Located on the upper reaches of the Central American subcontinent, Belize is one of the most charming countries in the region.  Historically a British colony until achieving independence in 1981, the only official language in Belize is English, making it the only country in Central America to have English as an official language; alternately, Spanish is commonly spoken throughout the country.

Known primarily for its vast, white sand beaches, its beautiful coral reefs, and its plethora of rivers, jungles, and wildlife reserves, Belize is a veritable tropical paradise.  Claiming the most extensive cave network in Central America, and having the longest coral formation in the Caribbean stretch along its coast, there’s plenty of reason why the natural endowments of this country attract visitors by the boat load every year.

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Culturally speaking, Belize stands out rather remarkably from its neighbors, whose Spanish heritage lies is stark contrast to the British legacy of this country.  In fact, Belize has been one of the most stable countries in the area, spared much of the political turmoil that constantly disrupted life in its neighbors throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.  This stability has been another attraction for people seeking a tropical getaway sans the perils of sociopolitical upheaval.

Belize has a unique Retired Persons’ Incentive Program, which enables qualifying individuals to relocate to the nation and set up a new life, without taxes!  You heard right…no taxes.  Check out ShelterOffshore for more information on this peculiar and alluring programming only for certain people over 45 years of age.

With one of the lowest population densities in the world, and one of the fastest growing populations in the world, Belize is a tiny country that provides a lot of intrigue and promise.  With tons of ecotourism opportunities to be had—rafting, snorkeling, scuba, biking, trekking—amid one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, it’s hard to get tired of the many beauties of this country.  Its economy primarily focused on agriculture, but with (eco)tourism a close second, free enterprise is abounding and people from more advanced economies will be surprised at just how pleasant doing business in Belize is.

Check out Belize’s official government website to learn a little bit more about how to move to this amazing, culturally diverse nation, or consult the official tourism site to learn more about the many opportunities awaiting you.  You’ll be richly rewarded by even the shortest of trips to this tropical paradise.