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Home Country Manuals Escape to Belize: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less - ONLINE VERSION

This Small Caribbean Nation Welcomes
North American Retirees…

With less than 356,000 in the entire country
(75% under age 30)...


It has everything except for a large population:
a stable, democratic government, easy residence
options, inexpensive beach properties, very few taxes

and English is the official language.


Dear Reader,

Leave your watch behind because you won't need it. And toss away your shoes while you're at it–a bathing suit is the only wardrobe requirement, and even that's only a suggestion. Spend your afternoon chasing a fish or two or nursing an ice-cold beer, and call that a good day's work…

There's a little country in the Caribbean… a new country, in fact, having just gained its independence in 1981. Less than 365,000 people live here… in the entire country! And the vast majority...more than 74% of them...are under 30 years of age. They can use the kind of experience you have to offer and they're throwing open arms to North American retirees.

This is a place where palm trees sway in rhythm with the gentle waves of clear warm waters caressing soft white sands.

People greet you with a smile and a cheerful "Good Day." They're genuinely happy. And why wouldn't they be? They live in paradise.

They enjoy fresh fruit for breakfast, fresh fish for lunch, and celebrate the end of every blissful day watching the sun set over the Maya Mountains or (if they're on one of the many islands that dot the coast) the Caribbean.

Worries are few. The cost of living is low…half what you'd spend in the rest of the Caribbean or the U.S. Property prices, too, are extraordinarily low. In parts of this paradise…virtually unknown to foreigners…you can buy a 6,000-sq-ft. oceanfront lot for as little as $45,000. Even on its most popular ‘upscale' island, where bargains are hard to come by, a beachfront condo can be had for little less than $90,000.

What's more, there is 0% capital gains tax, and property tax is so low that in many cases—it will cost less than $100 a year!

All this, plus it's ridiculously easy to get residence.

Best of all, in addition to being one of the world's last true tax havens, English is the official language.

Yet amazingly, this country and its benefits remain relatively unknown except to a savvy few.

If You're Dreaming of Retiring to the Caribbean but
Think You Can't Afford it… Think Belize

The Last Affordable Caribbean Haven

Just to give you an idea of the affordability of Belize:


The average price to buy a property on another well-known English-speaking Caribbean island—St. Thomas, in the U.S.Virgin Islands—was $772,334 in 2014.

But in Belize, you can still own a luxury condo on Ambergris Caye—the most country's most popular resort island—for $200,000!

Read on to find out more…

Over the years, the world has started to take notice of little Belize. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, movie director Francis Ford Coppola, singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker and more have quietly purchased homes there. Many others…like Tiger Woods, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, and Robert DeNiro…regularly vacation on its private islands and in exclusive resort hotels.

Madonna fell so in love with the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye and its little town of San Pedro that she wrote a song about it, which she still sings in concert: "Last night I dreamt of San Pedro, tropical island breeze, all of nature wild and free. This is where I long to be, la Isla Bonita… "

But even though celebrities have found Belize, it remains off the typical tourist radar. In fact, celebrities enjoy it for just that reason: there aren't hordes of tourists around and they can vacation in peace. And that tranquility (and relative obscurity) is exactly what's kept the country's charm rating high and its prices low.

We've Had Our Eyes On Belize for Decades

My name is Jackie Flynn and I'm Publisher of International Living.

At International Living, we've had our eye on Belize from the beginning… from even before it earned its independence from Great Britain in 1981. In the early years, divers and fishermen were just about the only tourists who visited this little country, which hugs the Caribbean Sea just south of Mexico.

You may remember it from grammar school as British Honduras—and luckily, Belize has retained its English influence. The stable government is based on the British parliamentary system with a legal system modeled on the common law of England. Everyone speaks English and all contracts are written in that language.

Over the years more than a few International Living readers have been living the good life in Belize. Like one fast-paced, career-minded couple from Los Angeles. But making money wasn't enough. "We felt there was something missing," they say.

So they decided in 1980 they would leave the States for a place where life offered more. They found a 20-acre property near Punta Gorda, in the Toledo District that they bought for just $1,800 total. They quit their jobs, sold everything they owned, bought a motor home and drove south through Mexico to their new life.

They gave themselves five years to make it work. As it turns out, they never looked back.

“We really have it all,” they say. “The people here amaze us with their ingenuity and how they make everything work. We have a natural paradise. We really have Shangri-La.”

