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Infrastructure In Belize Is Changing Quickly

Posted by Valeria Espinoza on Aug 30, 2012 3:03:56 PM
Valeria Espinoza

Ambergris Caye is an amazing island just off the coast of Belize. The infrastructure on Ambergris Caye island in Belize is much like that of a trading colony in the 1700’s. There are, of course, the modern technologies that make life interesting, but many things are based around the ports.

Tourism in Belize

There is no way around the fact that tourism is a large part of the local infrastructure. There are several major resorts and hotels on Ambergris Caye such as the Exotic Caye Beach Resort (www.belizeisfun.com), plus a large community that brings in a huge number of outside residents. Several major airlines fly into and out of Ambergris on a daily basis and bring in tourists by the droves.

The tourism industry serves as a large influx into the local economy and provides a large number of jobs for both the local population and also for employees from outside the country. The developments of the beach areas, combined with the near perfect sea give the area both the fun of the ocean and the relaxation of the beach.


In a more traditional sense of economics, there are three major ports in the area. These ports support the import and export area of the infrastructure on Ambergris Caye island in Belize. These cities are Big Creek, Belize City, and Dangriga. The ports handle the regular import and export from both North America and the UK.

Because of the large community of Grand Baymen, many residents from both the UK and the United States migrate in on a regular basis. The three ports are the main method that these new residents ship in their bulk belongings. This type of international shipping is a great stimulus for the local economy.

Modern Technology in Belize

With both the influx of outside people and the changing times, the requirements of technology in Belize grow more and more in areas such as this. No longer does a shack on the beach satisfy many people. Local phone service is a rarity, as cellphone usage is the main communication method. There is only one provider, called BTL, and it is the phone company that provides service to all of Belize.

Internet is mostly DSL, with many plans for faster service as time goes by. The growing communities that import quite a few people from countries that have much faster service may be the ones that help finance changes in this field.

Basic Utilities

Water and electricity are provided in a few different ways. The largest town of San Pedro Town provides both for many areas surrounding it. Other large towns do provide some of the basic utilities, while some smaller areas use septic tanks and reservoirs for water and provide their own electric.

San Pedro Town has a very advanced reverse osmosis water treatment plant that provides services for a large area around it. This is considered rather cutting edge for an area of that demographic. It is likely that any major changes in technology will come from either San Pedro Town or the area around there.

Always Evolving

The entire infrastructure on Ambergris Caye island in Belize is growing and changing day by day. Communities like Grand Baymen quietly demand that the bare minimum in utilities be provided for. That bare minimum is increasing day by day as technology makes everyone want more and want it faster. Mobile technology may cut traditional Internet demands a little slack, but will place a higher demand on the speed of cellular services. No matter what happens, you can rest assured Belize and Ambergris Caye will remain a paradise.

Topics: Living In Belize

Valeria Espinoza

Written by Valeria Espinoza