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Why I Chose Belize to Live, Invest and Develop on Ambergris Caye, Belize

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Why I Chose Belize to Live, Invest and Develop on Ambergris Caye, Belize

Hi, This is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy.

Belize is ripe with opportunities for investment, development and entrepreneurial endeavors. In this video, I share my main reasons for choosing Ambergris Caye and why you might consider Belize as well.

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5 Reasons I chose to Raise My Family on Ambergris Caye and Invest In Belize Real Estate

Hi, This is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy.

5 Compelling reasons to consider Belize as a home for your family as well as a vacation, investment, and/or retirement destination. Hear why my family and I chose to make the move to Beautiful Ambergris Caye to raise our children and invest in Belize real estate.

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See the World Famous Chicken Drop on Ambergris, Caye Belize 2017

Hi, This is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy.

What is the Chicken Drop you ask? See for yourself as this 30+-year-old tradition on Ambergris Caye happens yet again. Just one of those things you have to do when you visit Belize.

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The Dive Bar in Ambergris Caye, Belize

Hi, I'm William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy.

I had a chance to visit The Dive Bar in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, and boy, what a treat! This dive shop and bar is located just a quarter mile from the Boca del Rio bridge, and there are tons of things to do here! Grab some breakfast, then go diving, fishing, or snorkeling! Come back and enjoy a nice lobster meal, or take a kayak/paddleboard out! Swing over the water, rent some jet skis, play cornhole... The list goes on and on!

Let me know in the comments if you've been here, and what your favorite thing is to do at The Dive Bar!

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Belizean Houses ~ What you can expect.

Our Search of Belizean Houses.

This is a video of the first house that we rented in the San Pablo Area of San Pedro Town. After looking at more than 20 different Belizean houses, condos, and apartments both on the mainland and here on the island, The house pictured was the one we fell in love with. At about 660 sq. ft. it was spacious (compared to many homes) and very clean. It had great outdoor space and being right on the lagoon had a great view of the water. There were also some incredible sunset photo opportunities from the back deck. I have taken full advantage of this and have posted a few in the Photo Gallery section of my website at billdoesbelize.com

Due Diligence Research.

As with most things in Belize, it is important not to assume that it will be like it was in Canada or the US. For example, not one of the Belizean houses we looked at had heating. You also cannot assume that there is electricity for AC or hot water. Several places we viewed had electricity but no hot water. A few had hot water only in the shower via what is referred to as a “suicide shower “, this device is essentially a 220 Volt instant hot water heater hard wired to the shower head with wires and connectors fully exposed (hence the name I guess). We have a shower only, and of all the Belizean houses we looked at, only one had a bathtub.
Because there is no need for heating very few Belizean houses have central air conditioning, our place had one unit over the window in the bedroom. Most places collect rainwater into cisterns to be used for daily needs like dishwashing, laundry, and showers. We buy 5 gallon water cooler jugs that are available at most stores for BZ$5.00/US$ 2.50 for cooking and drinking. Glass windows and screens are also an option as many Belizean houses only had wood or metal shutters on the window openings.
In San Pedro units are rented either short term or long term. Long term is 6 months or longer and terms less than six months are subject to a 9% hotel tax.

The first place we rented is one of the modern Belizean houses and well equipped. It has electricity, AC in the bedroom, CATV/telephone jacks, heat on demand tank less hot water system delivering to all sinks, laundry area and of course the indoor shower (note: some places have outdoor showers only). We use rain water that is collected into a cistern, but we also have a town water connection and meter that can be unlocked if required should the cistern run dry during the dry season. We have sliding glass windows and screens to help keep the bugs out, although every couple of days a small salamander (harmless of course) will breach the perimeter and have to be herded out the door with the broom or captured with our minnow net and removed to a new location outdoors (so far no salamander has been harmed by this process).

Should I Rent or Buy?

The last recommendation I have for anyone from Canada or the US looking to purchase Belizean houses or property, or houses in any other location in Central America, is that you first RENT, DO NOT BUY (for at least six months to a year). Be very sure that the location you have chosen does not present any surprises later. Things like flooding due to excessive water during the rainy season, or maybe you are at the end of a road that washes out every year. Remember that it is extremely easy to buy Belizean houses and properties, but if you need to, it may not be not so easy to resell in a short time.

Due diligence is your responsibility, and will be a recurring theme in my posts and on my site. Do not take anything for granted and if possible, always have someone that knows the ropes (preferably a local) help you to realize and ask the right questions when looking for your dream home in Belize.

