Belize is a nation of independent thinkers and doers, a country where you make your own way and where, while you're doing it, no one, including the Belize government, is making any attempt to thwart your efforts. The government doesn't have enough money to get up to any real trouble.

And, if they tried, the Belizeans wouldn't allow it.

It's not that we've got our heads stuck in the sand.

You're faced with a land that remains a frontier, undeveloped and therefore oozing potential.

I traveled to Belize for the first time more than 25 years ago.

He met a guy in a bar who owned a piece of land in the jungle that he was interested in selling.

Mick bought, thinking he'd try his luck as a farmer.

It's also one of the easiest places in the world to establish foreign residency, as well as a banking and a tax haven.

You could live and run a business here completely tax-free.

It takes time to cook a meal and enjoy it with loved ones; it takes time to practice music and share it at a gathering; and it takes time to nurture a crop and reap its bounty.

Belize is a sunny country that's easily accessible from the United States and where the folks all speak English.

The focus here is on very local-level government -- addressing the crime problems in certain southern sections of Belize City, for example, or trying to dissuade the Guatemalan banditos who occasionally wander over into Belize in search of a couple of good horses to steal.