Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019. 10:54 am CST.
By BBN Staff: As retirement looms, many people are wondering where they can live that offers affordable living, safety, great weather, recreation opportunities and proximity to all the amenities. For a growing number of people in the U.S. and Canada, the destination that ticks all those boxes is Placencia, Belize.
Why Is Placencia a Popular Retirement Haven?
An estimated 8000 to 10,000 expatriates live in Belize. Most retirees and expatriates have found their way to the Placencia Peninsula, an 18-mile stretch of unspoiled beachfront that locals call “Barefoot Perfect” because of its Caribbean charm. The beaches of the Placencia Peninsula are considered the most beautiful beaches in Belize.
Placencia Village is one of only three villages on the peninsula. Despite its growth in recent years, the village maintains an easygoing tropical charm.
Placencia Village is now a tourist destination that offers bars, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, museums and modern conveniences of all kinds.
Like the rest of Belize, Placencia Village enjoys great weather all year, with average temperatures in the 80s during the day and the 70s at night.
Endless Recreation Opportunities
Placencia Village is home to several tour guides and excursion companies. Boat charters, fishing, snorkeling, cultural tours and visits to the many nature preserves are just a few of the activities available year-round.
Social life is active in Placencia. Expatriates and retirees have built a solid community here. Dining out is inexpensive in local places, and the tropical lifestyle requires no formal attire. Most people say they live in flip-flops and spend their time socializing, swimming, hiking, hanging out in beachside bars and sunning on the water.
Is Placencia Still Affordable?
Although its rising popularity has led to high demand and correspondingly higher prices, the Placencia Peninsula is still very affordable compared to most of the U.S. and Canada. Even on fixed incomes, most retirees find it’s possible to rent or purchase a well-appointed home in a safe neighborhood that’s walking distance to the beach.
Retirees find they save on other expenses. The nearly perfect weather means low energy bills. A car isn’t necessary because everything is close by and highly walkable. Many people get around by bicycle or golf cart.
Tips for Buying Real Estate in Placencia
If you’re interested in learning more about buying a retirement home in Belize, it’s wise to talk to local experts. Contact Boris Mannsfeld & Associates for more information on buying property, retiring and living in Placencia, Belize.
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