Top destinations in Belize and the Belize real estate market. Belize is a fabulous travel location but you can also transform in a permanent tourist if you explore the local real estate market in Belize and purchase a property here. First let’s talk about a few attractions in Belize and we will finish with some tips about becoming a permanent tourist by buying a property in Belize.
Once a Mayan fishing village, Belize City was the country’s capital until 1970 after Hurricane Hattie wreaked havoc. Today, it’s Belize’s largest city and commercial center; a busy port, which welcomes cruise ships; and the country’s main gateway. Ramshackle Victorian buildings jostle along the narrow streets in town, but despite its gritty exterior, the city has a fascinating past featuring Mayans, colonial days, hurricanes, and fires. To learn more, visit the Museum of Belize, housed in a former prison; pop into Government House; or explore the Old Belize Cultural and Historical Centre, a museum, beach, and restaurant all rolled into one. Built in 1923, the Belize Swing Bridge connects the south and north sides of the city and is the world’s only manually operated bridge of its kind. A short drive from the city, visitors can explore the Altun Ha Archaeological Site and the excellent Belize Zoo, which emphasizes conservation and education. This is a great place to see many of the country’s native creatures in natural surroundings, most of which are rescue animals, including jaguars, tapirs, toucans, and howler monkeys. Since the city sits at the mouth of the Belize River, on the Caribbean coast, anglers will find excellent fishing opportunities a few minute’s drive from the center of town.
Located in northern Belize, Lamanai was once a considerably sized Maya city. The ancient ruins are not completely uncovered yet. Archaeological work has concentrated on the investigation and restoration of the larger structures such as the High Temple, a 33 meter tall temple. Since it was still occupied by the Maya when the Spanish arrived, Lamanai, which in Maya means “submerged crocodile”, is one of the few Mayan sites to retain its traditional name.
Less a traditional zoo than a rescue and education center, the Belize Zoo began life in the 1980s to house animals abandoned by documentary film crews. Today, the Belize Zoo is the only handicap-accessible public facility in the country where locals and foreign visitors alike can approach more than 100 indigenous species, including jaguars, harpy eagles, tapirs, monkeys, and crocodiles.
Belize attractions and climate makes purchasing a property here a tempting thought. Imagine living permanently there… the joy. One of our most common questions is ‘Why Buy Real Estate in Belize?‘ and ‘Why Should I Visit Belize Over Other Topical Destinations?’, once you visit the country you will see why thousands are flocking to the tropical paradise and the island of Ambergris Caye. Buying a second home in Belize is viable investment idea as well as a sensible tax reduction step. You are exempt from capital gains tax if you have lived in the home for 2 years before selling. If you take out a mortgage in Belize, you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from your tax liabilities. There are a number of great Belize properties available throughout the tropical country of Belize, many of which are perfect vacation properties. If you are looking to buy or invest in Belize real estate contact Will Mitchell at Belize Secret Beach. Read more info at Ambergris Caye property for sale.