It has been in the news recently that Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Central America, by means of building an ecologically friendly resort that the actor is constructing in Belize. Known by many as an environmental activist, DiCaprio announced plans this week to build a multimillion dollar, eco-tourism resort, just off the coast of Belize. Blackadore Caye, approximately 104 acres in size, was purchased by DiCaprio and a partner for $1.75 million about a decade ago. The island resides about 45 minutes by boat from Belize City.

The resort will be comprised of approximately 68 villas, valued at upwards of $15 million per higher-end unit. Each residence will have access to a mile of secluded, private beach for their leisure. One unique and notable thing about this paradise; all guests will be required to take an ecology orientation program, to ensure the respect and sustainability of the island. No plastic bottles of any kind will be allowed on the property as well.

But why is this important, that Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Central America? It shows the progress that the Central American-Caribbean region is achieving, both financially and ecologically. “The main focus is to do something that will change the world,” Mr. DiCaprio said. “I couldn’t have gone to Belize and built on an island and done something like this, if it weren’t for the idea that it could be groundbreaking in the environmental movement.”

This eco-friendly project was initiated to save the Central American island from further environmental destruction, caused by overfishing, deforestation, and an eroding coastline. The fact that Leonardo DiCaprio invests in Central America, shows the confidence that many North American-born citizens find in their Central American counterparts. The entire region has seen a boom in agriculture, economics and tourism; all which are expected to continue surging over the next decade.