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What Makes Ambergris Caye Belize the Best Central American Destination?

Posted by Mike Cobb on Jul 4, 2012 11:37:33 AM
Mike Cobb

Ambergris Caye Belize: The Best Central American Destination

Ambergris Caye Belize offers an unbeatable combination of turquoise Caribbean waters and thick Central American jungles. With as much as 40% of the country’s overall area protected under wildlife sanctuaries, marine reserves and national parks, the country is a haven for a large variety of birds, mammals and sea creatures. Here are some of the elements that make Ambergris Caye Belize the best island in the Americas.

Natural Wonders

Belize has something for everyone. For instance, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a birdwatcher’s paradise, sites like Lamanai and Altun Ha reveal the mysteries of ancient Mayan civilization, while the Northern Cayes/the reef of Caye Caulker is considered amongst the top snorkelling destinations in the world. Here you can take a close look at over 570 species of birds, explore ancient Mayan ruins, swim with sea creatures like dolphins, turtles and fishes surrounded by a kaleidoscope of corals and glide on a kayak from one palm dotted sandy island to another.

With so much to offer, it is not surprising that the topical paradise is considered the best island in the Americas and attracts over 850,000 visitors every year. While tourism is the main source of income for the country, it is also the biggest threat for its natural resources. But Belizeans are proud of their natural heritage and have come up with a number of ways of conserving the environment, for instance, jungle lodges built from reclaimed hardwood and solar energy powered beach resorts.

The Belizean flag features “Sub Umbra Florero”, which means “under the shade I flourish.” It is a reference to mahogany trees for which the region was well known. Belizeans understand that the bountiful natural diversity is the country’s biggest asset and that it needs to be respected and protected.

Friendly People and Culture

Belize is well known for its friendly people. Unlike city dwellers, who often prefer isolation, Belizeans go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Here you are surrounded by warm gestures and friendly smiles. This ensures that you never feel homesick on the island. The local culture includes a mix of a wide variety of languages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Most people on the island speak English.

Low Cost of Living

Cost is a major consideration while looking for a destination to holiday, relocate or retire. Compared to the US, the cost of living in Belize is considerably low. This means that it is possible to enjoy a quality life within a limited budget on the island. Favorable tax policies further increase the overall appeal of the island. As per a recently implemented retiree incentive program, people dependent on pension are not subject to income tax. In Belize there is no inheritance or capital gains tax. Even when compared with other Central American countries, Belize is much more affordable and safer.

Ambergris Caye Belize means warm tropical climate, white sand beaches, turquoise waters, thick forests, ancient ruins, low cost of living and friendly people. These are just a few of the factors that make Ambergris Caye Belize the best island in the Americas.

Topics: Tourism in Belize

Mike Cobb

Written by Mike Cobb

In 1996, Michael K. Cobb and his business partner formed a company, Exotic Caye International, to provide loans to North Americans purchasing properties in Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and throughout the region. With a strong focus on consumer need, Mr. Cobb accurately predicted the growing demand for high quality, residential product for North American "baby boomer" retirees in the region. He led the group into real estate development and created a holding company called ECI Development for several properties, including a resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Michael speaks at dozens of international conferences annually about offshore real estate finance, development, and ownership. He was a consultant to The Oxford Club, hosted a weekly radio program, contributes regularly to overseas publications, sits on the board of several international companies, gives counsel to various real estate projects throughout Central America, and serves on the Board of Directors and the President’s Advisory Group for the National Association of Realtors, NAR.