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 Light Helicopter tour in Belize

 

Johnson Shiu. JP ;  邵焯輝 太平紳士 互相交流 郵箱 johnson.shiu@danpacplus.hk

 Belize, Central America

As a retirement and relocation destination Belize has a lot of positive attributes. Belize is everything Costa Rica is purported to be. For people looking for a young unspoiled nation, Belize has to be one of the choicest expatriate destinations imaginable. The language is English. The people are friendly. The government is an absolute anomaly for Central America. It is a true democracy, operating under the parliamentary system it adopted from Great Britain (which until 1981 upheld Belize in colonial status.) There is absolute freedom of the press. Little, if any serious corruption. An intelligent attitude towards business and an absolutely astounding respect for ecology. It is in our opinion a world leader in its efforts to create a balance between tourism and sound principals of ecology.

There are few countries towards whom we feel a greater degree of respect. Its tiny population is numerically less than many of the world's cities. (Note that while the country of El Salvador consists of approximately the same land area as Belize, El Salvador contains thirty times as many people; with an overall population of almost six million people compared with Belize's 310,000. , including 10,000 Chinese from PRC and 100+ from Taiwan - Chinese has 100 year of history as Belize local residence with valuable contribution to the economies.) Yet despite its small population Belize manages to attract the worlds attention for its modern attitudes, stable government and respectful treatment of its indigenous peoples.

Good telecommunications, a great environment, real estate prices that are significantly lower than that of Costa Rica, the best diving in the world, the second biggest barrier reef in the world, a growing offshore tax haven sector, offshore corporate services, developing offshore banking practices, a soon to be established airport free trade zone, an international airport, an established free trade zone at the border-city of Chetumal, close proximity to Cancun, an archeological storehouse of Mayan Ruins (some still not totally explored), a polyglot culture that lives in harmony, proximity to Mexico and the United States, (the fact that we can actually drive from Belize to the United States has some positive values,) a series of Cayes (islands) some of which are available for purchase at prices that are so reasonable they make you want to pack your bags and catch the next plane.

It is difficult to think of a better destination for the expatriate seeking a new home in an unspoiled land.

All about Belize



Originally published CARIBBEAN.COM © Etienne Dupuch Jr Publications Ltd

Parts of Belize are so surreal they evoke Hollywood film sets. That explains why Hollywood movie producer-director Francis Ford Coppola bought the country's oldest jungle lodge and redecorated in a seductive Mayan style. You can easily envision Tarzan and Jane vacationing in Coppola's 30-acre Mountain Pine Ridge spread with a roaring mountain stream that fuels a hydroelectric plant. This means you don't have to make do with kerosene lamps that provide light in much of the outlying areas. Not far away are five waterfalls that cascade through in an orchid-clad rain forest. The orchids evoke images of comic-strip character Brenda Starr looking for the endangered and protected black orchid (Encyclia cochleatum) which is the country's national flower. Black orchids were the ingredients for the bush medicine that kept Starr's fictional one-eyed boyfriend otherwise healthy. The jungle has a wide range of non-fictional magical cures, some used by the ancient Mayas, and now bearing such names as: Belly Be Good, Flu Away and Jackass Bitters Tea.

Belize sports the world's only jaguar preserve as well as a home for other cats, including ocelots, margays, jaguarundis and pumas. The latter is also known as a cougar or mountain lion. Ancient Maya aborigines worshipped jaguars and today still revere and fear the creatures. During your jungle wanderings, you might come across the rather scary tapir, or the mountain cow, Belize's national animal, resembling a cross between a pig and cow weighing up to 650 pounds. If you visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, don't expect to see baboons. That's what the locals call their black howler monkeys.

The country's largest city, Belize City, is also referred to as Belize. While the nightlife is unremarkable in Belize, there are some fun names for places to hang out - like the Pickled Parrot.

The No 1 tourist draw in Belize is the hundreds of offshore islands, islets and atolls. Of the five atolls in the New World, Belize has four. An atoll is a group of coconut tree-fringed islets that sprout from the rim of a long-dead underwater volcano. Atolls are commonly associated with the South Seas, the perfect example being Marlon Brando's French Polynesian atoll called Tetiaroa. The largest of the Belize diving and fishing islands is Ambergris Caye - pronounced Key. Ambergris is the name for whale vomit, once used as an expensive preservative of perfume scents. Today there is a much cheaper chemical substitute.

