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#135846 05/01/01 03:28 PM
my folks are in visiting, but that's not it. they left a magazine here on frank's desk called AARP's modern maturity. the interesting part was a listing of the top 15 places to retire outside of the U.S.. not that it would be any surprise to any of us, but AC was #9. here's what they said:

"#9 - ambergris caye, belize

you can enjoy the balmy breezes and 80* temps of this splendid little island off the coast of central america even if you don't dive or snorkel. one of the caribbean's premier tax havens, bz has strict bank secrecy laws, and in many cases doesn't tax retirement income. other foreigner-friendly factors that earned good grades: inexpensive (tho limited) healthcare, many doctors are US trained, a low crime rate, and ubiquitous english. you can apply for bz's retirement residency program if you receive at least $1000 monthly from social security, pensions, or annuities. among the benefits: you can bring in a car without paying duty. if you drive an SUV, you may have to downsize, as the primary ways to get around are by foot, bike, or golf cart. a one-bedroom condo near the sea runs about $100,000 a pop; condos on the lagoon are less. rating: 45 out of 60 points"*

*grading is as follows - 5 points for each of 12 catagories - weather, cost of living, affordable housing, cultural programs, healthcare, leisure activities, pollution, crime rate, transportation, political stability, health hazzards, and access to technology.

nothing we didn't already know, but it is great to hear it. (i hope no one else hears it tho! shhhhh.)

#135847 05/01/01 04:00 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 387
jane... did they have any pix to go with the article? if so, what were they of?? just curious..... thanks for the post, but i'm with you.... shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhheeesh!!! the whole worlds gonna find out!!!

#135848 05/01/01 06:38 PM
d - it was a small photo of sailboats. coulda been any island. too bad. it was the info that grabbed me. better to shhhhhh by anyway [Linked Image]

#135849 05/03/01 01:26 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 2,133
JaneinPa - AARP is an organization that you're invited to join at the ripe young age of 50! (I have 3.6 years to go). I have many friends of that age that have been pumping me for information on Belize (including my night school professor). I think the secret about Belize is out of the bag - at least for the early Baby Boomers!

Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's - Now They Lead to Hurricane's!"
#135850 05/03/01 07:25 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 84
As a "baby boomer myself, I have read up on the retirement incentives, tax laws, off-shore investments,cost of living etc... What the AARP states seems pretty much "right-on." What at first I thought was the "ideal" retirement location,no longer seems so inviting for the simple reason of articles just like that one. They seem to be inviting EVERYONE with open arms. Ecuador,Boliva and and Nicaragua all would be prime locations too. I see in the not so far future a "typical" retirment/tourist trap I would NOT want to be in the middle of. It will be more like "getting the Bag out of the secret(Belize)" instead. I'm sure there will be plenty of them there, SOON. As for me, I'm leaving my "bag" at home and coming to A.C. alone, again in late June. Can't wait!

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