting for you.

Belize is on “Belize time.” That means it is a stress-free zone and no one is in a hurry. The locals are satisfied with the less controlling government regulations. Of all the countries in Central America, Belize is the only English speaking country as is their national language. This made it easy to talk with local residents. We found them to be very friendly and hospitable.

If you are looking for sanity in a world of increasing uncertainty, we encourage you to send us an email and let us tell you more about Belize and the township of Corozal. The country is an undiscovered gem, beckoning you to relax and enjoy life. Belize, being close to the US, is only about a three hour flight from Atlanta to the international airport in Belize.

Please feel free to call or email with any questions:
Serenity Paradise Belize, Ltd Corozal, Belize Central America

info@serenityparadise.com
From USA to Belize: 334-246-0876 No Charges
From USA to Belize: 678-224-0876 No Charges
Belize Local: 501-660-1655

Friday, January 10, 2014

Looking for Adventure…..Look to Belize

Belize is a country full of adventures. If you are a person who loves the ocean then Belize is a beautiful place to vacation or better yet to move to. It has one of the wonders in the ocean the Blue Hole, as well as one of the great barrier reefs. If you enjoy diving or snorkeling then this is the place for you. You can explore and enjoy the breath taking beauties of the deep. Belize is well known for there under water adventures. It even is in the path of the great Whale Shark migration through the bay in March through June. What an unforgettable experience to be able to swim with these massive animals. You may even be able to help with the research of them, like measuring them and much more. You can also go lobstering out your door in the bay and catch fresh lobsters for your afternoon meal or supper. How great is that? If you like sailing or ocean kayaking this is the place to come. Belize is the place for someone who enjoys just relaxing by the bay and enjoying a coconut water under a palm tree and watching the many beautiful sailboats on the water as well. Belize is full of jungle adventures also. One can take a jungle trek where you might be lucky enough to see an ocelot, jaguar, snakes, or a macaw. You can also go for a wild cave tubing float through the limestone caves in Belize. These cave tubing trips are guided and are an interesting way to explore in a unique way. Or for a wild adventure you may want to try the tree top canopy zip line rides. You can fly through the tree tops like George of the Jungle or Tarzan. There are many ways to see Belize. If you like hiking you may want to hike to the Mayan Ruins. These are a neat walk through many years of history. Also Belize is known for some of the top hiking and backpacking trips guided or by yourself.

So if you are looking for adventure then look to Belize. Belize has a little bit for everyone. If you are vacationing then enjoy all there is to offer from the beautiful bay to the wilds and mysteriousness of the jungles. If you are looking to buy then Belize is the perfect spot to settle down and relax by the bay, as well as having everything available to you and much more right out your door. So come explore and enjoy Belize. This is why we coined the saying: Live Life….Live Belize

Friday, December 6, 2013

Questions and Answers about Moving to Belize

Rent or Buying a Home

  • Should I start off renting first? If you’re looking to move here permanently than renting would be a waste of money unless you are waiting on home to be built. We could gladly send you a list of some homes that are for sale in good locations if you would send us your budget. If you do not see anything you like you could possibly buy a lot and then rent something while your dream home is being completed.

Education

  • Where are the schools located? Most schools are located in Corozal town and are funded by private church organizations. The best elementary/middle schools would be St. Francis Xavier’s, St. Paul’s by the sea, and the Methodist school. Out of the three St. Francis Xavier’s offers the best education. After primary school is finished your child would then move on to what is called here college but in the states would be high school. There are several choices for that being: Corozal community college, Presbyterian high school, and Escuela Mexicana. The Mexican school is funded by both Belize organizations and Mexico and provides a very good education but it is a little far from town. CCC, Corozal community college, is known for their music program and a good education.
  • Are there any American schools? At this time there are no American schools but all the schools here are taught in English and Spanish is an exploratory that they are pushed to learn.

