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.
Over the six years I’ve been living in Corozal Town, Belize, I’ve watched as this sleepy coastal village has evolved into a much more vibrant, comfortable, and convenient place to be. For me, Corozal is at the sweet spot on the lifestyle continuum—not so undeveloped as to be exhaustingly frustrating day to day but not so developed as to lose its escape-the-troubles-of-our-age appeal. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are extra busy. The central market is restocked on Mondays and Wednesdays, meaning...Read more
Life in Northern Belize is as diverse as its amazing landscape. Over the years, locals and expats have built their homes and lives beside secluded tropical rivers, amid noble hardwood forests, upon bucolic traditional farms, within sleepy rural villages, and along breezy Caribbean seashores. They are attracted to a simple, friendly life in a place that is refreshingly off-the-radar. Northern Belize is a region encompassing a landmass of only about 2,500 square miles, but it stretches from the Caribbean Sea to...Read more