Hideaway Caye and Secret Island
Before a day of drinking on a boat it is important to go prepared, so we headed for a (real) breakfast watered down by the biggest Bloody Mary I have ever seen in my life. We then met our realtors and the boat captain for a day cruising the ocean waves and checking out islands.
As well as uninhabited islands ready for development we also wanted to see a few places that had already been done up. Our first port of call was Hideaway Caye, an island with three structures – a bar, a house for guests to stay, and the family home. The family living there were a couple with a 5-year-old kid. The island was simple but had a nice atmosphere to it, with the owners charging $335 per night. The island was not for sale, nor was it what we were looking for, but it was a great first stop (the beers were refreshing), and gave us a good idea of the potential for purchasing an island off Belize.
We stopped at a few more interesting places that were ultimately not in our price range, before heading to the main reason for our trip, Secret Island. Secret Island is around an acre in size and undeveloped. At $300,000, though, it was roughly within our price range.
Secret Island is beautiful, and epitomized why we wanted to form “Let’s Buy an Island”. It would need a lot of work, but boy did it have potential.
I wanna be like you
Our last major stop was to a developed island surrounded by a sea wall called “King Lewey’s Island”. If I was David Attenborough, I’d love to do a series on the different Americans you meet around the world. King Lewey was not the kind of American you would meet in China, for example. After we’d discussed world politics and the prevalence of “fake news”, he showed us around his pirate-themed island (pirates are from the Caribbean, geddit?). The place was not exactly my idea of what I wanted from our own island, but then who knows? I could be outvoted and we could go all the way pirate. He also charged around the $300 mark per night, and again offered a ton of food for thought on how to develop an island in Belize.
We journeyed back to the mainland at leisure. Reggae was blasting through the air, rum and cokes were in hand, and there was more rain than we would have liked.
Sunday nights in Placencia are not exactly buzzing, so we headed back to our hotel to discuss the finer aspects of buying an island in Belize. That done, we prepped for our journey back to the big smoke, Belize City, and for our flights out of the country.
If you’d like to find out why we are buying an island check out the link