The many natural advantages of Belize have helped bring it the economic success it enjoys today. Below are some of the factors to be aware of when researching your property investment in Belize
Rainforests, mountain retreats, stunning beaches and islands, as well as a mix of local cultures creates the perfect environment for eco-tourism, and related investments, to thrive. Many establishments in Belize are already using solar power, rain catchment systems, or private wells to supply water and energy, and this has proven to be very popular and appreciated by visitors.
The country is also home to some of the best fishing- diving, and hiking spots in the world, and has received lots of press and numerous awards over the years.
The Barrier Reef off the coast of Belize is on the Unesco World Heritage List, and is one of the best diving sites in the world.
While English is the official language of Belize, a large number of the population will also speak Spanish, Creole, or a variety of other local- and tribal languages.
With its low cost of living and high quality of life, Belize property has become very popular with retirees. The country offers the only retirement visa in the Caribbean – the QRP – and this has allowed many new residents to settle in the country without having to make any large investments.
With Belize being just two hours from major U.S. cities, the country is very much accessible for both tourists and expats. Having a land border with Mexico has allowed the country to establish very valuable trade links, and Belize is also part of the CARICOM partnership, which focuses on building strong trade links with other Caribbean- and Central American countries.
Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons, although there are significant variations in weather patterns by region. Temperatures vary according to elevation, proximity to the coast, and the moderating effects of the northeast trade winds off the Caribbean.
Average temperatures in the coastal regions range from 24 °C (75 °F) in January to 27 °C (81 °F) in July. Temperatures are slightly higher inland, except for the southern highland plateaus, such as the Mountain Pine Ridge, where it is noticeably cooler year round. Overall, the seasons are marked more by differences in humidity and rainfall than in temperature.
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