Free time

  • Are there things to do with kids? Is it safe? There are several afterschool programs for kids such as karate, art class, scouts, VBS and others throughout the year. Corozal town is very safe for children as they treasure their future generations.
  • American TV? Direct TV maybe. You can get American TV here. If you live in town typically you have one of the local cable companies which tend to be bootleg DirecTV and sometimes bootleg Canadian TV. DirecTV is available here but it is rather costly as you have to buy a larger satellite than you would have in the states. We have at our house a company called sky TV that is from Mexico and is affiliated with DirecTV. Installation is much cheaper than DirecTV would be and the cost per month depending on package is around $34 US for over 250 channels.
  • Parks? There are many parks in Corozal and most are on the sea. Central Park in town offers a program once a month where artists bring their products and showcase them in hopes of a sell. Art in the Park, as it is known, is one of the many fun activities for both parents and children. The parks on the sea are maintained and allow you to swim at your leisure although it is Rocky.
  • Churches? There are a lot of churches in Corozal. To name some: the Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventist, Baptist, church of Christ, church of the latter-day Saints, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian and Jehovah’s Witness. There are probably more than I can think of.
  • How are holidays there? Halloween? Christmas? (Just curious since we have small kids) holidays in Belize are highly prized. Halloween is one of the smaller holidays here. The children do dress up and go trick-or-treating through town which is safe and monitored by both parents and officials. Even the preschools dress the children up and take them by the shops during the mornings so they can get candy. Christmas is a bigger holiday and starts December 1 through the first week of January. They do a gigantic tree lighting the first weekend in December followed by a lit up parade floats playing Christmas music and Santa Claus. Down here we got to celebrate something we had never done before for the Christmas season which was Boxing Day. New Year’s Day is just an extension of Christmas. The next big holiday would be Easter and is a weeklong. During holy week most shops are not open and many people celebrate as it should be. There are many other holidays throughout the year but they are smaller being only one day like Labor Day or benefactor’s day.

Services

  • What is the phone service like? Phone service in Belize usually deals with two different companies. One being Smart and the other being Digicel. Smart is the one that we have as it picks up well and we can call the states using our phones if necessary. Typically we use the Skype to call the US as it is much cheaper and affordable for both families. We use a plan where you purchase a United States phone number so that whenever you call family it is with the US number and they are not charged for long-distance. The cost is around $120 US a year which covers the plan for unlimited calls to the United States and Canada and the cost of the phone number.
  • What is the mail service like? Regular mail service to the local post office is very slow. Usually it takes a letter or package from the states 10 to 21 days to arrive. We also have FedEx and DHL but they are much more expensive. To ship ordered items online to Belize we use a couple companies that have Miami addresses and then fly the products over, bring it through customs in Belize and drop it off in Corozal where you pay them. Using this procedure, after the product is dropped in Florida and after delivery the parcel then takes about a week and a half to arrive to Corozal.
  • How are the services (electricity, gas, water, trash, etc?)  Different in Belize than the US? Electricity in Belize is similar and costs about as much as the United States prices. Gas or butane which is used here mostly for cooking and hot water heaters is very affordable. Gas for your vehicle in Corozal at the one station is now running $10.90 per gallon Belize which equals about $5.45 US. So it’s a rather high. Water can be obtained through either a well, a cistern or if you’re close to town city water. Well water tends to have a very sulfuric smell to it and the high calcium base. The cistern water is very fresh as is pure rainwater. The city water has very high chlorine content. Trash pickup is once a week and runs around $10 US per month.

 Moving

  • Is it better to ship your things or just buy new stuff? Truthfully it is better just to buy new things once you reach here. After looking at shipping costs and the duty to bring your items in you can easily purchase anything you need in the country.
  • If we ship our things, how long does it take for it to reach Belize? Shipping things to Belize can either take one month or as much as three and depends on who your broker is and who your shipping company is.
  • Need a phone number of someone who ships to Belize. Allan Hines 646 241 2967 shiptobelize@gmail.com www.belizeshippingcompany.com www.facebook.com/BelizeShippingCompany www.twitter.com/BelizeShipping
  • Can you give me the process of shipping your things to Belize? Allan would best know the process of how you should things to Belize.
  • Should I ship my car down there? Yes you can ship your car down. He can also give you an idea on what that would cost.

