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#430181 - 02/10/12 02:58 PM South Beach Belize
cts4mee Offline

I just got back home from my 3rd trip to Ambergris Caye and it was fabulous as always. My wife and I took a trip down to the Southern tip of the island and saw a road going to the "lagoon" side of the island across from the Las Brisas community. We took it down and saw a blue home that was far along in its construction as well as 2 other homes under construction. The construction was very active down there. I was curious if this was the South Beach Belize community being built. The last I had heard about this community was that it had been permanently halted due to Jeff Peirce not properly following environmental guidelines.

Does anyone have any insight as to what is going on down there?

Have an awesome day!

#430183 - 02/10/12 04:18 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: cts4mee]
Amanda Syme Offline
Yes that is south beach belize.

#430185 - 02/10/12 04:42 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: Amanda Syme]
cts4mee Offline
So did someone else get approval to continue the development or did Jeff get the go ahead? Everything seems so very hush hush about it down there. I know my wife and I would be interested in purchasing on the bay near the 3 houses being built. That being said, we don't have a desire to be a part of a massive community with Casino's, Hotels, etc. that the original plans called for.
Have an awesome day!

#430190 - 02/10/12 05:10 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: cts4mee]
Amanda Syme Offline
I know the lots are being sold, although I don't have the prices on hand. As far as the massive project - I think that went onto the back burner because of the recession not because of lack of approvals and permits.

I think it all went hush hush simply because the money isn't flowing for grand developments at the moment.

send me a pm if you want to pursue some lots as I am in the real estate biz.

#430212 - 02/10/12 07:30 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: Amanda Syme]
Mike S Offline
The place might be habitable one day. If you build down there, you better be an adventurous and hardy soul. No power, no water, and the bugs (horse flies and mosquitos at different times of the year) will make you wish you never came here. It's a swamp down there and although the views of the lagoon are great, be prepared to spend a lot on fill sand. Good luck.

#430221 - 02/10/12 09:04 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: cts4mee]
reaper Offline
And you had better enjoy the sound of Cessna Caravans.

#430224 - 02/10/12 09:10 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: cts4mee]
Amanda Syme Offline
The caravans are a lot quieter than the islanders!

#430225 - 02/10/12 09:25 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: cts4mee]
Relaxed Offline
Yes indeed!..........lol

#430259 - 02/11/12 01:15 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: cts4mee]
Belize-N-Us Offline
First let me say that I'm not promoting South Beach Belize but I'd like to correct an earlier statement.

Frankspop, power does run past the entry road to south beach and the south end of the island is not just a swamp.

The south end has low and higher topography just like the rest of the island. While it is true that higher elevations can be found north of the bridge, there are mangrove "swamps" and bugs north of the bridge as well.

The south end is closer to town than many of the northern properties and one does not have to deal with the bridge when going to / from town. The south end is also closer to the #1 snorkle site in all of Belize in terms of tourist attractions. The south end also has the Marco Gonzalas site which I personally hope will be further unearthed and developed into another great reason to visit AC. The south end is also closer to Caye Caulker which we enjoy day tripping to each visit to AC.

The north end is also beautiful and higher elevations can be found there but for us the proximity to town and land purchase prices were 2 issues at the top of our priority list.

The north vs south debate winner for us was the south end.

Frankspop is correct about one thing, many properties on the south end will benefit from backfill sand. We chose to build a sea wall and back fill an additional 3'. We were able to do the improvements to our property and keep the costs under what the equivalent property north of the bridge would have cost us.

I've followed news and the local people's info on Jeff and South Beach Belize for years now. I personally do not think that South Beach Belize as advertised will ever fully develop. Pre-world economy collapse development on AC occured at a snails pace. Since the collapse many developments have been put on indefinite hold and some have financially gone under.

I've met Jeff and his wife only once so I can't say much about him either way. He seemed like a nice guy to me. I think this economy collapse put him between a rock and a hard place on his developments. Additionally a lot of locals and message board contributors are anti-development of any type on AC. They like their sleepy little paradise "just the way it was".

Edited by Belize-N-Us (02/11/12 01:21 PM)
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#430266 - 02/11/12 02:57 PM Re: South Beach Belize [Re: Belize-N-Us]
cts4mee Offline
Thanks for the information. My wife and I are young (25 and 27 respectively) and I know we are not the norm for tourists on AC. We have visited South Beach Miami and were disgusted by how dirty and trashy it was. One of the major reasons we like Belize is that it is an escape from the Cancun's, Miami's, and Panama City's of the world. After looking on www.southbeachbelize.com we sincerely hope South Beach Belize as it was originally planned doesn't happen. What makes no sense to me is the target age for South Beach Miami is people in their 20's (with the occasional 50 year old man creeping on the young girls). That certainly is not the age group that travels to Belize. Mainly because flights are outrageously expensive and it is not a fast paced party destination. I don't understand how anyone would ever think ANOTHER South Beach would be a success. If people want to go to South Beach, they will go to the original South Beach in Miami. My hope is that what gets put in down there is an upscale neighborhood with some restaurants. Ultimately I hope it provides a community feel to it but doesn't become so isolated that people don't feel a need to go to down town San Pedro. The small local business is a big part of what makes AC so special.
As far as the bugs or the "no-see-ums" are concerned the breeze was quite strong on the bay and actually we got bit more on our second story balcony at Athens Gate than we did while we looked at the Bay. We have come to accept that it is the tropics which is wet, hot, and humid which is essentially heaven for bugs. Thank God for bug spray!
Have an awesome day!

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