Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >
Topic Options
#445117 - 08/24/12 11:20 PM grand belizean estates
Taggard Offline
Hi all, I am new to the board and Belize....matter of fact I have not been there yet. I am starting to research retirement and have been reading a lot about Belize. I have also been e-mailing with a realtor about the Grand Belizean Estates and was wondering if anyone can tell me from personal experience, either with that development, or just living there if that might be a good investment? The lots are 21,000 at this time and the two he is suggesting are 277 and 278 on the subdivision map. Any information on that area would be greatly appreciated and any other info regarding retieming in Belize. Thank ahead of time!

#445121 - 08/25/12 01:21 AM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
BeBelize Offline
As a frequent bike rider in Grand Belizean Estates, please be aware that there is no power or water infrastructure there yet, and who knows when it will be available. There is only one house there now, and (being kind), it is a home-built shack. The roads are very nice (for Belize), but I wouldn't be investing in real estate there myself, at least if I hoped to build in the next few years. I'd wait until there were actually homes there. A lot of folks think it is going to end up being a slum, so if you care at all what the neighbors' places look like, you might want to wait.
Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico

#445153 - 08/25/12 03:37 PM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
Taggard Offline
Thank you for your reply and the information. My wife and I will hopefully be retiring in 10 years and are looking seriously at Belize as the place to live? We plan to come to Belize for a visit in a couple of years, probably in October or April, those are the two months we like to travel. I don't want to make a mistake on where to live or if we will purchase an existing home somewhere or build or rent?

#445164 - 08/25/12 08:49 PM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
elbert Offline
I've been here for quite a few years and love it, but I'm in the diving business and love the sea. If it wasn't for that I'm not sure I would be satisfied with the island living.
Its a small town with lots of problems that I escape by being out in a boat or under the water. If not for those interests/escapes I don't think I would be here.
As for the GBE lots BeBelize is righton but more polite than I would describe it.
The Dive Shops Daily Blog

#445169 - 08/25/12 10:38 PM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
Taggard Offline
Elbert, what is it you don't like about Belize, I have never been there and I might not like those things either. I have to find a spot to retire in that is inexpensive to live and still provides the things we will want and need from a country and or city?

#445176 - 08/26/12 12:49 AM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
CaptOneIron Offline
My friend if you want inexpensive then I don't think Ambergris Caye is for you. It is true that if you are very careful and live like a Belizean you can live here for not too much money. This is true if you don't want or need air conditioning, reliable and cheap internet service, or any of a host of other things. One thing you should do for sure before you buy anything is move to where you think you want to live and rent for 3 or even better 6 months. While you are renting see what your cost of living actually is and if it is what you want. Whatever you do don't buy a piece of property in an undeveloped area that looks like a bargain - it won't be!
You may want to try the mainland where the cost of living is from my limited experience probably half of what it will be on Ambergris Caye. Lots of wonderful places to live.
I don't live there full time like Elbert and the others but have spent enough time there to know that I couldn't really live there full time. That's just me though and you may well feel it fits you well.
Good luck in your quest.
Captain One Iron

#445186 - 08/26/12 02:41 AM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
ScubaLdy Offline
I do live here full time and love it but then I can enjoy luxory or funky. Right now I live funky. It is important to have interestes that can occupy your time and be within your budget or you will do one of several things 1) spend your days at a beach bar and die early, 2) read a book a day, 3) get mixed up with some shady characters or 4) go home or go mad.
Take only pictures leave only bubbles

#445189 - 08/26/12 03:41 AM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: ScubaLdy]
SnowWhite5080 Offline
wink Great minds think alike. You took the words right out of my mouth......
A strong man can handle a strong woman.
A weak man will say she has an attitude.

#445192 - 08/26/12 12:03 PM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
elbert Offline
:-) Don't we wish those that get mad and sour would go home earlier so we didn't have to listen to them whine and bitch for so long.
There is a little humorous line that is actually philosophical.
'Everywhere I go, there I am'.
Happiness is a choice; not something you move to.
The Dive Shops Daily Blog

#445193 - 08/26/12 12:16 PM Re: grand belizean estates [Re: Taggard]
Taggard Offline
"CaptOneIron"..We are planning a trip down in a couple of years, and will probably take several trips prior to purchasing anything. We are just trying to gather as much information from those of you who have made the move and have the first hand knowledge of the country. Where do they live, what do they like about it or not like, what do people do to fill each day? I have a lot of questions and just need to get the conversation going.

"http://bebelize.weebly.com" is a great blog but it is my experience that you need several points of view to reach a decision. Thank you all for you input it is most welcome.

Edited by Taggard (08/26/12 12:16 PM)

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 >

Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lilí Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31
Who's Online
0 registered (), 53 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,717 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,363 Topics
463,181 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 07:16 PM

AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.