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The Belize Retirement Guide is the leader for information on Belize retirement. If you are looking to get away from escalating expenses and cold weather, and want to retire to somewhere tropical, where the people are friendly, the cost of living is low, and the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, consider joining the many Americans, Canadians and Europeans spending their retirement years in Belize. Retirement in Belize can be affordable, comfortable, carefree and adventurous. Not to mention Belize is an English speaking British Commonwealth country, only a two hour flight from the U.S., and foreigners can retire to Belize.


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The Cost of Living in Belize

If you are someone who is used to prices in the U.S., Canada and Europe, retiring in Belize can be a real bargain.  Housing in Belize is generally a lot  less than comparable housing in the U.S., Canada or Europe.  Also hiring a housekeeper or a cook to help around the house is quite affordable, with a full-time housekeeper costing around US$15 - US$20 per day.  Utilities are relatively less expensive as well, about 25% less than in North America.  Belize's tropical climate significantly reduces expensive winter fuel bills and the sea breezes of Belize equate to less air conditioning.


If you learn to live as Belizeans do, such as buying produce locally, you can reduce your expenses even more.  A retired couple in living in Belize with US$2,000 per month can live in style.


Why is Belize different?

Belize is a small Central American country located south of Mexico and east of Guatemala.  The country has a stable democratic government with kind and friendly people.  Belize also has quality healthcare at affordable prices.  The country also boasts a growing and progressive infrastructure, and a great attitude on protecting its' pristine natural environment.


Belize is ideally located with the Caribbean Sea to its East, has waterfalls, rivers and lagoons, and is a country with abundant water-based sports and activities for active retirees.  These water features along with caves, mountains and rain forests, provide the splendor of beautiful terrain, wonderful climate and one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. With so many visitors throughout the world exploring and retiring to Belize, it serves as a great location to a growing number of expatriates from the U.S., Canada and Europe. And what would you do when you get to Belize?  Just about anything you wish. Retirees can easily meet new friends and explore any number of places Belize has to offer. Belize is the perfect destination to re-invent yourself and enjoy life at its best.


Why choose to retire in Belize?

So many people select Belize because it has the comforts of home at a much lower price tag, but in a relaxed tropical atmosphere.  It is now one of the top relocation and retirement destinations in the world. The friendly people and fabulous climate have attracted many Americans, Canadians and Europeans, but the advantages of retiring in Belize extend far beyond its tropical reputation.


Top Reasons People are Retiring to Belize

A major draw for North Americans and Europeans is the low cost of living whether permanently relocating or just having a second home or vacation escape. The Government of Belize offers great retirement incentives. Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America.  All of the signs and government forms are in English. Foreigners can own Belize real estate. Belize is less than two hours by plane to the United States enabling quick and inexpensive travel. Belizeans are friendly and charming people.  Title to Belize property may be taken individually, jointly or in the name of a corporation. Buyers receive fee simple title to their property when purchasing real estate in Belize. Financing is often available when purchasing property in Belize from reputable, long established developers. The Belize Government offers incentives to encourage more tourism. Cruise ship tourism is up significantly in the last five years. Belize is on its way to becoming the top destination for retirees and expats. Belize is a British Commonwealth nation with a longstanding democratic government and independent judiciary. Belize is absolutely beautiful, with extensive natural resources and things to do such as enjoying the aqua blue waters, serene beaches, diversity of wildlife, Mayan ruins, waterfalls, rivers, caves and tropical forests. The country protects most of its tropical forests with over 500 birds species. There is a fixed, stable currency exchange rate. US$1=BZ$2. With the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize's waters contain some of the best diving locations in this Hemisphere. Belize offers superb deep sea, big game and fly fishing and was once a center of the ancient Mayan civilization.  The significant retirement community in Belize offers excellent opportunities to meet and socialize with other retirees.




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