The largest town in the Bay Islands is San Pedro, appropriately named for the patron saint of fishermen. San Pedro is the gathering point for exploring the Belize Barrier Reef, largest and longest in the Western Hemisphere. Jacques Cousteau was one of the first men of fame to put the Belize Bay Islands at the top of the list for those seeking romance and underwater adventure. The islands' history is straight out of the film: Pirates of the Caribbean. Some historians believe Pirate Captain Peter Wallace (pronounced WaLEEZE) provided the roots for the nation's name and that of a river where the pirate based his ship and Brethren of theCoast crew.

And then there are the ruins of ancient Mayan cities. More and more, scientists are learning that the Maya High Culture could produce structures that would put the ancient Greeks to shame. Belize claims to have more Mayan ruins than any other Central American country.

    【レW伯利Z(Belize)

    【独立日9月21日(1981) 

    【МX】呈諵閫峞A輶O宽之比约为3∶2。旗面主体为蓝色,上下各有一红色宽ㄐA正中为白色圆地,其中绘有50片绿环绕的Ш瓷C蓝色代表蓝天和海洋,红色象征胜利和W光;50片绿篱萓赤饰环表示纪念该レ菺陝腺揣祕~开始为漼独立而斗潀}最终取得胜利。

    【Ш瓷j图案中V为盾徽。盾面左上方为交叉茠獐嬪和锤子,右上方为交叉茠諰簼M锯子,这组图案象征该ヰ漱鴔资源丰富,是森林之ョF下方为航行于海上的帆船,代表该ヰ漁痔M航海瓷C盾徽背后立有一棵红木树,这是伯利Z的树;侧站立茠茼版`和撬杠的伐木工人,象征伯利Z人民以伐木为生计;下端的绶带上写荂壯琣b林荫中繁U昌盛”。 

    【自然地理】面积22963平方公里。位于中美洲皏_部。北和西北媥它霅禲A西和南与危地ぅ埜腔[,濒加勒比海。海岸线諲甜悻惜膘翩C境内多山地、沼泽和热带丛林。地形大致可分为南、北議﹞嚏G南半部地形以玛雅山f为主体,山f为西南—皏_走向。其支f科克斯科姆山的维多利漁p海拔1121.97米,是全Ё怜狙p。北半部为海拔不到61米的低地区,其中大部是沼泽;有伯利Z河、纽河和翁多河流r。热带雨林气候。

    【人口】32.2万(2008年中)。混血种人和克里咡堣H分别占f人口的44.1%和31%,其次还有印第安人、印度人、X人和白人。居民中62%信奉天主教,28%信奉基督教新教,另有少数伊斯兰教徒。

    【首都】叡堬鶻鵅]Belmopan)

    【简史】原为玛雅人居住地。16世纪初成为西班牙殖民地。1638年英Ж犍薊怳J侵,1786年英ヲ驻行政官,取得b抮辖权。1862年英ル縝‵聽洹B利Z为其殖民地,改名为英磹x都拉斯。1956年4月根据新制定的}法,伯利Z举行了首次大选。人民s一党乔治·普赖斯获胜,组成了立法院。1961年乔治·普赖斯被任命为首席部諢C1964年1月伯利Zb行内部自治,但ヮ鴃B外交和治安仍由英负责。1965年普赖斯出任f理,并将立法机关改为帡|制。1970年8月殖民地的首府由伯利Z城藂鼒s建的城市叡堙]1973年6月改名为叡堬鶻鵅^。早在1821年危地ぅ独立后,曾宣布它继承西班牙对伯利Z的“主权”。英、危方多次商谈以解熇搳A直至1980年10月11日,m合ヱD殖民化委员N及m大均以压倒多数通过议,宣布伯应在一年内独立。1981年9月21日伯正式独立,为英m邦成员ョC

 政 治
 

    【}法】现行}法于1981年9月生效。}法规定:英リk王为伯利Zヴa元首,由女王任命f督(须是伯利Z公民)为其代表;f督任命众议院多数党领袖为政府f理,并根据f理提名任命副f理及部諢C反对党领袖亦由f督任命。

    【议N】伯议N称为ル议N,由諢B众帡|组成。任期五年。议员12名,由f督任命,其中6名由f理提名,3名由反对党领袖提名,伯利Z教N、工商界和工N组q各推荐1名;议諝i议员中选举产生,也可在议员之外任命产生。

    【司法机构】z上诉法院、最高法院和区法院。英枢密院司法委员N为终审裁享关。

    【主要政党】

    (1)s一民主党(“红党”, 简称UDP ):执政党,1974年由民族独立党、人民Y展`V、自由党和黑人m合Y展协N合并组成,主要得到黑人的支持。1984年至1989年,1993年至1998年执政。2008年2月赢得大选,再次执政。领袖迪安·巴罗。

