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(1) English Speaking

Central America, a seven-country region with endless diversity calls to hundreds of thousands of travelers annually. People travel from afar to experience the various landscapes, wildlife, cultures and cuisines. Did you know that Belize is the only English speaking country in all of Central America? No language barriers here!

 

(2) Award Winning Cayes

With friendly islanders, plenty of sunshine, and endless turquoise waters Belizean Cayes such as Ambergris Caye continue to rack up awards for the top destination of the year. This lively little caye was voted TripAdvisor’s #1 Island in the World two years in a row (2013-2014)!

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(3) Ancient Mayan Ruins

Dive into the rich history of the Mundo Maya as you explore Belize’s many archeological sites. These ancient temples which were once the sacred ceremonial sites of the pre-classic Maya continue to fascinate visitors with their many artifacts including ceremonial pottery.

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(4) 2nd Largest Barrier Reef in the World

Belize is home to the Meso American Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world! This beautiful coastal marine system is bursting in color as it teems with over 160 species of fish including nurse sharks and rays,  and over 40 species corals, sponges, algae, turtles and much more.

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(5) Jungle Adventures

If the idea of zip lining through jungle canopies, tubing down lazy rivers, rappelling down cliffs or exploring caves excites you then Belize is most certainly the place for you!

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(6) The Great Blue Hole

Divers marvel at the wonders beneath the depths of the Great Blue Hole. This cave discovered in 1971 by Jacques Costeu who declared it one of the worlds top ten diving destinations! The Blue Hole is over 400 feet deep and offers divers plenty of sights including its impressive stalactite formations, several species of fish including reef sharks, midnight parrot fish and much more!

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(7) Melting Pot of Cultures

Belize is home to many different cultures including the Creole, Maya, Garinagu, Mestizo, Mennonite, East Indian and much more. This beautiful array of culture is reflected in our cuisine, language and the many faces of our people!

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(8) Festivals and Celebrations

Events such as the annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge, Carnaval, Lobsterfest on the Cayes and the Placencia Peninsula and the nationwide September celebrations such as Carnival, J’ouvert, and Independence Day parades are all some of the most festive times to visit Belize. Towns across the country gear up in celebration mode as locals and visitors alike enjoy the tastes, sights, and sounds of event.

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(9) Ease of Travel

Belize in its entirety is pretty small, measuring only 22,966 km², the entire country can be easily traveled in a day by jumping on a boat, plane or car. While this can be done, visitors often opt to spend a week or two in a selected location whether on the mainland or on one of the many cayes as they experience and enjoy what each destination has to offer.

 

(10) Abundant Wildlife

The little nation is abundant in wildlife and offers sight seers the chance to see anything from American Crocodiles, howler monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, and over 574 species of birds including black crowned night herons, jabiru storks, mangrove swallows, parrots, keel billed toucans and much more.

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If ever on Ambergris Caye while on your Belizean adventure, visit us at the SanCas Realty office located on Coconut Drive, for all the information you may need about owning property in Belize!

 

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Mahogany BaySAN PEDRO, Belize & MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today announced the signing of the new Resort at Mahogany Bay Village to Curio – A Collection by Hilton™. When open, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton will be the first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize, as well as the first luxury resort from a global brand in the country.

Hilton Worldwide Announces its First Property in Belize with Curio – A Collection by Hilton™

The rustic-chic resort destination is located in San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye, about 15 miles from the mainland and 10 minutes from the San Pedro Airport. With 205 cottage and villa-style rooms, the resort sits on a 60-acre property featuring private residences, bay and beach clubs, a spa, meeting space and “The Village,” a vibrant public space.

“The opportunity to develop The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village came at an opportune time and with a well-matched partner,” said Juan Corvinos, managing director, development, Central America, Andean and Hispanic Caribbean regions, Hilton Worldwide. “Paired with Mahogany Bay’s hospitality expertise, eco-friendly practices and focus on supporting the local community, our first Hilton Worldwide property in Belize will elevate accommodation offerings in the country and allow travelers to discover the true local flavor and spectacular natural beauty of Ambergris Caye and Belize.”

