Why Retiring To Belize Can Actually Make You Healthier

by Caribbean Lifestyle Editorial Team
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“Where’s that?” Not too long ago, that practically scripted response to the word ‘Belize’ was expected. Unfamiliar to most, the relatively small country was unintentionally dwarfed by its larger, more popular neighbors in Central America and the Caribbean. Many could argue this fact stunted development and opportunity for the country, but fail to realize how it actually worked in our favor. After all, operating largely under the radar has been pivotal as to why Belize is one of the most sought-after destinations today.

Offering a much simpler lifestyle, Belize has been able to maintain our “sense of fresh air” in the lives of locals and those relocating or retiring here. Natural playgrounds spread across every corner of the country, whether it be fishing for pelagic wahoos in the deep blue or taking a leisurely hike in a jaguar preserve. For those keen to shrug off the stresses of modern life and reconnect with nature, they’re trading in their suits and ties for t-shirts and flip-flops instead. And even if you aren’t into outdoor activities, one’s daily life is easygoing regardless of town, city, and island—each has a proud sense of community, and there’s no trouble fitting in.

Nature’s Bounty With A Lifestyle To Match

With a cultural diversity to match our landscape, nature’s bounty is always within reach. Foodies can bask and indulge in the flavors of Belize: besides being heavy-handedly flavored by the Caribbean and Central America, locally producing more than 50% of our food means offering a healthier selection than what most are used to. Small-scale farming startups like Blue Hill Farm have integrated farm-to-table practices by bringing high-quality products to the everyday household. Coupled with an active environment, there’s an easy transition into a healthier lifestyle—for both mental and physical wellbeing.

Placencia is a popular hub for retirees. Image by Naia Residences

As we collectively adjust to a new way of life, future goals are altered, granted, but why not change the narrative ourselves? You can, by choosing a location whose environment effortlessly offers wellness in more ways than one. And why Belize? Besides the above, we are the only English-speaking country in Central America, while being 2-hours or less by flight from the United States. There’s no need to fully give up your former life and ties by moving here, which amounts to a plus for many. And if you haven’t quite committed to moving just yet, then it’s time for a familiarization visit. The worst-case scenario? Vacationing in a cultural, natural, tropical, and genuinely characteristic wonderland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

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Written by Azain Medina for the 2021/2022 Belize Gold Book.
Header image of SUP © Luemen Rutkowski. Article found on page 36 of the 2021/2022 Belize Gold Book. Read more articles from the #BelizeGoldBook below:

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