Placencia: Where Belize Expats Turn Dreams into Beginnings
When reporters at U.S. News and World Report began to notice a change in international retirement patterns, they wanted to know why people from around the globe were putting off retirement. A surprise awaited them. The majority of people they interviewed wanted to remain active and employed; they were eager to stay productive and challenged.
Said 73-year-old motivational speaker George Fraser, “I enjoy my work more than vacation. I’m not a ‘sit at the beach and chill’ kind of guy.”
“Obviously, Fraser didn’t realize that plenty of people do both,” says Gayone Ritchie, Engel and Volkers Real Estate Advisor whose expertise includes helping jump-start new careers for energized retirees after they leave their stressful lifestyles behind. “Expats find in Belize not just a chill lifestyle but the excuse and time they require to follow a few impossible dreams. Because Belize is affordable, they have so many more options.”
“It’s no mystery why exhausted northerners find nirvana here in Belize-—especially on the Placencia peninsula,” she adds. “We’ve got the best beaches, it’s safe and when retirees undertake their startups, they’re not shy about taking breaks to roam Belize’s natural attractions. A ready-made community of expats awaits, so it’s almost impossible not to make friends right after relocating.”
“It’s easy to see why properties here in Placencia are so desirable,” she explains. “Unlike highly-developed, expensive areas, Placencia remains in the development stages and proximity is perfect. The peninsula has earned the nickname ‘the island one can walk to’ because it’s so close to the Great Barrier Reef, jungles and ancient Maya cities like Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum.”
“Our list of offerings is like an ice cream menu; there’s something for everyone,” Ritchie laughs. “From fully-developed turn-key operations to beach homes and vacant property, our assortment of potential money-makers is breathtaking. Whether newcomers seek a rental or they’re eager to get into the hospitality business, they don’t have to look elsewhere.”
Because Engel and Volkers covers the nation of Belize, Ritchie says that in addition to helping shoppers find perfect residential or commercial properties, she and her colleagues also assist ex-pats with advice they need to get through the Belize relocation and purchasing process, and everything associated with these transactions is carefully explained in the nation’s first language: English.
For more information about commercial, residential and other real estate opportunities on the Placencia peninsula, contact Ritchie at Engel and Volkers: https://belize.evfinehomes.com/en/ or use E&G’s toll-free number, 1-800-808-8577. A world of possibilities awaits expats eager to spend their retirement days as busy entrepreneurs in an environment that’s as close to a vacation as it gets.