Amenities near our resort properties in Belize
Elsewhere on this site we’ve reviewed a few of the nearby attractions for visitors to our resort properties. But what about those who plan to stay at or near our properties longer term? Here’s a short list of nearby amenities and practical information for those considering relocating:
Corozal, a charming town of fewer than 10,000 people, is the capital of Belize’s Corozal District and offers amenities such as a library, museum, market, hospital, and several banks. Its small airport connects our Consejo property with the rest of Belize, and its diverse shops offer everything one will need for daily life in Consejo.
Just nine miles from Corozal, the bustling city of Chetumal offers everything you could need that you don’t find in Corozal. A city of 200,000 people, Chetumal offers restaurants, theatres big-box shopping and a distinct multicultural flair. Chetumal connects our Consejo property with the rest of the world via direct flights to Mexico City.
Fewer than 25 miles south of our Ambergris Caye / Bacalar Chico property lies San Pedro, home to the largest concentration of tourism infrastructure in Belize. With more than 10,000 permanent residents, San Pedro offers a full selection of amenities such as grocery shopping, restaurants, a medical clinic and more.
Belize is connected to the rest of the world via Philip S.W. Godson International Airport in Belize City, just a two-hour flight from the United States. Direct international flights arrive in Belize from six US cities, as well as from Cancún, San Salvador and Flores (Guatemala).
Our Consejo property is linked to Belize City by the well-paved Northern Highway (about two hours) or via a 15-minute flight to Corozal. The Corozal airport itself offers flights to the Belizean Cayes – providing quick access between our Consejo and Ambergris Caye resort properties. Our Consejo property is also connected to the rest of the world via Chetumal, Mexico, which lies just nine miles away and offers direct flights to Mexico City.
Ambergris Caye property
Flights leave hourly from Belize City to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye (about 15 minutes). Water taxis are also available, with crossing time ranging from 45 minutes to two hours depending on the number of stops. Casa Bay’s Ambergris Caye property itself is currently accessible via a 45-minute charter boat ride along the east (outside) coast along the Belize Barrier Reef. Many charter companies in San Pedro offer this service. During difficult sea conditions, a 75-minute boat trip up the west side of Ambergris Caye is also available, as is charter service directly from Consejo (approximately two hours). The development design for the Casa Bay property calls for helicopter access directly to the site and/or a purpose-designed, high-speed sea link to the mainland.
Corozol Town has a community hospital that has undergone a number of upgrades in recent years, including the addition of ultrasound, x-ray and bone-density equipment. Nearby Chetumal, Mexico, offers a full-service hospital with emergency facilities.
A medical clinic is located in San Pedro, with a doctor on call 24 hours. Serious cases are transferred to Belize City or elsewhere.
Police and fire detachments are located in both Corozal and San Pedro, within reach of both of our Belize properties.
In addition to the shopping selection found in Corozol and not-too-far-off Orange Walk and Belize City, additional options are to be found in Chetumal, just nine miles from Corozal Town. The “Free Zone,” which straddles the Mexico/Belize border, also offers duty-free shopping at more than 300 businesses. San Pedro, on Ambergris Caye, offers fewer options for “big box” purchasing, but plenty of availability for smaller, day-to-day items.
Belize runs on the same 120/240 V system and three-pronged plugs as North America. Belize Electricity Ltd. (BEL), which has a monopoly on electricity in Belize, offers reliable, if expensive, service.
Internet is good but tends to be a bit more expensive – from about $50 to $100/month (USD). In some locations, satellite Internet providers can offer competitive service and rates.
Belize Telemedia Ltd. (BTL) is by far the largest provider of telecommunications services in Belize, but other smaller providers are starting to compete. Rates for telephone service are inexpensive, ranging from about $10 to $50/month (USD) for basic home and business packages.
Cellular phones outnumber landlines in Belize 4-1 and coverage is generally good. The two major providers are BTL (under the name Digicell) and SMART. For plans and info, visit http://www.digicell.bz or http://www.smart-bz.com.
As of May 2013, voice-over-Internet protocol (VOIP) services such as Skype, Vonage and Google Talk are no longer banned in Belize.
Cable in Belize costs approximately $20/month (USD). Satellite service is also available