Great Real Estate Abroad
June 29, 2015
Beach Meadows, Nova Scotia, Canada
Located on Nova Scotia's southern shore, the small community of Beach Meadows is
known for its half mile long, white sand beach. It is also the site of this single story 2 bedroom, 1 bath for sale.
It has a deck and ocean views. The asking price is $153,120.
Life in Belize,
It's the rainy season for a lot of the year, with from fifty inches to one hundred and eighty inches falling annually. The dry season lasts from a couple of months to about four months. Belize has more than forty-nine kinds of forests because of its varied climate. The second largest barrier reef in the world is off the coast, so this provides many opportunities for water sports lovers. The ecosystem along the coast is mostly intact.
There are three quite large coral atolls around the barrier reef. After that, the ocean floor drops to over ten thousand feet. Many islands and the reef run the length of the country, and outside of any towns or cities, mangrove trees shelter the entire shoreline. Mayans lived in Belize and the country
hosts the oldest known one of these settlements. It also has the
biggest jade ornament ever found from this centuries-old
civilization. New Mayan sites are being found regularly, with over
six hundred known already.
Tourists and residents may visit some of these sites and this
provides ample opportunities for exploration.
Belize is a true democracy in Central America and operates its
government much as the British do. Human rights are respected and
there's a free press. There are six represented districts in the
country. Each of those has a main town and officials are
responsible for each of the six district's social services. Any
citizen over the age of eighteen can vote.
Belizeans are young and a majority are under eighteen years of
age. Many cultures make up its population -- East Indian, Mayan,
Creole, Spanish, Mennonite, European, North African, Chinese and
Garifuna. Any retiree landing here will have a rich and
culturally-enhanced group of peoples with which to interact,
converse and live. There's a lot to both learn, and enjoy, in
Retiring abroad is not for everyone. It
takes a certain kind of person to leave his or her country for
retirement in another one, even one close to home.
The primary reason that people retire in another
country is to find a lower cost of living. Many South
American and Central American countries offer just that, including
Costa Rica, Belize, Uruguay and Panama. It is true that many
parts of these countries have been "discovered" and are
nearly as expensive as areas of the U.S. and Canada, but it is
still possible to find reasonably priced spots where real estate
is still affordable. As is the case in most countries,
property near the water usually costs more than property inland.
People considering retirement abroad are also often looking for
a less stressful lifestyle, warmer climate and universal health
care. While life in the U.S. and Canada offer conveniences
and opportunities not found in large areas of the world, a
stressful and hectic lifestyle often go with them. And by
retirement time, many folks just want a place where they can
relax, sit back and watch the waves, leaving the trials and
tribulations of modern life to others.
Often people travel to foreign countries on vacation and decide
that the country would be a great spot for retirement. And
this may indeed be true, but visiting a country for two weeks
while on vacation and living there day to day, using the local
public transportation, learning the language and being completely
immersed in the culture, are two entirely different things.
Make sure you have extensively researched the local ways and
customs before making any move. Better yet, rent a house for
6 months before relocating to make sure the country is right for
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