Posted: Saturday, May 15, 2021. 3:40 am CST.
Paid Contribution: Why do so many Americans want to move overseas when they retire? Researchers have identified five major reasons: Weather, lifestyle change, less expensive real estate, tax breaks and retirement incentives. What stops people from taking this step? In many cases, distance is a barrier and not all seniors are eager to learn another language at a time when their brains are more focused on enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Happily, there is one nation that checks all of these boxes: Belize. Just hours away from the U.S., Belize’s primary language is English. Further, proximity to the Equator means warm weather year round and Belize’s relaxed lifestyle is exactly what stressed-out northerners crave. Add unique tax incentives and benefits and retiring in Belize has made the nation one of the top destinations for North American seniors.
Big country/small country? It’s both
At around 8,867 square miles in size and just hours by plane from southern U.S. cities, Belize offers a lifestyle that is packed with things to do, see and experience, yet none of them require much travel time. Interested retirees seeking a home that’s centrally located couldn’t find a community more desirable than Carmelita Gardens, an idyllic off-grid, independent, safe, peaceful, well-established community.
Developed to North American standards by an American ex-pat, Carmelita Gardens is the definition of sustainable riverfront living. The community, established in the Cayo District, sprawls along 98 acres and it has been growing steadily since it was founded in 2010. Carmelita Gardens is not only a feast for the eyes but a development built on an “independent together” foundation. Newcomers set their own standards for how they want to live, a factor often missing from North American retirement villages.
Expect the unexpected
American retirees eager to relocate to a land offering a less stressful, more affordable lifestyle are flocking to Carmelita Gardens for fact-finding tours and even skeptics agree that no comparable community exists that is also this affordable. Self-sufficiency is elevated to an art and homes feature solar power, rainwater harvesting systems and organic gardening opportunities.
This YouTube video will inspire you to come see what all of the excitement is about:
During your visit, learn how you can acquire your own parcel of paradise – from choosing a lot to selecting a floor plan. Everything about the process of acquiring the home of your dreams is available to you — including help with contracts, financing and permits.
It can be hard to make a buying decision…
…especially when the community you’re considering is located outside the U.S. – but no effort has been spared to introduce retirees to Belize, Cayo and Carmelita Gardens during one of the community’s signature tours where you’ll be offered a taste of Belize as well as an introduction to this community’s unique lifestyle and property choices.
The next Carmelita Gardens tour is scheduled for July 15th through the 18th, but if that’s not convenient, contact staff to make alternative plans for a visit that coincides with your busy schedule at [email protected] Just don’t be surprised if you are blown away by everything you see and experience during your visit!
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