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Have been contemplating a move to Belize (or any other Caribbean area) for my "retirement" in a few years. Currently I'm 55 and soon-to-be single so I have no one to move with me should I actually go there.

Looking for insight from others.... SAFEST areas (particularly for senior women), lowest taxes, prices, living expenses, etc. Would really be quite happy in a grass hut under some trees looking out over the ocean. Nothing expensive or fancy. Just me and my cats. Wooded in the mountains or with a view of the sea are all great possibilities for me. I'm quite flexible that way and more than willing to be quite self-sufficient for my basic living requirements if needed (gardening, etc).

How does one MOVE there from the US? Is it possible to drive a uhaul for example or would that be insane to attempt? I don't have a lot of stuff but I'd need something bigger than my car cause my 5 cats would take up all that room by themselves in their expansive travel kennels. Can I bring my car or would I have to sell it here and buy new there?

I've never been out of the US and am not familiar with how to travel to some of them (unless it's very obvious you'd need a plane or boat like Europe or Australia or something).

I am open to all ideas and suggestions. Money IS an issue at this time so the cheapest options would be the only options for me.

Favorite things to do are: be home, gardening, any outside work, actually. Would love to be where I could access open street markets, food or other festivals, etc... free entertainment when and where available.

DO NOT like large crowds, (can take in small doses if necessary), not interested in arts, crafts, shopping other than food, movies or restaurants/bars, etc.. Would like to work if i can - currently a tractor trailer driver (new profession so no money has been accumulated yet and I have no pension or other retirement funds coming from anyplace) have quite a bit of office experience, customer service, etc but can't be on my feet long. Extensive medial office training as well. Don't know any other languages other than English but willing to learn.

Again, safety and employment options and cost of living would be key....

Thanks!

PS, I have NO IDEA where most of the places are that I have tagged as possibilities. Very "geographically challenged". LOL!

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