8 Reasons Belize Should Be On Your Radar

About the same size as the state of Vermont with less than half of its inhabitants, Belize is a tiny wonderland sandwiched between the Caribbean and Central America. Blessed with a very diverse landscape and thriving ecosystem, Belize has everything retirees and expats need to enjoy an affordable slice of paradise.

Here are 8 reasons why Belize should be on your radar in 2017:

The Great Outdoors

More than a third of the country is set aside as a nature reserve or national park, Belize is a largely rural country where nature and traditional lifestyles still predominant. Free from international megachains and fast food restaurants, life in Belize maintains a healthier, more relaxed pace conducive to happiness and contentment.

Affordable, Direct Connections

Thanks to increased competition between airlines like American, United, WestJet, Southwest, and Delta, it’s now easier than ever to get direct flights from the United States and Canada to Belize.

Wild Beauty

Whether it’s marveling at black howler monkeys, jaguars, and giant iguanas on the mainland or sea turtles, sharks, and dolphins in the offshore waters of the Caribbean, natural beauty and abundance is Belize’s greatest calling card. Ideal for bird watching, hiking, or simply drinking in the view, Belize’s wild beauty is on display everywhere you go.

The Food

Most people arrive in Belize with very low expectations for the quality and diversity of food in the country, only to be pleasantly surprised by the rich blend of culinary influences in Belizean cuisine. Try fresh seafood, British classics, spicy Mexican treats, or soulful Creole favorites that are guaranteed to please even the finickiest palate.

Perfect for History Buffs

Belize was once the heartland of the ancient Maya empire, and today Belize has the most ancient Maya ruins anywhere in Central America, giving history buffs plenty to choose from. Some, like Xunantunich and Caracol, are enormous city complexes while more remote spots like Lamanai and Nim Li Punit give visitors a rare glimpse into the architectural prowess of the ancient Maya.

A Kaleidoscope of Marine Life

Coral reefs account for just 4% of the ocean’s surface but provide food and shelter for a staggering one-quarter of all marine life. The Belize Barrier Reef is a paradise for scuba diving, fishing, snorkeling, and sailing, including the famous Belize Blue Hole (rated by Jacques Cousteau as a top 10 dive site in the world) and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, teeming with curious nurse sharks and stingrays.

Cultural Diversity

For such a small country (around 360,000 inhabitants), Belize is a very diverse country. Old-world Mennonites mix with the living descendants of the Maya while other areas are home to Creoles, Garifuna, Mestizos, and Chinese populations, each of which adds their own unique language, music, dance, and culture to the melting pot.

Orchid Bay

Orchid Bay is a master-planned, gated community located in Belize’s northern Corozal District. Orchid Bay has all the amenities needed for retirees to live a great life in Belize and retire in the sun in peace and harmony.

Orchid Bay offers villas, land, and condos in an established community. Retirees should visit Orchid Bay’s website for more information.

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