Belize Islands - A Taste Of Paradise

By: Tem Pearson

Belize islands offer ordinary people like you and me the opportunity to live like royalty on our own private island!

Islands in Belize are mainly small enough to be owned privately, although there are some larger islands which are more like Caribbean resorts, where investors can purchase luxurious apartments benefiting from all of the mod cons that a holiday resort area offers.

When considering purchasing a Belize island, the general rule is that the more remote the island the cheaper it will be to buy, but the more expensive it will be to develop.

Belize islands are often referred to as cayes (pronounced: keys); most of these can be found along the southern coast of the country, quite close to the mainland, although there are still some to be found around the peninsulas of Placencia and Dangriga. In total, there are over 200 cayes of varying sizes and types available in Belize; basically, 'you pays your money, and you takes your choice'!

A large coral reef spanning 187 miles, parallel to the coastline, which dictates the size, type and location of Belize islands, surrounds Belize. There are also several large atolls which have their own coral reefs spanning a further 140 miles.

Arguably, the most spectacular of the islands, in terms of terrain and outlook, are the islands that are located on the reef itself; these are often referred to as coral cayes. These coral cayes will, normally, have a bedrock base and generally have beautiful sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming.

In contrast, Mangrove cayes have less in the way of usable land and rarely have sandy beaches, although they will normally have lagoons that are sheltered and ideal for boat mooring and swimming.

If you are considering the purchase of your own private island, then a boat, (or ideally two), is essential. Bear in mind that you may be several miles from your nearest neighbour and further still from the mainland, so doubling up on vital pieces of equipment is always a wise move!

Prices of islands vary dramatically and depend on the size, type and location of the island that you are hoping to purchase. In general, an island that is undeveloped but has plenty of usable space, sandy beaches and is between 5 and 15 acres, will set you back between US $200,000 and US $2,000,000.

When looking to purchase a private Belize island, the process is the same as for any other real estate purchase, in Belize. Look for adverts; listen out for word of mouth opportunities. As with other real estate in Belize, the islands are often sold privately, so it is always worth visiting the area and asking around for any likely islands for sale.

A visiting trip to locate that perfect island may take a bit longer than a standard visit. As you will have to travel longer distances between plots, you will generally be reliant on someone with a boat to transport you and, of course, the weather could have an adverse effect on your explorations.

If you want the idyllic island setting, but without the hassle of creating your own haven, then consider looking towards one of the larger cayes, such as Caye Caulker and Amergris Caye, both of which have their own airstrips, making access relatively easy in comparison to some of the more remote cayes.

Beachfront plots on these cayes can be purchased from US $75,000 and offer direct access to the beach and also guarantee at least 50 feet of secluded ocean frontage. The plots themselves are around 160 feet by 400 feet and allow you to develop your own property with relative ease. Perfect!

Belize islands have so much to offer, including unrivalled beauty that you can own, all for yourself!

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