Thursday, April 7, 2011

Belize has earned the title "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret" and is quickly becoming the top destination for eco-tourism and vacation homes. On the Northern coast of Belize is Orchid Bay, a luxurious private community committed to the environment.
Orchid Bay recently announced the release of its phase III properties with 0% financing. This announcement is on the heels of news that a private airstrip is being added to Orchid Bay allowing residents to enjoy day trips to Belize's cayes and reef.
Orchid Bay boasts a walkable community where amenities are less than a five minute by foot from every home. Properties are delicately placed between gardens and parks that highlight the beauty of Belize. Swimming pools, beaches, boat slips, and the equestrian center are available for all residents to share.
The luxury of Orchid Bay is affordable with private home sites starting at $44,000 USD and beach homes at $179,000 USD. The community is comprised largely of North American families who seek a vacation home in a private setting where family and friends can gather. People are also making Orchid Bay their full-time residence and some are opening businesses such as Pilates studios and bed & breakfasts.
Orchid Bay's architecture pays tribute to Belize's environment and history. Thatch roofs on the Mayan inspired beach casitas integrate with the surroundings. This aesthetic addition also helps insulate the roof to reduce air conditioning needs. Homes are designed to provide both grid and solar electricity.

Casita with thatch roof

Hardwood ceiling and loft in Casita

The newest addition to Orchid Bay is the Seafront Condominiums on the central beach in the communities prime real estate. The Condominiums feature a British Colonial architecture paying homage to Belize's British heritage. Outdoor living is a theme across Orchid Bay and the Condominiums include two large balconies and French doors connecting the living room with the front porch.

Orchid Bay's CEO, Ari Kahn, notes that " Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America and is 2 hours from Miami so it will not be a secret for long, but I still expect the environment to be preserved. Nearly 40% of the countries land mass is in protected status. Environmental sensitivity and eco-technology have advanced since the Costa Rica was discovered 20 years ago. Like Costa Rica, property prices will rise, but communities like Orchid Bay will keep the environment pristine."