Ambergris Caye – With remote work as the new norm, we have the pleasure of choosing where we want to work from. We’ve shared why you should live and work at the beach, and if you’re convinced like we are – the next step is figuring out where you want to make the big move.
The best islands in the world are scattered around every continent, but if you live in America, you don’t need to look so far. There are breathtaking places close to home where you could quit your day job and move to an island so cheap that you can be on permanent vacation. Now that’s how to Do Life Right!
Moving to a tropical destination in the Americas keeps you within a few short hours of home so your friends and family can easily visit. It’s also easy to rush home in case of an emergency. There are daily flights to most cities in the US and the travel time will just last a couple hours.
That doesn’t mean your lifestyle will be similar to what you’re used to – at all. The culture, nature and overall vibe in the islands we suggest in America are totally different. You’d never guess that in a few hours you could reach a destination that’s worlds apart.
One destination to consider if you really want to relax and unwind is Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize. Famous for watersports, scuba diving and Caribbean beaches, Ambergris Caye is an unspoiled paradise. The island keeps a laid-back vibe as it’s not yet overly developed, making it ideal for those who want to escape the city grind in exchange for working with a view of turquoise waters.
It’s really accessible from the United States. There are 10 airlines that service flights to Belize every day, including the 5 major American airlines. English is the main language and U.S. currency is widely accepted. From Belize City, there are frequent flights to Ambergris or the island can also be reached by water taxi.
There are adventures waiting for everyone on Ambergris Caye. From beautiful beaches and calm, crystal clear waters to winding waterfalls and majestic caves in the Maya Mountains, or hundreds of limestone caves and virgin tropical forests – the island is surrounded by natural magic.
There are countless, pristine beaches here that are visited by foreigners and locals alike. Up north, is Secret Beach – a not-so-secret spot where you can hit several popular bars and restaurants. Further up is Tranquility Bay, which is perfect if peace and quiet is more of your thing. Its location far north makes the chances of running into crowds far less. True to its name, it promises a quiet and relaxing atmosphere with a reef so close by you can kayak out to it.
The water also invites you to come and enjoy several water sports and active adventures. There’s parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing, and windsurfing available to get your adrenaline rushing. Those who like exploring the world underwater will also be delighted by snorkeling and scuba diving in some of the world’s best dive sites.
Apart from the natural beauty of Ambergris Caye, another factor that adds to its magic is its rich, mythical history. The island was a part of the ancient Mayan civilization – and they left temples and ruins here that inspire a sense of curiosity and wonder.
No one knows when the first Mayan set foot in Ambergris Caye but it is believed that the island was part of the city-state of Cheturnal. Excavations here show that the kingdom thrived into the 13th century, long after the collapse of the rest of the Mayan civilization.
The adventurous can take a break from the beaches and venture into the realm of the ancient Mayan civilization at mystical ruins. Ambergris Caye is home to some of Belize’s best archaeological sites where you can explore Mayan pyramids, stone temples, ancient artifacts and carvings. These are interactive, unforgettable ways to learn about Mayan history.
For all the magic that Ambergris Caye has to offer, it’s surprisingly cheap to live here. A couple can live comfortably on a budget of $2,950 to $3,150 per month. That’s less than it costs to live in major cities in the United States.
Living on the beach doesn’t need to be just a pipeline dream. These places show you that you can Do Life Right and enjoy excellent quality of life, for far less than you would spend on the same lifestyle elsewhere.
Before you head off, you’ll need to prepare your wardrobe for the tropics. Say goodbye to your stuffy suit and shoes and get ready to feel free in shorts and flip flops around the clock.
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