Long Caye at Lighthouse Reef is a family company. Our founder, “Big Jack,” was a rocket-scientist (really!) and a sailor/adventurer of the Caribbean. In 1967 he founded the company and purchased Long Caye. That family company is still the Developer/Owner of Long Caye, and we are now in our third generation of working on Long Caye. Big Jack created an “Eco-Village” before anyone knew there was such a thing!
We build conservation planning into development and economic planning, while also being aware of social goals. Without preserving the environmental asset, economic goals cannot be reached, and without economic development and dedication to social goals, conservation cannot be achieved.
Purchased in 1967, our maxim is – “the land drives the plan.” Family in it’s 3rd generation in Belize with 40+ years of building long-term relationships – government, NGOs, community members
We have designed to maximize the value of the land, extending beyond economic return to encompass nature, culture, community and experience. Fundamental principles of resilience + sustainability foster a commitment to conservation and an understanding of the value of community.
Majority of the Caye is permanently preserved, with the blessing and enforcement of the Belize Department of Environment. As a Steward, we look beyond the Caye itself to the surrounding waters of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Long Caye’s Team
The owners of Long Caye have quietly managed this private asset since 1967. Now, we have 40+ years of building long-term relationships in Belize with Government, NGOs, Service Providers, and community members. We are the “slow food” of eco-development. Long Caye still remains essentially untouched, with only a few structures, it is a truly private island, that is maintained under respectful stewardship.
Preservation has always been a part of our family vision – with the Long Caye Preserve (210+ acres of the Caye set aside), we are realizing that dream in a world traditional development models are failing both the stakeholders and the surrounding environments. A long history of ownership and a reverence for the intrinsic value of the land and surrounding waters has motivated our stewardship ethos. Our local presence has enabled us to manage and direct the plan that has created the Institute and the Preserve – with a base of enforceable, “global” Eco-Guidelines.
Living on Long Caye is existing on a private island where you are an integral part of the eco-system. You are part of how the island and the community stays healthy. The Community on Long Caye (the development itself) is designed to promote and sustain the health of the surrounding tropical reef and jungle environment. Residents and businesses, understand that by honoring the Eco-guidelines we can “have our cake and eat it, too” by respecting the natural assets. Your parcel and home is a part of the overall design of all-encompassing, unsurpassed access to an extraordinary ecological system while ACTIVELY preserving the the Caye and its surrounds. We have designed the community with a long term vision.
All of Long Caye is essentially a preserve. Stewardship of the surrounding environment is a core value for us. We take a long term, holistic approach to building community on Long Caye, through the mindful, yet aggressive, adoption of leading edge environmentally friendly technologies. We seek to demonstrate to the world the achievements possible when people, passion and technology team up with nature to create an extraordinary living and visiting experience. Our Conservation Ethos is enacted in perpetuity by the Eco-Guidelines – and they ensure that Long Caye will be here for future generations. As stewards of the atoll, we will not sacrifice our ecological standards or compromise our principals.
We hope to bridge the gap between the enjoyment of access and conscientious preservation of the natural environment – to prove that environmental assets can be preserved, protected AND enjoyed in a fashion that actually promotes the long term health of such assets for the greater good. Community and Conservation priorities are fulfilled with a deep and abiding respect for the Local Culture that has preceded us for centuries in the Lighthouse Reef atoll. We are friends, supporters and business partners to the fishers that have responsibly used the Lighthouse Reef for their livelihood for generations. We understand and promote sustainable business in the Atoll and on the Caye.