Retire And Start A New Life In Sunny Belize

Retire And Start A New Life In Sunny Belize

By Ann Kuffner,

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Lynn Ann Snellman and her husband Tony DiPiazza’s lifestyle in Belize is very different to what they knew back in Okemos, Michigan. “Our main reason for leaving was the weather. We crave warmth and sunshine. The winters are intensely cold in Michigan, with lots of snow and ice, and there are lots of cloudy days year-round. Here in Belize we are thrilled to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle year-round,” says Lynn.

“We live full-time on the beach in a development on the Placencia peninsula. We enjoy the warm climate, with sea breezes, the dramatic ocean view, and the natural beauty all around us. It’s great to be able to bathe in the sea, snorkel, and kayak right off our own beach. I’ve even watched baby turtles emerge and helped them get to the sea. A couple of months ago that occurred right on our property.”


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The couple also chose Belize for its official language — English. “We didn’t want to live somewhere where we couldn’t communicate well with local residents,” says Lynn.

“Before settling, we did our homework. We took many vacation trips to Belize, and in 2003 we decided to spend a couple of weeks exploring the villages on the coast. We rented a four-wheel-drive vehicle and drove from the northernmost town of Corozal to the southernmost town of Punta Gorda. We ultimately chose to buy property on the Placencia peninsula because it has the best beaches in Belize.”

The couple bought 10 years ago and paid $90,000 for their beachfront property. (These days similar lots in Placencia are selling for $200,000.)

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