Guests of The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will experience upscale accommodations and amenities grounded in the authentic spirit of the country. The Belizean-style villas will be made from local sustainably harvested hardwoods and feature lofty ceilings and artfully designed heirloom quality furniture. “The Village” will complement the downtown San Pedro area with a General Store, craft and farmer’s market, scuba and fishing operators, concierge and tour coordinator, hair/nail salon and much more. Guests will be able to try organic fresh vegetables harvested daily from Ambergreens, Belize’s first aquaponics farming venture, fantastic coffee at Rum and Bean, lunch at Taco Shack and local fare at the all-day restaurant, among many other food and beverage outlets.

The property will offer a 22,000 square foot Great House featuring three floors and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space plus a wrap-around covered veranda. A specially-designated Bride’s Room will be designed as a dressing room for weddings, but will also double as a 12-seat private venue.

“The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will be a borderless community that encourages travelers to get out and experience all that Belize has to offer,” said Beth Clifford, President, Mahogany Bay Management, Ltd. “Combining the authentic local spirit of the Curio collection and the one-of-a-kind character of Belize, the resort will provide a unique guest experience and serve as the perfect base camp for our guests’ Belizean adventures.”

The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will allow easy access to nearby restaurants, watersports, wildlife attractions and entertainment. White sand beaches, rainforests, zip lines and river caves are easily accessible from the resort’s location, while Mayan ruins, coral reefs and world class fishing are just moments away from the property.

Over 200 local restaurants on the Caye provide a diverse food adventure from local street fare to fine dining at Victoria House to Belizean fare at Elvi’s Kitchen.

The resort will prioritize the preservation of natural resources by using local materials and minimizing overall waste. It will maintain construction and operating standards so it will not impact the local coral reefs, and it will also employ smart architectural designs to increase airflow and reduce the need for air conditioning.

“With its luxury accommodations, beautiful location, environmentally-sustainable design and integration with the local community, we can’t wait to welcome guests to The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton. “By simultaneously reflecting the local culture and providing remarkable service, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village will exemplify the Curio collection’s distinctive character.”

As part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, The Resort at Mahogany Bay Village, Curio Collection by Hilton will participate in Hilton HHonors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 13 distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors Members always get an exclusive member rate, along with HHonors Points, free standard Wi-Fi, digital check-in and no booking fees only when they book directly through Hilton.

Hilton Worldwide currently has a portfolio of more than 90 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in Latin America, including 14 properties in Central America. The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of more than 50 hotels throughout the region, including two Curio properties, in Honduras and Costa Rica.

For more information, visit curio.com. Media may access high resolution images and more information by visitingnews.curio.com.

About Curio – A Collection by Hilton

Curio – A Collection by Hilton™ (curio.com), launched in 2014, is a global set of more than 20 hand-picked upscale and luxury hotels that meet independent-minded travelers’ needs for local discovery and authentic experiences, all while providing the quiet reassurance and support of the Hilton name and its award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Discover the collection’s latest stories at news.curio.com, connect with the brand on FacebookInstagram and Twitter or inquire about development opportunities at hiltonworldwide.com/development.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, comprising more than 4,660 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties with nearly 765,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. For 96 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to benefits including preferred pricing, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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The Attessa IV has been adrift off Ambergris Caye outside the Belize Barrier Reef since early Tuesday, April 10th with the world’s second richest man on board. Aboard the 330ft private super yacht is Bill Gates along with six family members and a crew of 23. The vessel, captained by Sergiy Pashchenko, was given the clearance to navigate into Belizean waters just before mid-morning and has permission to remain in the country until May 9th.

According to sources within the Immigration Department, the vessel was cleared by personnel that flew in from Belize City. The Attessa IV is expected to make stops at various world renowned destinations including Hol Chan Marine Reserve, southern Belize, The Turneff Atolls and the Great Blue Hole.

