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Matthew Hoy of Pelican Properties – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Ocean view from Caribe Azul development,Ambergris Caye,  Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAn apartment with one bedroom and one bathroom that is suitable for a couple and roughly around 600 square feet, could cost as low as US $500 a month up to maybe $1,000 per month here in Ambergris Caye. A two-bedroom apartment usually starts at $1,100 up to $2,000 or more depending on the resort or the apartment and where it is located. If you are looking for a three-bedroom apartment, it would be around $1,200 to $1,500 per month to rent on a long term basis. These would be furnished units but utilities are usually not included in the rent because electricity can be expensive and if the renter just leaves their air-conditioning on the whole day, it can be too expensive for the landlord.
 
There are a few places in Ambergris Caye where they do have electricity included. Generally, electricity can cost as little as $50 a month and you could go up to $500 or $600 a month depending on how much you use your air-conditioning and if you leave your electronic devices on all the time. Water is usually around $50 per month. Cable is only $22 per month. For Internet, you pay for speed here but you do not pay for usage. For 4 mbps, you would pay around $150 to $200 a month. It is not cheap but you have unlimited usage so you are not capped if you are downloading a lot of stuff.  
 
(Ocean view from Caribe Azul development,Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
Josh Buettner of Ambergris Seaside Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Condo  at  Banyan Bay Resort. Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost to rent an apartment in Ambergris Caye depends on the type of accommodation you are looking for. That cost varies greatly.
 
Rentals that are not long-term rentals or rentals that are less than 6 months are subject to a hotel tax that goes through the BTB and is considered as nightly rental. So any long-term rentals that are 6 months or more can range greatly but something to the standard of most expats from North American would cost a minimum of about US $500 to $600 per month and up. That is for a smaller and generally more out of the way apartment. Something with a pool, close to the beach, in a secure neighborhood or complex would be around $900 to $1,000 per month on a long term rental for a small one or two-bedroom home and would be more towards the middle standard of what North Americans or expats are used to.
 
There is a huge shortage of long-term rentals in Ambergris Caye. There is only very few companies that handle long term rentals and so if somebody is thinking of renting long term, they should do their homework and give themselves plenty of time to find suitable accommodations.
 
Most of the rental units here are furnished but they do not include utilities, which would be over and above the rental amount. To give you an idea of the price of utilities, let’s assume that you have a 700 square foot one bedroom apartment. It’s concrete construction with central air-conditioning. If you set your air-conditioning at the high 70s or low 80s, it would cost you around, $200 per month to run the air conditioning. Cable is around $20 a month. Water on average, is around $25. Internet is anywhere from $35 to $50 per month for unlimited access.  
 
(Condo  at  Banyan Bay Resort. Belize, pictured. )
Lisa McCorkle Guerrero of DIAMANTÉ – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Diamante open concept kitchen, Ambergris Caye, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingA really nice apartment, not necessarily on the beachfront, would rent for an average of US $1,000 to $1,600 for a 2-bedroom and 2-bathroom.  I have a 2-bedroom apartment that I know of that’s $1,200 and it’s really, really nice, in town, and in a good area. 
 
You can get cheaper rentals on Ambergris Caye if you’re willing to sacrifice location. I helped a friend to look for an apartment and they were in the range of US $700 to $800 for a 2-bedroom.   It was less because she would have to commute to town.
 
When you go a good distance from San Pedro, the only apartment rentals available are beachfront properties. It might get less expensive because you’re further away from town but then it starts getting a little bit more expensive because you’re on the beach. A lot of the developments south and north of San Pedro are mostly beachfront.  
 
(Open concept kitchen in Diamante Beachfront Suites, Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
Bob Hamilton of Century 21 Coral Beach Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Sapphire Beach resort, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn a local neighborhood where I live, you should be able to get a pretty decent standalone home for around US $800 to $900 a month in a condo complex. I live a 5-unit apartment building in San Pablo, which is a mile and a half south of San Pedro Town. Our place has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on 1,400 square feet where I can tie my boat up at the back, because there’s a canal there. I have a little balcony at the front and at the back. We also have a rooftop deck. The rent is $1,500 to $1,600 BZ per month or US $750 to $800. As you move away from the beach, the rentals become cheaper. I look after the rentals and manage the units and I don’t take any commission for that, so that is why the price may be a little lower for me. 
 
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 in 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.
 
If you want to get a nice 3-bedroom home on the beach, you will pay around $2,000 to $2,500 a month.
 
One apartment that we had for sale is called the Mango House. It’s just up the street from my place. It’s a new house with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with 800 square feet. It’s a condo or apartment duplex that is fully furnished and has a swimming pool. They rent for US $800 a month on a long-term basis.
 
(Condos for rent at beach-side Sapphire Beach resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
David Drummond of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
San Pedro Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou basically have three markets in Ambergris Caye. You have the tourist market, the North American contingent that is living here, and the local contingent.
 
The tourist market for condominiums will go anywhere between US $200 to $400 a night, so if you extrapolate that out, they can go upwards of a couple of thousand dollars a week in the high season.
 
Switching to the long-term rental market, typical rentals are going to run you $1,500 a month for a two-bedroom condo on the waterfront. That would be a smaller condo. Then, you will see some small hotel condos that are in the $350 to $400 range per month that would be mainly for students or single individuals.
 
On overall average, rentals here in Ambergris Caye are around $1,000 a month.  For $1,000 you will have a nice condo, which is anywhere between 800 and 1,000 square feet. Single bedroom with single bath condos will be between $800 and $1,000. A two-bedroom and two-bath condo costs between $1,200 and $1,500 per month plus utilities.
 
(Street in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, pictured.)
Kate Corrigan  of Georgetown Trust – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Club Grand Baymen, Ambergris Caye, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingApartments in Ambergris Caye go for anything between US $600 to $2,000 per month, depending on where you want to be and what kind of apartment you want to have. The lagoon apartments that they have at Grand Baymen go for anything between $700 and $1,500. Those are one-bedroom units and around 800 square feet. They are nice with pull-out beds in the main living area. It has its own bathroom, a kitchen diner, and a balcony. They have their own very nice fitness center.  The gym equipment might need some updating, but that is all coming together as the development develops. (Grand Baymen club across the pool, pictured.)
 
They also have two-bedroom units, they have a gym membership, a community, and they all nice and sturdy Category 5 hurricane-proof buildings. They also have studio apartments, which are 412 square foot; they are quite small. The studio apartments go for about $600 per month.
 
This development is not on the ocean, but you are just a three-minute walk away. If you are living here in Ambergris Caye, it is nice to be in a place where you have access to all the amenities like a big pool, tennis court, cross-fit courses, gym, and since you are in walking distance from town, you do not need to have any transport, although a bicycle may come in handy, but it is not necessary.
 
This is a nice, hurricane safe and well-built, new community that is up and coming at the moment. They have waiting lists for the properties.
 
For that same price, you can get quite a lot. There is a beach front condominium, which is just about two or three minutes away from where I am, and they have a smaller pool and none of the other amenities I mentioned above, but because it is a little older and dated, those units go for $800 or $900 per month. You are on the beach front, but they are not built as well as the one in Grand Baymen.
 
With a budget of $1,500 per month, you can get a two or three bedroom apartment on the beach front with two and a half bathrooms in a secure community or a beach front condominium unit.

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