Ambergris Caye, Belize

From a humble community of ten families to a vibrant community of some 20 thousand

Ambergris Caye is the largest of the 200-plus cayes (islands) along the Belize coast. It is only half a mile from the Great Barrier Reef,  and runs for 26 miles due north until it almost connects with X’calak, Mexico.  The island is a top destination for scuba divers and snorkels who adventure favorite spots like: Mexico Rocks, Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley and the world famous Blue Hole only a stone throw away.  

The Island of Ambergris Caye was a favorite hiding place of English pirates as they raided the Spanish ships during the 17th century. Old cannons and cannon iron balls found on the reef is evidence of this. Mestizos who fled the Spanish/Maya war in Yucatan, Mexico settled the island and survived by engaging in logwood cutting, chicle extraction, coconut harvesting, fishing and now tourism. In 174 years the island has grown from a humble community of ten families (you do the math) to a vibrant community of some 20 thousand inhabitants. The original settlement of San Pedro extended from the cemetery to the R.C School, and today expands the entire Island into thirteen subdivisions.  They are: the town core, San Pedrito, San Marcos, San Pablo, D.F.C, Escalante, Mosquito Coast, Boca Del Rio, San Juan, San Mateo, Ambergris Bay, North Ambergris Caye and South Ambergris Caye.  The first ten subdivisions are for residential and small businesses and the remaining three areas boast elaborate development in hotels, restaurants, diving operations, condos and time sharing apartments.

All areas on Ambergris Caye stretch along  the twenty-six mile long white sandy beaches.  This sand is produced when fishes like triggerfish and parrotfish crush the coral that forms the reef into sand that washes up onto the island; thus these fishes are precious to our Island.  San Pedranos invite visitors to dive the reef and take pictures of these fish but never take them out of the water.  

Visitors are attracted to the island by the thousands. They are all lured to experience the adventures of the beaches, the reef, the deep blue ocean beyond the reef, the nightlife and its friendly inhabitants.  Hundreds of the visitors choose to live on the island attracted by the friendliness of the San Pedranos and the exotic culture of melting pot of ethnic groups.  Many become investors lured by the great potential of participating in the tourism economy and the government’s wide open arms to foreign investment. 

Without a doubt, the most popular attraction with tourists and most likely what any tour guide will recommend is Hol Chan Marine Park and Shark Ray Alley where visitors can enjoy a magnificent snorkeling experience taking photographs of coral formations and marine life diversity including nurse sharks and manta rays,  groupers and barracuda and sometimes manatees.  It is also the site where amateurs can take scuba diving lessons.  

Have your first experience of a Maya site, the Marco Gonzalez Maya ruins and if you are impressed and want more, then you plan for a visit to the mainland to visit Altun Ha, Lamanai, Caracol or Xunantunich.

But wait!  There is more!  You can book a local guide to go fishing, especially fly fishing for bonefish or permit. You can rent a golf cart and go Island hopping especially along the beaches which are lined with restaurants and bars.   

Ambergris Caye Belize, An Investor’s Haven

 It is no secret that San Pedro Ambergris Caye is the fastest growing municipality in Belize. And it is no secret that the Island is the fastest growing Tourism Destination in Belize and the Central American region.  Statistics also show that Ambergris Caye enjoys the largest number of expats who have made the Island their second home. Statistics also reveal that 7 out of ten foreign investments in Belize occur in San Pedro Ambergris Caye.  

And this is soon expected to grow since this  July the Government of Belize launched the National Investment  Policy and Strategy. This plan is geared at creating set guidelines for investors and offering them easy access and protection for their investments. There’s no need to wonder why San Pedro enjoys this envious status. 

Hospitality comes natural to San Pedranos, and they understand the importance of it in their lives. They have welcomed Belizeans from all over the country and have similarly embraced expats from the U S A, Canada, Great Britain and Europe.  As soon as you arrive at the airstrip via the local airlines , visitors feel the welcoming hospitality from a well trained airline industry.  The smiles and great service at the hotel front desks are nowhere else to be found.  And the cordial welcoming spirit is felt at restaurants, tour operations, guides services, boutiques and gift shops, people on the streets and indeed even at Sandy Point Real Estate office where I welcome you to plan your next investment in San Pedro Ambergris Caye.  

