essentially a rain forest, the island only gets about 1/5 of the
rain as inland (to be safe, the dry season runs from January
to May). Ambergris Caye also restricts cars and trucks to
commercial purposes, so everyone drives a golf cart or ATV.
Among the existing island resorts is the opulent Grand
Caribe just north of San Pedro, the main city of Ambergris
Caye. The waterfront Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro
is an elegant slice of thatched-roof heaven, and the Grand
Baymen Condo Resort also beckons on the Ambergris
Local Coldwell Banker realtor Matt Brown suggests a
creative idea for exploring Ambergris Caye. Brown reveals,
“For a couple interested in residential o;erings, it’s fun and
instructive to rent a private water taxi for several hours
and tour the coast, stop for lunch, and maybe pick out
your favorite oceanfront lot.” Matt Brown moved to Belize
in 2011 from Canada and saw the potential in this English-speaking country for an easy transition into an incredible
new life in a pristine location.
On the mainland, the family Coppola (as in Francis
Ford) o;ers two embracing resorts: the waterfront Turtle
Inn near the charming Creole fishing village of Placencia
in south Belize, and the Blacaneaux Lodge, which actually
was the Coppola’s tropical paradise hideaway in the rain
forest from 1980 to 1993, when they opened it to the
public as a 20-room luxury resort.