Why Eco-Developers May Choose Belize Over Costa Rica – Jamie Lopez

In the world of ecologically-conscious real estate development, Costa Rica has enjoyed favored status in the Americas for a few decades; however, the challenges of getting some of these projects started are prompting some eco-developers to look at friendlier jurisdictions such as Belize.

As a real estate activity, eco-development is firmly established in Costa Rica, which means that the government has created a number of laws, rules and programs to control this business practice. It is easy to understand the government’s motivation in this regard; after all, the natural beauty of Costa Rica has become one of its greatest assets and drivers of gross domestic product. Nonetheless, some eco-developers see this deep involvement by the government as a bureaucratic and inflexible obstacle they must negotiate in order to carry out their projects.

Unlike Costa Rica, the young Central American nation of Belize, which is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, does not challenge eco-developers with as many bureaucratic hazards, thereby allowing them to realize their projects with greater freedom. Let’s take a look at two examples:

Blackadore Caye, a Caribbean island that is part of Belize, has been the recent focus of discussion among real estate developers who are interested in eco-friendly projects. As reported by The Costa Rica Star a couple of months ago:

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio plans to build an eco-friendly resort on an uninhabited island off Belize, a project aimed at combining environmentalism and hospitality. The actor, a long-time environmental activist who serves as a U.N. Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, bought 42-hectare (104-acre) Blackadore Caye a decade ago.

In 2011, The Costa Rica Star reported on the former ties Mr. DiCaprio had established with Costa Rica, where he spent romantic sojourns with Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen; this was before she met NFL star Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. Back then, it was rumored that Mr. DiCaprio would take on an eco-development project in our country; alas, he settled on Belize instead. Still, Mr. DiCaprio has contributed very generously to marine life conservation in our country as his foundation provided $2 million towards the construction of a radar facility to monitor Isla del Coco.

Another eco-development in Belize that has been making news headlines is Corozal, which is located six miles away from Mr. DiCaprio’s island project. The Costa Rica Star has previously mentioned this property, which is part of the upcoming Caribbean Basin Auction. Corozal consists of 8,493 acres nestled in the beautiful and vibrant coast of Belize; fully authorized with a master plan for up to 4,500 dwelling units (hotels, condominiums, villas), a marina with up to 400 boat slips, a golf course and a private airport of up to 7,000-foot runway.

The Costa Rica Star recently spoke with Dr. Hart W. Porsch, a managing member of the Corozal project, about the vision of this eco-development in Belize, which intends to encourage a lifestyle that is sustainable and in harmony with nature. Through the Verena Foundation, Dr. Porsch acquired Corozal with a dream to educate about the environment through three main objectives:

1 – To be in harmony in nature by not taking more than you can. To this effect, Corozal has established a reforestation goal: 100 trees per each dwelling; 500 trees per acre. Reforestation is the beginning: Clean water, recycling, waste management, and composting are also goals of the project.

2 – To make a profit through “green dollars.” The Corozal project has envisioned ways to make money from green technology development and climate change research. Once the project matures, one of the conditions is that a research development center is created on the property to come up with ways to generate “green dollars.”

3 – Integrate the community into the project. It is important to assess the skills of local residents to either collaborate with them or teach them valuable skills. One example cited is the local Mennonite community, who are masterful wood workers and furniture makers. Mennonites typically eschew technology; however, other members of the community can help them in placing their wood creations on modern marketplaces so that they do not have to infringe upon their faith.

Although Dr. Porsch mentioned that Belize presents some bureaucratic dilemmas that are endemic to the Caribbean and Central America, he did not mention any governmental obstacles that would preclude Corozal from becoming an ecologically-conscious development. To this effect, Dr. Porsch believes that Belize could be at a breaking moment with regard to attracting investors such as Mr. DiCaprio, who is interested in eco-development projects that do not present the bureaucratic roadblocks that are often found in Costa Rica and other nations.

To a related extent, investors may also be drawn to the fact that Belize is considered to be a corporate-friendly offshore jurisdiction that is ideal for asset protection purposes; moreover, English is the official language of Belize, and many British business customs are still practiced.

The Costa Rica Star


100 – 1/4 Acre -Lots for Sale – Burrell Boom Village, Belize

Purchase a lot in the beautiful and tranquil village of Burrell Boom Belize. 20 Miles to Belize City, 11 miles to the International Airport., 43 miles to Belmopan

About Location

Burrell Boom is tranquil and charming village that lies on the Belize River. This village was founded in the 18th century. Its name is taken from the iron chains, “booms,” that loggers would extended across the river to trap the mahogany logs that were sent from further upriver. Mahogany was a major trade for Belize. Today, you can still see the chains and anchors displayed in the Burrell Boom Park. This historic village is located near the Community Baboon Sanctuary which has about 2000 Black Howler Monkeys and a highlight of many visitors. Each year the amazing La Ruta Maya race ends in Burrel Boom Village. La Ruta Maya is considered one of the longest canoe races in Central America that brings together professional and amateur paddlers from all over the world who take on the four day grueling challenge of paddling 175 miles of the Belize Old River against rapids and winds.

