More and more expats are discovering the many benefits of moving to Belize. With a Caribbean vibe and wonderful unspoiled landscapes, this small Central American nation has a unique blend of wildlife, history, and cultures that actively welcome foreigners to enjoy the laid-back and friendly Belizean lifestyle.
If you’ve thought about moving to Belize, here are 10 things you need to know:
1 – English
Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Whether you’re chatting with locals or reading a menu, it’s much easier when you don’t need a translator.
2 – The Dollar
The local currency in Belize is called the dollar (BZD), permanently fixed at two BZD to one U.S. dollar. And American dollars are welcomed everywhere.
3 – Close to the United States
The international airport in Belize City has non-stop flights to cities like Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Newark (NJ), Denver, and Atlanta. There are also flights to Belize from popular vacation spots in Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, and Honduras.
4 – A Vibe for Everyone
Some people like the hustle and bustle of island life in Ambergris Caye while others like the colorful vibrancy of locations like Corozal District. And if you’re a nature lover, there are tiny villages and unspoiled nature spots with plenty of peace and quiet.
5 – Visas
If you are an American, Canadian, or British, you can visit Belize with no advance visas or paperwork necessary, making it easy to fly in and check out the place before you decide.
6 – Explore
Whether you want to dive to the gothic depths of the Belize Blue Hole, climb to the top of a waterfall, or marvel at the lost cities of the Maya, there’s always something to do and see in Belize.
7 – Costs
With a low cost of living and very affordable food, shopping, and utility prices, an individual can live very well on $1,000 a month or less.
8 – Entertainment
Whether you want to dance all night to the sounds of punta rock, cumbia, reggae, or old-fashioned polkas, the nights in Belize are alive with music, drinks, and fun. The country also has great attractions like the Belize Zoo, the Baboon Sanctuary, and the Belize Museum.
9 – The People
Belize is roughly the size of Massachusetts but has just 355,000 people, meaning you’ll feel right at home wherever you go. The locals are world-renowned for their friendliness, generosity, and hospitality.
10 – A Democratic Government
It sounds almost far-fetched to say that a country has a great government, but Belize is truly special. With a stable, parliamentary democracy, high voter turnout and dedicated accountability, the government of Belize is dedicated to improving the lives of the people.
Deciding to move to another country can be a daunting adventure, but as the locals say in Belize, “Come and visit and you’ll never want to leave.”
Move to Belize
A growing number of expats and retirees have made Belize their new home. Many people consider their move to Belize to be the best decision they’ve ever made.
Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous view of the sea, an idyllic setting in the rainforest, the slow pace of life in a village, or the hustle and bustle of a bigger city, Belize has it all. Belize is approximately the same size as the American state of Vermont yet has only around 360,000 inhabitants.
Just a dozen years ago, most flights into Belize were full of returning locals coming home from their jobs in the United States. Today, all major airlines, including WestJet, Southwest, American, Delta, and United, offer non-stop service from major cities in the United States and Canada. Affordable non-stop flights allow residents of Belize to easily return to North America to preserve business, medical, and family ties.
With very attractive prices compared to other comparable areas in the region, it’s no surprise that Belize is now enjoying a property boom. More expensive than Nicaragua or Honduras, Belize offers investors, retirees, and long-term residents outstanding properties in a stable, peaceful, and democratic country.
The Benefits of Moving to Belize
Unlike other countries with bureaucratic obstacles to property ownership and stringent visa requirements, the government of Belize warmly welcomes foreigners. Non-residents can buy, sell, or rent property without any restrictions, and non-residents enjoy the same property rights as locals. Depending on circumstances, foreign-owned business may be eligible to tax relief. Furthermore, lenient residency laws allow eligible individuals to enjoy all the fruits of permanent residency while only being required to spend a month or less in the country.
With a stable currency permanently pegged to the U.S. dollar and advantageous privacy and banking laws, Belize is an excellent place for individuals to secure their assets. Belizean law permits the creation of international business companies for the purposes of conducting financial transactions, asset management, and other services, giving hard-working individuals a lot of flexibility in protecting their investments.
Moving to Belize Is Easy
Beyond the world-renowned hospitality of the locals and warm welcomes from an established expat community, it’s easy to move all of your household goods, including personal vehicles, to Belize. Government programs like the QRP (Qualified Retired Persons) program offer generous allowances for qualifying individuals to import their personal goods tax and duty-free.
Cerros Sands is a master-planned gated community located in the scenic Corozal District of northern Belize just across the water from Ambergris Caye and 10 miles from the border with Mexico. Located on the historic Cerros Maya Peninsula facing directly into a wonderful sea breeze, Cerros Sands has completed homes for sale as well as attractive beachfront parcels, seaview parcels, and channel parcels with access to deep water channels that lead to Chetumal Bay and the Caribbean. Financing is also available.
Contact Cerros Sands today for more information on how to move, retire and invest in Belize.