7 Unique Features that Set Belize Apart As A Retirement Destination

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Retire in Belize

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Belize is rapidly becoming one of the fastest-growing destinations for expats and retirees thanks to its proximity to the United States, affordable and convenient air connections, low cost of living, gorgeous weather, and multiple options for exciting adventures.

Here are 7 unique features that set Belize apart as a retirement destination:

The Belize Barrier Reef

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef offers world-class sailing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving opportunities. The hundreds of islands, atolls, and spits give retirees and travelers access to tropical adventures all year round. Best of all, the offshore reef is close enough to the mainland for expats and retirees to enjoy a fun day trip or longer island-hopping cruises.

Heartland of the Maya

The ancient Maya civilization once stretched from El Salvador in the south to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the north. Belize was the heartland of the ancient Maya, home to dozens of enormous city-states like Xunantunich, where the largest royal tomb ever discovered was unearthed in 2016, and Nim Li Punit, where an enormous jade amulet was discovered in 2017. Excavations continue, giving retirees and expats something new to learn about Belize and its history.


Thanks to centuries of British rule, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Expats and retirees never need to struggle to communicate with locals, understand contracts, or read documents.

The Weather

With abundant sunshine and balmy temperatures all year round, the weather in Belize is one of the country’s best assets. Retirees and expats can enjoy a healthier outdoor lifestyle while never needing to worry about cold, ice, or snow. Not being cooped up indoors for months at a time, expats and retirees feel more relaxed, healthier, and more positive while gardening, hiking, bird watching, or simply curling up in a hammock with a good book.

Stable Democracy

Since gaining full independence in 1981, Belize has enjoyed a stable and peaceful parliamentary democracy. Belize is a proud member of the Commonwealth of Nations that technically share Queen Elizabeth II as their head of state. Many influential celebrities like Francis Ford Coppola and Leonardo DiCaprio have invested in the country. The Belizean currency is also permanently pegged to the U.S. dollar, adding an additional layer of stability to investments.

Organic Farming

A combination of climate and soil fertility make organic farming one of the keystones of the Belizean economy. Expats and retirees in Belize can enjoy access to affordable organic foods like bananas, oranges, sugar cane, corn, shrimp, lobster, and fish, savoring food that is fresh and not sitting on shelves for weeks or even months.

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 life 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. For more about Orchid Bay, click here.

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