Lots will have access to Electricity / Water / Access Roads

Affordable, Cleared, High Land, Ready to Build

Sub-Divided and ready to transfer Title

$8,500.00 USD + GST / 17,000 Belize + GST

Payment Plans available upon request

Belize Contact – Michelle Rudon / WhatsApp Belize -501- 633-5525/ michelle@thegenesisedge.com

US Contact – Aria Lightfoot / 813-486-8220 / arialightfoot@gmail.com

Beautiful Home for Sale located in Tropical Park Belize for US $145,000

3 beds . 3 baths . 1947 sq. ft. .one story. concrete . spacious fenced yard . mature fruit bearing trees. lot size- 60′ x 130′ – USD $145,000

This Beautiful well-secured home has hot & cold water, 2 living rooms, dining room, large kitchen with generous cupboard space, a study with built-in desks and bookshelves, laundry room with ample storage area and clothes-closet, utility room, screened-in verandah and a covered 2-vehicle carport.

This comfortable  home features a chain-link fence surrounding the spacious 60’ x 130’ lot. Other highlights include  a small basketball court (which doubles as a volleyball  court); 600-gallon rain water vat equipped  with a pump and filter to pipe into the kitchen; and a variety of fruit-bearing trees in a well-maintained garden area around the yard’s perimeter. The fruit trees include soursop, sapodilla, mango (×2), avocado, golden plum, ackee, breadfruit, molly apple, mamey, starfruit, lime, guava, orange, moringa and eight (8) coconut trees.

Home is Ideally located in the quiet residential community of Tropical Park, 14.5 miles on the George Price Highway, 20-minute drive from the commercial center of Belize City, 45 minutes to the capital Belmopan, and 15 minutes away from the country’s main airport, the Philip Goldson International.

Priced for a Quick Sale at US $145,000.

Proof of Funds must accompany offer – Serious inquiries ONLY

Broker – Aria Lightfoot 813-486-8220 (WhatsAPP )

Email: realtoralightfoot@gamil.com

House for Rent in Newtown Barracks – Belize City- Rent $5000.00 USD a month

4 beds. 2 1/2 baths. 2 levels. 4000 sq. ft. . AC. multi-car driveway and spacious fenced yard

Home is ideally located in the beautiful historic district of Newtown Barracks and within Walking Distance of the Princess Hotel and Casino, The Wharf, Caribbean Sea, Parks, Swimming pools, Restaurants and family friendly entertainment.

Rent: $5,000 USD a month — security camera, water and electric is included

Lease- 6 months +

one month’s deposit and 1st month rent is required

Serious Inquiries only – Contact Aria Lightfoot via WhatsApp 813-486-8220

What’s Nearby?

  • Museum of Belize 0.6 miles
  • Phillip Goldson Int’l Airport (BZE) 8.3 miles
  • Barrier Reef 16.5 miles
  • Water Taxi Belize City – 0.5 miles
  • BTL Park – 1. 0 miles
  • Belize Zoo – 21.8 miles
  • Princess Hotel and Cansino 0.2 miles (Walking distance)
  • Tons of Restaurants within Walking distance

Beachfront Home for Sale in the Heart of Placencia. US $425,000

Placencia North

A rare opportunity to own your own piece of paradise on the brown sugary sands of Placencia. Enjoy spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea and nightly sunsets from your balcony. This beautiful property is nestled inside Placencia village near the Pier. You are within short walking distance of the Pier, restaurants and banking. Great for someone looking to retire in beautiful Belize or an investor. This property has great earning potential.

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Placencia Village

Beds – 3 / Baths – 3

Property Style – Single Family Home

approx. 1600 sq. ft. house (buyer must verify)

Lot size : 4000 sq. ft (buyer must verify)

List Price: $425,OOO USD

List Agent : Aria Lightfoot

List Agent email: realtoralightfoot@gmail.com

List Agent phone number -813-486-8220 (Whatsapp)

Serious Inquiries Only- Submit offer with Proof of Funds

24.993 Pristine Acres of Land For Sale- PRICE REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE- No Longer Available

24.993 Acres of Land
Land for Sale

Parcel  Location: 

24.993 Acres Of Land situated WEST OF THE BOOM -HATTIEVILLE ROAD, Approximately 2 miles From its Junction WITH THE GEORGE PRICE HIGHWAY, BELIZE DISTRICT Bounded and described as shown by plan No. 112 of 2018

Total Acreage:24.993

Price:  US $30,000.00 (thirty thousand US dollars) + closing fees 

   BZ $60,000.00 (sixty thousand BZD dollars) + closing fees 

Agent Name: Aria Lightfoot 

Agent Phone/WhatsApp# 813-486-8220

Agent Email: arialightfoot@gmail.com  

Unique opportunity to invest  and create your own paradise in the Belize – 24.993 acres of undeveloped land ideal for private use, farming and/or commercial development.  The property located about 2 miles into the Boom road from Hattieville and approximately 1/4 mile from the road to the property;  about 20 miles from the Belize City and about 25 miles from the Capital City Belmopan. 


