Belize Fast Facts

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Population: 353,858

Capital City: Belmopan

Climate: Tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season (May to November); dry season (February to May)

Time Zone: GMT -6

Language: English, Spanish, Creole, Mayan dialects

Country Code: 501

Coastline: 386km

Over 200 pristine cayes (islands) are scattered along Belize’s coastline—each surrounded by crystal clear, turquoise seawater that teems with brilliant fish, coral, and sponges.

A favorite pastime on the cayes is to relax in a hammock, under a gently swaying coconut palm, while sipping an icy Belikin beer, or a pina colada… It’s the perfect spot to relax and watch the frothy white waves wash against the Mesoamerican barrier reef… For those who live on a caye, the living reef is so close it’s a visible touchstone, a reminder of its many wonders. Diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sailing, and surfing are pleasant activities in the shallow waters inside the protection of the reef…

The Caribbean seascape you see from the mainland is equally stunning. Placencia’s 17 miles of golden sand beaches are perfect for long, leisurely strolls and days spent sunning or picnicking near the sea. Sailboats, cruisers, and catamarans come and go from the deeper water docks, or idle in the calm, protected waters at the tip of Placencia Village.

From Placencia it’s a short drive to a host of other mainland activities such as hiking, bird-watching, and zip lining.

Belize is quintessential Caribbean but with Maya roots.

But Belize offers much more than the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and Mesoamerican reef. It’s complimented by the lush, wild jungles of the Maya Mountains, with tumbling rivers, mysterious Maya ruins, and awe-inspiring rainforests. The Cayo region is rich with productive farms and the perfect spot for homesteading expats.

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A small country barely the size of Massachusetts it’s easy to travel from one part of the country to another. As one adventurous expat eloquently described his rational for moving to Belize, “I can be Jacques Cousteau in the morning—diving in the blue hole, and Indiana Jones in the afternoon—exploring a Maya cave in the jungles…”

Belize offers other advantages. As a British Commonwealth country, English is the primary language, making it easy for expats to transition. This little country is also well known for its open-arms attitude toward expats who wish to become residents, or to open a business.

Talk to expats who live in Belize and you’ll hear a common theme…Belizean people are warm, helpful, and made them feel welcome.

Most expats who live in Belize today moved from the USA, Canada, Britain, and other European countries.

From the Archives of Belize

Where should I retire to where English is spoken and is safe as a senior, single woman?

Where should I retire to where English is spoken and is safe as a senior, single woman?

Ann Kuffner – IL Belize Correspondent There are actually quite a few single expats over 50 in Belize, women and men alike. That is especially true on Ambergris Caye, where there’s a lot to do. Many of my single women friends either are active volunteers, or own a business that keeps them busy.English is spoken Read more...: Where should I retire to where English is spoken and is safe as a senior, single woman?

A Small Caribbean Paradise With a Lot of Profit Potential 

A Small Caribbean Paradise With a Lot of Profit Potential 

When the Caribbean seascape is the backdrop to daily life, things naturally move a lot slower. Whether relaxing in a hammock under a gently swaying coconut palm, or strolling over miles of golden-sand beaches and looking out at the waves crash against the Mesoamerican barrier reef, when you’re in Belize, living life in the fast Read more...: A Small Caribbean Paradise With a Lot of Profit Potential 

Life in Belize Moves at a Slower Pace, and That’s Just Fine With Us

Life in Belize Moves at a Slower Pace, and That’s Just Fine With Us

Daily Postcard
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February 18, 2018

“It’s just by chance we discovered Ambergris Caye, when a much-needed rest drew us to the island for a vacation. But it’s the natural beauty that kept us coming back year after year and eventually deciding to move here permanently,” says Dawn Schick.

An Affordable Caribbean Retirement in English-Speaking Belize

An Affordable Caribbean Retirement in English-Speaking Belize

Since getting married in Montego Bay, Jamaica, vacation has almost always meant a Caribbean destination for me and my wife Annette. And one year, while on the island of Cozumel, I looked at Annette and said, “It’s costing us less to stay in this all-inclusive resort than it costs to live at home.” That began Read more...: An Affordable Caribbean Retirement in English-Speaking Belize