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Located in pristine Ambergris Caye Belize, about 18 miles north of San Pedro, Bacalar Beach Resort & Residential Development offers luxury accommodations and unique amenities in a unique natural setting.
The project site totals 152 acres, and offers 0.6 Miles of turquoise waters along the Caribbean coastline and exquisite mangroves along the West side (San Pedro Lagoon).
A masterplan development document is available that summarizes one proposed development vision for a project that can become the most exclusive destination in Belize.
The proposed development capitalizes on the preservation of existing natural resources on the site, combining basic principles of sustainability, social responsibility, and contemporary resort design practices. The following is the overall program for the project:
• 76 Room Resort (Including 6 overwater units)
• 90 Residential Units
• Private Club
• Diving Center
From a market perspective, Belize is a key destination in the Caribbean, known worldwide for its pristine natural and cultural resources, including; the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, excellent fishing and scuba diving, unique unharmed wildlife habitats, and ancient Mayan ruins.
Overnight tourism arrivals to Belize have climbed consistently over the past decade as several major U.S. airlines have increased airlift into the nation. Tourism is the second largest industry in Belize accounting for about 25% of all jobs and 18% of the country’s GDP. Taking into account the global situation, the project follows sound planning principles, as follows:
• Flexibility to adjust to market conditions
• Phasing and adaptability to develop overtime
• Focus on a top-notch boutique resort experience to position the destination and providing services and branding to residential components of the project
ABOUT AMBERGRIS CAYE
Ambergris Caye (pronounced Am-BUR-gris or Am-BUR-grease Key) is the largest of some 200 cayes that dot the coastline of Belize. Ambergris is 25 miles long and a little over a mile wide, in some places, and it is located in the clear shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Her coastline is protected by the 190 miles long Barrier Reef, the second largest living coral reef in the world. In Mayan times, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. The Marco Gonzalez ruins at the southern tip of the caye and the Basil Jones site to the north, as well as the many recently excavated "home sites" in the heart of San Pedro Town give evidence to a former Maya population of 10,000. The narrow channel that separates Mexico and Belize was dug by the Maya to provide a trade route from the bay of Chetumal to the Caribbean.
The island's biggest tourist attraction is the Belize Barrier Reef that runs parallel along the entire coast of Belize. The reef is only a quarter mile from the beach of Ambergris Caye making diving easily accessible. The island's seaside is jammed with jetties and dive shops which offer trips to the different dive sites and to the Great Blue Hole. There are also certified scuba lessons in NAUI, PADI, and SSI. One of the most popular dive sites is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, which is only a ten-minute boat ride from town. The reef's beauty and richness has put Belize among the top ten dive destinations in the world.
Evenings on the island are a social event. You will find tourists and islanders at different bars and restaurants listening to reggae and latin music and sharing the day's adventures. For those that like to take a day off from diving, the travel agencies in town arrange day tours (click here) to the Maya archeological sites and Belize's lush rain forest. For those who just want to relax, a day on the sandy beach will certainly do.
Ambergris Caye was once a part of Mexico and therefore its wildlife is vastly similar to that found in northern Belize and southern Mexico. Plant life for the most part consists of White, Red and Black Mangrove, Buttonwood; littoral forest plants such as black poison wood, red and white gumbo limbo, sapodilla, ziricote, wild sea grape, fig,copal, coco plum, coconut, saltwater palmetto, and several small shrubs.
Fauna include over 200 species of birds including endangered birds such as the black cat bird. Common sightings include the white-eyed vireo, Yucatan vireo, common tody flycatcher, great Kiskadee, black and gray catbird bird, chachalaca, cinnamon hummingbird, parakeets, black hawk, yellow-bellied elaenia, laughing falcon, white-collared seed-eater, golden-fronted woodpecker, black-headed salator, blue herons, egret birds, roseate spoonbill and the hooded oriole.
Less frequent visitors to the Caye include green-breasted mango hummingbirds, yellow-backed oriole eastern kingbirds, scarlet and summer tanagers, regal white-crowned pigeons and the rose-throated becard.
The northern end of Ambergris Caye is also home to many other terrestrial wildlife such as peccaries, raccoons and white-tailed deer. Some locals have even reported seeing jaguars!
Ambergris Caye is also a food lovers paradise. Local cuisine is abundant featuring the Belizean favorite of rice and beans, stewed chicken and potato salad. Local foods are influenced by the Spanish and Mexicans with dishes such as Chimole, Escabeche, Panades, Salbutes, Garnaches, Tacos, Bollos, Tamalitos, Tamales and Burritos.
Of course Seafood is a common delight, with feasts of succulent lobster, conch, and a delicious array of fish, squid, mussels, scallops and even shark. Most restaurants specialize in seafood dishes, however, lobster and conch are seasonal so be sure to check what is in season before ordering.
Added to this array are the exquisite taste of seasonal tropical fruits such as pineapples, bananas, star fruit,cantaloupe, soursap, water melons, oranges, grapefruits,tangerines, may plums, figs, blackberry, mangoes, craboo, and much more.
Or, if you're in the mood for something different there are several restaurants that feature European, Cajun, Indian, Chinese, and Jamaican cuisine.
Ambergris Caye has many small settlements on the north and south of the main town, San Pedro. People who acquire land on Ambergris Caye and make it their home tend to give names to their pieces of paradise and as more people move into the area the names are often adapted by all. Each area has its unique features that both visitors and locals have come to love and enjoy.
Bacalar Beach Resort and Residential Development Site, North Ambergris Caye, Belize, Caribbean Beachfront Development Site.
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