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Ambergris Caye in Belize is one of the five best places to retire in the Caribbean

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Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021. 4:03 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Ambergris Caye is one of the five best places to retire in the Caribbean says International Living magazine.

The International Living says that when the word “Caribbean” is mentioned many think of islands like Aruba, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas conjuring “images of crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches.”

The American magazine aimed at people looking for a place to retire abroad, says there are many places where “you’ll find a variety of sun-splashed islands well worth your attention. They’re not only beautiful… but a lot more affordable than most people realize.”

It lists islands off the coast of Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico that “share the same turquoise-blue waters and powder-white beaches you expect when you hear “The Caribbean”—only you won’t pay a fortune to live on any of them.”

Belize’s Ambergris Caye is first on the list.

International Living says that while “about 30 years ago, Ambergris became a hot spot for divers and fishermen thanks to the Belize Barrier Reef, just a half-mile offshore” and “until just a few years ago, San Pedro was a little fishing village that catered to adventure tourists coming for the scuba-diving and deep-sea fishing,” people who decide to settle there can live quite well without giving up what they are accustomed to.

“Power, water, cellphone coverage, and internet are reliable…and you can buy most necessities for daily living on the island,” the article says but emphasizes that Belize City and neighboring Chetumal in Mexico are not far away.

International Living makes the example of Donna and Timm Ehart who run Coconut Café Restaurant in San Pedro.

“Belize has taught me to relax, go with the flow, enjoy the small moments,” says Donna said to International Living. “Before moving here, I was a workaholic and constantly stressed.”

Now they “welcome visitors with fresh-squeezed orange juice and food made from scratch. Think tropical french toast, freshly-made tortillas, and burritos that make your mouth water.”

Donna told International Living that it was not hard moving to Ambergris Caye.

“No, it’s not hard. The people of Belize are amazing and welcomed us with open arms. It’s a major change in lifestyle but a good major change,” she said.

International Living closes its piece on Ambergris Caye saying: “for ex-pats who prefer to live in an active community that offers both convenience and the natural beauty of the surrounding Caribbean Sea, it has much to offer.”

The other islands featured in International Living article are Roatán (Honduras), Isla Mujeres (Mexico), Las Terrenas (Dominican Republic) and Isla Colón (Panama).

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