Have you ever fantasized about living on a tropical island? Belize has many of them, however the mainland has just as many charms. Although, that’s just one reason why Belize is a great place to live, or move to. Below, you’ll find ten more.
You get more for your money
Your major expenses, such as housing, food, medical care and utilities, will be affordable in Belize. Whether you want a beachside condo or a villa in the rain forest, real estate is surprisingly reasonable. Local markets provide bargains on seafood and local produce. Medical care is affordable, and Belize has some of the best high speed internet in the region.
You won’t need to learn a new language
Belize was a former British colony and the official language of the country is English. This makes it easy for many expats. You will be able to buy property and understand contracts. You’ll also be able to read street signs, ask for directions, talk to your doctor, read menus and chat with the locals. This makes assimilation to a new country much easier.
Many countries place restrictions on foreign ownership of land. Belize has no such roadblocks. This makes Belize an attractive place to buy your retirement home.
From the crystal-clear Caribbean to the verdant rain forest canopies, Belize is a feast for the eyes. You can enjoy stunning waterfalls, majestic caverns and soft white beaches when you retire in Belize.
There is world class scuba diving and fishing. You can visit ancient Maya ruins, tube through the cave systems and zipline the forest canopy. In the evenings, you can enjoy many varieties of live music.
The country is politically stable
The British bequeathed their legal and political system to Belize, which is a member of the British Commonwealth. The form of government is a constitutional monarchy governed by a stable, parliamentary democracy.
The Belizean dollar is pegged to the US dollar at a 2:1 ratio. Therefore, the currency is among the most stable in the region.
For American expats, family and friends are just a short hop away. For others, the short distance to America can be reassuring.
Both locals and other expats are typically friendly. You’ll find people to be social, warm and relaxed. Celebrations often occur and you’ll likely be invited if you smile.
You can start a business
Many expats that move to Belize often start a full or part-time business. The language and legal system pose no barrier and work permits are relatively easy to get.
Feature photo of Turneffe Reef Atoll, courtesy Duarte Dellarole.