Belize Fast Facts

Despite what you may think, Belize remains a little-visited country. Outside of cruise passengers on day trips, only about 320,000 tourists visit Belize each year… far less than most other Caribbean tourist destinations. (By contrast, each year nearly 4 million tourists visit the Dominican Republic, and nearly 5 million travel to Cancun, just a few hours north of Belize.) About half of the tourists who visit Belize go to Ambergris Caye. And that's exactly why real estate prices are a bit higher there but remain lower in the rest of Belize…

And there's Bill and Jenny, who bought a parcel of beachfront on the Bay of Corozal, near the town of Copper Bank. They worked together to build Cerros Beach Resort, now up and running with four cabanas for guests, and a full-service restaurant and bar.

"There are no time clocks or wristwatches, no commutes, stress or worries," Bill says. "We have the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitats, to sit and listen to the birds and the wind blowing, to watch a beautiful sunset…we take full advantage of it all."

Jan B. first visited Belize seven years ago after her husband passed away. Comforted by the turquoise waters…the gentle ocean breezes…the laidback island living…she felt like she belonged there. She went back to Texas and told her family and friends she was moving there. She has owned two businesses on the island (including a famous beachfront bar) and is now "retired"… but working on the preservation and development of a 2,000-year-old Marco Gonzalez Maya site, the first Archaeological Reserve on an island in Belize.

"I'm on Social Security now," Jan says, and that's what I live on. Living on the island costs more than living on the mainland. But the extra costs of living here are worth it. I'm on an island…in the Caribbean…I live here because I love it!"

There's Much More to Belize Than Ambergris Caye…
The Country's Most Popular Tourist Destination

About the Author

Ann Kuffner is International Living's Belize Correspondent.

She has lived fulltime on Ambergris Caye since 2008. In 1999 Ann and her husband Mike visited Belize on an International Living tour. Since then they've experienced first-hand the types of challenges expats encounter when moving overseas, building a home, and operating a business.

She and Mike built their first home on Ambergris Caye in 2001. They went on to design, build, and operate the first country club fitness facility there, which opened in 2003. But Ann's long-term intention had always been to transition to writing, with emphasis on travel and lifestyle.

She'd spent more than 30 years in the environmental consultant business. So she re-tooled by taking a series of American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI) courses, completing the Circle of Success program in 2009.

She has been actively writing lifestyle and travel articles since 2008, with emphasis on Belize. Prior to moving Ann lived in the San Francisco Bay Area.

And don't be fooled by imitations: You may find others on the Internet who proclaim to know Belize, but International Living is the only publishing company that has been writing and reporting about living and retiring in Belize for more than 30 years. Escape to Belize is one-of-a-kind and the best of its kind

There are many little islands off the coast (at least 200, say tourism officials) and miles of Caribbean coastline that remain undiscovered by most travelers.

And that's where the real estate bargains are…

International Living correspondent Ann Kuffner lives in Belize fulltime and has discovered some of the places in the country where you can still live the Caribbean dream without spending a fortune…where you can have a champagne lifestyle on a Belikin budget. (Belikin is Belize's mighty tasty beer…a cold one will set you back just a couple of bucks at a fun and funky beachside bar.

Ann has compiled her findings in our new, comprehensive 180-page guide to Belize—Escape to Belize: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.

If you're interested in finding your place in the Caribbean sun… but you'd rather not pay typical Caribbean prices… you need to read this book.

Ann digs deep. Not one to just scratch the surface, she gives you every little detail…all the nuances, tips, insider secrets, and every little tidbit that normally slips between the cracks…everything you need to know if you're considering relocating to Belize.

All This, And One of the World's Best
Retirement Programs, Too!

You may have heard of Belize's Qualified Retired Person Program (QRP). (Despite the name, you needn't be retired.) If you're at least 45 years old and have a monthly income of at least $2,000 from a pension or annuity (including Social Security) generated outside of Belize, you can qualify. This allows you to bring all your personal goods to Belize tax-free, and pay no Belizean taxes on any foreign-earned income.

Ann explains exactly what you need to do to qualify. This information is straight from her contacts in the Belize government. It's verified and up to date. (That's important, as much of what you'll find in an Internet search can be dangerously outdated.)

What's more, Ann tells you how you can become a permanent resident of Belize, which offers you even more advantages, including the ability to work and earn an income in Belize.

