A lush natural paradise with a small population and a friendly attitude, Belize has earned its reputation as one of the best travel destinations in the world. Whether you’re looking to retire, vacation or become a full time resident you’ll find not only tons of things to see and do, but a country ready to welcome you with open arms.
Here are even more reasons to love Belize:
No need to pull out the translator here, everyone in Belize speaks English. Though you may hear a lot of Kriol, Spanish and even Mandarin being spoken on the streets, English is the common language making it a breeze to communicate.
A former British colony, Belize is now a British overseas protectorate with full protection of the crown. It’s an independent democracy with a legal system based on British Common Law. In Belize you’ll find simple visa and immigration procedures and a willing labor force.
You won’t need your parka here. Belize enjoys an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29° C) with breezes coming off the coast to keep you cool.
Safety and Security
The beaches of Belize are some of the safest travel destinations in the world. This is why it’s consistently named one of the best places to live and retire by Forbes magazine.
Best Deal in the Caribbean
While prices for beachfront property in other countries in the Caribbean have skyrocketed, Belize is a waterfront dream that’s still within the realm of affordability. Ownership is freehold and has fantastic growth potential, making it a highly safe investment opportunity.
Tax and Retirement Incentives
Belize has a residency-based personal income tax system. That means you can only be held accountable for having to pay personal income tax on money earned while working and employed in Belize. Foreign income is not taxed and is tax-exempt. Belize has a simple tax system where property taxes are low and there is no capital gains and no inheritance tax.
For easy retirement, Belize has the Qualified Retirement Program (QRP) that allows people as young as 45 to retire in Belize. Under this program you’re viewed as a resident and can import your household goods, including cars and boats, duty free. You can learn more about the QRP by clicking here.
Belize is a wonderful melting pot of cultures living together in harmony. You’ll meet Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite and Chinese. Wherever you go you will find some of the friendliest and most welcoming people on the planet.
Belize is also an activity lover’s dream. You can explore archeological ruins, jungle & rainforest treks, Central America’s largest cave network, nature and marine reserves, world class fishing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jungle zip line tours, trips to the Blue Hole, bird watching and countless other activities to keep you busy.
Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Only Australia’s great barrier reef is bigger. Running parallel along the coast of the country, it’s also a great diffuser of hurricanes.
And if you love to eat you’ll find a Belize to be a foodie’s dream. Food here is local, healthy, creative and fresh.