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Better In Belize Eco Village

Last updated: March 9, 2016 (11 months ago)

Listing created on: August 23, 2010

Better In Belize Eco Village

(10.5 miles from Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Cayo District, Belize)

Mission Statement:

The Eco-Eden Known as Better In Belize is an eco-resort community 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 Hydro Road

Community Description:

Our 132 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. With construction cost starting at US $100 per square foot you can build your unique dream home at an affordable price.

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]

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: 132 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 98
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 10
  • 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 another part of the world, call us at 519-954-7244. 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] You are welcome to stay for a night, as our guest, and enjoy a the rainforest. Pre-booking is required, so 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: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • 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 recycling, 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%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • 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: As we are just forming, this is not applicable yet.

    Our organically minded community gardens now produce over 90 different fruits, vegetables and herbs. A % of food provided is unavailable at this time as we are still forming.

    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
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Imagine living in this tropical oasis of friendly, English-speaking Belize! 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.

In keeping with our mandate of conservation initiatives and sustainable land management, Better In Belize has started to develop organically-minded gardens starting with “Flutter by Finca” which is our 3.3 acre upper Finca which means farm in Spanish.

Our direction is to incorporate Better in Belize into a learning Annex. The topics are endless including solar, wind, water conservation, weather readings, star charting, tree identification, wildlife conservation, wellness programs, medicinal plant usage, trail building, natural cooking, seed harvesting, and gardening that will blend education and adventure in a vibrant habitat rich in natural history and ecological diversity.

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 $100 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 2 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 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!
•Fabulous planned on-site amenities include: learning annex; organically-minded gardens; fruit orchards; swimming pool; community center; restaurant/bar; outdoor fireplace; dock/launching area for canoes and kayaks; picnic shelter; security and gated entry.
•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)

Community Affiliations

Better In Belize Eco-Community, Better In Belize

Keywords

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

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network