When expats are looking to retire or permanently move overseas, they’re looking for a combination of affordable prices, good weather, a thriving society and peace of mind. Belize is definitely a country with the right combination of factors, including a population that warmly welcomes Americans, Canadians, and Europeans into their midst.
Located between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (and its famous tourist resort of Cancun) and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America is Belize, a small country about the same size as Vermont but with a small population of just over 360,000 people. Primarily a rural country, Belize is blessed with an astonishing landscape of pristine rainforests, jungles, waterfalls, rivers, mountains, savannahs, wetlands, and perhaps its most famous asset, the Belize Barrier Reef composed of hundreds of offshore islands.
Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language, giving it a major leg up over Nicaragua and Mexico. Add in a dazzling landscape brimming with waterfalls, pristine rainforests, and gorgeous tropical islands and it’s not hard to see why expats are increasingly choosing to move to and retire in Belize. Best of all, the government’s QRP program allows qualifying individuals and their entire family to import household goods (including vehicles) tax-free.
Other factors that continue to draw American, Canadian, and European expats and retirees is the abundance of affordable non-stop flights to the United States available from Belize City and the nearby airport in Cancun across the border in Mexico. Airlines such as Southwest, WestJet, United, American, and Delta offer non-stop flights to Belize from many major cities across the United States, making it easy to stay in contact with loved ones, attend to health care needs, and manage businesses back home.
Another reason why more and more people are moving to Belize is the overall improvement on happiness and life satisfaction. With a laidback society adhering to the gentle Caribbean rhythms of life, Belize is a land where being friendly is more important than punctuality and strict dress codes. Free from strip malls, fast food chains, and multinational hotels, Belize is a country where everyone seemingly knows everyone else and who you are matters more than what you wear or how much money you have. Add in a healthy dose of outdoor living, fresh air, and year-round activities to suit every physical ability and desire, and it’s easy to see why retirees so often speak about their new, improved lives after they’ve moved to Belize.
Cerros Sands is a master-planned, gated community located in northern Belize that is ideal for retirees and investors and has completed homes and attractive waterfront lots available at unBelizeable prices.
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