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There are those people who like Belize because it’s a safe and tax-friendly place to story money, but the reason people choose to live there is entirely different. Wedged below Mexico’s tail in Central America, the entire eastern side of Belize is exposed to the Caribbean Sea and expats enjoy a peace there that’s harder to find in many other tropical idylls. Belize holds English as its official language, has few cars and friendly locals. This makes it paradise for anyone who wants to fish its shores, snorkel in its 175-mile barrier reef, or just soak in the beauty of the country’s jungle, countless beaches and town life. For more on this continue reading the following article from International Living.

Wedged against the Caribbean Sea, Belize has no strategic importance to anyone. Maybe that’s why it has such a peaceful history.

Four hundred years ago, pirates would lie in wait among the 200 islands scattered off the coast. But these days, all you’ll find hiding on the cayes and islands are divers, sailors and anyone looking for an affordable way to enjoy total privacy.

Belize is still a solid banking and tax haven, but it’s the lifestyle that puts most people under a spell. This is picture postcard Caribbean.

Snorkelers explore its 176-mile barrier reef. Sport fishermen are equally happy. They reel in snapper, grouper, barracuda, bonito, tuna, kingfish, sailfish, and marlin.

You’ll be blissfully free from commuter crush, 24-hour news, and workaday stress. This is a land of few cars, abundant fresh food from the sea and the trees, and great natural beauty. Belize is undeveloped and sparsely populated. You’ll have lots of room (on the beaches, in the jungle, in the rainforests) to stretch out. There is no rush. Where would you rush to? Yes, there are fiber-optic phone cables, computers, and cell phones, but these things are conveniences, not obsessions.

Everyone who visits English-speaking Belize talks about the friendly people. Lots of countries have friendly locals, but in Belize you can quickly and easily make friends with them—because you already speak the language.

A stone’s throw from the coast, you can buy a cottage for less than $140,000. In fact, right now, Belize is heaving with opportunity.

This article was republished with permission from International Living.