Warm, soft sand shifts beneath your feet as you listen to the gentle breeze rustle palm fronds overhead. It's the typical dream vacation, right? Maybe not such an unattainable dream, after all. For many who have purchased homes on Ambergris Caye, that dream vacation is a reality, except it's not just a vacation, it's life.
Tucked into the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize is the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. The largest Belize island, Ambergris Caye is protected by the second largest barrier reef in the world. Like it's larger sister reef in Australia, the Belize Barrier Reef teems with sea life and amazing sea structures. Not surprisingly, water recreation on the island abounds. In addition to terrific sea activities, Ambergris Caye is known for its white sand beaches and tropical mangrove marshes.
San Pedro Town is Ambergris Caye's only town and is a friendly, easily navigated area. Most transportation around town and the island is by foot, bicycle or golf cart, preserving the relaxed feeling of the island. Shops, restaurants, and all the usual city amenities are available in San Pedro Town, but with the expected Caribbean colorful, laid-back atmosphere during the day. In the evenings, the town comes alive with a vibrant nightlife.
Getting to Ambergris Caye
Traveling to Ambergris Caye is relatively simple and quick from the United States and Canada. Flights to Belize City are just two hours from Miami, Fla., and Houston, Texas. Two air carriers run frequent commuter flights from Belize City to Ambergris Caye's airstrip. Alternatively, get a head start on your water adventures and take the high speed ferry from Belize City to Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye Real Estate
Belize real estate is fairly affordable, and true for Ambergris Caye, as well. Some experts estimate that real estate on Ambergris Caye is 30 to 40 percent less than on other Caribbean islands.
For North Americans, choosing to buy real estate in Belize is a bit simpler than in other Caribbean nations. English is the official language of Belize, so there is no language barrier when discussing real estate with locals. The island's telecommunication systems are modern and reliable, and most real estate professionals are accustomed to helping buyers navigate a Belize property purchase.
Noting the island's native English language, advanced telecommunications and postal system, as well as its vivacious night life, Islands magazine named Ambergris Caye as one of its "Best Islands to Live On."
Because of its restful island lifestyle, abundant recreation and modern conveniences, Belize real estate for sale is popular, and yet, still affordable. One of the best Belize real estate offerings right now is the new development of Baymen Gardens at Grand Baymen, a luxurious condominium development that captures the best of Ambergris Caye. Whether you are looking for a home on Ambergris Caye for a full-time residence, vacation home or investment property, this new condominium complex is a smart choice.
Ambergris Caye Condominiums
The Baymen Garden complex consists of two buildings, each offering units with one, two and three bedrooms. The units range in price from $99,990 to $365,000 and offer tropical living with the convenience of modern construction.
Set on the grounds of the Grand Baymen resort, residents can participate in the amenities of the complex, as well as those of the nearby Exotic Caye Beach Resort. The community offers a three-tier pool, private beach access, tennis courts and fitness club, all in a secure gated community.
Choosing to purchase property in another country can be stressful, but Ambergris Caye's unique advantages remove most of the sources of that stress, leaving you the proud owner of a little piece of the Caribbean life.