There has never been a better time to buy Belizean property. Globally, it has become a premier property investment destination. Unique to Central America, Belize is english speaking and boasts an established currency ($2 BZ=$1 US), stable government and laws, easy retirement programs and a strong environmental ethos. From its pristine beaches, lush rainforests and abundant wildlife, Belize has remained largely untouched until now. This country is rich in the extraordinary and the property value is only appreciating.
Long Caye exemplifies this extraordinary, authentic and remote Belize. It lies at the heart of what the adventurous, independent investor/traveler is hoping for in an overseas home. We offer a full-service community, in the remote heart of one of the Caribbean’s most pristine reef and jungle environments that is already under permanent preserve via our Lighthouse Reef Conservation Institute.
An investment in Long Caye places you at the ground floor of an exclusive-remote destination that is TRULY ecological in its foundation. This is the ONLY resort development within 20 miles of the Blue Hole, (the most popular Dive Site in the world) and the ONLY resort development that is near (3 miles) to the famous Half Moon Caye.
Say something interesting about your business here. Belize offers extraordinary stability, and enshrinement of fee-simple, freehold property interest, even for foreign owners. Your individual or corporate ownership of property in is clear and secure. There are no capital gains tax, no income tax, and no restrictions on foreigners owning freehold, fee-simple title to Belize real estate, making it a secure and sensible and valuable and worthy and excellent and special place to own land and build a home. Tax Advantaged retirement packages endorsed by the Government of Belize are also available.
Belize’s government and stability as a country is unique in Central America. A true democracy, it operates under the British parliamentary system. Executive authority is exercised by the Prime Minister and the parliament’s cabinet, comprised of elected members of the majority political party. Belize is a member of the British Commonwealth, the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement. As such, it demonstrates an excellent human rights record and freedom of the press is practiced without censorship.
What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here. As since 1976, the Belize dollar (BZD) remains at a fixed rate of 2:1 on the American dollar (USD). Please note that, American dollars are accepted everywhere, but change is always given back in Belize dollars. Belize has five commercial banks, three of which are based in Belize: Alliance Bank, Belize Bank and Atlantic Bank. Additional to these banking options, Belize offers a growing selection of offshore banks.
Buyers considering retiring and relocating to Belize may take advantage of the Government Sponsored legal “Qualified Retirement Program” (QRP). The QRP is available to anyone over the age of 45 who can demonstrate an income equivalent to US$2,000/month. Qualifying for the program is easy and relatively inexpensive. Those who qualify are allowed to bring all household goods, a vehicle, boat and even an airplane into Belize free of import duties every five years. As an added incentive, residency is granted to QRP participants almost immediately.
Tourism is now the keystone to the Belize economy. The Belize Tourism Board states, “… the next two decades offer a unique opportunity for Belize to build upon its strengths and to take advantage of the strategic opportunities presented. Its tourism attractiveness continues to excel thanks to biodiversity, ecotourism and cultural sites… ” With more than 19,000 tourists a year visiting the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Long Caye It is no surprise that real estate prices in Belize will continue to rise alongside growth in tourism.
English is the official language of Belize, although for roughly 50% of the population Spanish is their native tongue. This means you don’t have to learn a new language to buy groceries, do your banking, or travel around the country. More importantly, real estate contracts are written in English. Belize’s history, steeped in Mayan and European culture, as well as Creole and Garifuna populations.
Flying to Belize takes between two to five hours from many major U.S. airports including Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston and New York. United, US Air, Delta, Southwest and American Airlines all have direct flights to Belize City. Most international carriers offer connections from major Canadian and European hubs via these gateways. International and domestic air services all land and depart from Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City.
Long Caye at Lighthouse Reef, PO BOX 2374, Belize City, BELIZE
An atoll is a large lagoon with coral formations around its perimeter. The reef walls protect the coastal areas from erosion by dispersing the pounding waves. Landmasses occur where the coral buildup is above sea level and plant life has taken root.
Lighthouse Reef atoll is the furthest atoll out from the mainland, approximately 45 miles east of Belize City. It is one of just four atolls in the entire western hemisphere. The atoll is an asymmetric rimmed platform, entirely surrounded by a fringing reef rising virtually to the surface. Inside this fringing reef is a lagoon speckled with hundreds of coral patches. This coral paradise spans 27 miles in length and about eight miles wide. With its unique variety of marine life in such an untouched state, Lighthouse Reef is one of the largest and most outstanding examples of an atoll coral reef ecosystem. It has some of the greatest underwater visibility in the Caribbean. Beautiful reef structures and walls beginning at 35 feet that are loaded with colorful corals and sponges that are seen through the clear water.
Lighthouse Reef is healthiest, most pristine tropical reef environment in the World and Western Hemisphere. Without it, travelers and scientists alike would have to go the South Pacific to find similar quality of reef. Americans (from Canada to the Chile) and Europeans are fortunate to have this resource and treasure so close to us.
