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Umaya and Caye Caulker are popular spots for digital nomads, working on the beachfront during the day and exploring after hours. When you’re not working, you could be seeing Mayan ruins, doing outdoor activities such as hiking and snorkelling and visiting underground caves. To make life easier, English is the first language on this Central American island.

Belizean cuisine is made up of a heady mix of Caribbean food, Creole food, Mexican food and Mayan food. Think conch fritters, Belizean pico de gallo, Johnny cakes, rice and beans, Belizean fudge, cashew wine and seaweed drink.

You’ll find many of the country’s co-working spaces in Belize City Ookla figures say that fixed broadband in Belize is 41.71, ranking number 101 in the world.

Though it’s not the cheapest of the Central American countries, the cost of living in Belize is cheaper than the UK:

  • Three course meal for two at mid-range restaurant – $26.86 (£21)
  • 1 litre regular milk – $2.25 (£1.78)
  • 500g fresh loaf white bread – £1.37 (£1.08)
  • Basics (electricity, heating, etc) for 85m squared flat – $73.50 (£58.26)
  • One way ticket on public transport – $1.50 (£1.18)
  • Rent for one-bed flat in the city centre – $360.75 (£286)


The digital nomad visa


Name of visa: Work Where You Vacation Program

Fees: $250 (£203) visa fee.

Length of stay: Up to six months

Can I extend my stay? Yes


  • Must show proof of employment
  • Valid passport
  • Travel insurance policy covering at least $50,000 (£40,601)
  • A bank reference
  • Clear criminal record

Minimum salary: $75,000 (£60,902). This increases to $100,000 (£81,199) for couples or families.

How to apply: The Belize immigration details what you need for the application: https://immigration.gov.bz/residence/temporary-residence/.

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Anna Jordan

Anna is Senior Reporter, covering topics affecting SMEs such as grant funding, managing employees and the day-to-day running of a business.

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