Visitors from Belize often fall into the trap of seeing the country as just a tropical travel destination. You stop in long enough to swim with the whale sharks and tour some Maya ruins and then return home with your memories and photographs, but Belize is more than just a destination for tourists. It’s a vibrant and modern country with plenty of opportunities for those looking to invest in real estate or find a nice place to retire or work remotely.
The most obvious attractions for Belize are the weather and locals. Both are universally friendly, so you can enjoy a pleasant experience all year long. Even the “wet season” restricts rain larger to the evenings and mornings, so people who decide to stay here for the long term can essentially live in paradise. As an added convenience (and unlike many other Latin American countries), the primary language is English, so most Americans will have no language barrier as they get acclimated to their new home. And since it’s only a two and a half hour flight to Miami or Houston, you won’t have to venture too far from home to stay here.
And while Florida may be still regarded as the number one place for retirees in America, Belize is rapidly climbing up the list. Magazines and other news sources are taking note. Belize has been ranked on countless lists for the best places to retire, in large part due to the financial benefits that also appeal to investors, and the country has been cleverly making it even more appealing for retirement by making it easy for expatriates to acquire qualified retirement plans. Expats actually constitute a decent portion of the larger population, and there are a number of expat communities. Cerros Sands, in particular, offers all the conveniences of home while still immersing you deeply in the culture and environment of Belize.
As more foreigners begin to see Belize as a prominent place to move, communities like Cerros Sands will only increase in value. The best time to invest in Belizean real estate is today. And Belize has made it easy for foreign investors to get involved in the real estate business here. All expats can buy and own property without having to jump through any unnecessary complications, and the laws and regulations are based off of the British, so getting acclimated with how things work should be easy. Moreover, Belize makes it painless to create a tax-free international business corporation, and Belizean and American dollars are freely interchangeable.