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Think Belize - Diving - Real Estate Invetment - Maya Ruins - And More!

Have you been considering a diving destination? Or perhaps have longed to climb to the top of a Mayan ruin? Or have you been looking for information on retiring outside of the US? If so, you have come to the right place! You will be glad you visited Belize!

Belize is great for the outdoor lover. You'll find protected natural habitats, as well as coral reefs and rainforests. Fish and mammals abound so nature lovers will be in their element. If archeology is your passion you won't want to miss the ancient Mayan ruins. You can schedule day trips with tour guide agencies and learn much about the meanings of the ruins as well as their rich history.

One such Mayan site having 60 structures is Lamanai, dating back to 1500 BC. This ruin is 90 minutes away by boat showcasing various forms of seal life on the way such as crocodiles. Another very interesting Mayan site is Xunantunich.

You can indulge in snorkelling or scuba diving at the Belize Reef and the Cayes, which is the longest reef in Western Hemisphere. Belize's underwater world displays a very colourful reef and showcases many beautiful examples of marine life such as tropical fish.

You will wear shorts, t-shirts, and bathing suits year round in Belize, especially during the summer months. Pack a sweater or two as the evenings cool off in the winter. In general though, the climate is hot and humid, like most tropical areas.

Belize is best visited from November to May or June as the summer months sometimes get too hot to handle, making visits and excursions, such as those to the Mayan ruins, almost unbearable in the hot weather. Also July to November, are the months of the hurricane and thus best avoided. Belize City has its own airport which has regular flights from almost all the major United States and Central American cities.

Belize is a perfect holiday destination particularly for those, active tourist who like to do something more then lazing on a beautiful beach. They have the option of choosing between a rich underwater sea world and the spectacular Mayan ruins.

If you are used to the inexpensive destinations of the rest of Central America, Belize may be a bit of a shock. However, it is still relatively cheap to stay and play, more so then many of the other Caribbean Islands. There are many beautiful resorts here as well as hostels and budget hotels.

English is the language of choice in Belize, making it more comfortable for those who feel unsettled when not surrounded by people speaking in their native tongue. Some westerners have a bit of trouble adjusting to the relaxed and laid back natives, however. No one is watching the clock in this friendly locale.

 Internationally acclaimed magazines and newspapers are consistently publishing articles on Belize and how truly wonderful this small tropical paradise is.

We decided to boil it down to five reasons to retire here. So here you go:

1. The obvious…the place is beautiful

Belize is a gleaming gem of the Caribbean which until recently has been give little attention. Its sun baked white sand beaches would make great scenery for any Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

How big is Belize? Its size is approximately 8,866 square miles, the mainland is approximately 180 miles long and up to 68 miles wide. Belize  also consists of over 200 cayes (islands), ranging in size from a few hundred feet to 25 miles long and four miles wide; most of which are located inside the 200 mile Belize Reef.

Belize has hundreds of miles of undeveloped beaches which are perfect for fishing, diving, scuba diving, yachting and more. Belize also has ruins of the ancient Mayan civilizations with excellent tour services. There are also tropical mountain ranges which are perfect for hiking and birding activities.

2. Its relatively cheap

Belize’s government recently has enacted a retiree incentive program that permits U.S., Canadian and United Kingdom citizens to establish official residency in Belize and to live there free of most Belize taxes. Under the new program retirees can’t work in Belize, but income from outside Belize isn’t taxed, and retirees can bring in household goods, a car, a boat and even an airplane without paying import duties.

The overall cost of living is generally lower than the United States. The average Belizean makes less than 6000 USD a year.

3. Its relatively safe

Belize is a parliamentary democracy and a member of the British Commonwealth. The country has a tradition of democracy and free elections. Belize has a constitution, which includes a bill of rights.

Although no place in the world is completely safe the crime in Belize is relatively low in comparison to other Central American countries.

4. It’s a good long term investment

The country of Belize has no capital gains taxes and has a well established off-shore banking system similar to Cayman Islands and Switzerland. Full property insurance is available and is underwritten by Lords of London.

5. It’s easy to get to

Belize lies on the eastern coastline of Central America, bordered on the north by Mexico, on the west and south by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. It is separated by sea from its neighbor to the southwest, Honduras.

The  Belize International Airport is offering direct flights from major US cities. Direct flights are available from many major cities in the United States and more are being added. Belize international airport is currently expanding the runways so to accommodate direct flights from Europe. Right now major airlines including American, Continental and Taca (El Salvador) offer direct flights from major US cities including Dallas, Ft. Worth and Houston.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about Belize real estate you will seldom get anyone more honest than the wonderful folks at this site:   http://belize-realestate-investments.com  -

 

 

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