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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
I’m in Belize City tonight.

We’ve 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.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on January 14, 2018, 10:45:18 am
14 days till Jerry Jeff Walker, Kelly McGuire and Paul Roush shows on the Islands and the famous JJW Picker Band... Plus all the lobster I can eat for 18 days.....
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: galactivation on January 14, 2018, 10:59:06 am
looking at checking out Cayo later this spring or summer, then doing my dive instructors on Ambergis or Roatan.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: McKdaddy on January 14, 2018, 12:48:08 pm
looking at checking out Cayo later this spring or summer

+1
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on January 25, 2018, 02:59:51 pm
Sunrise this Morning from my friends place, 2 more days
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on January 26, 2018, 06:55:27 am
On Ambergris Caye this morning the Wind is from the Northeast at 10 mph. and our expected high is 80 f.

Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Oklahawg on January 29, 2018, 06:48:19 pm
Color me jealous!

I can't decide on Costa Rica or Belize. My wife and I continue to have occasional conversations about retiring in Central America.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 01, 2018, 09:46:32 am
This morning from our condo
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: pigture perfect on February 01, 2018, 10:52:29 am
I lived in BELIZE as a kid. That was 50 years ago. I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I don’t think of it. Just a little side note, I was, along with my sister, the first white children to ever go to the city of Hopkins. We had to get there by a dug out dorry canoe. Today Hopkins is a tourist trap area. Sigh!
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: galactivation on February 01, 2018, 11:10:11 am
heading to Toledo & working on a permaculture farm in april. Really excited, looks beautiful
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: bennyl08 on February 02, 2018, 01:16:09 am
I’m in Belize City tonight.

We’ve 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.

The GBR is big, but the biodiversity at the Reefs near Belize blows Australia's reefs out of the water, no pun intended.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend a night dive/snorkel. Really spooky and you get to see completely different wildlife.

Regardless, have fun.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 02, 2018, 07:10:39 am
Good morning....
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 02, 2018, 07:11:22 am
Dinner tonight , lobsters and conch fritters
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: PharmacistHog on February 02, 2018, 09:16:03 am
Have I told you lately how much you suck and I hate you?
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 02, 2018, 09:58:59 pm
Have I told you lately how much you suck and I hate you?
. Lol..
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: galactivation on February 09, 2018, 09:24:01 am
welp think I know where I'll be doing my instructors dive course.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 09, 2018, 10:21:21 am
Sheryl & Becky rocked dinner tonight, So proud of them.  It was Freakin Awesome...       Dinner tonight. Conch fritters, black snapper , chicken fish in the upper left corner. Carrots to die for and bell pepper and onion for the top of the fish. They make the best conch fritters I have ever had, a lot of conch, little red onion, carrot, jalapeño, brown sugar, slap your mama seasoning and hush puppy batter.   Damn 2 weeks down, one more to go....
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: pigture perfect on February 11, 2018, 07:12:54 pm
Found out I’m going to South Stann Creek and Dangriga in July. That’s not a usual tourist destination, but to me that’s almost home.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Großer Kriegschwein on February 12, 2018, 03:21:57 am
The GBR is big, but the biodiversity at the Reefs near Belize blows Australia's reefs out of the water, no pun intended.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend a night dive/snorkel. Really spooky and you get to see completely different wildlife.

Regardless, have fun.

Night dives can be the most fun of the bunch. Weird things happen under the water at night, especially in the ocean/sea.

My strangest dive was Maeda Point, Okinawa down the reef at night. You definitely had to plan around the tide. Otherwise you'd drown in 3 feet of water attempting your exit.

Miss the old days on Okinawa. Logged over 350 dives from the northern tip of Okinawa all the way down to the Kerama Islands. Did PADI basic open water, advanced open water with peak performance buoyancy, nitrox, search & recovery, and rescue diver.

Was attempting to get brought in as a Divemaster student when I got orders back to the states that wrecked my plans.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: galactivation on February 12, 2018, 11:28:19 am
did my divemaster in Fiji 2 years ago.
have logged around 300 dives mostly around indonesia, Philippines, & fiji.
thinking about doing instructors course on caye caulker & checking out what Belize has to offer.
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Großer Kriegschwein on February 12, 2018, 09:30:18 pm
did my divemaster in Fiji 2 years ago.
have logged around 300 dives mostly around indonesia, Philippines, & fiji.
thinking about doing instructors course on caye caulker & checking out what Belize has to offer.

I was fortunate enough to have a job where I was done at about 2 pm. I could be in the water at about 3-3:30, depending on where I was going to be diving. Get through two tanks, with a snack in between the two. Be out of the water and at the izakaya by about 7:30-8:00 drinkin a cobeer. 

The out-of-the-way dives were reserved for the weekends. I was stationed at MCAS Futenma at the time for reference.

I'm an odd Arkansan diver in that I've never dove fresh water.

My equipment may be old, but well maintained:

Oceanic Chute III BCD (Back Inflate is the only type of BCD to use IMO)
Integrated Oceanic Air2/LPI
Mares V16 Proton Stage 1 & 2
Force Fins
Reef boots
Kevlar Gloves

I've never been picky about my mask, snorkel, or suit. I have a 7mil suit for winter diving and a body glove shorty for late spring/summer/fall. Well, I should say that I've had them. I'm positive that I couldn't squeeze my ass in those suits even wearing a man-girdle. Now, I'm sure my BCD fits much better though.

Far and away the best course I've ever taken was Peak Performance Buoyancy. Like period.   
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: bennyl08 on February 15, 2018, 11:39:43 pm
Night dives can be the most fun of the bunch. Weird things happen under the water at night, especially in the ocean/sea.

My strangest dive was Maeda Point, Okinawa down the reef at night. You definitely had to plan around the tide. Otherwise you'd drown in 3 feet of water attempting your exit.

Miss the old days on Okinawa. Logged over 350 dives from the northern tip of Okinawa all the way down to the Kerama Islands. Did PADI basic open water, advanced open water with peak performance buoyancy, nitrox, search & recovery, and rescue diver.

Was attempting to get brought in as a Divemaster student when I got orders back to the states that wrecked my plans.

I'd love to dive more, but it's just too expensive. I think it'd be awesome to do a drysuit dive under the polar sea ice. However, I'd need way more than the 5 or so that I've logged... Though, those dives have been in pretty cool places such are the Poor Knights Islands in NZ, the GBR, and then also Beaver Lake in Arkansas...
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: Großer Kriegschwein on February 16, 2018, 01:35:43 am
I'd love to dive more, but it's just too expensive. I think it'd be awesome to do a drysuit dive under the polar sea ice. However, I'd need way more than the 5 or so that I've logged... Though, those dives have been in pretty cool places such are the Poor Knights Islands in NZ, the GBR, and then also Beaver Lake in Arkansas...

I don't dig having anything in between me and the glorious open air. I'm an open water diver.

I don't do caves, I definitely don't do wrecks (entering them).
Title: Re: BELIZE
Post by: BR on February 16, 2018, 02:46:06 pm
Back home after an awesome 3 weeks.... What a great time once again. Till Jan/Feb 2019 when we do it all again.