Whether you’re approaching retirement or just looking for a new country to call home, one of the best choices is the Central American nation of Belize.
Reachable in just 2-3 hours from cities like Houston, Miami, and Atlanta, Belize is a former British colony located on the the Caribbean coast of Central America just south of Mexico. An English-speaking country renowned for its friendly, hospitable population of just 360,000 people, Belize is rapidly becoming a popular destination for retirees, expats, and investors.
Despite its primarily rural nature, the Belizean government has invested heavily in modern infrastructure, allowing expats and retirees to enjoy all the comforts of modern life while enjoying a Caribbean lifestyle.
In the past two months alone, prestigious publications such as Fodor’s, the Rough Guides, Canada’s CBC, National Geographic, the New York Times, International Living, Forbes, and Lonely Planet have all recommended visiting and/or living in Belize. This publicity comes on the heels of big-name celebrities such as Francis Ford Coppola and Leonardo Di Caprio who have invested in Belize real estate.
A primarily rural and pristine country famous for its exotic wildlife, balmy climate, and outstanding combination of both lush mainland and spectacularly beautiful islands, Belize became an independent nation in 1981. Since then, the country has worked hard to promote and protect its greatest resource, the pristine environment. In late 2017, the Belize parliament made history as one of the first countries in the world to completely ban all petroleum drilling and operations in its offshore waters.
One of the best places for expats and retirees to live is in Belize’s northern Corozal District. Perfectly situated to enjoy refreshing trade breezes, Corozal is home to Audobon-listed bird areas, wildlife sanctuaries, and a wealth of ancient Maya ruins. But with a population of just 35,000 people, six churches, family-run restaurants, and a public library, Corozal has successfully maintained its small-town ambiance.
Cerros Sands is a master-planned, gated community located on the shores of the beautiful Bay of Chetumal across from the island of Ambergris Caye. Designed from the ground up to be a “green,” self-sustaining community in the country, Cerros Sands has a number of properties available for purchase, including completed homes, condominiums, and undeveloped lots with beach or deep water channel access.
Prices for lots in Cerros Sands start at just $27,700. And if you act before April 1, 2018, you can participate in Cerros Sands‘ Fly and Buy Program that will refund up to $2,000 in travel costs for individuals who purchase property in the community.