Belize, Ready to be Discovered
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 40 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.
Now is the time to invest in Long Caye!
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.
2:1 Exchange & Banking
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.
Belize is closer than you think!
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.
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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.