Affordable Luxury Living On An English-Speaking Caribbean Island

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Get away for a few days…have a relaxing break…and see for yourself how you can afford a luxury property on Ambergris Caye

Dear Reader,

Most people who look into living on an English-speaking Caribbean island get turned off by the high prices. I don’t blame them. Just take a look at how much it costs to own properties on these well-known English-speaking Caribbean islands these days:

Bermuda: Average condo price in 2008: $830,000.

St. John, United States Virgin Islands: Average condo price in 2008: $634,000.

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Oh… well, Ambergris Caye used to be affordable, just like these places…but prices there have gotten completely out of hand too!??? Well…I’m not going to lie to you.

In most, but not all, of this tiny, English-speaking Caribbean island, real estate prices have—just like so many other Caribbean islands—shot through the stratosphere over the past 15 to 20 years. In coastal and tourist areas, property prices rose by up to 30% a year, every year, from 2003-2007.

But while some super-chic oceanfront condos and homes in Ambergris Caye will set you back over a cool million…you can—if you know where to look—find property prices that are much more affordable than in other well-known English-speaking Caribbean islands.

You can own your own luxury condominium with membership of San Pedro Fitness Club with its athletic and country club facilities… for only $99,999. That’s not a typo, by the way. $99,999, on Ambergris Caye!

Hard to believe…I know. Imagine owning your own amenity-loaded luxury condo on the English-speaking Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye…with a first-class tennis and country club at your doorstep…and the beach only a few blocks away!

Ambergris Caye wasn’t always a tourist mecca. In fact, as late as the early 90’s, it remained a relative secret. Only a few adventurous travelers knew about it: divers and snorkelers came to explore its spectacular 176-mile barrier reef—the largest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere…sport fishermen from around the world came to fish for snapper, grouper, barracuda, bonito, tuna, kingfish, sailfish, and marlin…backpackers came to experience its immaculate white-sand beaches, untamed jungles, Mayan ruins, Garifuna music and “melting pot??? culture…

However, slowly but surely, the world started to catch on to Belize in the mid 1990’s… and prices started creeping upward. Then Came “The Temptation Effect??? 2000, Fox TV filmed the show Temptation Island on Ambergris Caye. And as a result, property prices soared. In just one year, waterfront land almost doubled in price. Rapid development and further price increases ensued. This spike in real estate prices persuaded many would-be expats to consider other retirement havens throughout Latin America and elsewhere.

But here’s the thing.

Fashionable resorts and million-dollar oceanfront houses haven’t changed the fact that Ambergris is a beautiful tropical island where anyone can stroll on white-sand beaches or dive into clear azure waters. It’s still a gorgeous, charming, completely captivating island—just like it was decades ago. San Pedro Town has sandy streets where golf carts are the principal means of transportation. Here you’ll find quaint restaurants, cyber cafés, and friendly mom-and-pop shops of nearly every variety. In fact, it’s hard not to think of the area as a Cape Cod-type village with palm trees!

In Ambergris Caye, you can still have it all:modern infrastructure…lively nightlife…gorgeous beaches…world-class diving, snorkeling, fishing, and bird watching …a friendly, melting pot culture…plentiful opportunities to start a new tourism or real estate business…an attractive retirement incentive program (even if you’re not “retired??? yet!)...and much, much more. And when you make Ambergris Caye your new home away from home, you’re only a few short hours from the U.S. or Canada.

And it’s an English-speaking island…a plus not to overlook…unless you are happy to spend years studying a new language, and cope with a lot of frustration and confusion in the meantime. Here you’ll be ready to chat away with the locals the second you get off the plane!

Baymen Garden is a luxury condominium complex that’s got just about everything you’d ever want in a second home or retirement home—including membership of San Pedro Fitness Club and it’s sports and country club amenities…and condos start at only $99,999.  Better yet, our friends at Baymen Garden have put together a three-day program full of useful information about owning property on Ambergris Caye.

It’s called the Chill Weekend in Belize…and it will give you the chance to experience—first-hand—what it’s like to live on Ambergris Caye. You’ll meet a select group of expats and real estate professionals already living and working in Ambergris Caye…you’ll check out what could be the most affordable luxury property in all of Ambergris Caye…you’ll get all of your questions answered about living in Belize…and here’s the best part.

All you’ve got to do is book your flight. Everything else is taken care of. Hotel…meals…cocktail parties…a private beach BBQ. And, should you fall in love with Baymen Garden while you’re in Ambergris Caye, the real estate professionals at Baymen Garden will walk you through the entire purchasing process. Of course, they’d be pleased if you bought a property at Baymen Garden. But if you don’t…no worries! They know some people will buy…and some won’t. That’s why all they do is show you the property, provide a few details, answer your questions, and sit back.

You’ll find out a whole lot more about the Baymen Garden—and Ambergris—during your three days at the Chill Weekend In Belize. When you’re not finding out about the Baymen Garden property, you’ll have plenty of time to experience exciting San Pedro. You’ll be staying at the Exotic Caye Beach Resort. Set in a tropical ambience with stunning ocean views, the rustic-style resort is the beach for owners at Baymen Garden.

The time to act is now. Remember, this is an opportunity for you to see what it’s like to live on Ambergris Caye…and to find out how to do it the quick and easy way. There are only 20 seats available, so you’ll need to act now if you don’t want to miss out. The price for the weekend is $299pp, $399 per couple sharing.

If you’re even remotely considering living in this English-speaking paradise, this could be the most valuable weekend you will ever experience, and I strongly urge you to attend. Click here to sign up now.

Margaret Summerfield

P.S. There are only 20 seats available for this information-packed weekend… and we expect them to fill up quickly. Please don’t delay. Contact us to reserve your place for this no-strings-attached, three-day escape and find out for yourself how easy and affordable it can be to live on Ambergris Caye.


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