The Tropical Paradise of Belize

SANCAS Realty is the exclusive Affiliate in the emerging Caribbean luxury destination of Belize

BE THERE

Properties for sale in Belize

ESSENTIALS

Population: 347,600 (2015)
Language: English (official) Belizean Kriol and Spanish (widely spoken)
Currency: Belize dollar (fixed to 2-to-1 to the US dollar)

DOWNTIME

Belize offers a wide-range of amazing world-class activities including archaeology, birding, canoeing, caving, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The nation hosts a variety of events, festivals, and other celebrations throughout the calendar year.


Located on the western edge of the Caribbean Sea, the tropical paradise of Belize offers an incredibly diverse medley of cross-cultural delights, historic treasures, and natural beauty. Central America’s youngest nation is bordered to the north by Mexico, and to the south and west by Guatemala, and combines the best of laid-back Caribbean beach lifestyle with the verdant enchantments of the Central American jungle. With daily flights from an increasing number of North American cities, this emerging luxury destination is more easily accessible than many imagine, and is set to become a favored vacation and second-home market for discerning individuals in the coming years.

Formerly part of the British Empire and known as British Honduras, the country became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1981 and has retained much of its English heritage. Queen Elizabeth remains as its head of state and it operates as a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with a legal system modeled on English common law. Although more than half of its 340,000 residents are bilingual and a large segment multilingual, Belize is the Central American nation with English as its official language.

Long before the British Empire, the first civilization to develop the country was the ancient Maya in around 1500 B.C.E. They established several settlements including Caracol, Lamanai, and Lubaantun, which thrived in the Mayan Classic Period of 250-1000 AD. Today, Belize is home to more than 1,400 Mayan ruins and archeological sites—from tall stone temples to excavated tombs with intricate hieroglyphs—offering a wealth of exploration and adventure for those with curious minds.

Not only is Belize a treasure trove for architecture buffs, but also for diving enthusiasts—scuba divers from around the world visit Belize for an experience that can’t be found anywhere else. The largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere spans 185 miles of the country’s coastline and features a myriad of spectacular dive sites including The Great Blue Hole—a limestone cave that started to form over 150,000 years ago. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, the Belize Barrier Reef is visible from outer space, and is home to some of the largest midnight parrotfish in the world. More than 500 species of fish and 100 species of coral live in this popular eco-tourist destination.

Belize is also known for its tremendous biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems—from swampy coastal plains with mangrove swamps on the coast to hills and low mountains in the interior and southern regions. Much of the country is undeveloped and about 60 percent of the land’s surface is forested with hardwoods. The diverse landscape includes lush jungles, wildlife reserves, as well as the largest cave system in Central America. Flora and fauna in Belize is exceptionally varied, with species including the black orchid, the mahogany tree, the toucan, and tapirs. Unlike many other ecologically diverse small nations, Belize is a global leader in protecting its natural resources and biodiversity, with approximately 36 percent of its land under official protected status

With an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C), Belize is always warm, yet comfortable. Costal sea breezes keep residents cool even in the hottest summer months while winters are mild and never very cold. In short, the climate is near perfect. Even in winter (November-March) the temperature in Belize rarely falls below 60°F (16°C), while the summer (May-September) is around 86°F (30°C). Humidity remains fairly consistent at around 85 percent. 

While Belize is one of the Caribbean’s fastest growing destinations, it is also one of its smallest countries. The nation has an incredibly low population density of about 35 people per square mile (or 14 people per square kilometer), lower than any country in Central America.

Belize is fast becoming an emerging luxury real estate market that offers tremendous upside value to investors and those seeking a spectacular second home. Popular beachfront property locations in Belize include Ambergris Caye (which includes San Pedro Town) in the north, and the Placencia Peninsula (including Placencia Village) in the South. Both areas possess an exceptional mix of both new and existing construction perched on some of the finest waterfront found anywhere in the Caribbean. And for those looking for the ultimate in Caribbean luxury, Belize offers over 200 private islands available for the most discerning buyers.

Those seeking a more rustic experience are encouraged to explore the Cayo District in Western Belize. This area offers immense jungle, rainforest, and mountain landscape and was ranked in 2015 as one of the top places in the world to retire according to many experts.

Belize is quickly emerging on the global scene as a premier location for real estate investing and development. Property taxes are extremely low and the English System of Law and fixed exchange rate to the U.S. dollar make it a growing favorite of buyers worldwide.

For more information on this emerging luxury real estate market, visit:

Belize Real Estate Journal: http://belizerealestatejournal.com

Belize Real Estate Report: http://belizerealestatereport.com

Belize Tourism Board: http://travelbelize.org

SANCAS Realty: http://sancasrealty.com

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