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Bugging Out!….to Belize

In the world of sales I get to talk to a lot of people.  When I talk to them about our business of running a relocation touring company for the country of Belize, I get a lot of nods and funny looks.   Let’s face it, many people don’t know where Belize is located and couldn’t pin it on a map.  Unless you’ve happened upon it during a Carribean cruise or you’re an avid SCUBA diver most people haven’t heard of “Mother Nature’s Hidden Secret”.

Belize is a small country on the Yucatan peninsula just south of Mexico.  It’s known for its lush tropical jungle, friendly people, and scenic islands known as Cayes (pronounced “Key’s).   Formerly known as British Honduras, this tiny little country of about 350,000 people is not well known to many.

Recently though I’ve been getting a lot of excited looks from “preppers”.   In the past preppers or survivalists have been viewed as paranoid or maybe even a little crazy as they are known to be preparing for some kind of disaster such as terrorist attacks, economic collapse, nuclear war, pandemics and others.    Over the past few years this image has changed given the recent political, economic and social changes in the world.   There’s now a popular TV show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel which features people and their plans for doomsday.

This recent popularity caused me to want to take a look at some of the most important concerns when it comes to prepping to see how Belize would compare to other places.

Food – Belize has abundant natural resources and the climate is great for growing sugar, citrus, and bananas.  There’s also been a recent increase of papaya, hot peppers and other fresh fruits.   The many lagoons, flats and a large barrier reef just off the coast provides plenty of saltwater fish such as bonefish, permit, tarpon, wahoo, lionfish and let’s not forget the lobster.   The lakes and rivers offer other varieties of freshwater fish. (Editor’s note – many of these fish are currently catch and release only)

Personal Protection – Gun laws in Belize are very strict and importing firearms is difficult as most calibers are illegal.   The only handgun allowed is a 9mm and shotguns must be 16 or 20 gauge.  Forget about bringing your assault rifle.

Population – The population for the entire country is less than 400,000.   Although it borders Guetamala (estimated population of 13 million) and Honduras (est. population of 8 million) and Mexico which could pose a problem if there were some kind of crisis in Central America.

Water – Belize has ample fresh water from its many rivers, lakes and groundwater supplies.  Plus being that it’s in a tropical climate it averages 71 to 110 inches of rainfall per year.  The Carribean Sea can also provide water with a simple distillation system.

My assessment is that Belize might be a good place to “bug out” if you’re preparing for some type of disaster.   My only problem would be figuring out how to get there if there were some type of disruption in air travel unless you have a large boat.  Going by land through Mexico would not be advisable, especially in a crisis situation.