Although Belize is located an ocean away, more and more Europeans are retiring in this beautiful Caribbean country. With year-round warm weather, stunning locations on the beach and in the rainforest, and a cost of living far lower than in Europe, it’s easy to see why Belize is becoming such a popular retirement destination.
Belize, as a former British colony, uses English as its official language, making it really easy to get around, read and understand contracts, and talk to locals. The vast majority of the country is pristine nature, including mountains, rainforests, broadleaf forests, fertile valleys, savannahs, and beaches. Belize is home to a cornucopia of wildlife, including over 500 species of birds, flowering plants, and unusual animals like tapirs, howler monkeys, and jaguars.
Belize is often nicknamed “The Jewel” because of its pristine beauty. Instead of traffic jams and shopping malls, Belize has gorgeous landscapes, a vibrant eco-system, hundreds of offshore islands, ancient Maya pyramids and palaces, and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere. This makes it easy for residents to enjoy activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and bird watching.
There are no direct flights to Belize from Europe, but the good news is that it’s now relatively easy to find connecting flights. American Airlines offers a direct flight from Heathrow, London that makes a brief stop in Miami, Florida before continuing on to Belize. Other options include connecting via cities in America like Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston or nearby cities in Central America such as Cancun, Merida, and Playa del Carmen in Mexico and Guatemala City and Flores in Guatemala.
One of the most popular places for expat retirees to live in Belize is the community of Cerros Sands. Located just a short bus ride from Cancun, Mexico, Cerros Sands is situated at the tip of the Cerros Peninsula in northern Belize.
Close to low-cost shopping and health care in Mexico as well as top tourist destinations in Belize such as Ambergris Caye, Cerros Sands is a true “community in the country.” Cerros Sands is a self-sustainable, “green” neighborhood that offers first-world convenience and infrastructure in a beautiful Caribbean setting.
Cerros Sands has a number of properties for sale, including completed homes, condominiums, and undeveloped beachfront and seaview lots starting at $21,777 American dollars. Cerros Sands also has undeveloped lots and homes with deep water channel access, perfect for residents who enjoy sailing and yachting.
If you’re interested in learning more about what retiring in Belize is like, contact Cerros Sands today.