The visit of Attessa IV and Bill Gates is huge, considering the size and facts of the vessel and similarly important, the person aboard the mega yacht. Firstly the Attessa IV was re-launched on December 2010 and is one of the world’s top 25 private super-yachts by length. It is considered the largest super-yacht to be (re)launched in North America and the 23rd longest private yacht in the world. According to Forbes, the Attessa IV has an estimated value of $250 million. The vessel is able to accommodate up to 36 guests and around 23 crew members. It came equipped with a helicopter which was cleared to fly in Belize. The owner of the impressive nautical masterpiece is industrialist Dennis Washington whose net worth is about $4 billion.

Bill Gates, born William Henry Gates III, is the second richest man in the world. He is a software executive, an American entrepreneur, philanthropist and the chairman of Microsoft. Bill Gates earns US$250 every second which is about US$20 million a day and US$7.8 billion a year.

In January of 2012 the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) signed an agreement with Belize under the Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative. The project started with sponsorship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carlos Slim Health Institute. Annually, Gates donates some $200 million a year to combat disease in various parts of the world.

Article by: http://www.sanpedrosun.com/travel-and-tourism/2012/04/10/bill-gates-touring-belize-onboard-attessa-iv/

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Best Destinations in Central America: San Ignacio Town & Ambergris Caye

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TripAdvisor, one of the most respected travel sites in the world has selected Ambergris Caye and San Ignacio Town as two top destinations for travelers to visit in Central America.

Ambergris Caye was ranked as the #1 best destination to vacation while San Ignacio Town was rated #7 on the list.

“San Pedro is “La Isla Bonita” that Madonna made famous. Now it’s a touristic mecca, but still boasts great beaches and plenty of dive shops so you can enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. Plan a side trip to Caye Caye Caulker while you’re here; it is less developed and more laid back, and has its own splendid swimming areas,” reads the description of Ambergris Caye on TripAdvisor’s website.

Meanwhile San Ignacio town was described as follows: “It’s true: parts of Belize are getting touristy. But San Ignacio remains rustic, making it a great base for budget-friendly tropical adventure travel. Canoe on the Macal River, or walk on the Mayan ruins at Cahal Pech.

You can view the top 10 destinations here:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Destinations-cTop-g291958

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It’s hard to beat waking to the sweet trill of birdsong accompanied by a glorious view of the sun rising over the Caribbean Sea. Open windows allow the balmy sea breeze to cool the house, all year round. Most people practically live on their verandas, the other option for watching the sun’s ascent over the Bay of Corozal.

Corozal Town, a sleepy little Belizean town on the Caribbean Sea, offers great-value property galore. That’s partly because this area of Belize is not a tourist haven. You need not worry about crowds here.

Venture a few miles outside of the town and you’ll find expats peacefully living in their dream homes situated by the sea, or on a freshwater lagoon. These expats prefer to be outside of town, in a more private, peaceful environment.

The Corozal District has over 33,000 residents, 10,000 of which live in Corozal Town. It’s estimated that up to 2,000 expats live in the region…hailing from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. They all visited Belize seeking a location where they could live an affordable coastal lifestyle in a balmy, friendly, low-key environment. Belize also made it onto many of their shortlists because English is the primary language.

A major plus for this region is the low cost of living. A couple that owns their home in Corozal Town can live comfortably on $1,500 a month (excluding medical costs), providing exceptional value for a Caribbean coastal lifestyle. Property taxes are amazingly low, at only $10 to $20 a year.

You’ll find a variety of neighborhoods that appeal to different preferences and pocketbooks. Expats who choose the more remote communities desire to live on the sea in a tranquil, planned community.

A variety of well-priced homes were on offer in the region when I recently visited. Condos start from as low as $65,000. Home prices start around $100,000, heading up from there.

I viewed a selection of homes with sea views, with two or three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, usually on a half-acre lot, for under $235,000. For those who dream of building their dream home on or near the sea, the cost of construction runs around $85 per square foot.

In addition to the many homes with sea views, Corozal is also close to value shopping and medical care across the border. It’s a breeze to get to the Mexican border, only a 10-minute drive from town. You can reach Tulúm, Playa del Carmen, Lake Bacalar, or Cancun within a few hours’ drive.

