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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.

Wooden mayan sculpture in Belize
What we now know as Belize was once part of one of the largest Mayan kingdoms

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.

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