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How Belize Is Setting Itself Apart: From Residency To Retirement

Doors Are Now Open For Belize 2018 (Plus 40 VIP Seats Up For Grabs)

We haven’t talked about the country in these pages in a while. (Our Belize conference last February already seems like a lifetime ago.) But now, especially for you Belize fans out there, we’re getting ready to return to one of our favorite spots…

We haven’t ignored this little English-speaking, ex-British colony completely, of course. If you were with us for our recent Retire Overseas Conference in Orlando, you may have joined our Belize break-out session. Really, though, that was just an appetizer compared to what we have planned for our 8th in-country Belize event…

Before I give you more details on our 2018 Live and Invest in Belize Conference, though, let’s recap on some of the Belize highlights from Orlando—as told by our duo of Phil Hahn and Jamie Ganger, both of whom have been living different lifestyles in Belize for more than a decade…

First, some things that set Belize apart:

  • “An entire country with a small-town feel”—is how Phil describes Belize. While traveling the country, you’ll meet familiar faces that you ran into in the last town. (To put things in perspective, the population of the country is 375,972 according to latest United Nations figures.)
  • Stable government with peaceful elections. Political instability is a concern in some Central and Latin American countries. Not so here. Phil described how, when he first came to Belize, the tranquility of the country and the way everybody lives in harmony stood out to him.
  • Residency is easy. To qualify as a Qualified Retired Person (QRP), for instance, you need to be at least 45 years of age, show $2,000 in monthly income, and spend at least 30 days a year in the country (so Belize works well as a part-time option).
  • It offers a selection of lifestyle options that will appeal to retirees and younger expats, too. From getting back to nature in the Cayo region (the breadbasket of Belize), to island living on Ambergris Caye, to the Corozal Bay area in the north (with easy access to the Mexican city of Chetumal) that’s becoming more popular with expats.

Phil and Jamie shared a couple of important Belize updates with us, too…

  • The infrastructure isn’t all bad. Because of its small population dispersed through a country the size of Massachusetts, roads beyond the major population centers can get rough… but improvements continue. It all depends on your priorities. Phil—who hangs out mostly in the Cayo region—described how internet connectivity can be patchy at times. Jamie, based in Belize City, says it’s never a problem for her.
  • An emerging medical tourism destination. Though, right now, you would need to travel to Mexico or the United States for certain specialist care (cancer treatment or a hip replacement, for instance), Belize is working to carve a name for itself as a medical tourism destination. This is already visible in the dental sector that offers top-quality services at as much as one-fifth the cost of the United States. (Sinking your toes into the powder sands of San Pedro would certainly take the sting out of a root canal.)

It’s always interesting to hear from different expats—especially those living almost opposite lifestyles in the same country (in this case, Phil in the outback and Jamie in the city)—tackling the important issues head on. And, this is exactly what we’ll do for Belize—on a much grander scale…

When you join us on the ground in Belize for our Live and Invest in Belize Conference, Jan. 17–19, you’ll learn everything you need to know about residency and taxes (Belize is one of the most user-friendly places in the world to establish foreign residency and a true tax haven)… bank accounts and corporations… holding structures and health insurance… employment opportunities (these are limited) and current entrepreneurial opportunities and real estate investment options (these are not)…

Over the course of an intensive two-and-a-half days, you’ll also meet everyone you’ll need to know to launch your new life in Belize. We’re opening our personal rolodex for this event… live and on stage.

Best of all… if you’re among the first 40 readers to register for our Live and Invest in Belize Conference, I’ll upgrade you to VIP status, completely free of charge…

Here are a few of the benefits you’ll enjoy:

  • VIP Transfer from the airport to your hotel…
  • Reserved VIP Seating in the meeting room…
  • And (and this is the really great part) Belize VIP Concierge Service from the moment you register until the event is over… meaning our staff will make sure you get the maximum value out of every minute you’re in Belize with us…

Again, we only do this focused, on-the-ground Belize experience once a year. Don’t miss your chance to join us in 2018… and pick up a complimentary VIP package… when you register without delay here.

Remember to use Coupon Code PREBZ50 to claim your exclusive LIOS Confidential reader discount.

Valentine Fouché
Editor, Live and Invest Overseas Confidential

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