I can't tell you everything that Ann has turned up about Belize… as I mentioned, Escape to Belize: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less is nearly 180 pages!

Here's Some of What You'll Discover in Your
Escape to Belize

  • Location, location, location. You'll learn about the top spots in Belize for expats… some of which you may have never heard of, including a quiet, tidy town on the ocean (but with all the amenities you need) where you can live… more than comfortably… on less than $2,000 per month, including your rent. (Chapter 2)
  • Contacts, contact, contacts. From expat organizations in Belize to those people who can help you streamline your move… Ann names names and gives contact info, so you'll have both business and social circles in Belize before you ever leave home. (Appendix A—Your complete Belize Resource Rolodex)
  • How much you can expect to pay for things like telephone, Internet, cable TV, and household help… including a gardener. Remember, in the tropics, one plant can quickly turn into a jungle… you'll be happy to have affordable help in your garden! (Chapter 5)
  • The nitty gritty details about health care in Belize: the country's best public and private hospital options, where to get medical insurance, the ins and outs of evacuation policies, how to get your prescription medications, and more. (Chapter 6)
  • What about moving your household goods to Belize… does it make sense? What are the best shipping companies? What about your pets? All the information you need about these important issues is found in Chapter 7.
  • What about taxes? Income taxes, sale tax, capital gains tax… business taxes for you entrepreneurs. All your obligations, exemptions, and benefits are fully explained in Chapter 8.
  • When you travel to Belize, you'll want to make the most of your time and money. We've outlined, where to go, how to get there, how much it will cost… from hotels to restaurants to shopping… and we explain how to save big time on all your travel expenses. Chapters 11 and 12.
  • And of course, in Chapter 3,we provide detailed information about real estate in Belize. What the buying process is like…where to go and who to talk to in order to find the best bargains… Like a condo in one of the best communities with an ocean view, a swimming pool, and more on popular Ambergris Caye for just $235,000 or a two-bedroom home in lovely Corozal for just $95,000!
Try Before You Buy

We always recommend that you rent before you buy. But how do you find a rental in Belize? And how much will you pay? Even on the popular island of Ambergris Caye, you can find a fully furnished rental (A/C, washing machine, and internet included) for just $600 a month. Chapter 2 offers the ins and outs of the Belize rental market in Escape to Belize: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less. And of course, contact information is provided…

As Ann says, although Ambergris Caye is where most expats want to be, increasing numbers are looking beyond the popular island for Belize's true bargains. She found an elegant four-bedroom house in a beach town that's just now gaining the attention of expats…for just $120,000!

On the southern coast just minutes from the beach, there's a four-bedroom house in move-in condition, appliances included, for just $185,000!

And go inland to get even more bang for your buck. Ann has located a house with two bedrooms on a landscaped lot in a quiet neighborhood. Price? Just $135,000!

Best of all, Ann gives you the contact info so you can follow up on these (and many more like them) yourself.

Reserve Your Escape to Belize Now…

Escape to Belize: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less is the best resource available to help you get to know the Caribbean paradise that is Belize. From finding a property…to obtaining residence. You'll learn how to invest, travel, live, retire, and start a new business in Belize. With Escape to Belize as your guide, you'll save time, money, and hours of frustration…

Keep in mind…this special guide to "all that is Belize" is the result of years of living in and traveling around the country by many of our top International Living editors and writers and by our full-time, on-the-ground-in-Belize correspondent Ann Kuffner. For this edition, there have been months of follow-up research and consultations with expats in Belize, immigration attorneys, real estate agents, and developers. If you were to try to get this information yourself, it would take years and thousands of dollars to compile. I can guarantee you won't find anything like it on the Internet or in a bookshop.

In fact, I will guarantee it…more about that in a minute.

Try it out, explore everything Belize has to offer…and certainly, make use of the information when you're in Belize in search of your dream home or investment. With all the pointed information and contact details in this report, you'll be glad you did.

…And Two Special Bonuses
Reserve Your Escape to Belize Manual Today...
and Also We'll Toss in 2 Special Extras...FREE

Reserve your Escape to Belize Manual today and we'll immediately send you two FREE Special Bonuses:

Special Bonus #1: A very special video called “Belize: The English-Speaking Caribbean Jewel” (value $29) it’s yours FREE when you reserve your Escape to Belize Manual today

To give you the very best introduction to Belize and a preview of what you’ll actually see and experience firsthand in this special country, we videotaped a special presentation given recently at an International Living Fast-Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference by Ann Kuffner, your International Living Belize correspondent.