Expats who decide to settle on the Island soon discover that they can easily blend in the social and cultural activities of San Pedro.  No more going through your daily activities in suit and tie and surrounded by lawyers while rushing through heavy traffic.  Soon they find themselves walking barefooted, in shorts or Bermudas, going bar hopping to various establishments and for varied reasons. Soon they enjoy Belizean delicacies like rice and beans with stew chicken, virgin fresh fish filet and whole fish, conch, shrimps and forget the burgers and hot dogs.  However,  many resorts will offer gourmet dishes in Indian, Italian and American style.  Besides having big bashments for Thanksgiving, and St. Patrick’s Day, Expats soon begin to blend into local celebrations like Carnival, Independence Day Festivities, Street Carnival, Lobster Festival, Belize International Music and Food Festival, Dia de San Pedro Festival, International Costa Maya Festival, Soca Festival among many others. 

One big reason why San Pedro and Ambergris Caye attract so many expats from all over the world is that it is very easy to invest in Belize.  The laws of our country provide a safe and protected investment climate.  The business climate in Belize is very investor friendly without too much red tape.  In fact investors are encouraged, coaxed, invited and most welcomed since it has helped rebound our economy since the COVID Pandemic. There are no restrictions in purchasing land and property in San Pedro  A good Real Estate Agency can within a few days deliver a free title to your investment.  You do not need to be in partnership with a Belizean as in many other parts of the world.  Locals will offer property at reasonable market trends and your Realty will advise you in current trends and values.  Investment is unbelievably easy and the choices are varied. 

There is high returns and value investing  in bar and restaurant operations.  Needless to say, hotels are popping up every so often here and there in micro, medium and mega operations.  Many expats purchase land and property to hold it as real estate security and for their retirement plans.  Invest in a Condo or Vacation Beachfront Home which you can enjoy at your pleasure and earn money with it. 

These and many other reasons have made San Pedro and Ambergris Caye the most popular destination in Belize attracting visitors, retirees, expats,  and investors.  It is indeed a haven for everyone.  Come enjoy and share this experience and let me help you find your niche

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History on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

This Is Ambergris Caye, humble and simple yet majestic and grandiose.  The small village of some ten families was founded in 1848 by Mestizo Indians fleeing from the Caste War in Yucatan, Mexico.  They arrived along the coast of Ambergris Caye and finding it uninhabited, they settled at the narrowest point right next to a canal, now known as Boca Del Rio.  The Mestizos were greeted by fertile soil and abundance of seafood, so they lived by growing corn, peppers, herbs and vegetables and by hunting for fish, lobsters, conch and even sea turtles.  Obviously, they lived a very fruitful life and soon named their newly founded village San Pedro, after the Patron saint of fishermen. 

Life for the inhabitants went on peacefully and propitiously for many years until 1872 when a British Family arrived claiming documented ownership of the entire Ambergris Caye which they had purchased in an auction sale for 625 dollars.  The villagers were allowed to stay for a two dollar yearly contribution for their lease.  By 1890 the village men were gainfully employed in the cutting of logwood on the mainland which was exported to England for its dye.  By 1900 the employment shift turned to bleeding of sapodilla trees for the making of chewing gum. And by 1910 another shift to harvesting of coconuts, still for the land owners but now on Ambergris Caye.   This lucrative industry went on until 1942 when a hurricane devastated the plantations.  This time the Mestizos earned their living by subsistence fishing.  

A huge development occurred when village leaders were encouraged to form a fishing cooperative.  The fishing industry brought tremendous growth and development to the Island for over three decades with fancy homes, electricity, and a stable economy all with the same Mestizo population which had grown to some 5 thousand.  And then came another blessing- a boom in tourism. Fishermen turned into fishing guides, dive masters  and tour operators. Businessmen turned into restaurateurs, hoteliers and tour operators.  Among the frequent tourists there arouse interest in foreign investment in tourism and real estate. A large population of expats now cohabit on the Island and live harmoniously among the local population.  

Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular tourist and expat haven. It is commonly referred to as the “Isla Bonita”, this term of endearment becoming popular after 1987 when Madonna released a song about the island. Stunning turquoise seascapes surround this Caribbean island.

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