    (2)人民s一党(“蓝党”,简称PUP):反对党。自1950年成立以来,在伯利Z政多居s治地位,支持者多来自混血种人,曾于1954年至1984年、1989年至1993年、1998年至2008年执政。2008年2月大选失败。

军 事
 

    伯利Zヮ军建于1978年,包括陆军、空军和海防队,现有正规军1050人,后^队700人。英驻军于1994年1月1日开始洇B撤军,并正式将防U移交伯政府。

外 交
 

    奉行不结盟的对外政策。积极维骨MY展与加勒比各ヰ关系,輶O地区一体化进程,L调睦堣穻n,努力促进中美洲的和平与稳定,注重Y展对美关系和同英ヰ传s关系,积极维骨MY展与加勒比各ヰ关系,L调睦堣穻n,努力促进中美洲的和平与稳定。1974年5月加入加勒比共同体,1981年9月25日加入m合ョA1990年成为美洲ヴa组q成员ョC

    【与中关系】1987年2月6日,伯利Z同中ヱ堨獢A1989年10月11日,伯利Z同台湾当局“建交”,同年10月23日中Е蚺謢P伯利Z的外交关系。

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    【资源】森林和渔资源丰富。森林面积约1.6万平方公里,覆簡v在70%左右。产红木、w木、染料木等贵重木材,红木被称为リ魽C盛产砥B旗禲B海牛和珊瑚等。西北地区有石油、重晶石、锡石、鰝鰽矿藏。2005年8月起,伯先后钻探出峇f具有商开采价值的油井,日产量2700桶。伯成为加勒比地区继特多之后第二艦X口原油的ヴa。

    【工瓷j工略Y},主要工眾为制衣、制糖、柑橘加工、啤酒及饮料。工畦产主要为了满足内消费,出口产品生产集中在制糖、灟馴产以及服け领域。近年来服Y展较快,成为仅次于制糖的第二大创收行痔M提供就粒N的主要部魽C

    【S林渔瓷jS痊O伯利Zrk支柱,伯リg面积的1/3(约220万英亩)以上适合S耕。S略H数约占f劳力的30.5%,S产品出口约占外汇f收入的71%。主要S作物有甘蔗、柑橘、香蕉、水稻、玉米、可可等。渔痊O伯第三大创汇部魽C木材储量丰富,林畢酗@定Y展。

    【旅游瓷j旅游盒_步较晚,但Y展迅速。伯的世界第二大、北半球第一大堤礁以及玛雅遗[吸引荈V来越多的游客。另外,伯还有八大野生V物保区,其中有世界仅存的美洲虎和红足鲣鶣O区。

    【离岸金融瓷j起步于20世纪90年代,截至2004年初已有22000多家怳膝q在伯注册。1996年伯制订离岸圻瑼k和反洗钱法,1998年伯第一家离岸圻开瓷A现共有8家离岸圻,截至2002年6月,管理资金为1.644珙元。

    【交通`]】

    公路:主要城tV有公路相通,全レ郭蟡D要交通干线,其中有2褆OЦ它霅籇M危地ぅ圇蛦q。

    水`:伯利Z城是伯主要港口,可停靠集すc~船。有9蟡D要出入航`线。伯与牙买加有定期班~。另外,伯与美ョB英ワM欧洲大陆等地都有良好的海上`]线。

    空`:菲利普·戈德森旻场位于伯利Z城城郊,有通往美ョB中美洲ヰ滲线。内有玛雅、热带和岛拑弁霂Z。另有11简易机场。

    【rk[体】

    伯利Z工商N,1920年成立。网址:www.belize.org

    伯利Z贸易与投资Y展N,1986年成立。网址:www.belizeinvest.org.bz

教 育
 

    伯政府一贯对教育部鴗岩HL有力的财政支持,其r常项目开支的1/4用于教育事瓷A5岁至14岁儿童享受免费U教育。伯利Z教育体系主要由初等、中等及高等教育三层次组成。初等教育为8年制,中等教育为4年制。

新闻出版
 

    《伯利Z时报》:周报;《报导者》:周报,1968年创刊;《阿曼}拉报》:周报;《今日伯利Z》:月刊;《人民的f搏》:周报。

    伯利Zm台:ヴam台,建于1937年。每天用英语和西班牙语な播。另有一家私营m台。

    伯利Zな播网(BBN): 建于1952年,ヴa所有,但独立r营,下zm台。用英语和西班牙语播音。还有若干小my台,24小时播放,主要播放美卫星my节目。


About Belize :: International Relations
People l History l Politics | Int'l Relations l Agriculture l Industries & Investment l Communications I Social Services l Tourism l National Symbols

Belize's Missions Abroad

UNITED NATIONS

  • Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations - New York, U.S.A;

  • Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations - Geneva, Switzerland;

  • Permanent Mission of Belize to UNESCO - Paris, France.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Embassy of Belize to the United States of America - with dual accreditation to Canada;

  • Consul General of Belize in California.

