Road Improvement: Infrastructure Support Smooths the Road to Paradise in Belize

With the help of some big players, The roads of Ambergris Caye, Belize are getting a much needed facelift and as many know, the infrastructure plays a key role in determining property values.

While it may seem surprising to hear encouragement to “Go north!” in the tropics, tourists and residents of Ambergris Caye, a picturesque Caribbean island in Belize, are enthusiastic about doing just that. Recent improvements with generous funding to pave and grade the main road north of San Pedro Town are smoothing the road to paradise. Resorts and homes dot the gorgeous unspoiled coastline along the Belize Barrier Reef. Local and international funding is currently improving access to long stretches of white sandy beaches lined with waving palm trees, enabling tourists, citizens, and investors to reach more areas. Whether on golf carts, bicycles, or in small vehicles, finding a slice of paradise in Belize is less of a bumpy ride than ever.  

The San Pedro Town Council began improving the road conditions dramatically in May of this year with an aggressive pavement plan, beginning at a popular large resort and reaching several miles to a bridge which links access to San Pedro Town, the core of shops, restaurants and services. Progress is steady and tongues all over the island are wagging with the anticipation of a drive without puddles and ruts, though one must still slow down for lazily sauntering iguanas. Opportunities to join this island community of fishermen, snorkelers and divers, and retirees will become ever more popular as a result of this improved terrain.

Belize just received another exciting pledge to improve road conditions around the country from the World Bank, as a 32 million dollar grant was approved in September. “The Government of Belize is conscious of the social, economic and environmental implications of Climate Change and takes this opportunity to first, welcome the strategic partnership with the World Bank through this loan for the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project,” said Yvonne Hyde, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. While Ambergris Caye’s 20-mile northern island region will continue to lead the country in natural beauty and attraction, getting there will be as smooth as a well-blended pina-colada, as pavement extends an invitation to explore the stretches of rich foliage and beachfront vistas.