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Charming 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath Home in Temple Terrace Florida -T3130976- SOLD

See this Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home located within the city limits of Temple Terrace with a big back yard nestled in a low traffic community that is within a short distance of amenities such as restaurants, stores, Busch Gardens, USF, I-75 and I-4 USF. The home has an open and spacious floor plan with beautiful laminate floors and tile throughout and boasts tons of storage. Natural light flows throughout the home creating a very spacious feel to the home. Master bedroom suite has a walk in closet and bathroom with shower. The community offers recreational facilities with a playground, tennis court and pool. Buyer to verify all information to their satisfaction.

Listing # T3130976

Property Address:  7615 S SANIBEL CIR, TEMPLE TERRACE, FL 33637

County: Hillsborough

Sub Div : Orange River Estates

List Price $189,900.00

Beds: 3

Bath: 2

Year Built: 1982

Sq. Ft:  1412

Pool: Community

Contact Listing Agent: Aria Lightfoot


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1 (727)-538-9200 xt 2

1545 Belcher Road

Clearwater, FL 33764

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Beautiful 3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths Home in Seffner Florida -T2922382 – SOLD


Amazing 3 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths Home in the welcoming Mango Grove subdivision. The moment you walk into this lovely home, you will know your search is over! The home is recently remodeled and features an open floor plan; spacious kitchen with 42″ wood cabinets; granite counters, and stainless steel appliances with plenty of storage space, pantry, and eat-in space for your family. Schools are excellent! You will be minutes away from shopping, hospitals, restaurants, Tampa Airport, Downtown and MacDill. The back yard is fenced and perfectly located near a playground and dog park. Just minutes from I-75 and I-4. This home is priced to sell. Make your appointment today.


Property address:     11759 MANGO CROSS CT, SEFFNER, FL 33584

Listing # T2922382   

Contact: Listing Agent:

Aria Lightfoot 


charles rutenberg realty

1 (727)-538-9200 xt 2

1545 Belcher Road

Clearwater, FL 33764




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Placencia Condo for Sale- SOLD


Status: 1 One Condos For Sale – Second Floor – SOLD

Price: $250,000 USD  2nd Floor – 1200 sq. ft. approximately

Price: $180,000 USD  1st Floor – 1000 sq. ft. approximately

Each Condo features:

2 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms,  Appliances,  Balcony,  Privacy Fence,  Community Pool


Aria Lightfoot


813-486-8220 for more information.

email: arialightfoot@gmail.com

SERIOUS Inquiries only.

Here is your opportunity to own a beautiful 2/2 condo in the heart of Placencia Village, Belize Central America.   Condos come equipped with  appliances and beautiful mahogany trimmings .  Property features a privacy fence and a pool.  Ideally located about 200 yards away from the Caribbean Sea and presents a perfect vacation home, investment  property or retirement home. Enjoy an affordable and beautiful condo in a  beautiful Caribbean destinations that offers exotic foods, rich culture and relaxation.

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Under Construction – Ground Floor and Second Floor for Sale

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Under Construction – Installation of appliances and Kitchen cabinets


Placencia Village, Stann Creek District, Belize Central America: 

Once a sleepy fishing village, Placencia has emerged as an increasingly popular eco-destination in the Caribbean. For those who enjoy outdoor adventure, the Stann Creek region offers a host of activities: hiking through mountainous rain forests, kayaking, deep sea fishing, diving and exploring Mayan ruins. The peninsula boasts 16 miles of tranquil beaches, with a lagoon to the west and the Caribbean to the east and lots of peace and quiet in the middle. Tour guides and dive centers offer a variety of excursions, with boat rides to the outer cayes an ongoing favorite. Also popular are guided land tours to Mayan Ruins or trekking the jungle trails of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, where the first Jaguar Reserve in the world was established.

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Beach View of Placencia Village

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Aerial View of Placencia Village

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2 Bd CONDO for Sale – $109,900.00 – SOLD

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Address:    9209 SEMINOLE BLVD, #201, SEMINOLE, FL 33772

MLS #T2863365

County: Pinellas Status: Active
List Price: $109,900
Beds: 2 Year Built: 1980
Baths: 1/1 Special Sale: None
Pool: Community ADOM: 22
Style: Condo CDOM: 22
Location: Corner Lot
Total Acreage: Zero Lot Line Pets: Yes
Minimum Lease Period: No Minimum Max Times per Yr:
Garage/Carport: 1 Car Carport, None, Assigned Parking
LP/SqFt: $108.28 SqFt Heated: 1,015
Total SqFt: 1,015
List Agent: Aria Lightfoot Agent ID: 261551016 Agent Direct: 813-486-8220
E-mail: arialightfoot@gmail.com Agent Pager/Cell: 813-486-8220

charles rutenberg realty

1 (727)-538-9200 xt 2

1545 Belcher Road

Clearwater, FL 33764