Try Before You Buy- A Trial Run at Expat Living in the Villas at CocoPlum

by Megan Rodden

Your Belizean vacation was magical.  Everything you expected and loads that you didn’t, you returned home to North America in a happy haze… tan, invigorated, and perhaps thinking “I could LIVE in Belize.”  Perpetual summer and reggae music does sound enticing, but before you start selling your possessions and packing your bags for a permanent move abroad, consider a trial at expat living first.  The Villas at CocoPlum might make a perfect base camp to explore Belize beyond your typical one week holiday and give ‘life as a local’ a try.

Your Home away from Home

Nearly smack dab in the middle of the 16-mile long Placencia Peninsula, the Villas at Cocoplum are perfectly situated to afford easy access to all the popular tourist attractions the area is known for yet are within a secured, gated community giving guests privacy and seclusion when they want it.  The master-planned neighborhood shares boundaries and amenities with Naia Resort & Spa so restaurants, yoga, and the gym are all a stone’s throw from your front door.  You can choose from 2-, 3- or 4-bedroom Villas, all fully furnished and equipped to make your extended stay feel like home.

Fall into the slow rhythm of life here that typically involves daily excursions to the vegetable stand and long hours lazing in the hammock.  Working remotely?  You’re in good company!  More and more couples and families are immigrating to warmer climates, Belize included, in recent years as the digital age has created new opportunities for workers outside of brick-and-mortar offices.  You’ll likely find our power stable and internet speeds sufficient to suit your needs, though you may struggle to return to your computer from coffee breaks on the beach.  

Placencia has no shortage of wonderful restaurants, from humble taco stands to gourmet eateries, you’ll want to try them all on your vacation but during your expat-trial you’ll want to test your hand at preparing some of your own food.  The Villas all have well-equipped kitchens for you to experiment with meal preparations.  Embark on your own culinary adventure and discover new ingredients you’re probably unfamiliar with.  The tropical climate of the southern Yucatan Peninsula affords the country of Belize a year-round growing season so local agricultural offerings are always abundant.  Frozen foods and convenience meals are a rarity here, markets carry mostly staples of whole and fresh ingredients so your kitchen skills might improve with expat life!

Placencia Living

placencia sidewalk

The Placencia Peninsula is a Goldilocks locale for many; beautiful beaches and enough amenities and nightlife to keep you entertained but still quite laidback and peaceful.  The Villas at CocoPlum feel like they’re on an island, with the sea on one side and the lagoon on the other, but you can drive inland in under 40 minutes and enjoy mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and lush jungle.  Being able to access the best inland adventures without a prolonged boat ride is a major plus.  The peninsula has two private practices for routine and mild medical care and the capital city of Belmopan has quality private hospitals a 2-hour drive away.

Though CocoPlum is a gated community, you needn’t feel isolated as there are loads of opportunities for socializing both north and south on the peninsula.  In Placencia Village you can find live music most nights a week at one of the many beach bars or happy hour activities like trivia and horseshoe tournaments.  To the north is Maya Beach, an expat enclave with popular hang-outs such as the bowling alley and a sea-side resort that hosts the Rotary Club’s weekly Bingo games.

Starting your expat journey at The Villas at Cocoplum is an easy way to slide into the Belizean lifestyle.  What are you waiting for? 

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