Trip Advisor’s number one island sits in the Caribbean as an offshore haven near a gorgeous barrier reef and is rapidly becoming one of the hottest markets in the world. It has trumped traditional tropical destinations in many Americans’ travel plans, turning vacationers into partial and full-time residents.
The island, Belize’s Ambergis Caye, is home to the quiet town of San Pedro, where Bill Gates sips his morning coffee on his mega yacht offshore and where Leonardo diCaprio and Bradley Coopergo for morning jogs. Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a rapidly growing Central American country with a rich history.
“The mainland offers the lush jungle, the rivers, the culture and the people,” described Daniel Hartin, Managing Partner at Sandy Point Real Estate Ambergris Caye. He went on to describe the melding of Mexican, Mayan and Spanish cultures that influenced what Ambergris Caye is today, a location nicknamed “the Rolex of the Caribbean.”
There are a collection of exclusive luxury resort communities on the island, many being managed by Sandy Point Real Estate. Each of the agency’s projects is unique and all have seen massive success. Whether for enjoyment or a sound investment, Hartin says four of the projects they’ve seen through have provided a 35- 45 per cent market value appreciation.
Their newest project is the Isla Tesoro Resort and Spa, which Hartin described as, “A place that’s secure and warm, geared toward the person who wants to own a titled property in a resort.” He detailed plans for the breathtaking 100 unit resort, a creative mix of Mediterranean and Contemporary styles, modeled after the rustic yet luxurious charm of Mediterranean villages. “A pool water area will encompass the entire resort, and there will be a number of gourmet restaurants offering world class food and service,” Hartin said.
He went on to chronicle Belize’s significant increase in travel accessibility, saying, "Just this year, Southwest Airlines flights to Belize has brought more than one thousand additional visitors per week."
Undoubtedly, Belize is quickly becoming both a tourist destination and investment property. From the tropical surroundings to the vibrant culture and friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder Ambergris Caye is the place Madonna longs for in her song “La Isla Bonita”, singing “I fell in love with San Pedro, warm wind carried on the sea, he called to me…”
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