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Welcome to Belize Welcome to Belize
The Belizean People English Speaking Population – 279,457 Racial and ethnic groups from all walks of life: Maya, Mestizo, European, Creole, Mennonite, Canadian, American “An entire country that feels like a small town.”
“Where the H___ is Belize?” If the world had any ends British Honduras (Belize) would certainly be one of them. It is on the way to nowhere from nowhere, it is largely uninhabited and has no strategic value. Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World (1932)
S. E. A. L. SecureEnglishAccessibleLifestyle The Four ‘R’s of Belize Reefs-Belize’s Barrier Reef, which is the largest in the Western World, was declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in Ruins-In Belize, more than anywhere else in the Mayan world, great cities are being unearthed for the first time. Rainforests-Belize’s low population density and extensive protected areas have resulted in some of the most intact ecotourism attractions in the Caribbean. Rivers / Bays-Rare flora and fauna live in healthy populations within the abundant riverine and riparian forests of Belize.
The Geography of Belize Six Districts Two Cities: Belize City & Belmopan 32 people per square mile Mostly small villages and rural life within a natural environment Approximately the size of the Florida Panhandle
The Districts of Belize Belize District Cayo District Stann Creek District Toledo DistrictCorozal DistrictOrange Walk District
S = Secure Timing – In front of the “Path of Progress” Timing – In front of the “Path of Progress” Value – Under the radar screen during the boom Value – Under the radar screen during the boom Location – Tropical Caribbean Location – Tropical Caribbean History – No conflict since 1798 History – No conflict since 1798 Business - Banking Haven and Asset Protection Business - Banking Haven and Asset Protection Safety – British & US presence Safety – British & US presence Strategic – New $50M U.S. Embassy Strategic – New $50M U.S. Embassy Familiarity – fee simple title and common law Familiarity – fee simple title and common law Belize with it’s English legal and educational system in tact sits serenely amidst it’s more temperamental Latin neighbors. Meb Cutlack – Belize: Eco-tourism in Action
E = English “I like speaking English” “I love the warm climate” “The US dollar is accepted everywhere in Belize” “I feel welcome here” “I enjoy the lifestyle here, doing things outdoors and on the water” “I appreciate the fact that Belize has a stable, democratic government” “I like living on Belize time” “I feel healthier here” “I can live better here for less money than where I came from” “I am glad I escaped from Americas’ consumer society” “There is always something to do or see here” “I don’t have to worry about losing my property here” “I thought I could never afford to live on the beach… but I can in Belize” “I like the wide open spaces of Belize” “I like the people of Belize” “I like that Belize is nearby and easy to get to”
Airlines serving Belize City –American (Miami, Dallas) –US Airways (Charlotte) –Continental (Houston) –Delta (Atlanta) –TACA (Mexico City) A = Accessible …easily reached from the United States by frequent air service… Peaceful and non-meddlesome, blissfully unimportant, Belize rarely merits attention in any foreign newspaper. Open Road Travel Guides, 2005
Climate of Belize Sub-tropical Summer highs rarely above 95 degrees Winter lows rarely below 60 degrees Median temperature being degrees Annual rainfall ranges from 60” in the north to 180” in the south. Season extends from May through September with a dry period in August.
L = Lifestyle Walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding Swimming, snorkeling, diving and boating Exploring Maya ruins and caves on foot, by canoe or float on an inner tube. Bird watching and photography Various learning and teaching opportunities involving: archaeology, languages, medicinal plants, orchids, protected species, marine life and rainforest preservation.
Nature of Belize The Four ‘R’s of Belize Reefs –Belize’s Barrier Reef, which is the largest in the Western World, was declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in Ruins –In Belize, great cities of the Maya are still being unearthed for the first time. Rainforests –Belize’s low population density and extensive protected areas have resulted in some of the most intact ecotourism attractions in Caribbean. Rivers / Bays –Rare flora and fauna live in healthy populations within the abundant riverine and riparian forests.
Property Raw acreage - $3 - $10K per acre Unimproved lots - $5 - $20K Lots outside community: $15 - $50K Community lots: $40 - $200K Condos: starting at $150K Islands: starting at $500K
You Better Belize It Phil Hahn phil.hahn.international.com (US) (BZ)