With all of the languid pleasures of a Caribbean atmosphere, plenty of warm weather, and exciting adventures available on both land and sea, it’s no surprise that more and more expats are moving to Belize. Still small enough to feel cozy and homey, Belize is a natural paradise with plenty of beaches, tropical islands, pristine rainforests, and jungle landscapes for everyone to enjoy.
Here are 5 things that expats love about Belize:
1 – Stable Currency
Belize has its own currency called the Belizean dollar (BZD). Unlike other currencies in the region, the Belizean dollar is permanently pegged at 2:1 to the U.S. dollar. This makes calculating prices easy, and expats love never having to worry about local fluctuations in the market causing severe instability to the currency.
2 – English
Belize is the only country in the region where English is the official language. Not only is English widely spoken, but it’s the required language for all contracts, laws, and judicial proceedings, meaning expats never need to worry about hiring translators or difficulty in communicating.
3 – Foreigners Welcome
Unlike some countries that make foreign visitors jump through hoops, Belize has a long tradition of welcoming foreigners. Anyone with a valid passport from Canada, the United States, Britain, and several dozen other countries can enter Belize legally for 90 days as a tourist. Staying longer is just a question of renewing a tourist visa, and there are many options available to become a permanent resident.
Even better, all foreigners, including short-stay tourists, have full rights when it comes to owning, renting, and selling property in Belize.
4 – Transportation
Getting to and from Belize is now easier than ever thanks to airlines like WestJet, American, Delta, United, and Southwest operating non-stop flights from most major cities in North America and Belize.
And for expats living in Corozal District and other parts of northern Belize, the airport in Cancun, Mexico, is just over the border, making it easier and more affordable than ever to visit friends and family, get medical care, and manage businesses in North America.
5 – Fantastic Properties
Since 2001, there are no requirements, licenses, or fees for foreigners to buy, sell, or rent property in Belize. With below-average property prices for the region and low property taxes, it’s now possible to secure property in prime beachfront and other scenic locations, often for far less than a comparable property would cost in the United States or Canada.
One of the best places to enjoy the good life in Belize is the master-planned, gated community of Cerros Sands. Located in Belize’s scenic northern Corozal District right on the beautiful Bay of Chetumal, Cerros Sands has finished homes, beachfront lots, sea view lots, and lots with access to deep water channels starting at just $29,000.