5 Reasons North Americans Are Retiring in Belize

When major media outlets like Forbes, AARP Magazine, US News and World Report, and the Huffington Post are all talking about the benefits of retiring in Belize, it’s clear that this small Caribbean country is truly becoming a hotspot for North Americans. In the past decade, hundreds of people from Europe, United States, Canada, and the rest of the world have decided to retire in Belize, a lovely nation where the locals are friendly, the flora and fauna are spectacularly beautiful, and the laws are retirement-friendly.

Here are 5 additional reasons why Belize is a retirement haven:

1 – The Belize Weather

You’ll never have to brave the snow when you live in Belize, a country renowned for its lovely sunshine and pleasant temperatures that allow you to enjoy the great outdoors every single day. Snorkel or dive on the Belize Barrier Reef, float down a river on an inner tube, or clamber up an ancient Maya pyramid whenever it strikes your fancy.

2 – Feeling Right at Home

English is the new global language spoken by millions of people, but Belize is the only country in the region where English is the official language. Spanish and other languages like Maya, Garifuna, and Creole are also widely spoken. And major airlines like WestJet, United, Southwest, and American offer non-stop service from major cities in North America.

3 – The Government

The laws of Belize are written in English, and they are strongly oriented towards protecting property rights. The Qualified Retirement Program allows qualifying individuals over age 45 to import personal goods and vehicles completely tax and duty-free while only requiring you to live in the country a minimum of 30 days a year.

4 – A Happier You

Whether you spend the day bird watching, sailing, hiking, or just puttering around in the garden, Belize is the right country to relax and enjoy reconnecting with who you really are. You’ll find your care melt away as time slows down to a human pace when you adopt the laid-back Caribbean way of doing things in Belize.

5 – Orchid Bay

Located in Belize’s beautiful Corozal District, Orchid Bay is a master-planned gated community ideal for expat retirees. With low-cost retailers like Wal-Mart just across the border in Mexico, excellent health care facilities nearby, and homes right on the gorgeous Chetumal Bay, life in Orchid Bay is pretty sweet.

Visit Orchid Bay’s website for information on Belize real estate and retirement.

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