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Title: BELIZE
Post by: BR on August 04, 2015, 07:50:52 am
We just bought tickets on Southwest $640 cheaper than we have paid on average the last 5 years..... KC to Houston to Belize City

Just an FYI if anyone is thinking about going down to the Islands...   
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Hankweb on August 04, 2015, 01:54:54 pm
Have had a place here many years and live here part time now. As low as I've seen them in many many years. Although not as strong as it used to be the "Southwest effect" still works. Although Southwest doesn't start service til mid October other airlines are lower already.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: McKdaddy on August 04, 2015, 10:34:00 pm
We bought our flights about 6 weeks ago to Belize (technically going to Cayo) before any price drops occurred    >:(   We waited as long as we felt we could, but I watched the various flights/airlines begin to fill up to a point that I gave up waiting on price decreases.  Seats were beginnin to look scarce.   -1 to me
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: LSUFan on August 04, 2015, 11:56:41 pm
Have had a place here many years and live here part time now. As low as I've seen them in many many years. Although not as strong as it used to be the "Southwest effect" still works. Although Southwest doesn't start service til mid October other airlines are lower already.
You don't technically own it in fee.

May wanna research what your "ownership" in Belize entitles you to.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on August 05, 2015, 08:36:29 am
$856.50 Round trip from Kansas City to Houston,Houston to Belize for BOTH of us...   Can't wait till we get to Ambergris Caye again...  See our friends and eat some Lobster...  Listen to Jerry Jeff & Kelly McGuire
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Hankweb on August 06, 2015, 02:32:17 pm
You don't technically own it in fee.

May wanna research what your "ownership" in Belize entitles you to.

Incorrect. I've owned multiple properties here over the last 20 plus years and am partners with two locals in a construction business (mostly homes). Because Belize is a part of the British Commonwealth the legal system is based on British common law. Maybe your confusion comes from the fact that folks who think about re-sale when investing in property in Belize used to often form an LLC and purchase their property within the company. If you purchase a Belizean company that holds the property you will be subject to only a 3% tax on the value of the purchase price. Until recently if you purchased a property, which is titled in the seller's name, then you would be subject to a transfer tax of 10% on the purchase price over 10,000 dollars... so on sales under corporate ownership the savings on the closing costs were substantial. However, the transfer tax has been dropped to 5 % (the same as Belizian citizens) and the exemption was raised to the first 20,000 dollars of the purchase price. And just fyi...there is no capital gains tax.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: LSUFan on August 06, 2015, 04:03:25 pm
Incorrect. I've owned multiple properties here over the last 20 plus years and am partners with two locals in a construction business (mostly homes). Because Belize is a part of the British Commonwealth the legal system is based on British common law. Maybe your confusion comes from the fact that folks who think about re-sale when investing in property in Belize used to often form an LLC and purchase their property within the company. If you purchase a Belizean company that holds the property you will be subject to only a 3% tax on the value of the purchase price. Until recently if you purchased a property, which is titled in the seller's name, then you would be subject to a transfer tax of 10% on the purchase price over 10,000 dollars... so on sales under corporate ownership the savings on the closing costs were substantial. However, the transfer tax has been dropped to 5 % (the same as Belizian citizens) and the exemption was raised to the first 20,000 dollars of the purchase price. And just fyi...there is no capital gains tax.
Interesting.

I was just going off what a coworker had told me as he owns a bar and a house down there.

The deals seem to good to be true.

Thanks for the clarification.

As an aside, he has a family living in one part of his house and they take care of it when he is state side.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Hankweb on August 06, 2015, 04:32:57 pm
Interesting.

I was just going off what a coworker had told me as he owns a bar and a house down there.

The deals seem to good to be true.

Thanks for the clarification.

As an aside, he has a family living in one part of his house and they take care of it when he is state side.

Real estate transactions are typically pretty straightforward but you do need to be aware...especially if purchasing directly from an individual since there is still a fair amount of leased land that is untitled. You can purchase, and assume someone else's lease, but, you need an attorney or someone to guide you. In general most established realtors don't list or deal with leased land with a few exceptions. As purchaser of someone's lease in Belize you just need to be sure and research whose name is actually on the lease to be sure the person selling is the same person listed on the lease as they're fairly frequently passed along to someone else. Also check the time left and make sure the lease is paid up to date.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on August 07, 2015, 08:33:16 am
I have a ton of friends that own Homes & Business's on Ambergris Caye. Hell all of them now even have Belizan Drivers Licenses... Have some friends now closing on a couple of places on Caye Calker this month... We thought about buying a condo, but it so cheap to just rent one... I like the 3-4's a yaer we go, but not sure I want to do it full time....  Thinking more like Gulf Shores area if I moved south full time... Love it up here in KC, except for Dec-FEB.. It gets freakin cold...
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: DeltaBoy on August 24, 2015, 03:37:37 pm
The Ugly Uncle is the inside man on this country.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on December 18, 2015, 02:06:00 pm
41 Days till Ambergris Caye bound..
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on January 14, 2016, 08:49:40 am
11 Days till 3 weeks on the Island
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: DeltaBoy on January 14, 2016, 08:51:41 am
Have fun.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on January 16, 2016, 12:55:03 pm
Going to be 87 on the Island today
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on January 18, 2016, 05:41:57 pm
Lookin Good
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: DeltaBoy on January 19, 2016, 03:34:08 pm
Glad your enjoying it and I heard the Seafood is DA BOMB!
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: oldman1015 on January 26, 2016, 03:43:45 pm
Lookin Good
wow
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: DeltaBoy on January 28, 2016, 03:43:31 pm
I want to go now.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: bigpigpimpin on January 30, 2016, 11:21:00 pm
Didn't an American just get murdered down there on vacation? News anchor I believe.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: bplease on February 02, 2016, 08:33:00 am
We have been checking flights and thinking about going next year. Any specific suggestions on places to stay? Would like to have dive options but would prefer isolation.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: McKdaddy on February 02, 2016, 12:54:41 pm
We have been checking flights and thinking about going next year. Any specific suggestions on places to stay? Would like to have dive options but would prefer isolation.