It’s also easy to access most of Belize from Corozal, by car, boat, or plane. You have your pick of either the Belize or Cancún International Airports when traveling overseas. Within Belize you can fly, or take a boat to Ambergris Caye, or Caye Caulker, for a day of diving, snorkeling at the reef, or fishing.

For expats on a tighter budget, who enjoy living in town, I found several 600-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bathroom condominiums with a sea view, selling for under $75,000. They’re located on Bayshore Drive, nicknamed ”Gringo Lane”, in an attractive neighborhood on the south side of town.

For more privacy, take your pick from one of the tranquil out-of-town communities such as Consejo Shores, Mayan Seaside, 4 Mile Lagoon, or Finca Solana. Most homes in these areas were built for expats, to North American tastes. Home prices typically range from $200,000 to $500,000, dependent on size, lot location, and house style. I found a selection of two- and three-bedroom homes, with two bathrooms, priced below $250,000. Many have garages, and nicely landscaped yards abundant with fruit trees. A few have attached rental units that produce extra income.

In a small-gated community on the Four-Mile Lagoon, you’ll find several three-bedroom, two-bathroom condos for sale, priced between $165,000 and $185,000. I viewed a 2,200-square-foot home on offer for $229,500. This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house has a direct view of the Four-Mile Lagoon, and wonderful prevailing breezes.

So if you’re looking for a tranquil, affordable community lifestyle on the Caribbean Sea, in an English-speaking country, it’s worth considering your options in Belize’s Corozal District.

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Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s private port in Belize, will have beach villas, a large pool area with cabanas, a variety of aerial activities including zip lining, water sports in the lagoon, wildlife programs and a shopping village.

The cruise line on Wednesday revealed details about the port and recreational area it is building on two adjoining islands off the coast of Belize City. Harvest Caye, originally scheduled to open in mid-February, is now scheduled to open in November.

The islands will have a cruise ship pier so that passengers can walk off the ship and onto land and won’t have to be tendered. It will also have a large marina, the departure point for certain shore excursions.

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Harvest Caye’s amenities will include:

▪ A seven-acre beach that Norwegian calls “the heart of the destination.” It will have 11 enclosed “beach villas” with air conditioning, private restroom, hammocks, indoor and outdoor showers, exclusive dining options and concierge services. The villas, available for rent, can accommodate up to 10 guests.

▪ A 15,000-square-foot pool with lush landscaping, swim-up bar, a footbridge and waterfall near the center of the pool, lounge chairs, umbrellas and 15 cabanas available for rent.

▪ A 130-foot tall “Flighthouse” as the central area for a variety of aerial activities including zip lining, suspension bridges, free fall jumps, a tandem “superman” style zip line and a ropes course located on a platform in the saltwater lagoon. Kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing will be offered in the lagoon.

▪ Eco-activities and facilities including manatee observation tours, an aviary (with a breed and release program for Scarlet Macaws), butterfly garden and educational center.

▪ Shore excursions that will include Mayan ruins, river rafting, nature tours and more, some of them on the mainland.

▪ Five dining and bar outlets including a two-story Landshark Bar & Grill (with swim-up pool bar) that is an expansion of Norwegian’s partnership with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Other a la carte dining options: casual street-style dining in the shopping village, the Laughing Bird Bar & Grill on the beach, the Manatee Marina Bar & Grill in the marina, and the Horse-Eye Jack Bar & Grill by the pool.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ sister brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises will also call at Harvest Caye on select Caribbean sailings.

Norwegian announced in January that the opening of Harvest Caye, then scheduled for mid-February, would be delayed until November. At least six of the line’s ships had to change their itineraries, although most will simply go to Belize City instead. No specific reason was given, other than a comment that “We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality amenities and services to our guests in one of the richest ecosystems in the region.”

The delay was announced just before a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed in Belize that the Belizean government had taken improper shortcuts in its environmental review of the project in order to hasten development of Harvest Caye. The ruling did not stop work on the port.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/travel/cruises/article66539687.html#storylink=cpy

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Once-sleepy Belize has witnessed at-times explosive visitor growth, changing this previously small-scale travel destination into one increasingly on the radar for a wider scope of travelers.

