The small country of Belize lies at the northern tip of Central America where it borders the southern part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Bathed by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, Belize is unique in this part of the world, as English is the official language of the country. It is also a fully independent, self-governing British colony. And while the mainland of Belize has much to offer expats and potential expats seeking an affordable retirement, the crown jewel of the country may well be just offshore on Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye is a world-renowned vacation and dive destination. It’s largest town, San Pedro, is the heartbeat of this tropical island and its tiny airport is normally quite busy with crowded shuttle flights back and forth to the mainland.
Surrounded by clear, warm Caribbean waters with an enormous reef system just offshore, Ambergris Caye caters to island-loving tourists offering diving, snorkeling, and world-class deep-sea fishing. The weather is tropical and humid, with summer temperatures in the mid 90s F with ample humidity.
The island also has an active full-time expat population, some have retired here, and others own and operate a variety of businesses.
I’ve visited a number of Caribbean islands, but many of them feel much the same. The British influence on Ambergris Caye, combined with a strong, indigenous Maya culture as well as the prominence of the descendants of slaves, have all blended together to form a colorful and vibrant cocktail of humanity brimming with smiles and positive energy. And when you add the large number of happy tourists arriving from across the globe, and stir it all together, with a bit of iced rum or tequila, Ambergris Caye offers an unparalleled island experience for those visiting as well as those who make their home here.