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In Belize, home site is about 75K.

In their site, land is $8k/Acres.
we were set to move to Belize until we discovered that there are no libraries. Second their idea of "theft" is quite different than ours....

The idea that you had to "enclose" your home to keep patio furniture, outdoor equipment, etc was a deal breaker for us. They just "borrow" things.

Absolutely a great country, as long as you stay away from the "enclaves" where most of the NAs live and demand US like stores, etc.

The diving and sailing are second to none. And we found it quite affordable, especially compared to other parts of the caribbean.
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Guanaja....................
Yeah I spent half the morning on google looking up Guanaja and the Bay Islands. Land prices seem very reasonable, wonder about construction costs?

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Tulum, Mexico or Panama
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Yeah I spent half the morning on google looking up Guanaja and the Bay Islands. Land prices seem very reasonable, wonder about construction costs?
They aren't bad, We just built a two room guest house. Material can be costly getting it to the property, but the labor is affordable and the quality is good. It takes a while to get anything done though.
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It takes a while to get anything done though.
They are in the island time. It is hard for a Yankee to get used.


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They are in the island time. It is hard for a Yankee to get used.
Not only that, but Guanaja is out there. There is one Ferry from Trujilo once a week, which is hours from La Cebia. There are no roads connecting any part of the Island to one another so everything is transported by boat to the property's. The Islanders, when given the chance, will work like nothing I've seen. The wait time is alway's on the building Material.

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we were set to move to Belize until we discovered that there are no libraries. Second their idea of "theft" is quite different than ours....

The idea that you had to "enclose" your home to keep patio furniture, outdoor equipment, etc was a deal breaker for us. They just "borrow" things.

Absolutely a great country, as long as you stay away from the "enclaves" where most of the NAs live and demand US like stores, etc.

The diving and sailing are second to none. And we found it quite affordable, especially compared to other parts of the caribbean.
I spent more than a few days in Placencia with a Gringo who has lived there for 17 years. He took me all over there, the good, bad and the ugly. While diving is wonderful, but I won't live there on land. The country is so poor and lack of basic infrastructure. Everything here is just half done and abandoned. The public school is not free. If student wants a test, he has to pay for it. Of course, corruption is everywhere. Something we don't really get used to.

Like all Caribbean countries, The NA and European retirees are living in gated community. The iron gates and cages are all around their house. Bermuda is the only island that did a good job in protecting their people. No outsiders can buy cars or set residence in Bermuda. It is hard for outsiders to purchase properties.

I bumped into a German in Shelter Creek marina in Colon early this month, who arrived in San Andres Island 40 years ago and has never left since. He has set up roots there and factories. I hope I will see him in San Andres, and soak up some local knowledge there.


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Not only that, but Guanaja is out there. There is one Ferry from Trujilo once a week, which is hours from La Cebia. There are no roads connecting any part of the Island to one another so everything is transported by boat to the property's. The Islanders, when given the chance, will work like nothing I've seen. The wait time is alway's on the building Material.
I see.

From Google map, I don't really see roads connecting the towns. Do it has Jeep trails (Forest Road) access some of the remote homes. I assume one must have their own well, generator and septic on the property. What about Wifi and cell coverage?


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We have now on the east end, a town water and electricity hook up this year for the first time. We did the water for our pigs, before that it was all cistern, which we still have.They now have cell towers on the hill, and you can get a modem for the wi fi. My neighbors have a sat dish for t.v. There is a road connecting Savanah Bight to Mangrove Bight, but neither town has anything to drive to really. They make thier own cement blocks in each village, but lumber needs to be imported from the Main land. Electricity is expensive, so we keep it to a few lights a ceiling fan and a fridge. No a.c. But on the east end we have the trades to keep us cool. It's simple living, we like it. Every couple of day's we go to the main Cay, or Banaca Town for supplies, but Savanah bight which is a mile walk down a 4 wheel only trail has sundries and stuff. There is a crest trail for hiking the mountain but no jeep trail yet. It's all done by boat. Some guy's use Mules.
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The House ( note the cistern). Carrying blocks up from the dock to house for the guest cottage a few years ago. The side yard and Banana garden, walking down to feed the pigs.
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