Top 10 MISTAKES People Make When They Travel to Belize

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy. Today I am sharing the Top 10 Mistakes that People Make When They Travel to Belize. If you want to short cut your learning curve and make your visit to this country more enjoyable, check out this video and share it with anyone else you know considering vacation, retirement, or investment in Belize. I hope you find this information helpful and I look forward to meeting you when you come to Ambergris Caye.

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BELIZE Real Estate Investment Strategies for 2018 - Paradise Guy

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy and in today's video, I discuss several types of real estate investing strategies for you to consider when buying Belize real estate. As many of you know, I am an investor, developer, entrepreneur, and real estate agent in Belize. My passion is helping my clients make the best investments to achieve their desired outcome. If after watching this video, you have questions on how you can live, invest, retire, or start a business in Belize, please contact me directly. Cheers!

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Moving to Belize as a Couple? Hear How this Couple Did It!

I'm William Narod, The Paradise Guy, and I love meeting my subscribers! I went on the Poker Run of the North ( and met Charlie and Trish. This couple moved from Arizona to Belize and thanked me for my videos helping them to research their big move. Watch how I played a part in their life-changing decision to move to Ambergris Caye.

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Why My Kids Love Belize - Paradise Guy 2018 - Part 1

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy, here on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Today, I am at a new bar and restaurant on the island called Camo Cantina and I'm talking with my son about what he likes most about living and going to school in Belize. If you have any questions about activities, schooling, or other kid related questions, please contact me. Thank you for your continued support of this channel and I look forward to meeting you in person when you come to Belize. Cheers!

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Introducing Oasis Alom Resort on Ambergris Caye Belize - Paradise Guy 2018

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy, and in today's video, I am going to take you to a new development up North on Ambergris Caye. Oasis Alom sits on 3 acres, is just minutes from the amazing Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and has white sandy beaches. In this video, I walk you through the first units on the ground, the Ocean View Villas. Ownership opportunities exist, and there is pre-construction pricing available. If you would like more information or are ready to schedule your private showing, please contact me directly. I look forward to meeting you when you come to Belize. Cheers!

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LIOS In Belize

This video accompanies Con Murphy’s issue “Ambergris Caye: Caribbean Jewel In The Belizean Crown” from Jan. 15, 2015 as featured in Live and Invest Overseas’ monthly Overseas Retirement Letter.


Ambergris Caye: Caribbean Jewel In The Belizean Crown

Ambergris Caye [pronounced KEY] is the largest of the 200 islands draped along the Belize Barrier Reef. A world class diving and fishing destination, Ambergris has a lot to offer to the vacationer or resident alike.

This is an island whose economy is based on tourism, so there is an eclectic variety of restaurants, bars, organized activities, and packaged tours to choose from… and there’s always a party going on somewhere on the caye.

Food and socializing are top priorities in this vibrant community. There are plenty of happy hours, wine tastings, and lobster broils to keep a full-time resident busy, and fresh seafood on every menu. Plus, living on Ambergris you’ll be able to enjoy all the local festivals and celebrations, including the very-popular annual lobster fest.

The embarrassment of natural riches Belize enjoys makes scuba diving and snorkeling in the many marine reserves a spectacular and globally-sought experience. The Blue Hole, for example, is a collapsed underwater cave and a once-in-a-lifetime dive or snorkel experience. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve Park is likewise a diver’s paradise, and Bacalar Chico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site you can enjoy from above and below the water. People travel from all over the globe to explore these unique sites.

And you’ll have no trouble making friends on this expat-popular island. The majority of expats are American or Canadian, but you’ll also meet people from all over the world; Ambergris attracts folks from all over.

Here, there are no international fast food franchises, no U.S. clothing store outlets, no “Cancun-esque” fake, plastic, Caribbean-themed diners here. What you get on Ambergris is a real Caribbean island—the one all those themed restaurants are miming—and the real culture as it has evolved.

Sun- and fun-loving people who wish to enjoy the highest standard of living in Belize, be part of a vibrant community, who like to find enjoyment in the unusual and mundane will love it here. But, remember, this is the Caribbean, you’ll need to adapt to the “mañana attitude” that makes it difficult to get things done quickly. And, while local health care here is good enough for day-to-day needs, Ambergris is not suitable for those with serious medical or mobility issues.

Those who want to get involved in local groups and social networks, or, conversely, those who want nothing but the space and peace to go boating, fishing, or flying in solitude will find their perfect niche on San Pedro.

Multi-award winner, Ambergris Caye has been recommended by Conde Nast Traveler, Trip Advisor, and Huffington Post, and we at Live and Invest Overseas have been recommending it as a retirement destination for over 30 years. In the midst of a flurry of infrastructural improvements that make life on Ambergris more convenient and comfortable than ever, now may be the best time in years to make the move.