For isolation we enjoy Cayo Espanto....

http://www.aprivateisland.com/

However, in another thread on here someone felt it was a bit overpriced and better value could be had elsewhere.  Maybe so....admittedly we haven't checked elsewhere.  But Cayo suits our desires.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 04, 2016, 06:47:31 pm
Been here for 14 days with 8 more to go.. Having a great time..  My liver has disowned me..
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: bplease on February 04, 2016, 09:27:57 pm
For isolation we enjoy Cayo Espanto....

http://www.aprivateisland.com/

However, in another thread on here someone felt it was a bit overpriced and better value could be had elsewhere.  Maybe so....admittedly we haven't checked elsewhere.  But Cayo suits our desires.
Ah, sweet thanks!

BR Where are you at?
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 06, 2016, 11:59:19 am
We are on North Ambergris Caye, plus we spend time over at Caye Caulker also..   Cook at my friends bar on SuperBowl Sunday every year.. 
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 15, 2016, 10:03:18 am
A freakin great time was had.......   PLUS Super Bowl Sunday... The World Famous Palapa Bar on Ambergris Caye, San Pedro Belize... My friend Scott owns it, I got to be head chef for the day... We served over 80 plates of Smoked Chicken and 2-300 smoked wings along with a ton of sides. Plus no telling how much other stuff. Had 2-300 people all day long, plus a lot of the Jerry Jeff Walkers Players before the game started.... What a great time... Hell of a smoker, could of cooked 200 chickens at a time with ease, used Coconut Husk & Hulls as of smoke......
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 15, 2016, 10:05:15 am
Just some of the food I was cooking
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: DeltaBoy on February 17, 2016, 11:56:08 am
Dang that looks good.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Hogs run wild on June 24, 2016, 10:44:28 am
we spent some time in Belize City. the driving/drivers are nuts! the food was very good and the natural beauty is a thing to see.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: oldhawg on June 24, 2016, 11:17:07 am
Nice Pics.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on June 29, 2016, 11:20:53 am
Going back for 3 weeks in Feb 2017
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: sevenof400 on June 29, 2016, 11:34:14 am
How are the airfares looking BR?
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on June 29, 2016, 12:43:11 pm
Around $400 a person RT from KC
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Ched "UglyUncle" Carpenter on June 29, 2016, 12:44:47 pm
I LOVE Belize.  I miss it so much.  My Dad is still there.  77 yrs. old and still going strong.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on August 11, 2016, 03:41:10 pm
https://www.facebook.com/SPtowncouncil/photos/?tab=album&album_id=670323176450075

Ambergris Caye after Hurricane Earl,  a couple of friends lost their Business.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: ricepig on August 11, 2016, 05:07:50 pm
https://www.facebook.com/SPtowncouncil/photos/?tab=album&album_id=670323176450075

Ambergris Caye after Hurricane Earl,  a couple of friends lost their Business.

I thought of you and this thread when the hurricane hit there. Hopefully all will get back to normal for these folks.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on January 12, 2017, 08:15:10 pm
Our beautiful Island 
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Jeremy T on June 29, 2017, 09:04:55 pm
Headed to San Pedro in August, cant wait. Looking to snorkel, fishing and maybe get over to the mayan ruins. Any good suggestions on guides for these adventures?
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on October 31, 2017, 10:09:00 am
Got 2018 Trip all planned, will be our 7th year on Ambergris Caye
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Ched "UglyUncle" Carpenter on November 01, 2017, 09:07:33 pm
Im in Belize City tonight.

Weve been building a church up near the Mexican border in a little village called San Roman.

Today we went to the Lamanai Mayan ruins.  One a boat through the jungle.  Amazing trip, I highly recommend it.

Tomorrow we are going out to the Cayes for the best snorkeling in the world...except for maybe Australia. 

Been a great trip.  Headed back on Friday.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: McKdaddy on November 08, 2017, 09:31:27 pm
Got 2018 Trip all planned, will be our 7th year on Ambergris Caye

Great, Cayo Espanto is planned for us again....solid relaxation each year.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: DeltaBoy on November 09, 2017, 03:05:37 pm
Got the wife healed up and a few more years of college for the kid then we will go.