Retirement in Belize – Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a relationship between the tourism a nation enjoys and its attraction for retirees? Belize in general and Ambergris Caye in particular are attracting both record amounts of tourists and retirees. Of course, prospective residents of this tropical paradise have questions. Here, we’ll try to answer some of these.
How easily can a foreigner buy a home in Belize?
Compared to many places, buying a home in Belize is easy. As a foreigner, you’ll have the same rights as citizens to own property. You will also be able to conduct business in English, the official language.
To learn more about the advantages of buying a home in Belize, you can visit our site for more information, or contact us directly.
What kinds of things can I do if I live on Ambergris Caye?
The island has a famously relaxed vibe, yet also has opportunities for adventure.
Both tourists and locals on Ambergris Caye enjoy its proximity to the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef system. You can dive, snorkel or go fishing, as well as enjoy other water sports.
If you’d like to try a cave tubing tour or some zip-lining, it’s a short hop by boat or plane to the mainland.
Not up for adventure? No problems. You an relax on the beautiful beaches, treat yourself to a spa day at one of the many resorts or sip exotic drinks at the chill bars in San Pedro.
For Retirees at Salt Life Belize, there will also be an exclusive full service resort, fly fishing lodge and beach club as well as on-site restaurants and bars.
How Large is the Expat Community?
It is sizable and keeps growing. Both North Americans and Europeans find Belize to be a great place to retire. Ambergris Caye is one of the more popular destinations, and Salt Life Belize impresses even skeptics with its beautiful development.
Do I need Citizenship to live in Belize?
No. You can live and retire in Belize without becoming a citizen. You would first come to the country on a tourist visa, which Americans and Canadians can get at the airport. This tourist visa lets you stay in Belize for 30 days, and every month you can apply for another extension. It is normally a rubber-stamp approval process for renewal.
What is the Cost to Retire in Belize?
North Americans and Europeans generally find Belize to be very affordable.
What about Medical Care?
There are both private and public medical facilities in Belize, and they are quite modern. The best hospitals are located in Belize City. Compared to medical care in the United States, the cost at even the private facilities is reasonable, and medical insurance is not mandatory, though it is recommended.
Can I bring my pet?
Absolutely! You will first need to get an Import Permit and contact the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) to make sure there is an inspector present when you arrive in the country. You will also need to visit a veterinarian.
For more information about how to live, retire, and buy property in Belize, contact the Salt Life Belize team today!