In 2016, Simone Biles won the hearts of the world with her matchless performance at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Already a four-time United States national all-around champion, Biles surpassed Shannon Miller to become the most decorated athlete in American women’s gymnastics.
Although she spent most of her childhood living and training in the United States, Biles is a dual citizen of both the U.S.A and Belize due to her connection with her grandmother, Nellie Cayetano Biles, who raised Biles and her siblings when her biological mother was unable to care for her children due to substance abuse.
Biles, currently on tour in the United States to promote women’s gymnastics, spoke to the press about her abiding love for Belize. Biles related how she visits the small Caribbean country at least once a year, enjoying a full week of fun in the sun with her extended family. Biles spoke lovingly about her fondness for Belizean foods like fry jacks, seafood, and stewed chicken, and described how the country truly has something for everyone. Biles listed popular attractions like Maya ruins, Ambergris Caye, and the Blue Hole as some of her favorite destinations, and mentioned how the scuba diving and snorkeling is truly spectacular.
Although Biles is currently busy with her commitments to promoting the sport of women’s gymnastics in America, the entire nation of Belize is eagerly looking forward to welcoming their beloved daughter home when she next visits the country.
Simone Biles isn’t the only American who loves Belize. The country has rapidly become a haven for expats who choose to live in gated, master-planned communities like Cerros Sands to make the best of both worlds.
Cerros Sands is located in Belize’s lovely Corozal District, close to both Biles’ favorite vacation spot of Ambergris Caye as well as the border state of Quintana Roo, home to both the resort area of Cancun and its airport with low-cost flights to North America and familiar retailers like Home Depot, Liverpool and Wal-Mart.
Belize’s QRP (Qualified Retired Program) allows eligible individuals age 45 and older, along with their families, to live in the country. The QRP program features generous tax-free allowances for the importation of household goods and vehicles (including boats and light airplanes) while only requiring retirees to spend a minimum of 30 days in the country per year.
With beachfront homes, ocean view parcels, and lots with access to deep water channels that connect to the fabulous Chetumal Bay, the community of Cerros Sands is an excellent place to retire or invest in a second home. Prices start at $17,770 and financing is available.