San Pedo Town on Ambergris Caye truly offers the quintessential Caribbean beach-island lifestyle.


Ambergris Caye: Caribbean Jewel In The Belizean Crown

San Pedro Town is located on Ambergris Caye, the largest of the 200 islands draped along the Belize Barrier Reef—the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere and second largest in the world…

A world class dive and fishing destination, Ambergris has a lot to offer to the retiree or vacationer alike…

Today San Pedro is a bustling tourist destination with world-class restaurants, great night life, a broad variety of activities and pastimes…

To boot, Belize is a little haven of onshore and offshore financial services…

Plus, with English as the official language and a large, welcoming, and well-established expat community, Belize makes for an easy transition from North America…

“Ambergris Caye, Belize is a small haven in the Caribbean, surrounded by vibrantly turquoise waters and skirted on its eastern side by the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Living on Ambergris, you’d wake up to the gentle lapping of waves onto pristine white-sand beaches just outside your window and the faint crash of the ocean in the distance, breaking against the second longest coral reef in the world…

“Belize is English-speaking, uses the common law system, has a stable government, and is part of the British Commonwealth and of Caricom (Caribbean Community). Ambergris Caye is the largest of Belize’s 200 or so cayes at 35 miles long. The caye consists of collections of mangroves, swamps and lagoons, and beaches. The reef runs up to and touches the island in the northeast at a rocky point.”

Learn more about Belize and other retirement haven’s from around the world when you subscribe to Overseas Retirement Letter.

Development Update from Ambergris Caye, Belize November 2017

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy, here in Belize and in today's video, I am going to show you some of the development that is currently coming out of the ground on Ambergris Caye. If you are considering an investment of any sort in Belize, check out this video and contact me with your questions. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you when you come to Belize. Cheers!

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Belize Video

Northern Belize Expat Interview

Life in Northern Belize is as diverse as its amazing landscape. Over the years, locals and expats have built their homes and lives beside secluded tropical rivers, amid noble hardwood forests, upon bucolic traditional farms, within sleepy rural villages, and along breezy Caribbean seashores. They are attracted to a simple, friendly life in a place that is refreshingly off-the-radar.

In this video Phil Hahn interviews Mick Webb from Crooked Tree Lodge on what life is like for an expat in Belize.

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How to Build Off-Grid in Belize

Hey guys! In this episode I get into the details on how and why to build off grid using the latest and greatest technologies available in Belize.

I'll show you several examples of what others have done and give you some tips and tricks on how to design the island home of your dreams.

I'll also give you some really cool history of Ambergris Caye (going back over 500 years) and San Pedro Town and show you where the growth has taken place and where it heading.

Finally, wrapping it all up with a few of this weeks hot real estate deals and then doing an extensive live Q&A.

Enjoy the show!

Dennis Kay
Belize Islands Real Estate
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Interested in Living in Belize? Tips for enjoying paradise.

Hi, This is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy.

Ever wonder what it is like living in Belize? Having the right mindset is the key to living well in paradise. Here are a few quick tips for being your best in the beautiful country of Belize.

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Lobster Festival San Pedro Town Belize 2018 - Paradise Guy

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy, and in today's video, I'm going to share this year's amazing Lobster Festival in San Pedro Town, Belize. This popular and delicious event is in June each year to celebrate the lobster season. Make sure you plan to be in Belize during this time as there are several lobster festivals around the country. If you have any questions about what to do, where to go, or how to invest or start a business in Belize, please contact me directly at info@paradiseguy.com Cheers!

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Belize Real Estate: Blue Dolphin For Sale on Ambergris Caye, Belize - Paradise Guy 2018

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy and today I am going to show you around a very special property called Blue Dolphin. This large estate style property is relatively close to San Pedro Town and stretches ocean to lagoon. It even has a helicopter pad. With impressive rental income and a lifestyle second to none, Blue Dolphin offers the discerning investor an opportunity to own a real treasure in paradise. Please check out the video and share it with anyone you know who also might be interested. Of course, if you have any questions or would like to set up a private showing, contact me directly. I look forward to hearing from and seeing you in Belize in the near future. Cheers!

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Awesome Day at Secret Beach on Ambergris Caye, Belize - Paradise Guy 2018

Hi, this is William Narod from and I'm the Paradise Guy, and on today's video, we are headed to the beautiful West side of Ambergris Caye to Secret Beach. While it is no longer a secret, this beach destination just keeps on getting better. I am sure after watching the video you will agree. If you have any questions about owning real estate in this area or any other in Belize, please contact me directly. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you someday soon here in Belize. Cheers!

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