The Blue Hole is a round, deep depression in the center of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Its diameter is just over 1,000 feet, with a maximum depth just over 400 feet. It was made famous by Jacques Cousteau in his 1970s Calypso journey. In the last ice age, seawater was frozen in glaciers lowering the sea level more than 350 feet, exposing the limestones of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. As a result, larger subterranean caverns were created when fresh water flowed through the limestone deposits. Since this ice age, the top of the cavern has collapsed to form this sinkhole.
Now, the Blue Hole is almost entirely surrounded by living coral. This is where the most diverse and abundant marine life is found. With 100 feet of visability, through crystal waters, visitors may dive either the north or south side to depths of 100 to 150 feet where the closest caves may be seen. There is an overhang that shapes a cave-like ceiling that stalactites hang with a width of more than 3 feet and up to 20 feet in length. As you descend below the ceiling, the bottom of the cave has numerous detached stalactites. Occasionally you may see a shark or turtle casually swimming by. Red algae, hydroids and gorgonians cover most of the corals. You may also find sharing brush, mermaid’s fan algae, elkhorm, club finger, shallow-water starlet corals, giant green anemones and arious urchins.
Half Moon Caye Natural Monument is located in the southeastern corner of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. One of the caye’s principle inhabitants are Red-Footed Booby, with a population around 4,000 breeding birds. This is considered the only viable breeding Red-footed Booby colony in the Western Caribbean. The colony can be viewed from an observation platform located in the littoral forest on the western end of the caye. Littoral forests are a small, endangered, and fragile habitat. They are essential in providing valuable habitat for birds and reptiles. This includes the Island Leaf-toed Gecko and Allison’s Anole, two lizard species of high conservation that are only found in Belize.
The crystal clear turquoise waters surrounding Half Moon Caye are a protected Marine preserve. They support some of the healthiest fish populations in Belize including the heavily fished Nassau grouper. The reef, including the spectacular wall where the atoll drops away, is decorated by exquisite diverse corals and marine life. Huge corals heads tower over a white sand bottom and eventually drop vertically over spur-and-groove canyons with dense corals. There are many “swim-throughs” and some of the most spectacular sponge formations found anywhere. Larger pelagics such as eagle rays, sea turtles, and groupers are often seen swimming in the blue.
Belize has an extraordinary barrier reef and atoll ecosystem that is part of the Mesoamerican Reef system. Next to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia it is the second largest in the world. It is an extremely valuable, complex and largely intact coastal ecosystem. The barrier reef runs the entire length of the country and supports a tremendous number of patch reefs, shoals and over 1,000 islands called “cayes” (pronounced keys). They provide shoreline stabilization and a haven for animal life, nesting and feeding. The beginning of life for all of the reef creatures starts in these estuaries and mangroves.
Long Caye is one of the most remote and pristine Cayes in Belize and offers extraordinary opportunities for appreciating terrestrial and aquatic life. Located about 45 miles from the mainland, Long Caye is isolated from civilization, yet easy to get to and enjoy. As the dominant landmass within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, its 600+ acres are blessed with the surrounding coral reefs, abundant tropical fish and fowl, white sandy beaches, palm, zeracote, mangrove and buttonwood trees, radiant sunshine and pleasant easterly trade winds. Long Caye exemplifies perfection for scuba diving, snorkeling, photography, sailing, recreational and sport fishing, sea kayaking, bird watching, swimming, relaxing and exploring in the midst of Caribbean magnificence.
Long Caye is not just a resort, it is an ecological community on a private island alone in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. To live here is to be immersed in the shimmering tropical waters, jungle and breezes of the Lighthouse Reef 24/7. Hidden away, one might never discover this island, which has remained untouched by highways, chain-restaurants, nightclubs and casinos. What exists is something so fresh, so rich and yet so remote and personal, all you can do is fall in love with nature and the elements.
Want to arrive with your refrigerator full and fresh clean sheets? Would you like a private chef or housekeeper while you or your guests are visiting your home? Concierge Services are available for Long Caye owners. Owners on Long Caye enjoy privileged access and discounts on amenities and services, including transportation, tours, dining and lodging. Have a drink and a meal, buy some local art, dance to some cool island music. You might take a yoga class, or get a massage too.
Long Caye is also the closest developable real estate to UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye. The Atoll is also home to the highest concentration of world-class dive sites in all of Belize with some found less than a mile off the Long Caye’s coast.
With more than 19,000 tourists a year visiting the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Long Caye is well positioned to offer a unique experience for those in search of a vacation property or a retirement home site as well those seeking an ultra-low-density, luxury Eco-Resort experience. Now is the time to invest in Long Caye!
The founding of the concept of Long Caye began with preservation. Long Caye provides a distinctive and delicate habitat for an abundant array of tropical wildlife. The shoreline has long provided nesting areas for endangered Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles, while many tropical migratory birds use the Caye as an essential rest stop during both north and south migrations. Around the world and particularly in the Caribbean interior lagoons, mangroves and littoral forest are some of the fastest disappearing environments. We are safeguarding 100% of these biomes on Long Caye. All of Long Caye is protected in one way or another under the Eco-guidelines and our Master Plan.
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