Senior Citizens Visit Belize

Sep 8th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Some seniors merely visit Belize; others move there in retirement.  Seniors Jason and Elizabeth Pearce moved from Canada to Belize three years ago. They bought a piece of property on the sea. A year later, they built a house. Today, they live in a beautiful Santa Fe adobe-style home with gardens all around. The pair lives very comfortably, without wants or financial worries. They’ve had no trouble making friends in their new community because the folks in Belize speak English. They eat out three or four times a week. They barbecue lobster and filet mignon at home. They have reliable Internet to keep them connected to the outside world. By choice, they do not have a television. “I used to think that the news was important,” Jason explains. “But not anymore.” The retired couple has a maid and a gardener, each of whom visit once a week. It is written that you can Retire Comfortably for Under $1,500 a Month.

Belize is blessed with a wonderful tourism product which includes:

  • The longest barrier reef in this hemisphere,
  • home to the Great Blue Hole,
  • hundreds of islands,
  • snorkel and dive locations,
  • hundreds of ancient Maya sites both excavated and jungle-covered,
  • lush tropical rainforest with many species of birds, exotic flora and fauna, cool clear rivers and cascading waterfalls,
  • over ten friendly, English-speaking and diverse cultures willing to share Belizean hospitality, natural and cultural heritage with visitors,

Spectacular natural attractions and the excitement of discovering Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret draw travelers from around the globe, promising both relaxation and the richly rewarding authenticity they seek in a genuine Caribbean getaway.   Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on earth.  Belize attracts more than 850,000 annual visitors eager to explore the mysteries of Maya sites. Belize City is the county’s largest urban center with a population of 49,050. The city surrounds Haulover Creek, which is the name given to the last 4mi/6.5km of the Belize River. Belize City rests a few inches below sea level and most of the houses are built on piles above the swampy ground. Belize City sits on a little land peninsula that juts out into the Caribbean Sea. It was the capital city of the country until it was horribly damaged by both floods and hurricanes. 

Occasionally, cruise ships will dock at Belize City’s port. The colorful and somewhat ramshackle city is less tourist-oriented and offers a more authentic Belizean experience than other towns and villages. Belize City is the nation’s principal port and its financial and industrial hub. Several cruise ships drop anchor outside the port and are tended by local citizens. The government was moved to the new capital of Belmopan (the Garden City) in 1970.

There is no need to learn a new language because, as a former British colony, Belize is English speaking. Spanish is widely spoken and unofficially it is believed it is the more popular language as the Belize Latinos have now become the largest single ethnic group. But most Belizeans are bilingual and many trilingual. All official documents, street signs, menus and so on are in English and most of the media, newspapers, radio and television stations are primarily in English.  

A free Belize fact sheet is available here plus more on travel in that country.   Do you know where Belize is located? Most american tourists do not.  Get out a map and find the Yucatan Peninsula. There is is on the southwest side.  You would fly into the capital Belmopan. Want ten good reasons to retire there? Here they are beginning with the fact that your money goes further in Belize.

Good old wikipedia provides more good information on tourism in Belize as the tourism industry is an important part of the overall economy of Belize and only recently contributed to over 25% of all jobs there.  Lonely Planet has a nice map of Belize.  

Lastly, World66.com has lots of information providing more maps, flights, day trips, museums, sights, eating out, festivals and top 5 must do’s. So now that you know where Belize is, why not check it out, Seniors.  Sounds pretty neat to me.  jeb



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