Automobile

  • I have a Toyota Highlander that is not 4 wheel drive. Do I need a 4 wheel drive?  You do not always need four-wheel-drive here so the Toyota Highlander would work. This year has been exceptionally rainy year and in fact the locals who are older have stated that it’s the rainiest season they have seen in over 40 years.
  • What type of truck or car should I get? (Ford, GM, Toyota, etc.)  I need a car that I can find a mechanic if a repair is needed. Also, easy access of repair parts for a repair would help me choose my choice of automobile. Car parts are very easy to acquire here. Mexico has all of the dealerships you listed above and then some. The local mechanics have a working arrangement with companies both in Belize and Mexico so that they can find any parts that they need as long as you’re not bringing down a Mercedes you should be fine.

Medical

  • Do they have medical insurance down there? Do I even need it? 
  • What is the cost? Medical insurance is not needed in Belize and no one that we know of has it. We have found that it is not necessary. My wife had to have kidney surgery in April and as it was such a serious ordeal we chose to go to Mexico as they offer the best specialists. The surgery took place in the city of Merida Mexico which is in the district of Yucatán just to the left of Quintana Rue which is where Cancun is. The three day hospital stay, two surgeons, anesthesiologists, 24-hour nurse assistants and all medicines totaled a cost of $5,750 US. Here is her blog about it: http://bethbowersescape.wordpress.com/
  • Are there a good family, gynecologist (GYN), and pediatrician Doctors in Belize? There are good family doctors in Belize, gynecologist and pediatricians. Our family Dr. in fact offers that if we are in emergency to call him 24 hours a day and he will be right there or if needed will make an in-home visit.
  • Is there urgent care. There is urgent care here at the local hospital and if necessary and Orange walk or Chetumal. Just to give you an idea: when we first moved here I was getting ready to install a new ceiling fan that had set screws which were stripped so I decided to take the drill and take them out. Unfortunately the bit broke and then went into my finger where it decided to spin. My wife had to take me to the local hospital where I was rushed into the surgery with a Cuban Dr. who was well-qualified and a bilingual Belizean nurse who translated all that was happening. After the surgery which consisted of nine stitches, three on the inside and six on the out, I went to the front desk to pay, was asked my age and where I lived. When I gave her my age and that I live just down the road she then told me that there was no charge. This left me a little stunned and she handed me a prescription to take to the hospital pharmacy. Once at the hospital pharmacy they filled the prescription and I found out that it was again at no cost. Overall I found the care to be quick and efficient.
  • Do they have routine vaccines for kids? They do have routine vaccines for kids.
  • Are there any special vaccines/meds we need to take prior to moving? There are no special vaccines and medicines that you need to take prior to moving.
  • Is anti-malaria medicine recommended? You do not need to take anti-malaria medication. The only case of malaria we have heard of while living here was a friend of ours who works outdoors and usually in the woods. This happened probably six or seven years ago. In Corozal we do not have the jungle as much as central Belize and Southern Belize.
  • Is there a chiropractor in the Corozal Belize? There are a couple chiropractors in Corozal one has recently moved here and is from the United States.
  • Do we have good veterinarians in Belize? There are good veterinarians in Belize. There are two in Corozal. One lady is from the United States and the other is a local doctor. We tend to go to the local lady as she is a little more friendly.
  • What is the mosquito situation like? Mosquitoes like rain. This year has been an exceptionally bad for rain but it has rained so many mosquitos has drowned. There are still plenty but not as bad as you would think. During the dry season which starts first of December and goes till June we usually do not have very many as it’s very dry and dusty. Mosquitoes breed in water and wet grass.

