We’re Blowing the Lid on Belize
International Living Postcards—your daily escape
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
Dear International Living Reader,
I don’t get it. Belize should be heaving with North American tourists and residents. But the rich and famous seem to have the place mostly to themselves.
Which doesn’t make sense—because the prices here are low enough that almost anyone can afford a Caribbean beach house.
Belize (including its islands) is fun, friendly, laid-back, and easy, with lots of beach. The entire country (300,000 people) is the same size as Massachusetts (6.5 million people). Maybe its size is why so many people don’t know about it.
Anyone who has heard of Belize may think it’s too expensive. After all, there are a lot of million-dollar homes along the coast. It’s not too hard to find a new house that comes with a 100-foot-yacht slip as standard.
Hollywood celebrities own islands and hotels here. A couple of weeks before my recent visit, Charlie Sheen was in town.
Yet on the same stretch of coast, you can buy a lot and build your own beach house for $100,000 total. If you want something already built, you can easily find it for less than $200,000.
But affordable beach is only a small part of the real Belize story.
It’s easy to fit in—everyone speaks English (it’s the official language).
They hate taxes—and consistently defend their asset protection laws in international courts.
It’s easy to get residency—they want to attract more North American expats.
For all these reasons and more, we’re calling this upcoming week “Belize Retirement Confidential” week. We’ll blow the lid on everything you need to know about this country. Stay tuned.
Managing Editor, IL Postcards