Placencia or Ambergris Caye: Which to Choose in Belize?

Placencia or Ambergris Caye: Which to Choose in Belize?

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placencia or ambergris caye

Most visitors and retirees are familiar with Ambergris Caye and Placencia. It’s easy to see why. Both locations feature gorgeous beaches, wonderful recreation opportunities, and the chance to live an easy, tropical lifestyle. How do you choose the right one for your retirement? Both are lovely, but we think Placencia edges out Ambergris Caye for several reasons.

Placencia Is Less Crowded

Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular area. Tourists, expatriates, and retirees flock to the many resorts and oceanfront condominiums on the island. For some people, it’s become too crowded. It has lost its quiet charm as tourists, high-end resorts and large numbers of golf carts have taken over.

Although Placencia’s popularity is growing, it has a slower pace than Ambergris Caye. Placencia Village is lively, but it’s tiny. You will never feel rushed or crowded. Most people still travel on foot or bicycle.

Placencia Is More Affordable

Ambergris Caye’s popularity has led to a spike in prices for everything. Real estate has gone up, and it’s hard to find low-priced hotels and restaurants. Oceanfront property here can cost what it does in the US.

Prices in Placencia are more affordable, and you’ll find a tremendous variety of homes here. Friendly beach bars, a low cost of living, and an established community of retirees make it a wonderful place to live.

Ambergris Caye Is an Island

Ambergris Caye is cut off from the Belize mainland. If you need to travel home or conduct business with the Belize government, you must take a ferry or a domestic flight to the mainland and travel to Belize City or Belmopan. It’s difficult to visit other parts of Belize.

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In Placencia, you’re on the mainland, which is more convenient. It’s easy to travel or take care of business. You have more opportunities to visit Belize’s other beautiful areas.

How To Find Your Perfect Placencia Home

Are you ready to find your perfect home in Placencia? It’s easy when you work with the local experts at Воrіѕ Маnnѕfеld & Аѕѕосіаtеѕ. Their experienced agents are familiar with the Belize real estate market and where to find the best deals. They can help you find a retirement home or rental property in Placencia. Contact them thrоugh thеіr wеbѕіtе, at their Belize office or by calling their toll-free US number (303) 495-5536.


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