Its more than "viable," it is (I predict) the next big tourist destination for ecotourism and
scuba/snorkel/fishing aficionados. Just beginning to be "discovered" by tourists.
The reefs are not as dazzling as in Belize, but everything else is just as good, but prices are lower and they have real surf on some beaches (not ours)...The local people are just as nice. Bocas is kind of a multiculural, international community.
The tourism "season" is shorter than Belize because the rainy season is longer (but there are no hurricanes.)
Our main reason for going there was financial. The cost of living is far lower, land and construction costs are much lower and you get a lot more bang for the buck...a big deal for those of us with limited bucks! Also, the government is not as broke and doesn't get into your pockets as much as in Belize. We bought 27 acres with 1800 feet of elevated waterfront for what we would pay for a single nice beachfront lot on Ambergris Caye.
It will be a real "pioneer" experience for us. We are building on undeveloped land with no infrastructure..solar power, rainwater, composting toilets, no roads, no cars. Just us, the cats, the jungle, the ocean and of course, our satellite dish! 15 minutes by motorboat from town on the next island over. (But cell phones do work!) We have parrots, toucans and monkeys in the trees and all kinds of coconut, pineapple and other fruits growing wild.
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