12 Essential Facts About Moving to Belize
In the last few years, many Americans and Canadians have been choosing to move abroad. Many factors play into their decision. One destination that has come to the fore is Belize. While Westerners have long been visiting here for an exotic vacation, more and more are choosing to live here. There are several reasons for this.
Fact 1: Belize is just a short plane ride from North America. Proximity to family and friends was a deciding factor for many.
Fact 2: English is the official language. This makes it much easier for ex-pats to assimilate.
Fact 3: Belizean law is based on the British legal system. This makes it easier for North Americans to comprehend essential documents pertaining to everything from real estate transactions to immigration status.
Fact 4: Foreigners can buy land in Belize. It is one of the few places in the region which makes it easy for them to do so. In addition, Belize has strong Private Property Rights.
Fact 5: Belize has a Qualified Retired Persons Program (QRP). Those who qualify can bring over all of their possessions, including a car or boat, without paying import duties or taxes.
Fact 6: There are already several thriving ex-pat communities here. One such place is Carmelita Gardens, a welcoming neighborhood in the heart of Belize’s Cayo District, one of the best areas for North Americans to settle.
Fact 7: The low cost of living. A home on a deeded lot in Carmelita Gardens starts at under $100,000. Since it’s a sustainable community, electricity is generated by solar power. Other expenses, such as food, are also very reasonable as compared to North America.
Fact 8: Reliable high-speed internet. Belize has some of the best internet access in the region.
Fact 9: A healthier lifestyle, particularly for those living in the Cayo district, thanks to the many farms in the area. There is an abundance of organic local produce in the markets.
Fact 10: The temperate climate is pleasant year-round.
Fact 11: A wide variety of recreational activities are possible. Thanks to the rain forests, Maya ruins, barrier reef, and cultural events, ex-pats find they are never bored.
Fact 12: Many ex-pats start new hobbies or second careers. Carmelita Gardens has a thriving community of artisans and entrepreneurs as well as those who enjoy organic gardening. Others find that it’s possible to start a business here.