In 2015 Belize hosted 341,125 overnight visitors, a 6.2 percent increase over 2014 and the highest total in the country’s history according data from Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials. Sixty-three percent of the visitors originated in the United States, Belize’s largest market.

READ MORE: Belize Government Planning New International Airport

BTB officials attribute the country’s strong 2015 arrivals growth to the addition of new service into Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). Southwest Airlines and COPA Airlines launched new flights to Belize in October and December of 2015 respectively, boosting overnight visitor totals.

The new flights created a late-year arrivals surge, say BTB officials. After an “unsteady” first and second quarter, Belize posted seven consecutive months of arrival increases. The highest increases occurred during the last four months of 2015.

“September to December of 2015 showed record improvements, with overnight arrivals increasing every month in comparison to last year’s figures,” said BTB officials in a statement. “November’s 33 percent increase is the largest ever recorded for this month, which rarely goes above a 10 percent increase.”

Traditionally an exceptionally popular cruise destination, Belize experienced a slight decline in 2015. The country recorded 957,975 passengers last year, a one percent decrease from the 968,131 hosted in 2014.

READ MORE: Official: Belize Cruise Port Behind Schedule

Nevertheless, the figure still places Belize among the 10 most-visited Caribbean cruise destinations according to Caribbean Tourism Organization statistics.

In addition Belize’s cruise ship calls are expected to increase significantly upon completion of Harvest Caye, Norwegian Cruise Line’s $100 million dedicated cruise port located off Belize’s southern coast. The facility, located near the small fishing village of Placencia, is scheduled to open in November.

Article by: Travelpulse.com

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If you had a mad crush on Leonardo DiCaprio in the ’90s, then you probably fantasized about taking a romantic beach vacation with him (à la The Beach) more than once. Well, the romantic part probably won’t happen, but starting in 2018 you can explore Leo’s private beach while staying at his new eco-resort. The environmentally impassioned activist announced this month that he plans to develop his private, 100-plus-acre island off the Belizean coast — a place that he calls “heaven on earth” — into a luxury resort focused on restoring the overfished, deforested land.

“Belize is truly unique. It has the second largest coral reef system in the world, and it has some of the most biodiverse marine life, like the manatee population and almost every species of fish you can imagine. Then there are the Mayan temples and the culture,” DiCaprio told The New York Times of the location, adding that he wants to change the world with the resort. “I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”

Dubbed “Blackadore Caye, a Restorative Island,” the development will contain both private homes and traditional resort villas. DiCaprio has selected Delos to head the project, which will also feature artificial reefs to shelter sea life and a seagrass nursery to nourish local manatees. In addition to a bevy of restorative features for the island itself, DiCaprio has enlisted the help of Deepak Chopra to design wellness programming for the resort’s guests.

The actor and environmentalist’s goal with his island development is to “create something not just environmental, but restorative,” and it sounds like DiCaprio will certainly succeed. Check out these photos of Blackadore Caye and the surrounding areas of Belize to start your new vacation fantasy, and mark your calendar for its tentative opening date of 2018.

 

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SAN PEDRO, BELIZE – SANCAS Realty, the exclusive Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate for the tropical paradise of Belize, has accepted an invitation to join the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network — a compendium of the finest residential real estate firms from around the world.

To be eligible for membership in the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, firms and brokers must list or sell in the top 10 percent of their market and demonstrate expertise in the marketing and sale of luxury properties.

“Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate includes many of the finest luxury real estate brokers from around the world. We are thrilled to partner with this prestigious team of professionals,” said Gil Castillo, President, SANCAS Realty. “The LuxuryRealEstate.com network will allow us to further extend the reach of our exclusive luxury listings to high net worth buyers around the globe.”

Belize is positioned to explode as a marquee Caribbean luxury real estate market for offshore investors. Ambergris Caye has been identified as one of the top five foreign real estate markets for 2016 by several top sources. SANCAS Realty’s inclusion in the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network marks a further indication of the enormous market potential.

