The term “Retire” has taken on new life now that Baby Boomers – those more adventurous, rock and rolling, boundary-pushing children of the 60s and 70s - are now in their 60s and 70s.
Even Pete Townsend of the Who, who famously sang “I hope I die before I get old” has avoided the former and seems to be enjoying the latter, thank you very much. Check out the crowd at Coachella, SXSW, Burning Man, and various classic rock festivals and you’ll detect a fair amount of grey haired sunshine in what were formerly referred to as the sunset years.
So is it any wonder that, after years of working and saving, more and more people are deciding to retire someplace where those savings go further and opportunities for fun, relaxation and adventure abound?
And we’re not the only ones noticing more of these advanced-aged adventurers frolicking around Belize’s Caribbean coast, cayes, inland jungles and Maya temples. As the New York Post recently quoted retirement guru Daniel Wilhelm saying, “Belize has been quickly rising as one of the top destinations for retirees,” highlighting the fact that it’s affordable, English speaking, has vibrant expat communities and other features that make it a top choice as a retirement option.
Of course, Belize has been on the retirement radar for years now, with the success stories of retirees who made the move inspiring others to consider it for themselves. And with the Belize government’s Qualified Retired Person’s program offering generous incentives such as exemption from “the payment of all taxes and duties on all income or receipts which accrue to him or her from a source outside of Belize,” moving to Belize sounds more attractive all the time.
The close proximity to North America – and by extension, the UK and Europe – combined with an increase in the number of airlines and routes servicing Belize, makes getting back and forth and keeping in touch with family and friends easier than ever. And something about living in a tropical paradise makes visiting grandma and grandpa even more attractive.
However, as with any major life decision, due diligence is essential. And what better way to check out a retirement destination than by immersing yourself in the land, culture and people during a vacation that’s both informative and enjoyable?
For decades Chaa Creek has been helping retirees make one of the most important decisions of a lifetime with all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that offer experience, local knowledge and personal assistance.
During a Retiring in Belize vacation Chaa Creek staff provide resources, help answer questions, and point guests in the right directions while they enjoy eco-luxe lodgings, fine dining, sumptuous amenities and activities that provide an in-depth immersion into this surprisingly geographically and culturally diverse nation.
For example, the Cayo District, home to Chaa Creek, is one of Belize’s fastest growing destinations for retirees – and with good reason. Land is abundant and affordable, the Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout is the country’s largest importer of just about everything, medical, dental and other services are all readily available, and people are friendly and welcoming. Chaa Creek’s staff can organise tours (or rental cars if you like to do your own thing), introduce you to the right professionals, and turn your search for a dream home into a dream vacation.
And for those people considering the Caribbean coast and cayes, our network of colleagues and partner resorts allows us to offer an affordable, seamless way to combine Cayo and the Caribbean – from northern Ambergris Caye to the Placencia Peninsula on the southern coast, in one easy vacation that makes exploration enjoyable.
Another, more luxurious yet surprisingly affordable option is to enjoy a weeklong vacation of discovery though our Unique Hotels of Belize partners.
Unique Hotels of Belize is an exclusive collection of three of Belize’s most renowned resorts – The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Victoria House on Ambergris Caye, and Naïa Resort and Spa on the Placencia Peninsula. After spending three nights at each UHB member resort, guests will come away with a comprehensive and luxuriously comfortable insight into Belize from the Belize Great Barrier Reef, Caribbean coast and stunning inland attractions.
Whichever vacation package you choose, you can be assured of receiving personalised, up-to-date information from a team of Belizean experts who have your interests at heart.
We understand what a big decision choosing a retirement destination is. We also believe that the more comfortable and enjoyable the process is, the better the result.
So if you are considering retiring in Belize, we encourage you to call your travel agent or, better still, contact Chaa Creek and ask to speak with one of our Retirement Vacation specialists.
We’ll make sure that, whatever destination you choose, you’ll have had a great time getting there.