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Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Houses

Great Houses

There are very few Great Houses left in the islands and even fewer on the market. Conversely there are many many large properties available for eco-farming projects which could be made special and become a countryside heritage highlight with the addition of Great House architecture.  So why not design and build your own Great House?

By the end of the 16th century Plantation Great Houses were being built by the Dutch, French, British and Spanish throughout the Caribbean islands.

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10 Mayan Sites to Explore in the Caribbean

10 Mayan Sites to Explore in the Caribbean

The Caribbean region is one of the most spectacular tourist destinations on the planet.

10 Mayan Sites - Belize Maya

10 Mayan Sites – Belize Maya

It also connects many, many countries from the smallest to the biggest on our planet. From Mexico the fifth biggest country in the world to almost the smallest, Saba with a population of 1900 souls.

Every year, millions of visitors frequent these many, many nations to enjoy themselves and relax on white sandy beaches and crystal blue water. But there is more to these Caribbean shores; much more!

Along with its natural splendours, the Caribbean is home to the mysterious vestiges of a once great nation, the Mayan people.  A civilization that covered much of Central America including, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and was well established for over 3500 years. Although this civilization is gone, the ruins of their once great empire linger, most of them in Mexico and Belize.  Along with these ruins there are opportunities to be had!

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Break Free and Thrive in the Latin Tropics

Which is the Best Caribbean Destination along the coast of Central America?

There is really nothing quite like the first time you step foot on a white sand beach and swim in the turquoise ocean. The warm water and powdery shore can spoil you for all other kinds of beaches in the future. The gorgeous beaches are one of the many reasons why people choose to relocate to the Caribbean coast of Central America.

A different flavor of cuisine and culture is another. Spicy coconut seafood, reggae music, calypso dancing, and the laid-back vibes tempt people from all over to fall in love with this incredible part of the world.

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5 Romantic Homes for Sale

5 Romantic Homes for Sale this Summer in the Caribbean

Time for a little summer romance. This week we have five of the most romantic homes that we could find on the market.  Perhaps the first definition of a romantic home bought to enjoy those special moments for two, is that it must be a private hideaway.

5 Romantic Homes for Sale

5 Romantic Homes for Sale : Luxury Hideaway in the Dominican Republic

Second it must have a beautiful setting, with lush tropical gardens to be enjoyed under the stars. The home itself will have charm, interest and potential.   Potential, because any loving couple will want to add their own brand of personal partnership and energy on the internal spaces.

The views from this romantic hideaway must inspire and reinforce the feeling that there is just the two of you and that there is only this moment!  It maybe that you can only spend a few weeks each year enjoying your romantic home hideaway, so the whole ambience must be remarkable.

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Take it Easy in Belize-y

Taking it Easy Whilst Getting to Know Belize

You better Belize it! This is one of the slogans utilized to promote the country of Belize. It is fitting; it is rather unbelievable how easy it is to live in Belize. Living in the smallest capital of the world, Belmopan, which is not exactly the entertainment centre of the universe, was not something I had ever envisaged. In fact, before we moved here from Sri Lanka, my husband did not think I would like to live in this village. People often get offended when I use the word ‘village’ because Belmopan, as the capital of the nation, has city rights.

When we first arrived in Belize a year ago, my husband drove me straight from the airport to Belize City. But I was not impressed by the city, with its run down roads and buildings. Belmopan on the other hand, is quiet, green, relatively clean, and it has a friendly atmosphere. The same atmosphere you can find in San Ignacio, Placencia, Hopkins and Caye Caulker.

Save time – save money
In Belmopan, buying groceries takes me half an hour per week, parking is never an issue, we live a 3 minutes drive from our daughter’s school, there are no traffic jams, no smog and the sky is always blue. That leaves us a lot of time to enjoy life. And what’s the best: there is no big brother looking over your shoulder.

Belize has a lot to offer; Maya temples, tropical beaches, excellent snorkeling and diving and wonderful nature. Belize is known for its high biodiversity, with an unimaginable number of animal and plants species. The only thing we do not have here in Belize are malls. So if you’re a shopaholic then Belize is not the place for you. But just think of the money you will save here. No shops = no temptations. I have not bought any shoes, clothes, movie tickets, books, CDs or jewelry for over a year. And do I miss it? Not at all. Would you? If so, you can always slip over the boarder to Chetumal in Mexico to stop the craving. Even that is easy.

