Better In Belize Eco Village

Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District, Belize

  • Last updated: June 20, 2017 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: August 23, 2010

Mission Statement

The Eco-Eden Known as Better In Belize is an eco-village development, situated on 130 acres of pristine, private land on the Macal Waterway in the Western Cayo District of Belize, approximately 10.5 miles southeast of Benque Viejo del Carmen on Mollejon Road.

Community Description

Our 130 acres eco-community is nestled in the lush tropical rainforest of Western Belize. Located just off the banks of the spectacular Macal River and the Mayan Mountains, our eco-community offers the best of nature right in your very own backyard.

“Better in Belize”, the name says it all… picture yourself waking up each day to the breathtaking scenes, scents and sound of this tropical paradise.

Our lots are generously sized and affordable, with prices starting as low as US $21,000. Lot sizes vary, but average 1/2 acre. Prices are based on size, view and lot features – Hill Top, View, Rainforest, Ridge View, Mayan Circle and Waterfront.

Your own private rainforest hideaway beckons from one of the world’s most beautiful locations – Cayo, Belize. Expand your world. Cayo’s wildlife and lush rainforest, world famous as a mecca for eco-tourism, creates an incredible backdrop for our Better in Belize Eco-Community.

Better In Belize offers you an unbelievably affordable opportunity to make your dream come true!

For those seeking an alternative lifestyle, vacation home or investment property, our Belize eco-community provides an opportunity to own property at a fraction of what you would pay in most Caribbean locations. Ownership of land is free hold and title is absolute. Want to find out more? We would be pleased to provide you with more information and to answer all your questions so that you can make an informed decision. Reserve your lot in Paradise NOW!

For more information about how you can gain ownership within this idyllic Eco-Community, please contact us at 1-877-836-2756 (toll-free within North America); + (501) 824-0550 or email us at [email protected]

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2009
  • Start Living Together: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.BetterInBelize.com
  • Contact Name: Better In Belize Eco-Community
  • Phone: 18778362756
  • Community Address:
    Mile 10.5 Mollejon Road
    Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District, 0000
    Belize
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About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 130 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 25
  • Planned number of residences: 128
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    If you are in North America, call us at our toll-free number at 1-877-836-2756 to set up a tour. If you are in Belize, call Veronica at 824-0550 or 678-9000 (cell) and she will set up a visit for you. Or email us at [email protected] Please contact us in advance to ensure we have availability to accommodate you. We look forward to greeting you!

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Any and all spiritual traditions are welcome at Better In Belize.

    Home schooling is an option too.

Government

  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $92
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Involvement in our Community Organic Gardens is voluntary.

    There are HOA fees for common area maintenance such as road maintenance, etc.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Food produced locally: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    While we are an omnivorous community, vegetarians, vegans and raw foodists are more than welcome!

    Alcohol use is up to the individual.

    While we cannot govern individuals’ smoking habits, we are anti-smoking due to health risks, pollution and fire danger.

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Imagine living in this tropical oasis of friendly, English-speaking Belizeans! The green, green grass of home never looked so good!

We invite you to come and experience the lush vegetation, towering trees, extraordinary wildlife, rare birds and butterflies. Renew and refresh yourself. The sounds of the cascading waterfalls invigorate your senses, inviting you to explore and discover this magnificent waterway all in your own backyard, a stone’s throw away from your Home Sweet Home.

Better In Belize… unspoiled, unparalleled, unbelievable

Our Green Conservation Initiatives
Better In Belize is committed to low-impact development practices and has developed plans to enhance this exquisite, natural environment and protect the remaining intact ecosystems in perpetuity.

More than 50% of Better In Belize’s 130 acres will be preserved and conserved to maintain its natural landscape. Thirty acres will be designated for common area green space and amenities.

More Great Reasons to Buy at Better In Belize Eco Community:

•ECO-nomical lifestyle: From green power initiatives including solar energy, to sustainable construction techniques, to water conservation, Better In Belize is a role model for environmentally friendly development – at a price anyone can afford!
•Super selection of unique and exceptional house designs to suit any budget and lifestyle!
•Outstanding Development and Design Team!
•Low property taxes! Average property taxes under US $10 annually!
•Prime waterfront location on the clean and pristine Macal Waterway in Cayo, Belize!
•Breathtaking rainforest location across the river from the Pine Ridge Mountain Reserve, the largest protected area in Belize and home to Belize’s largest limestone caverns!
•Location! Location! Location!
•Belize is less than 2 hours from southern U.S.!
•Convenient location less than 3 hours from Belize International Airport!
•Handy location close to San Ignacio, one of Belize’s coolest towns!
•Close location to amenities and facilities in Benque Viejo del Carmen!
•Super location just two and a half hours from the Caribbean coast!
•Located in one of the world’s greatest natural history locations!
•Ecologically and culturally diverse location, 10 miles from the haunting and historic Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich!
•Home to over 100 species of birds and many species of exotic orchids!
•Wonderful activities in our area include: Bird watching; Canoeing; Caving; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Kayaking; Mountain Biking; Mountain Trekking; River-Rafting; Swimming; Tree-Climbing; Tubing; Visits to Mayan Ruins and Waterfalls and Zip lining!
•Socialize with eco-conscious, interesting and like-minded neighbors from around the world!
•Ethical and educational investment for your children!
•Rental revenue potential!

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Community Affiliations

Better In Belize Eco-Community, Better In Belize

Keywords

ecovillage, Belize ecovillage, sustainable community in Belize, off-grid living, green building