Belize is rapidly becoming a popular destination for ex-pats and retirees. This small Central American nation on the Caribbean coast enjoys warm temperatures year-round, a climate conducive both to enjoying the great outdoors as well as bumper crops of some of the world’s healthiest foods, including chocolate, citrus fruits, and coconuts.
Many retirees and ex-pats report enjoying a “new lease on life” upon moving to Belize. The country has a laid-back Caribbean lifestyle where punctuality is never a priority and human interactions are valued. More time spent outdoors pursuing activities like gardening, hiking, and bird watching allow residents to get plenty of fresh air while indulging in physical exercise, the cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle.
Seafood is abundant in Belize, fished from the abundant mangrove-lined lagoons and offshore waters of the country. Rich in vital nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, seafood is both affordable and abundant. Crops grown in Belize include cashews (high in antioxidants, minerals, and Vitamins E, K, and B6), bananas, oranges, lemons, papayas (that contain high amounts of potassium), mangos (known as the “queen of tropical fruits”), pineapple, and cacao, the superfood that is used to make chocolate.
More than 50% of Belize is set aside as a protected nature reserve or national park. Residents can explore these natural wonderlands with ease enjoying activities like canoeing, stand-up paddling, zip-lining, cave tubing (floating down underground rivers on an inner tube), and swimming, all great low-impact exercises that promote health.
Belize has more than 100 offshore islands where activities like sea kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing are all popular activities, all of which do wonders to reduce stress and improve your quality of life. Many residents say that simply relaxing in a hammock underneath the palm trees of a tropical island is a health tonic just by itself, to say nothing of complimentary activities like yoga, massage, and enjoying sports like beach volleyball and soccer.
Belize is also a country perfectly suited to escape the stresses of modern-day life. There are no shopping malls in Belize, nor are there any of the familiar fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Starbucks. Restaurants tend to be simple mom and mom affairs where a delicious variety of home-cooked foods are on offer for very affordable prices.