Belize ranks second on Live and Invest Overseas’ “Best places to retire” list
Belize is becoming an increasingly popular destination for retirees to settle down and travel firms, real estate firms, and even financial firms are starting to notice. Companies such as Century 21, International Living, and most recently the online financial and lifestyle resource site Live and Invest Overseas (LIOS) have taken notice of Belize’s incredible potential for living abroad after retirement.
In its most recent article titled “The 10 best places to retire in 2021,” LIOS lists Santa Familia Village in Belize’s Cayo district among the top three places that retirees should be considering when deciding on living abroad. Belize takes the third spot on the list, coming just behind La Pintada, Panama, and Algrave, Portugal.
LIOS notes that one can live comfortably on a monthly budget of US$1,755 with monthly rental prices averaging around US$750.
“Santa Familia, a village located in western Belize’s Cayo District, is truly a peaceful place to spend one’s golden years. It sits in the Belize River Valley, the breadbasket of the Caribbean, where vast amounts of agriculture are produced, casting a bucolic, rural charm over the place,” LIOS said. ” For retirees looking to assimilate into a local community, it doesn’t come much easier than it does in this welcoming little town. And, in fact, an active ex-pat community is already well-established in Santa Familia.”
The site noted that there is a growing ex-pat community in Carmelita Gardens—a new sustainable community with modern, solar-powered homes, which even hosts weekly meetups gathering around 30 -40 ex-pats in the neighboring Bullet Tree Falls community.
The Cayo is notably the fastest-growing district in Belize for ecotourism and caters to those seeking peace and quiet, but also has plenty to offer those with more adventurous tastes. The Belize River, which runs through the Cayo district, provides ample opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. The mountain range is also great for forest hiking, horseback riding, and exploring. And Santa Familia’s unique placement in the Cayo district places it close to San Ignacio, one of the largest municipalities in the country.
“San Ignacio has restaurants, banks, stores, and the biggest farmers’ market in the country, while Spanish Lookout offers hardware stores, mechanics, and car dealerships. Whatever you need can be procured easily from nearby Santa Familia, while the town itself remains a perfectly peaceful place to be,” LIOS added.
LIOS had also featured Belize on its “Best Places to Retire in 2020” list.