In this special video, Ann provides an excellent snapshot to real life in Belize. She explains what you’ll love about living there and what you may find to be somewhat challenging.

This video is full of spectacular visuals, too—so you can see exactly what she’s talking about. From Ambergris Caye to Placencia, Punta Gorda, the Cayo District, and beyond...

Ann knows Belize well and she wants to share it al...up close and personal...with you.

This Special Bonus Video has a value of $29.97...but it’s yours FREE when you act now to reserve your Escape to Belize Manual.

If you’re considering a move to Belize… a place where you’ll feel welcome and wanted... a country that’s teeming with opportunity (not to mention it’s drop-dead gorgeous), you’ll want to watch this video as soon as possible.

This special video, Belize: The English-Speaking Caribbean Jewel (value $29) is yours FREE with your copy of Escape to Belize.

If you've ever wanted see for yourself what Belize has to offer...in order to make an informed decision about moving or investing there… act now.

But that's not all...

Order your copy of Escape to Belize now and I'll also give you...

Special Bonus #2: A second special video, "Starting Your Dream Business in Belize", (value $29).

Belize is one of the best places on the planet right now to start a business. Even if starting a business is not at all your intention, chances are that you’ll see a niche in Belize that needs to be filled. In a country with such a small population... but with ever-increasing numbers of tourists visiting each year... countless opportunities await you.

In this special video, International Living editor Jason Holland showcases dozens of these opportunities...

He shares a lengthy list of businesses needed in each area of the country. He explains how to get a work permit, what to do, what not to do, who’s doing what, who’s not doing what...

If you’ve dreamed of living in Belize but you’re not sure how to make it happen financially watch Jason’s video and you’ll be well on your way to figuring it out.

This special video, Starting Your Dream Business in Belize, has a value of $29 but it’s yours free, and will be rushed to you immediately, when you order Escape to Belize right now.

Not Available Anywhere Else

Escape to Belize created by Belize correspondent Ann Kuffner and the editors of International Living (and the two special videos,Belize: The English-Speaking Caribbean Jewel and Starting Your Dream Business in Belize are not available in bookstores, resource libraries, or anywhere else on the Internet.

 

All are available online with the manual provided in downloadable PDF format for $99. That's how we can keep the information as up-to-date and reliable as possible. It also allows us to get this information in your hands as quickly as possible. However, if you would like to purchase a printed version, go here (You'll still be able to access the videos instantly online).

 

Travel to Belize to obtain all this information yourself and you'd expect to pay $2,000 or more. (The time and efforts of attorneys and other experts who worked to compile this information is worth that much alone.) But when you act now and reserve your copy of Escape to Belize you'll pay just $99. And you'll also receive our special free bonus videos Belize: The English-Speaking Caribbean Jewel and Starting Your Dream Business in Belize.

Discover Belize Risk-Free

In Belize, there's a mantra that everyone lives by. It's an attitude, really, and a direct result of living a no-stress lifestyle. The sun comes up, you play in the water all day… or just sit next to it with your feet up and a cold drink in your hand. And then the sun goes down. The next day you do it all again.

"No shirt, no shoes, no problem."

I'm so confident that Escape to Belize will help you realize your dream life in Belize that I'll offer you this guarantee: If, for any reason, you're not completely happy with this report, just let us know. You have our 30-day, no-hassle, money back guarantee…

We'll refund your $99 no questions asked…and you can keep your special videos Belize: The English-Speaking Caribbean Jewel and Starting Your Dream Business in Belize.
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If you've been considering a move to Belize…full-time or part-time, you owe it to yourself to learn as much as possible about this small, friendly English-speaking Caribbean country—and now, thanks to our money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose…but so much to gain!

Please note, this format is a downloadable PDF. If you would like to purchase a printed version, go here.

Sincerely,

Jackie Flynn

Jackie Flynn,
Publisher, International Living

P.S. The comprehensive and all-inclusive Escape to Belize: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less and your two FREE special videos Belize: The English Speaking Caribbean Jewel and Starting Your Dream Business in Belize are not available anywhere else… at any price. If you're interested in living the laidback Caribbean lifestyle (full or part-time) but not interested in paying typical Caribbean prices, Belize should definitely be front and center on your radar.

 
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