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Melisa Ayala of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Coco Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingOn the northern part of Ambergris Caye, it’s more touristic because they have a lot of hotels there and there are lots of vacation homes. They are building a street now, which is awesome because the road was horrible. They are now building concrete streets, which are awesome for us because to go to the tip of the island takes us about 4 hours from San Pedro. It also depends on what mode of transportation you use. If you use a golf cart, that’s not slow, but not fast, either.  
 
Most of the people who own properties up north are locals and there are some investors. For every block that you go, you might find one or two hotels. Starting from the bridge, there are a lot of vacation homes. We have a movie theater up north as well. They have restaurants and more hotels over there. The last hotel that you are going to see before you reach the tip of the island is Tranquility Bay. It takes an hour and a half to get there via water taxi from San Pedro. 
 
San Pedro is in the southern part of the island and is the main town on the island.  What I just described is how it is from when you cross the bridge to the north, to the end of the island. Once you reach a certain point, you are not going to see anything. There is just nothing. At the tip of the island, you could literally step on the beach and 2 minutes off the beach, you will see the reef. That’s how close we are to the reef. 
 
San Pedro is in the middle of everything.  We call it the “town” because it has everything; local restaurants, gift shops, transportation, etc., and most of the people on the island of Ambergris Caye live in San Pedro.  
 
Most of the people who live I San Pedro are locals. About 70% of the population here are locals. Then after some point, you are going to see hotels, and dive shops. This is a small island so you could literally walk along three streets, which are the front street, the middle street, and the back street. The front street faces the beach and the back street faces the lagoon. The front street has lots of good shops, a few homes, and the homes are mostly San Pedrano homes, owned by 2nd or 3rd generation San Pedranos who live there. 
 
On the middle street, you are going to see some groceries, homes, and some restaurants. On the back street, you are going to see a lot of homes. Going to the south part of San Pedro, you are going to see houses, gas stations, and a lot of houses of locals. You will notice that most foreigners live up north rather than in town. Those who live in to the south of the town are mostly locals. 
 
(Coco Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize is on north side of the island, pictured.)
Bob Hamilton of Century 21 Coral Beach Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Southern shore of Ambergris Caye, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAmbergris Caye is 26-mile long island that technically, may have been a peninsula of Mexico.  The town of San Pedro, with approximately 25,000 people, is situated 25 miles south of the northern tip of Ambergris Caye. That is the only town on the island. If you go from the town itself towards the southern tip, there are condos, resorts, hotels, private beachfront homes, and really nice million dollar homes on the beach. Further south is a little bit more residential combined with resorts and condo properties. There is still lots of beachfront to be had. 
 
As you go north from town, we have a Central Park, which is the heart of our town. If you go north of Central Park, for the first 5 to 6 miles, it would be around 70% to 80% developments, which are mostly hotels, condo properties, private homes, etc.
 
Once you get out to 7 or 8 miles north of San Pedro Town, it starts to get scarce and you might see about 10% to 15% land cover. If you get up to 9 miles from San Pedro Town, you will see sporadic hotels or resorts. There might be one in every mile and a half. You get to Robles Point at 12 miles north and that is where the last house is located. From there, if you go another 10 miles around Rocky Point, towards the Mexican border, there are a lot of reserves around there but it is raw land. Some of the locals go up there hunting deer and other wild things. One of the interesting aspects is that if you have been to Cancun, you will see that Cancun has a hotel strip with a lagoon on the back.  The first 10 miles of Ambergris Caye is geographically identical to Cancun and 0% developed. 
 
That is the whole island of Ambergris Caye. San Pedro Town, on the other hand, is a small town where you could hardly get lost. You’d have to get drunk in order to get lost here. San Pedro is only four streets wide and from the center part of town, you can walk from the inner part, which is in the southern edge of town, up to the bridge, which is considered the northern edge, in about 20 to 30 minutes along the beach.
 
Right at the middle of the island, we have a lagoon, which is called the San Pedro Lagoon. It’s probably about 7 miles long and 2 miles wide at points, so we actually have four shorelines here on Ambergris Caye. We have the eastern shore, which is the ocean side, the eastern shore of the lagoon, the western shore of the lagoon, and the western shore of the island. We have lots of waterfront here. San Pedro Town is stuck between the ocean side or the eastern shore of the ocean and the eastern side of the lagoon. It is only 4 blocks wide. You can walk from one shore to the other shore in 5 or 6 minutes. 
 
I live in the San Pablo neighborhood in San Pedro, which is fairly homogenous. Different neighborhoods have different income levels. There is another neighborhood here called San Pedrito, which is along the west side of the airport, which is a little bit lower income. There are only few gringos who live there, but I own two properties there that I am going to build on some day. Overall, there are other neighborhoods in San Pedro Town that are a little more prosperous than others. There is no such thing here as a totally gringo neighborhood. 
 
The San Pablo neighborhood is a neighborhood of about six canals. When the developer dug these canals in, they put the dirt on either side, so every house has a road on the front and then the canal at the back. I tie my boat up there and anytime, I can jump in my boat and go anywhere. You can go into the lagoon or go under the bridge or to the backside.
 
(Asking price for three lots, 160 feet for the ocean, $145,000, Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
Lisa McCorkle Guerrero of DIAMANTÉ – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Diamonte development seen from the Caribbean Sea – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe only town in Ambergris Caye is San Pedro, which is the core where there are businesses, grocery stores, and markets. North and south of San Pedro, you might find a few restaurants and grocery stores, but it’s very limited. Everyone who lives north and south of town pretty much comes into town on a daily basis or a few times a week to do all their grocery and other shopping. North and south of San Pedro are mostly resorts, which is why San Pedro is the busiest part of the island. 
 
The town core of San Pedro has only 3 main streets. Now they have different names but when I was a kid they were called Font Street, Middle Street, and Back Street.  That’s from the ocean, east to west. That’s all the town core was. Now, I think Front Street is called Barrier Reef Drive, Middle Street is called Pescador Drive, and I’m not sure what Back Street is called. I still call it Front, Middle, and Back. 
 
There are vehicles like vans, but that’s mostly taxis and commercial or construction vehicles. The general population drives around on golf carts.  
 
(Diamonte development under construction seen from the Caribbean Sea, pictured.)
Kate Corrigan  of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye street – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingSan Pedro is the town which is right at the center of Ambergris Caye, and that is where most of the businesses are run. You will find a lot of tourist shops, restaurants, bars, and hotels in San Pedro.
 
Just outside the town of San Pedro, you come into what people call the South Community. They have several restaurants and they have their own security there, too. We have local accommodation areas on the lagoon-side of the island like DFC, San Mateo, San Pedrito or San Juan where expats do not go very San Pedro, Ambergris Caye docs, arial view – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Livingoften because there is no reason for us to go. This is where the local Belizeans live. You will see some houses made of timber and on stilts. You will also find some well-build houses where an expat or a wealthy Belizean might have built a home.  
 
We also have Tres Cocos, which is where you will find the more expensive expatriate homes on the beachfront, just north of San Pedro town. Going on past there, you will pass through a row of resorts and lots of high-end houses going all the way up toward the end of the island.
 
So there are several communities here and as Ambergris Caye develops, these places become even more built up and become more affluent.

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