The lure of Belize real estate
Belize is quintessentially Caribbean. The sand is soft, the palm trees sway on the gentle breeze and the aquamarine water is so clear that you can see the coral below. Belize, known in travel circles as "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret", is truly a naturalist's paradise. This tiny country squeezes a tremendous diversity between its borders - not only is Belize the diving and snorkeling capital of the western hemisphere but it also boasts incredible old growth rain forests, rushing rivers, majestic mountains, intricate cave systems and ancient Mayan pyramids. To top it off it is the only English speaking democratic country in Central America, has a benefit-laden retirement program as well as a broad array of tax incentives for property investors.
Timing is everything ... and now is an intelligent time to choose Belize real estate
Right now Belize is an increasingly popular destination for tourists, and this trend bodes well for investors who acquire a foothold now. Belize is the only Central American country to enjoy consistent increases in tourist arrivals since 1998 including over the post 9/11 period. Cruise visits to the country increased by over 50% between 2003 and 2004. Some commentators are predicting that this tiny tropical paradise is destined to be the next Cancun or Costa Maya. Real estate dollars tend to follow leisure and tourism dollars and with tourism growth rates surpassing other counties in the region, the market for Belize property is set to boom.
Belize real estate has flown under the radar for some time being a small country, the word is now getting out but its not too late to make your claim. The opportunities are proven as the early risks have been taken. Furthermore, with baby boomers turning 50 at a rate of three to four million a year, the demographics are set for growth.
Belize and Baby Boomers
Time Magazine recently reported: "Many of the 76 million American boomers are more likely than their parents to consider retiring to a foreign land, because they have traveled more, have higher hopes for retirement, and tend to be more active and adventuresome." The Baby Boomers are looking beyond Florida and the southern states to countries such as Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize. Belize stands out as offering a unique combination of affordable properties and world-class amenities not to mention one of the most attractive retiree benefits package in all of Central America.
Ambergris Caye - unmatched beauty and unmatched value
Just two hours by air from Houston or Miami, you'll discover classic Caribbean surroundings - miles of white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and picture postcard views. We look forward to welcoming you to Ambergris Caye and showing you the real estate opportunities of note. Click here to learn more about Ambergris Caye.
The team behind Coldwell Banker Belize Real Estate has over 20 years of experience in real estate in both California and Nicaragua. We have the contacts and the networks to give you an insider's view and bring you the region's best lifestyle and real estate opportunities. Some of the main areas of interests are vacant waterfront, private residential communities, high end condominiums and luxury retirement estates along the north shore of Ambergris Caye or on the numerous other cayes dotting the Caribbean sea.
Recommended reading for Belize
Lonely Planet keeps churning out great guide books and Belize (Country Guide) is no exception. The book covers the country in rich detail and delivers the information in the straightforward, organized way that we've come to expect from Lonely Planet.
But don't look past Moon Belize (Moon Handbooks) written by former Belize resident Joshua Berman. He delivers a guide to some of the best experiences in Belize - from hiking waterfall, jungle horse-rides and diving the reefs at dawn. The guide covers the ground well and will give you all the tools and insight you need to experience the best of Belize.
The Rough Guide to Belize 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) is a comprehensive guide to the country and covers all the top attractions. The book also takes a detailed look at the region’s history, cuisine, environment and diverse culture and comes complete with maps and plans for the entire country.
Interested in diving while in Belize? Lonely Planet's Diving & Snorkelling Belize explores 82 of the best dive sites off Belize, with full-color photos and easy-to-read maps throughout. Belize is home to the world's second-largest barrier reef and three of the Western Hemisphere's four coral atolls. Shallow reefs ring the more than 450 cayes and islets, while towering walls plunge into the sea. More than 400 fish species and a host of corals and invertebrates shelter in the warm Caribbean waters.