Many people have heard a lot about the great weather, friendly people, and low cost of living but are short on some of the details. This brief guide will give you all the basic information you need to know about living in Belize.
Long a British colony, Belize became an independent nation in 1981. Located in Central America between the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Guatemala, Belize has a long coastline on the Caribbean and has a Caribbean culture and atmosphere. Unlike other countries in the region, the official language in Belize is English. All documents, laws, and property titles are in English, and there are no restrictions on foreigners buying, selling, or renting property.
A member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Belize still retains Queen Elizabeth II as the titular head of state, but Belize is a stable, parliamentary democracy with a judicial system inherited from the British. The government of Belize offers generous residency programs to qualifying individuals that permit the tax-free importation of personal goods (including vehicles) and no taxes imposed on income derived from outside of the country.
With weather similar to southern Florida, Belize enjoys balmy temperatures and abundant sunshine all year round. Belize is a multi-cultural society that harmoniously exemplifies the definition of a melting pot with Creoles, Maya, Mestizos, Mennonites, Garifuna, and expat communities living side by side.
The most popular destination for expats is the northernmost Corozal District. Located just across Chetumal Bay from the top tourist destination of Ambergris Caye, Corozal District benefits from cool breezes, pristine nature, and close access to the rest of the country, including Belize City, the Belize Barrier Reef, and ancient Maya ruins.
With two churches, a public library, and a strong social scene for expats, Corozal District is just a few short miles from the Mexican border town of Chetumal and the state of Quintana Roo, including the resort town and airport at Cancun. Residents of Belize’s Corozal District can access low-cost shopping at familiar retailers like Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart, health care facilities, and additional direct flight options to many destinations in the United States, Canada, and Europe from the airport at Cancun.
All four major airlines in the United States, Delta, Southwest, American, and United Airlines all offer non-stop service to America from Belize City, making it easier and more affordable than ever to stay in touch with friends, family, and business concerns back home for retirees and expats living in Belize.
Cerros Sands is a gated, master-planned community ideal for expats in Belize’s northern Corozal District. Visit www.cerrossands.com to learn more about investing, living and retiring in Belize.