When Dean and Kim Astren left the cosmopolitan city of Calgary for warm and sunny Belize, they immediately felt at home. “Five years after buying my home in Calgary, I still didn’t know my next-door neighbor. In Belize, within a week, I knew six people on my street,” said Dean to International Living. It’s a testimony shared by many an expat, and it’s one of the many reasons why more and more North Americans have their eyes set on the tiny nation for retirement. Have you started planning for your last day in the workforce yet? If you have, here’s why the dually Central American and Caribbean nation of Belize might be your retirement dream come true.
Set Your Sights on a Belize Retirement
Nestled between the Caribbean Sea, Mexico, and Guatemala on the Central American isthmus, Belize is a colorful blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. For years, expats have been choosing this tiny nation as their ideal place to set down roots.
“Home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef, Belize is one of the best countries for retirement. The warm climate, stunning natural beauty, and picturesque environment draw many individuals to this place all year round. The cultural heritage is extremely diverse, and many healthcare services and facilities are available for residents.”
-Insider Monkey’s 5 Best Places to Retire in the Caribbean
Take a trip to any of the popular travel destinations and you’ll understand why. In addition to having English as its official language, Belize boasts a laidback charm that’s quite hard to resist.
On the Placencia Peninsula, stretches of brown sugar beach combine with a tranquil lagoon to make for an idyllic spot. This area in particular in southern Belize has been regarded as one of the best places to live. Here, you can ditch the hustle and bustle in exchange for some “go slow” living.
Try Before You Buy with The Villas at Cocoplum
Lean into the idea of a Belize retirement when you test-run expat living with the Villas at Cocoplum. Found on the Placencia Peninsula, the Cocoplum Community is the home of new and pre-construction luxury condominiums (that are selling fast).
The Villas at Cocoplum blends gorgeous architecture, beautiful landscapes, and the laidback lifestyle you might just be craving to make for the perfect Caribbean home. Book yourself an extended stay at one of several available apartments. And, if you end up finding yourself swayed by the beauty of this master-planned community, locking in on ownership of one of the condos is hassle-free. Choose from a mix of 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom condos or go big with a 4-bedroom full-floor penthouse unit. For extra scenic views, opt for a condo in building #6, set right on the beachfront and consisting of 4-bedroom and 3-bedroom units currently on sale.