CANADA

  • Consul General of Belize in Vancouver, British Columbia.

MEXICO

  • Embassy of Belize in Mexico - multiple accreditation to Venezuela, Jamaica and Cuba.
GUATEMALA
  • Embassy of Belize in Guatemala - multiple accreditation to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamh.

UNITED KINGDOM

  • Belize High Commission in London- multiple accreditation to France, Germany, the Vatican.

BELGIUM

  • Embassy of Belize in Belgium - also accredited to European Communites.

Honorary Representatives

NORTH AMERICA

Canada (Montreal, Quebec);United States (San Francisco, Chicago, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Puerto Rico and Texas); Mexico (Chetumal, Quintana Roo)

CENTRAL AMERICA

El Salvador,Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamh,Costa Rica.

CARIBBEAN

Jamaica, Dominican Republic.

SOUTH AMERICA

Chile.

EUROPE

Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey.

EASTERN EUROPE

Romania.

ASIA

Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan.

MIDDLE EAST

Israel, Lebanon.

Foreign Resident/Non-resident Representation

There are 11 foreign Embassies resident in Belize:

  • Republic of China 
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Venezuela

45 non-resident Representatives accredited to Belize, of these non-resident representatives 22 have Honorary Consulates appointed in Belize:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Holy See
  • India
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Phillipines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russian Fed.
  • Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic
  • Slovak Republic
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • St. Lucia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Zambia

Presently there are several International Organizations represented in Belize. These include:

CARDI - Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute.

CFRAMP - CARICOM Fisheries Resources Assessment and Management Programme.

EU - European Union.

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization.

IDB - Inter-American Development Bank.

IICA - Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture.

OAS - Organization of American States.

PAHO/WHO - Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization.

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme.

UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund.

Why invest in Belize?

CDM credits
Alternative energy projects in Belize qualify for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) credits

Belize is a member of:
The British Commonwealth of Nations
The Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM)

Belize Participates in:
The Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) where Belize is free from the $0.54 per gallon tariff on ethanol exported

to US.

Belize is obviously a preferred choice in Central America for foreign investments.

Belize is the land of opportunity for the international investor.
 
English Speaking
Belize is the only official English speaking country in Central America. Belize was a British Colony (British

Honduras) for over 100 years until becoming independent within The British Commonwealth of Nations in

1981.

Because all business is transacted in english, commerce with the United States and several european

nations is extremely efficient.
 
Democratic
Belize is a Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy with Queen Elizabeth as monarch. It

has a democratic tradition; independent judiciary, and an exchange rate fixed to the US Dollar

($2.00 BZD = $1.00 USD) for the last 25 years.
 
Profitable
Belize offers Flexible Fiscal Incentives, Commercial Free Zones, Export Processing Zones, Repatriation of

Profits and Dividends.
 
Eco-friendly Environment
Belize has friendly people, subtropical climate, virgin rain-forests, unspoiled beaches and is home of the

largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere.
 
The Laws
Belize has a legal system derived from English Common Law supplemented by local legislation. The court

system is also similar to that in England and contract and commercial law is based on the English model.

Belize has no agreement with other sovereign nations which would interfere with the confidentiality and the

security of the Offshore Business Environment
 
Government Incentives
The Belize Government has established a host of incentives to promote investment; specifically foreign

investment.
 
Property Investment
For potential investors considering real estate in Belize:
 
Property prices in desirable parts of Belize have been steadily increasing in value for the past 25 years!

This means that whatever one buys, they are almost guaranteed a great return.
 
Belize has a long history of private property ownership rights. Foreign buyers are able to purchase real estate

in Belize unrestricted; meaning they have the same rights to own freehold property title deeds as a Belizean,

so there are no special permissions or permits required. Whether you're a local special permissions or permits

required. Whether you're a local or a foreigner, the Government of Belize collects a Transfer Tax fee of 5% of the

purchase price whenever title is transferred from one owner(s) to the next. There is no capital gains tax and no

inheritance tax in Belize. Thus, if you sell or will your property in Belize neither you nor your beneficiaries will suffer

taxation upon the disposal of your Belizean real estate asset(s).

For Investment details and assistance ; please contact Johnson  C.F. Shiu, J.P. at Contact Us

 

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