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Leonardo DiCaprio's New Eco-Resort in Belize. The actor and avid environmentalist first visited Belize in 2005 for a dive trip and fell in love. Now he plans to build an eco-conscious resort on Blackadore Caye, a 104-acre island that's a 15-minute boat ride from San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. DiCaprio is partnering with a New York real estate firm to build 68 guest villas and 48 private houses according to the Living Building Challenge, a very tough green-building standard. Besides setting aside 45 percent of the island for conservation, DiCaprio wants to support a manatee conservation area, replant mangroves and build an artificial reef to slow erosion. Guests will have to follow a strict set of eco-guidelines (no plastic water bottles) and go through an ecology orientation program on arrival. Hotel room prices haven't been announced, but the private homes' price tags range from $5 million to $15 million....


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