It may surprise you to learn that the term “Latin America” was coined by Napoleon III of France when he was forced to imply a cultural kinship with the man he wanted to put on the Mexico throne: Maximilian. But the descriptor still hadn’t gained acceptance by 1918 when scholar Aurelio M. Espinosa called the words Latin America vague, meaningless and unscientific!
Why the lesson in hemispheric history? Because Belize’s pedigree is so closely related to British and African heritages, the country’s Latin identity is often forgotten when people call attention to the fact that Belize’s first language is English and its identity is linked to the U.K. Look closer and you’ll discover a rich Spanish heritage lurking beneath the surface that adds spice to the nation’s roots.
Native American real estate developer Mark Leonard likes to list the number of reasons Belize is truly a Latin American nation. “We offer more richness, history and ethnic identity than other Latin American countries because we speak Spanish in Belize and are heavily influenced by Latin and Caribbean traditions, lifestyles and sensibilities.” He points to festivals and religious practices deeply imbedded in the country’s Hispanic heritage. “We’re a fascinating melting pot of cultures that rely heavily upon our Hispanic roots, which makes us unique among neighboring nations,” adds Leonard.
One glance at the Cerros Sands community he has developed along the ocean at Corozal reflects his unique vision. From Spanish architectural and Mayan influences to the vibrant, laid-back vibe for which Latin nations are known, the village Leonard has built speaks to investors and retirees seeking real estate value and close proximity to Mexico and Belize’s national treasures like Mayan ruins and the great barrier reef.
Leonard has worked hard to incorporate Spanish themes and influences within community amenities that have made Cerros Sands an investor and retiree paradise. But beyond history and natural beauty, Belize is currently the hottest retirement destination in Latin America because it’s affordable, laid back and benefits retirees receive are unmatched throughout Central and South America.
From obvious raw beauty and idyllic weather to affordable real estate offerings that allow retirees to live comfortably for half the amount of money they would require to live comfortably back home, Corozal is fast becoming the preferred Belize retirement haven.
Leonard’s vision for a community that meets standards retirees seek and incorporates the region’s cultural heritage are just a few of the reasons investors see in Cerros Sands exceptional opportunities, whether they intend to live onsite now or will down the road where the language of manana and siesta are spoken with reverence and conviction by retirees who have found in Corozal the earthly equivalent of cielo!