Since March 2020, International Living has been advising to “get your ducks in a row; to do your research about where you might want to live or spend time overseas, to narrow down your options; and to put a plan in place for a trip to go exploring.” Now, you can actually go. Belize reopened officially to leisurely travel on October 1, and it made this short list of Overseas Havens for Americans by International Living. As one of five, the short list is of tried-and-true, good-value expat havens where Americans coming from the U.S. can travel today. Although travel restrictions may change, its important to keep updated with government updates and the like.
“But if you’re looking for some spots where you could take an overseas stint for a test drive, you should know: Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Belize and Ecuador all have their welcome mats out for visitors coming in on a U.S. passport.”
International Living’s editors have highlighted countries that make good sense to consider from the perspective of value, ease of settling in, quality of life, and proximity to the States: Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Belize and Ecuador. All of them—at time of writing—are welcoming Americans traveling on their U.S. passports.
Belize offers many options to expats—the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and Mesoamerican reef compliments the lush, wild jungles of the Maya Mountains, with tumbling rivers, mysterious Maya ruins, and awe-inspiring rainforests. The Cayo region is rich with productive farms and the perfect spot for homesteading expats. A small country barely the size of Massachusetts it’s easy to travel from one part of the country to another. As a British Commonwealth country, English is the primary language, making it easy for expats to transition. This little country is also well known for its open-arms attitude toward expats who wish to become residents, or to open a business.
A spot to consider: One place attracting a growing number of savvy expats is Placencia—a charming seaside town found at the tip of a long peninsula off the coast of mainland Belize. It’s fast becoming Belize’s most desirable location as it fronts the turquoise Caribbean Sea to the east and a resplendent freshwater lagoon, full of wildlife and with a view of the gorgeous Maya mountain chain, to the west. In Placencia, a couple can live well on a monthly budget of $1,760.