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Top news from Belize this month!

Remax Vip Belize: Latest news out of Belize
Once in a while I like to round up all the happenings in this country, as I follow these like a hawk, and it might be helpful to have a summary of what’s been going on that you may have missed! As always, this tiny country somehow always ends up in world wide news pretty frequently. Here is the latest stuff!!
(and enjoy some totally unrelated-to-the-news-stories pics of Belize sprinkled throughout)

Remax Vip Belize: world wide news pretty
Silk Caye
—In arguably the biggest news for Belize, the government just signed a deal to start building a $100 million international airport on Ambergris Caye!

—A $33 million sports arena – seriously state of the art – just opened in Belize City after 2 years in the making:
Remax Vip Belize: Belize City

Rick’s Cafe
—This is a bit of a niche area, but interesting – apparently Rugby is becoming a big thing in Belize!
—I have followed this amazing green decor line for years – they just featured Itzana from Placencia!
Remax Vip Belize: Itzana from Placencia
Ranguana Caye
—Forbes has been hot for Belize in the last couple years, they decided in this article that it was one of the top 30 cheapest places to travel:
—Love this article from centralamerica.com highlighting some of the crazy sounding food you can sample here:
Remax Vip Belize: crazy sounding food
Tipsy Tuna beach
—Wow – here Belize is rated by the Telegraph and one of the world’s most underrated destinations:
—I was thrilled to hear that Tropic Air is going to be starting a miles program fro frequent travelers here!
Remax Vip Belize: frequent travelers
Barefoot Bar
—New non stop flight between Toronto and Belize!
—Hilton just opened one of the first branded properties in Belize:
Remax Vip Belize: Barefoot Bar
Friends Near the Pier
—Belize won the Bronze at the Central Amercian games in basketball – this is amazing in such a small country!
—And recently Placencia had its End of the World Marathon!
Remax Vip Belize: World Marathon
Tipsy Tuna
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Private Islands in Belize — What you need to know

Remaxvipbelize - Private Islands in Belize

While traveling, I have met many people who dream about escaping to the Caribbean and owning a slice of paradise. More often than not, I tell them about the white coral sand in the Silk Cayes, the wonderful Hatchet Caye hotel and the amount of islands and cayes for sale in Belize. Many find it hard to believe that in this day and age, there are still any affordable opportunities to own private islands.

Here’s all you need to know about Private Islands in Belize

The most common question I have heard in the past years is: “Can anyone buy an island?

So, let’s get that out of the way. Anyone can buy an island in Belize, and shockingly, the prices are not ridiculous— with island acres going for sale around 100k USD. While the initial price tag will buy you a slice of absolute privacy, there are other things that will raise the costs of your investment – but before explaining additional costs, it is important to know the benefits of buying an island.

Why would anyone buy a private island in Belize?

Say you get a title for your island property in Belize; Along with the bragging rights and awesome stories,  you can enjoy both sunrises and sunsets in a completely private environment. Due to the country’s location next to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, a private island owner can also permanently enjoy the clearest and calmest waters in the world.

With Belize being the eco-tourism capital of the world, many island owners have seized the opportunity to create businesses such as Hatchet Caye, Ranguana and Turtle Inn resorts. Even celebrities like Bill Gates and  Leonardo diCaprio have an interest in the Belizean activities and adventures, with the latter opening his own eco-resort in the coming year. There is a general tourist desire to spend a couple of days out in the islands, with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and great snorkeling, all less than an hour from the mainland.

Now, as promised, there is a whole other side to owning private islands in Belize, read more below.

The Silk Cayes are one of the most popular islands in Belize

The responsibilities of owning a private island in the Caribbean

Here’s some points to consider before you take the big leap of buying a Caribbean island.

Starting a business or even a small construction on an island is an expensive endeavor, as all materials need to be shipped into the vast Caribbean waters. Obtaining electricity and clean water is also an arduous process, which can be better explained by the people at Hatchet Caye, a wonderful island resort.

Isolation is another hurdle to be overcome when living on a private island, as Richard Branson knows, private islands are not the best place to be during bad weather or hurricanes, as aid can take weeks or months to reach your property.

If you are in the market for a retirement property down under, but you’re not entirely convinced with a private island, why not start your Belize real estate portfolio with a jungle, farm or beachfront property?
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Our favorite pics from the start of high season in Placencia, Belize!

Remax Vip Belize: Tipsy-Tuna-Dec
The start of high season in Placencia usually means that the village is in tip-top shape….all the painting, construction, etc, mostly ceases and it becomes all about the visitors! Here are our top 12 favorite images from around CBC and the village in the last couple weeks! You may find yourself booking a flight after you take a look…

Remax Vip Belize:  all the painting, construction
 The first views our guests see as they enter CBC…
Remax Vip Belize: - our guests
The view from the tower in Hacienda…
Remax Vip Belize: tower in Hacienda
Our new office! And we are now offering cold towels at check in along with your welcome drink 🙂
Remax Vip Belize: Our new office
Had to add this one….our lovely guests sent these to staff after check out!
Remax Vip Belize: lovely guests
Love this view of the beach, that you’ll see each time you leave CBC and head into the village
Remax Vip Belize:  leave CBC
Spectacular sunrise
Remax Vip Belize: Spectacular sunrise
Must-do on every beach vacation!
Remax Vip Belize:  beach vacation
Great photo op by Tipsy Tuna…
Remax Vip Belize: Tipsy Tuna
 Our two favorite beach pics from CBC! #1….
Remax Vip Belize: Our two favorite beach pics
#2!
Remax Vip Belize:  Our two favorite beach pics
Beautiful, clear day – the view from the Villas
Remax Vip Belize: view from the Villas
My personal favorite of the bunch 🙂