From barefoot fishermen to software millionaires, Belize is home to the most diverse population of human...Read more
Capital City: Belmopan
Capital City: Belmopan
Language(s): English, Spanish
International Dialing Code: +501
Prime Minister: Dean Oliver Barrow
Belize is a safe, welcoming, unassuming little country where the population values personal privacy, self-determination, and freedom.
As well as a reef, ruins, rivers, and rain forest Belize offers easy residency and tax-free living. It’s an English-speaking safe haven for both you and your money.
With a population of just 350,000, this country has a small-town ambiance. It is easy to become a part of the community. Both locals and expats are welcoming and willing to lend a hand or to make an effort for a neighbor.
Little Belize also offers a whole lot of what many tourists, retirees, and investors are looking for: sandy beachfront, both along its mainland coast and encircling its offshore cays. Prices for a bit of sand on quintessentially Caribbean Ambergris Caye, are very affordable by Caribbean standards, and there is an active and vibrant community, trendy restaurants, expat-run cafes, and lively beach bars.
Alternatively the Cayo region, which boasts Mayan archaeological sites, caves, streams, waterfalls, and forests offers incredible opportunities for embracing a self-sufficient life.
For non-Americans, Belize offers tax-free living, with legal residency easy to obtain through the country’s Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program. Foreign residents pay no tax in Belize on non-Belize income. Thus, be you British, German, Australian, or Irish, for example, you could become a QRP and reduce your overall tax burden to virtually nothing.
Belize is also a banking haven, one of the few remaining in the world, a jurisdiction where every bank must maintain a minimum of 24% liquidity at all times and where bankers respect bank secrecy. It’s one of the easiest places in the world to open an offshore account.
For all of those reasons, Belize claims a spot every year at or near the top of our Best Retirement Havens in the World List.
Belize’s motto is Sub Umbra Floreo (Under The Shade I Flourish) which refers to the majestic mahogany trees and can be found on the country’s coat of arms.
The tallest building in Belize is a Mayan temple, the main pyramid at the Mayan archaeological site Caracol, standing at approximately 141 feet.
Belize is the only country to have humans depicted on its national flag. The two people on the flag are woodcutters representing the timber industry.
For better than two decades now, Lief and I have been working together to identify and then position pieces of our eventual "retirement." We don't plan ever to retire in the conventional sense. What would we do with ourselves if we didn't get up each morning and draft a dispatch to you, dear reader? For us, retirement will be transitioning to what for us qualifies as the ultimate lifestyle—one of perpetual motion. We like to move around, and we appreciate...Read more
Scrape the laid-back and lackadaisical surface of Belizeans and you'll find a passionate and proud people... and their devotion to sports is one place you see this every day. Belizeans enjoy a wide range of ancient and modern sports, some of which might baffle, but all of which are great fun to watch—or partake in. I sometimes forget how interconnected everyone in Belize is. With a small population, large families, and the way most Belizeans tend to be out and...Read more