Whether you’re reaching retirement age or are just looking for a great place to begin a new life, Belize is increasingly becoming a popular destination for Canadian expats.
As a former British colony, English is the official language, so you’ll never have to worry about communicating with the locals or reading the street signs. And now that Canada’s two biggest airlines – WestJet and Air Canada – are offering non-stop flights to Belize from Toronto and Calgary, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with friends, family, and businesses back home.
Currently, Belize has just one international airport (BZE) outside of the country’s largest city and former capital, Belize City, but there are plans underway to expand one and possibly two other airports in order to be able to receive more non-stop flights from Canada.
Thanks to its subtropical weather and stunningly beautiful location on the Caribbean, Belize is an excellent place to enjoy year-round warm temperatures and a wide variety of great outdoor activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, bird watching, horseback riding, and sailing.
Once an isolated backwater, Belize is now experiencing a huge boom in tourist visitors. With double-digit increases year after year, it’s no surprise that the property market in Belize is also heating up. The government of Belize imposes no restrictions on foreigners buying, selling, or renting property, making investing in this well-established tax haven an excellent way to protect hard-earned assets.
Belize’s QRP program allows qualifying individuals age 45 and older along with their family to easily gain residency in Belize with only a 30-day minimum in-country requirement per year. The QRP program also includes generous tax breaks, including the duty-free importation of personal items, including vehicles, boats, and even light aircraft. Belize imposes no tax on outcome earned outside the country, and property taxes are very low, averaging just 1-1.5% of the undeveloped value of the land.
Located right on the shores of the beautiful Chetumal Bay across from Ambergris Caye (Belize’s largest and most frequently visited island), Cerros Sands is a master-planned, gated community with a thriving expat community.
Built and designed by an American man who lives onsite with his family, Cerros Sands offers residents completed homes and attractive lots starting at just $27,700 USD. Cerros Sands has generous financing options available and will refund up to $2,000 in travel costs for Canadian visitors who purchase property in this amazing community.