White sand between your toes. A warm sea breeze caressing your face. The soothing sounds of a lush jungle landscape lulling you into a peaceful sleep as you laze on a hammock. These are the things most people think of when they imagine a tropical vacation. Perhaps no place on Earth best embodies this picturesque ideal than Belize. No wonder it has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean, as well as a frequent choice for European and American retirees looking for a permanent change of scenery.
As popular as it has become for vacationers and retirees, as well as those just looking to get away from it all and move to the tropics, many people are wary of traveling to the Central American jungle. Especially when they learn that most of the Belizean population lives not on the mainland, but on the barrier island known as Ambergris Caye, many people worry about things like infrastructure, weather, politics and economics. While these concerns may be warranted in many other Central American nations and islands, on Ambergris Caye theyÂre not.
Infrastructure on Ambergris Caye Island
Ambergris Caye has become popular enough with Americans and Europeans that there is plenty of money flowing in to the local economy to support a fully modernized infrastructure. In fact, since much of the infrastructure development has been fairly recent, the islandÂs water, power and communications grids rival those of many US cities.
While the island still retains its laid back style and easy charm, the advanced infrastructure on Ambergris Caye island mean that all the conveniences of modern life are there for those who need them. There has even been talk of creating an island-wide WiFi hotspot for high speed Internet access.
Political and Economic Climate
It is important to note that Belize is an English speaking, Democratic nation. Formerly called British Honduras, it is actually the only English speaking nation in Central America and the Belizean people enjoy peace, prosperity and their status as the jewel of Central America.
The Belizean government understands that foreign retirees and vacationers are a boon to their economy, so they do everything they can to encourage tourism. You wonÂt find a more welcoming people anywhere on Earth. The cost of living is very low here, so unlike places like Hawaii and Jamaica, most people who come to vacation or live on Ambergris Caye enjoy a lifestyle that meets or exceeds their sate side routine. In fact, many who come to visit end up coming back to live. There is even a program created by the local government that allows foreign retirees to live on the island and pay not a single dime of local taxes. HowÂs that for incentive?
Real Estate on Ambergris Caye
Since raw materials are abundant and land is affordable, real estate in Ambergris Caye can be incredibly inexpensive. Grand Baymen, one of the leading developers on the island, has created property developments tailored to expatriates. Every conceivable type of dwelling is available, from jungle bungalows to sprawling mansions. And all are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere in the world.