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Belize

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Belize Fast Facts

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Population: 360,346
Capital City: Belmopan
Climate: Tropical

Cayo, Belize

Language(s): English, Spanish
International Dialing Code: +501
Prime Minister: Dean Oliver Barrow

Belize Is Quintessential Caribbean At An Affordable Price

Belize is a safe, welcoming, unassuming little country where the population values personal privacy, self-determination, and freedom.

Belize Through History

Belize was once at the heart of the Maya Empire and has some of the oldest known Maya sites. Cahel Pech dates back to 1,2000 BC. Belize was an important trading point for the empire and a major population center. The Mayan Empire eventually fell apart but its legacy remains, strewn into the living rock of their temples.

Later on, Belize became a major pirate base. The pirates used their knowledge of the shallow waters and reefs around Belize to ambush and rob merchant ships. The mouth of the Belize river made the perfect place to hide their ships as they lay in wait.

Belize Today

Belize is famous for its white-sand Caribbean beaches and clear, unpolluted waters. The best weather in Belize is between December and April, making it perfect for snowbirds.

Belize is known as a friendly and welcoming country. The official language is English, something that makes it easy for expats to thrive. Belize offers one of the best residency programs you can find.

Belize Residency

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.

The money needed to retire here is low, you can move on your social security check. Belize is close enough to the States that you can even drive down.

Belize Banking

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.

Where To Live In Belize

With a population of just 383,000, the whole 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.

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. Off the grid options where you can live independently and grow your own food are available here.

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How Moving To Belize Made My Life A Year-Round Vacation

I was vacationing in the Caribbean all the time. I was working 50 weeks a year, then I spent every two-week vacation in the Caribbean. That meant 14 days a year I was happy. What if, I finally thought, I were to move to the Caribbean? Then I'd have two days each weekend to enjoy being in the Caribbean. Even without taking a vacation, that'd mean I'd be happy 104 days a year! I'm no math wiz, but it seemed...

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How Moving To Belize Made My Life A Year-Round Vacation

I was vacationing in the Caribbean all the time. I was working 50 weeks a year, then I spent every two-week vacation in the Caribbean. That meant 14 days a year I was happy. What if, I finally thought, I were to move to the Caribbean? Then I'd have two days each weekend to enjoy being in the Caribbean. Even without taking a vacation, that'd mean I'd be happy 104 days a year! I'm no math wiz, but it seemed...

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Get Your Free​ ​​Belize Report Today!
 

​Learn more about ​​BELIZE and other countries in our free, daily Overseas Opportunity Letter​​, as well as our ​In Focus: Belize ​newsletter​​​​​​. Simply enter your email address below and we’ll send you our FREE REPORT – ​​Discover Belize: Reef, Ruins, Rivers, And Rain Forest… Plus Easy Residency And Tax-Free Living