Frequently Asked Questions – Belize & Cerros Sands

About Belize

Where is Belize?

How large is Belize?

Is the Law similar to U.S. law?

How will I communicate with Belizeans?

What about drinking water?

What is the electrical voltage?

Is it safe?

May firearms be brought into or out?

What is the Free Zone?

What does Chetumal, Mexico bring into the Picture?

What stores are in Chetumal?

 

Entering and Departing Belize

What are the requirements to get into Belize?

Do I need shots?

What about Customs?

What airlines serve Belize?

May I fly my own plane?

How about driving to Belize?

How can I enter by Sea?

What about shipping something?

Is there duty-free shopping?

Is there a departure tax?

 

When Traveling to Belize

What is the best time visit?

What are the public and bank holidays?

What should I bring?

What is the dress code?

What about credit cards and travelers’ checks?

What is the currency exchange rate?

What about banks?

What about driving around?

Can I rent a car?

Can I travel by bus?

How much does gas cost?

How do I get around by plane in Belize?

How much should room and board cost?

Is there a sales tax?

What about tipping?

What about shopping?

What about getting married?

What do I do in an emergency?

 

Communications

How are the communications?

How much does a telephone call cost?

What about calling?

What languages are spoken?

How do I get on the Internet?

 

Incentives, Investment, and Retirement

Can I purchase the property as an investment and not build?

Is there a Capital Gains Tax?

What are some incentives to relocating a business?

What are the benefits for opening a business?

Can I retire to Belize and what are the incentives?

What are the Belize Retirement Programs?

What is the Capital Gains Tax?

Is Offshore Banking available?

Do you expect property values to rise at Cerros Sands?

 

Recreation

How can I find charter or dive boat operations in Belize?

How about fishing?

What is the Belize Barrier Reef?

How is diving around Cerros?

What about Mayan Sites?

 

Geography & Weather

Why is Cerros Sands better than any other location in Belize?

What is the Sea like at Cerros Sands?

What is the weather like for Belize and Cerros Sands?

What is the average rainfall for Cerros Sands?

When is rainy season for Belize?

Is Belize prone to storm or hurricane damage?

 

About Cerros Sands

What is the best way to get to Cerros Sands?

Can I moor a boat?

Is there deep water access for boats?

Where do we get supplies when in the area?

Are there schools nearby?

 

Purchasing Property

Can foreigners purchase property?

Is it easy to purchase property abroad?

Can I visit Cerros Sands before purchasing?

What is the size of each parcel?

May I place a deposit on a parcel to lock in the current price until I visit and make a selection?

Can I have confidence and peace of mind when purchasing property in Belize?

Are there deed restrictions on the parcels?

Will I obtain clear title to the property?

What is the first step in purchasing property?

How can I find out which parcels are available?

How many parcels may I purchase?

How often is your website updated with current availability and pricing?

What is the difference between deposit and total down payment?

What are the forms of payment?

Who holds the parcel deposits?

Does the Parcel Purchase Agreement need to be notarized?

When do I receive Title?

May I take the title to a parcel in a corporate name?

Can I use a 401K to purchase property?

 

Construction

Can I build on my property?

Are Building Plans required?

How often does the Architectural Committee meet to review building plans?

How much will it cost to build a home in Cerros Sands?

Is there a time limit to build?

May I camp on my property prior to building?

May I park a Motor Home on my property while I am building?

What is the minimum square footage I can build?

What is the maximum square footage I can build?

Can I purchase more than one parcel to build a larger home?

May I select my own builder?

May I build a swimming pool?

Can you prepare my building site for construction?

 

Business Opportunities and Commercial Parcels

What types of businesses will be allowed?

Will there be job opportunities?

Can I work In Belize?

Can I run a Bed and Breakfast?

Can I rent or lease my home?

What is the difference between residential and commercial parcels?

 

Environment/Preservation/Self-Sustainability

Is Cerros Sands subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment?

Is there water, electricity and waste treatment in the area?

What are the future plans for use or development of Cerros Sands “Lands”?

How much of the area will actually be preserved?

May I drive a car through the area?

What kind of paths/trails will there be around the Development?

May I bring pets to the area?

May I grow Fruits and Vegetables on my property?

Will there be any plans for a Cooperative?

 

Closing Costs, Taxes and Annual Fees

What are all the closing costs?

What will the property taxes be?

What are the annual fees?

 

Financing

May I finance my parcel purchase?

What are the financing requirements?

Is there a prepayment penalty for early payoff?

Who provides Home Financing?

 

Disclaimer:

Cerros Sands Ltd. Does our best and makes every attempt to keep up with changes in Belize and certainly Cerros Sands is consistent with our development plan. If you feel something should be added to our questions or you have any other questions please contact us.