Shopping

  • How is the food shopping different than the US? Shopping for food in Belize is different than US. In Belize you tend to have to make visits to several different shops to get everything you’re looking for. Fresh market for fruits and vegetables. Meat market for meats and fish. And the grocery shop for canned items, snacks and cleaning supplies.
    • I here there GMO food is not allowed in Belize. Is this true? GMO seeds are not allowed in Belize. We do have some items that contain GMO’s but are prepackaged box items or canned items.
    • Is the food sold in Belize more of an open market fresh food than the boxed up processed food in the US? Most of the foods in Belize are fresh. The other items such as macaroni and cheese or canned tomatoes are from the US. Belizeans do not tend to buy that type of food and lean more towards fresh items. The items that are imported from the US cost more and so the Belizeans are not interested in them. The ex-pats are the ones who buy these products.
    • Is it easy access to the grocery stores in Corozal Belize?  I guess it depends on where you live though. There are many grocery stores in Corozal. Most are run by the Chinese and are fairly efficient. Sometimes the shop owners are not as nice as they should be but as there are many shops you don’t have to go back. We have a couple that we prefer and the people are very nice and the products are kept clean and orderly. The fresh produce markets are large and carried various quantities of anything you could want and some things you probably won’t know what are. They are very easy to get to.
  • Can we buy thing by internet and will they deliver to our home? You can buy anything online that you like as long as it’s not explosive and have it shipped from one of the Miami dresses to Corozal. They do not do door-to-door delivery but you can pick it up in town.
  • I know Mexico has a Wal-Mart.  Does Belize have a Wal-Mart or Target in Corozal?
    • If not, were in Belize could you find one? There are no large chain stores in the country of Belize. This includes Walmart, Home Depot, Sam’s, target, etc. the good thing about being in Corozal is you are only 12 miles from Chetumal town where you can find Walmart and Sam’s Club and even a good-sized mall that has a movie theater, McDonald’s, Applebee’s, and Burger King. Corozal has one store named Court’s which is found throughout the Caribbean and carries furniture and electronics. The Mennonites have a company called Caribbean tire which is affiliated with Caribbean motors which handles things having to do with vehicles. There is a Home Depot in Cancun but there are also around six hardware’s in Corozal, l so finding what you need is only a matter of finding the right store.

If you have any more questions feel free to send them on and we will be glad to answer anything we can. Moving to a different country is a large step but in this instance it is a very positive one. Keep in touch and again ask questions.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Experience Living Among the Mennonites of Belize

It is a unique experience like no other to find yourself living and working among the Mennonites of Belize. If you have not had the chance to experience it, come on over.

The Mennonites, immigrated to Belize around 1958 from Germany, Russia, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, and the United States and various other areas as well. They decided to make Belize their home due to the excellent farm land. Most importantly though was the Belizean government agreed not to subject them to property taxes, military services or most importantly not to sacrifice their religious beliefs.

The Mennonites are a people of strong faith. They take their beliefs to heart in everything they do. The groups that live in Belize live a simple lifestyle: no power, horse and buggies, modest homes, and hardworking is just some of the things that separate them from mainstream world. The Mennonites run their own villages, schools, businesses and churches. They work Monday thru Saturday and Sunday is their day of rest and can be found in church worshiping and praising God. They speak English in the work force and while trading with others but in the privacy of their homes and church they speak German. They are a polite group of people who believe in helping their neighbors through work and deed.

While being the minority of only about 3.6% or around 50,000 people they are a major part of Belize’s economy. They provide 60% or more of the food produced in the Belizean stores as well as their own roadside market stands. All of the food they produce is completely natural and organic. Only the best of quality will do. They also produce chickens and supply milk to the markets from their dairies. Here is another great health benefit; their milk is fresh and raw, which means it is full of the healthy natural cultures your body needs. They also make fresh cheeses for sale from their dairies. I have also heard that they grow the sweetest watermelons one has ever tasted. I heard that they sell the purest and most natural ice cream in the world. Now, that is something worth traveling for, organic foods and tasty ice cream.

The Mennonite men are very talented in craftsmanship. You can see this talent in the homes of Belize as well as the furniture. The houses are built from the local wood and resources which they have sawed using their saw mills. Are you looking to help leave a smaller footprint on the world then the Mennonites of Belize are doing just that.

If you are looking for a healthier more peaceful way of life than look no further than Belize. The Mennonites are always ready to serve and to trade with their neighbors. So come experience life among the Belizean Mennonites and allow them to contribute to your new way of life, healthier organically grown foods, hand crafted furnishings ,top notch houses and let’s not forget the most delicious tasting ice cream you may have ever had. What are waiting for? Come live among the Mennonites. See you there.