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.

Caye Caulker, Belize

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

What taxes would I have to pay if I retire in Belize?

What taxes would I have to pay if I retire in Belize?

Hello, I was wondering if I retire in Belize and do not become an expat, am I still liable for taxes on my Social Security and 401k? What would I owe in Belize? Hi Hawk, Belize will not tax you on your income outside of Belize. If you become a resident of Belize and work for a Belizean company, or start a business in Belize, you will be taxed on that income...

How to Find a Long-Term Rental Property in Belize

How to Find a Long-Term Rental Property in Belize

There is a common thread in the conversation that many expats have when they first move to Belize and try to find long-term rentals—it is hard to do. There are many reasons for this, and I’ve experienced them while trying to rent in two of the most popular areas of Belize, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and Placencia.

The Secret Beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize

The Secret Beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Beach Living
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April 9, 2018

Those of us who live on Ambergris Caye in Belize head to the north island for our beach escape days... We frequent the hidden gems few tourists find–even though it's fairly easy to reach them. Just hop on a Coastal Express water taxi. The boat trip itself is a thrill...and you'll get an entirely different view of the island from the water. Water taxis run about every two hours.

Rent in a Marina with Sunset Views for $1,000 a Month

Rent in a Marina with Sunset Views for $1,000 a Month

Chris currently rents a luxury two-bedroom, two-bathroom beach condo overlooking the lagoon for $1,000 a month. “My home is in a beautiful marina with lagoon and sunset views. It’s relatively new and spacious. Every morning I open the curtains and there’s sunshine.”