Everything seems smaller in Belize. It’s a tiny country, roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts, with a population of just 330,000. Yes you read that right, the population is measured in the thousands and not the millions. Most visitors to Belize travel to the top tourism spots of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Placenica and San Ignacio by tiny airplane and stay in bijou Caribbean style hotels.
Even when it comes to real estate developments, the projects are smaller and more, well, boutique in appearance and feel. You’ll be hard pressed to find the sprawling master planned communities that stretch over thousands of acres that have become common place in Costa Rica real estate areas, Panama and even Nicaragua. The mainstay in the Belize real estate scene are small condo projects complete with a swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
The one thing that seems to be bigger than normal is the great barrier reef that runs parallel to the entire coastline. In fact the reef is the largest in the western hemisphere and second only in size to Australia’s barrier reef. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and has placed Belize on the world diving map. Once of the quickest access points to the reef is from Ambergris Caye. Stand on the beach and you can see the waves breaking over the reef. It’s no wonder that Ambergris Caye has evolved into the country’s most important tourism destination and why real estate on the Caye is so sought after.
The buzz of celebrity has not hurt either. Ambergris Caye was made famous by Madonna in her popular song ‘La Isla Bonita’ and the island was the location for an episode of hit reality TV show Temptation Island. Leonardo di Caprio is also said to have purchased an island just off shore.
Belize may be tiny but she still packs a lot of punch. Don’t underestimate her.