“We are delighted to have SANCAS Realty as a member of our global network representing Belize,” said John Brian Losh, Chairman/Publisher, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. “Interest is rapidly growing in this emerging luxury market. Our network of buyers and investors will now have increased access to the amazing opportunities rising in Belize.”

About SANCAS Realty

SANCAS Realty is the exclusive Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliate for the tropical paradise of Belize. SANCAS Realty agents specialize in emerging luxury properties and select commercial properties appealing to the world’s most discerning real estate investors and buyers. For more information on SANCAS Realty, please visit sancasrealty.com

About Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

LuxuryRealEstate.com, frequently ranked ‘Best Website’ in consumer and industry surveys, has been recognized for excellence by the WMA Awards and the Webby Awards and has been voted ‘Best of the Web’ by Forbes magazine multiple times. Since its debut in 1995, LuxuryRealEstate.com has remained the #1 portal for luxury properties on the internet and has several times more $1,000,000+ content of any near-peer.

Known in the industry since 1986 as the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 130,000 professionals with properties in more than 70 countries, collectively sells in excess of $190 billion of real estate annually. Members are selected by Chairman/Publisher John Brian Losh, one of REALTOR Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate and broker of fine properties through his Seattle-based brokerage firm, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

The company has also been recognized by the Maggie Awards, received an ADDY Award for excellence in Web Design, ranked in the Inc. 5000 List and named as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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SAN PEDRO, BELIZE – The emerging luxury real estate market of Belize will provide real estate investors and second-home buyers some of the best value in the Caribbean and Central America according to a new report by SANCAS Realty, the exclusive Christie’s International Real Estate for Belize.

The price for a luxury home in Belize is less than $1 million USD, well below the $2 million average luxury home price across the globe, according to SANCAS Realty.

The SANCAS Realty and Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Emerging report reveals that despite increased media attention, Belize remains as perhaps the best kept secret in the Caribbean real estate market. Its English-speaking population, bountiful natural amenities, stable government, and extremely low property taxes make Belize a premier real estate option when compared to many other better-known locations.

Other key findings from the report include:

• As the only English-speaking country in Central America and with currency directly tied to the U.S. dollar at a fixed rate of 2 to 1, Belize is just beginning to capture international attention as an emerging Caribbean luxury real estate market.

• Location is still the dominant factor in Belize with beachfront properties and sprawling jungle/mountain estates commanding the highest premiums.

• Ambergris Caye the Placencia Peninsula, and the Cayo District are the most sought-after locations by foreign nationals who typically represent the overwhelming majority of buyers.

• The quality and volume of new luxury-class inventory is increasing rapidly driven largely by increased media attention and international airlift into the nation.

• North Ambergris Caye will expand rapidly over the mid-term as the Belize government builds new infrastructure including road improvements and a proposed new international airport.

“The mid-term potential of the Belize real estate market is absolutely phenomenal,” according to Christopher Todd, Vice President of Global Marketing, SANCAS Realty and lead author of the report. “The consensus opinions from our experts all paint a promising picture for those seeking to invest in Belize over the near-term.”

“Through our contacts within the Christie’s International Real Estate network, we were able to build from the data in the 2015 Luxury Defined report to help us better understand the Belize marketplace,” said Gil Castillo, President, SANCAS Realty. “Our Luxury Emerging report is the most comprehensive review ever produced of the Belize emerging luxury real estate market.”

The Luxury Emerging 2016 Belize Real Estate Report by SANCAS Realty is available for complementary download at luxuryemerging.com

About SANCAS Realty
SANCAS Realty is the exclusive Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliate for the tropical paradise of Belize. SANCAS Realty agents specialize in emerging luxury properties and select commercial properties appealing to the world’s most discerning real estate investors and buyers. For more information on SANCAS Realty, please visit sancasrealty.com

About Christie’s International Real Estate
Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Beverly Hills, and Palm Beach, and 140 global affiliates with 32,000 real estate professionals in 46 countries. For additional information about Christie’s International Real Estate, please visit christiesrealestate.com.

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