A humorous article recently published in U.S. News & World Report by Kathleen Peddicord entitled “7 Reasons Not to Retire in Belize” provided a reverse psychology twist to pretend to describe why some retirees are not moving to the nation of Belize in Central America. Following the recent entry of one of Canada’s leading airlines and the top four American airlines into the market to serve the hot travel destination of Belize, the U.S. News & World Report article deftly used a series of mock warnings to describe why retirees might be “better off” choosing another country.
Belize is world-famous for its gorgeous beaches, offshore islands, and pristine natural landscapes on the mainland, so naturally, the U.S. News & World Report made sure to warn retirees considering relocating to the country that the weather is warm all year round along with a healthy dose of humidity and sun. Tying this idea together, the U.S. News & World Report article also made wry mention of the plethora of wildlife in the country that thrives due to the weather, including “noisy monkeys” that live in the jungle.
Pretending to deride the lack of high culture in Belize, the article sternly admonished potential retirees from considering Belize if they need a “regular fix” of first-run theater shows and ballet. While it is true that there is not a single opera house in the country, Belize is world-famous for its cultural festivals, live music scene, and thriving nightlife where a variety of musical styles flourish, including punta rock, a genre invented Dangriga, the cultural capital of Belize.
Other silly reasons that the U.S. News & World Report article recommended for not choosing Belize as a retirement destination are the lack of shopping at malls and big chain stores. Although technically true, the author surely knows that Belize’s Corozal District, the most popular destination for expat retirees, is just a few miles from the Mexican border town of Chetumal that does include a Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and other familiar big box stores.
The rest of the U.S. News & World Report article humorously pointed out other fun reasons not to consider Belize, including the paucity of brain surgeons, the local’s aversion to nagging and rude behavior, and congested multi-lane highways.