Belize, which was a British colony for a century, and known as British Honduras until 1973 when it changed its name to Belize, became an independent nation within the commonwealth in 1981.
Bordered by Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the West and South, Belize has a number of extraordinary tourist attractions, including tropical forestry, Mayan ruins and one of the most famous scuba dive and snorkeling sites in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef. The Barrier Reef, at 200 miles long, is the second longest reef in the world (behind the Great Barrier Reef). Also, three of the four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere are located off the coast of Belize.
Currently, Belize is the only official English speaking country in Central America and as a member of the Caribbean community considers itself culturally to be both Caribbean and Central American. With less than 9,000 square miles of territory and a population of less than 330,000, the population density is the lowest in Central America and one of the lowest in the world. However, the country’s ecological attractions, English fluency, and stable political, social and economic climate has made it an ideal and increasingly popular resort destination for adventure seekers, primarily from the eastern and southern United States.
The Santiago Castillo Group has recently acquired real estate holdings throughout the country, including San Pedro Ambergris Caye with the objective of establishing a five star resort.