Forbes: Ambergis Caye, Belize Is Best Place To Retire Abroad In 2020
Richard Detrich and Nikki Steele, his wife, knew that when they were looking to retire that they ought to go about the process methodically. They already knew that they wanted to live abroad and drew up a list of several factors that were crucial to a proper retirement home. After they compared each other’s notes, they discovered that they had each come up with a lot of the same variables. Having been based on Ventura, California, they knew they wanted to live somewhere with warm weather and a low cost of living, making it easy for their adult children to come and visit. Understandably, the country would need to have a stable government an economy and its residents needed to be friendly to visitors. After extensive analysis, one of the leading candidates they considered was Ambergris Caye, a gorgeous island off the coast of sunny Belize, according to Forbes.com.
Many Americans have recently taken a similar approach to Detrich and Steele, seeking to retire in another country. Currently, the Social Security Administration mails out 700,000 checks to foreign mailing addresses, a 40% increase from the past decade. In compiling a list of the best hot spots for retirement, several factors were considered.
- Cost of living.
- Both the cost and quality of healthcare.
- General safety.
- Political stability.
- Hospitality from the locals.
- Food and drink.
- Ease of getting around knowing only English.
- Ease of gaining permission to stay. Expats generally need to fill out much paperwork.
It just so happens that Belize happens to tick off every one of these features. Belize is a Central American country whose official language is English and it is home to a vibrant array of flora, fauna, beaches and coral reefs. It is also not that far away from the United States.
If there were one location in Belize that is worth retiring to, it would be Ambergris Caye. The cost of living is reasonable, you have access to basic healthcare and it is surprisingly easy to stay in the country thanks to the Government’s dedicated retirement program for ex-pats.
Belize is notable among Central American nations for having English as its official language. Belize is a warm country throughout the year and much of its terrain is pristine, encouraging outdoor activities like fishing or diving near the Belize Barrier Reef. Crime is not a concern beyond the borders of Belize City. While the country only offers basic healthcare services, it is not uncommon for retirees to book a 2-hour flight to Houston, in the United States, for specialized medical procedures. Belize’s government is stable enough that it can offer the Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program-prove you have 24,000 in retirement income and you’re practically home.
If Ambergris Caye sounds like the spot for you, consider Salt Life Belize for your retirement destination in 2020. Salt Life Village offers residents all of the amenities they could ever need to make their retirement days as golden an experience as the sand of Belize’s beaches.