No Destination Offers Retirees as Much as Belize and Here’s Why!

No Destination Offers Retirees as Much as Belize and Here’s Why!

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Retirement in Belize Why & Where to do it

When Money Talks editors researched the topic of retiree moving trends, they were surprised to learn that a growing number of seniors have no plans to stick around. They’re moving abroad. Between December 2018 and 2019, Social Security recipients living abroad grew from 685,532 to 696,175. That number is expected to accelerate as a result of seniors rethinking goals during the pandemic, and Central America is one of the world’s biggest hot spots for retirees.

Where in Central America? Belize, of course

No Central American nation comes close to offering the incentives promised by Belize, a small nation with an explosive ex-pat population of U.S. retirees attracted by the nation’s unique Qualified Retired Person program. U.S. News and World Report calls the QRP “the quickest and easiest route to legal residency in Belize.” If you don’t want to wait for your 65th birthday, You’ll be granted QRP status at age 45.

Even the process of qualifying is a breeze. As long as you can prove an income derived from a pension, annuity or other verifiable source of $24,000 annually, pass medical and background exams, consider yourself qualified. Retain all of your QRP benefits simply by spending one month in Belize every year and maintaining a Belize bank account through which your $24K must pass in order to remain in residence.

You need a home that’s equally awesome

No Destination Offers Retirees as Much as Belize and Here’s Why

There are so many advantages to living in Belize that the list goes on, but the one you may find most enticing is an ability to live in a ready-made community of like-minded people for whom respect for each other’s privacy and common desire to live a sustainable lifestyle is guaranteed. This unique community exists in Cayo, Belize’s most desirable district in terms of resources, and it’s called Carmelita Gardens.

Because it was developed by an American committed to respecting the earth’s fragility, Carmelita Gardens is a prime example of “luxury off-grid” living! It sprawls across 98-acres of prime farmland and was established in 2010 so it’s nicely developed and filled with ex-pats who wouldn’t live anywhere else. Operating under the adage “Independent together,” this is no ordinary community. It’s an extraordinary one.

Lots and homes and infrastructure, oh my!

Carmelita Gardens offers you choices of waterfront or inland parcels on which to build from a variety of stylish architectural concepts, each sized to fit your idea of enough space. Solar heating, rainwater collection systems and high-speed internet are included and Carmelita Gardens staffers can help you find everything from funding resources to getting legal help.

ThisYouTube video is short but it hits all of the sweet spots you want to know about this vibrant community – especially if you can take a community tour that gives you an insider’s peek at this remarkable destination.

Whether you’re about to retire or you seek your slice of retirement heaven in advance, Carmelita Gardens comes with a long list of benefits – including the acquisition of a vacation home that will delight you and your guests while you wait to retire! Come take a look. You’re going to find Carmelita Gardens irresistible.


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