From: Susanne in Belmopan, blogging weekly on www.dutchinbelize.blogspot.com

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A to Z Caribbean : Belize

Considering a Home in Belize

Lush and green, Belize is a nature lovers paradise with blue skies and blue waters lapping at it’s thousands of cayes. The 185 mile long coral reef is the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world and makes Belize a popular destination for divers and snorkellers.

The country is on the northern coast of central america and is 8,867 square miles with over 200 miles of coast to explore with white sands, mangrove swamps and lagoons all contributing to the abundant flora and fauna. The interior has a jungle and jaguar and maccaws can be found in their natural habitat.

Foreign ownership is encouraged by the government and Belize’s Retirement Program has been so successful that the government recently reviewed whether it should undergo a revamp. Not only that, the cost of living is fairly low. For example water supply for one month is likely to be around US$20 and your electricity bill is likely to be US$120 and up, with internet quite a pricey US$70 per month. However the weekly food bill can be as low as US$30 per month. If you don’t own a car, it is possible to live there fairly comfortably for approximately US$1000 per month. This figure is taking into account that a house has been purchased to live in.Belizeans have a GDI (Gross Domestic Income) of US$8400 per year, that means many people in Belize live off this type of income, and you could too. However, there are certain guidelines for foreigners to adhere to.

With the main language as English and being known for it’s peacefulness, Belize is gaining popularity with expats. The culture is very diverse and several different languages are spoken.

Properties can range from US$125,000 for a two bedroom home in San Pedro to US$799,000 for a luxury home with 3 master suites in a resort setting. An 11 acre farm in the interior can be acquired for just US$195,000.

Belize government has a variety of incentives including tax holidays ranging from 5 to 25 years, only 5% stamp duty on property purchase price for both foreigners and locals and annual property taxes of only 1% – 1.5%.

If you are looking for a peaceful and beautiful country to spend some of your life abroad, Belize could be just what you have been looking for.

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Belize Retirement Program – Sign Up Now

Belize Retirement Program

Belize (formerly known as British Honduras until 1974) has the lowest density population of the South American countries and of the world. It is also the only South American country with English as the official first language and with a British colonial heritage.

Belize Retirement Program

In 1999 Belize announced a new initiative in the form of a tourist/immigration program to be run by the Belize Tourism Office to attract new blood to the 8,867sq mile country.

After 10 years of successfully running the Qualified Retired Persons (QRP) program, the government of Belize is ready to change the rules. The program was created to incent retirees over 45 with a monthly income of at least US$2000 to move to Belize.

A cap of 20,000 retirees was determined, that limit has now almost been reached and a less generous program is expected to be introduced in early 2010. New retirees from Canada, United States and United Kingdom wanting to take advantage of the benefits offered are encouraged to apply now before the new rules are announced.This affordable frost-free country has a population of approximately 300,000 with 1 person in every 15 being a QRP applicant. The attractive incentives include being able to import household goods worth up to US$15,000, a vehicle, a boat and a lightweight aircraft duty free. Permanent residency is granted and Belize government do not ask expat retirees to pay tax on income derived from outside of Belize.

It seems that there is new interest in Belize from all walks of life, with internet search engine giant Google undergoing 27,500 searches per month from internet users looking for information on the term Belize real estate.

Take a look at what we have on offer in our listings for Belize Real Estate. We also have many more properties that we have not yet posted onto our site.

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Caribbean Property – Bucking the Trend

The Attractive Caribbean Property Markets

Property in the Caribbean is still looking attractive to buyers and sellers alike even in these financial times.  Development land is being purchased for new resorts in particular in Dominican Republic, Barbados prices are continuing to rise and Belize has been identified as the ideal retirement spot.
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Beauty and Bargains – Buying in Belize

Beauty and Bargains in Belize

I’ve visited Belize twice and loved it, so it came as no surprise to me when I read recently that Belize is becoming more and more attractive for property buyers. As the only English speaking country in Central America (it was formerly British Honduras), expats find that it is easy to move there and find their way around.

The currency of Belize is fixed at 2 Belizean dollars to 1 US Dollar which is nice and simple. The cost of living is relatively low and I just read through the introduction for an e-book that promises to show how a couple can live on just US$450 a month! In these turbulent economic times this would be a boost to anyone.
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