Many people come to Belize on vacation to enjoy some fun in the sun and spend time relaxing in one of the most pristine environments on the planet. After all, Belize is just a short flight from North America and the only place in the region where everyone speaks English (it’s the official language). But many visitors to Belize have so much fun that they just decide to stay a little while longer. And next thing you know, they’re living in Belize permanently!
It’s easy to fall in love with life in Belize. The locals are genuinely friendly, and although there are fewer than 400,000 people living in the country, they represent very diverse cultures, including the living descendants of the ancient Maya, German-speaking Mennonites, the Mestizos (originally from Mexico), and the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture.
Anyone with an American, Canadian, or EU passport can visit Belize 30 days without a visa. And if you want to stay longer, all that’s required is a quick trip to the nearest Immigration office. If you stay an entire year, you’ll be eligible for permanent residency. This and so many other reasons makes it very tempting for visitors to become lifelong residents.
And there’s really so much to do and see in Belize. On the coast, you’ve got gorgeous beaches and offshore islands that are perfect for enjoying activities like fishing, sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. And on the mainland, there are thick jungles and leafy rainforests to explore on foot, on horseback, or by off-road vehicles. Belize has the tallest waterfalls in Central America, a diverse ecosystem that is home to 600 different species of birds, and more butterflies, iguanas, and monkeys than you can count.
And just this month, an American archeological team discovered that the ancient Maya in Belize had coastal factories that were producing salt in vast quantities to preserve meat and fish that was then traded throughout all of Central America. Belize was once the epicenter of the advanced ancient Maya culture that left behind more than 600 sites that can be visited today, including ball courts, pyramids, palaces, and sacred caves.