Often described as “Mother Nature’s Best-kept Secret,” Belize is a predominately rural country where over one-fourth of its territory is protected as a wildlife sanctuary, nature reserve, or national park.
And with the lowest population density of any country in Central America, Belize is the perfect place to explore an incredibly rich biosphere teeming with hundreds of bird species, fragrant flowering plants, and exotic wildlife.
Since gaining independence from Britain in 1981, Belize has worked hard to protect and preserve its natural ecosystem. Both the mainland and the enormous offshore reef contain protected reserves to allow flora and fauna to thrive. The country’s vast jungles, rainforests, and broadleaf forests make it a perfect destination for nature lovers.
Eco Tourism in Belize
Belize has also made important strides towards encouraging responsible and sustainable tourism practices, a key step in protecting nature in a country where one in four people are employed by the tourism industry.
Some of Belize’s ongoing eco-tourism projects include:
- The Belize Barrier Reef. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, the reef includes several national parks, natural monuments, and protected marine reserves. Strict laws on commercial fishing also work to help protect the fragile coral from degradation and destruction.
- Gladden Spit – This remote area of the reef is where large pods of migrating whale sharks arrive every spring. To protect these gentle giants, the government of Belize imposes strict regulations on snorkeling and scuba diving tours in the area.
- Jaguars – Belize is home to the world’s only dedicated jaguar conservation program.
- Rio Bravo – The largest privately-operated conservation area in Belize, Rio Bravo is home to 12 different endangered animal species.
Sustainable Living in Belize at Cerros Sands
For those seeking an alternative lifestyle, vacation home, or investment property, Cerros Sands is the perfect location. A true “community in the country,” Cerros Sands is a completely self-sustaining, green community that offers attractive off-the-grid living in one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
With beachfront and waterfront properties right on the Chetumal Bay, Cerros Sands offers the chance to live out your dream life for a fraction of what it would cost in other Caribbean locations.
In Belize, there are no restrictions on foreigners buying property. Ownership of land is free hold, and titles are absolute.
If you’d like to learn more about what life is like in this sustainable community in the country, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today!