The Long and Winding Road in Ambergris Caye, Belize

‘The Long and Winding Road’ in today’s headline is inspired by the song by The Beatles which was released in 1970 and was a track from the ‘Let It Be’ album. It made number one in the UK and US charts and was the group’s last number one in the US.

So why did I choose this song ? The road from the northern side of the bridge to our build in Ambergris Caye,Belize is not that long. At half a mile I would say ( can’t be precise because our golf cart doesn’t have a mileometer) it cannot be described as long. It does wind a bit though and that is reason enough for me. Plus, I think it is a great song.


The road ahead immediately ahead of us after crossing the bridge.


The next stretch takes us to the beginning of Reef Village.


And past the entrance to the Kama Lounge.


Past the main entrance to Reef Village.


The next stretch takes us past Reef Village.


The Jolly Roger behind us and Legends just in front with Pirate’s Treasure Restaurant and Bar in the distance and we are there.

The route there though is a dirt road and is a very bumpy and at times slow drive.


Just one of what seems like hundreds of potholes.

When we eventually got to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we were surprised, but pleased, to see that work on the concrete – contrary to what we had been told yesterday- had actually started.

There were eleven guys on site with four supplying the mixer to make the concrete, three on wheelbarrow duty and four managing the pour.

Boards were positioned across the water tank to provide access for the pouring.


‘Junior’ on the wheelbarrow with Anhill and Martin making sure that the concrete was poured in the right place.

Once again the vibrator was in constant use.


Martin in ‘charge’ of the vibrator

Some sections of the forms were too difficult to take the wheelbarrow to for direct pouring and it was necessary to shovel the concrete in.


Nicholas on shovel duty.

It still amazes me how they manage to move so much concrete in such a rudimentary way with boards placed together to create walkways.


Anhill nailing the boards together.

They will complete the pouring of the final sections tomorrow morning and I will be there after my early morning breakfast at Estel’s.

They are already preparing for the next pour though because another delivery of rebar had been made.


Further delivery of thirty-nine foot, six inch lengths of rebar.


  1. Mike says:

    I really enjoy this blog! As a contractor and fan of AC its very interesting.

    1. Mike, really pleased that you are finding the blog of interest . Hopefully of enough interest to stay with it even when I stray from the build. Regards John

  2. John East says:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. Really pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit to Ambergris Caye. As you say, when it rains it really rains but it can clear really fast. Kind regards John

  3. footballbat says:

    In early October 2011 there was a lot of rain on Ambergris Caye. It was our 2nd day on the island and the skies had cleared enough to explore north of the bridge and – finally see for ourselves the Palapa Bar we’d been dreaming about visiting for 8 months. Right about where your 5th picture is looking the muddy water completely covered the road and continued that way for about 50 feet. We moved as far to the right as we could and advanced cautiously, but about halfway across, the water was over the wheels and a few feet more and practically coming in the cart. And then she stalled. And woulnd’t restart. Determined to make it to our destination, I took off my shoes and socks and pushed the cart and my wife out of the water. The cart started up after a couple of tries and we were on our way.

    Brings back lots of memories to see the location again on your blog. 🙂

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. Really appreciated.

      Your experience in October 2011 is not an uncommon one on Ambergris Caye. When it rains heavily the roads, and especially ‘up north’ can become virtually impassable.

      When we do move there Wellington boots are top of the list of things we need to buy!

  4. Tracey says:

    Hi John, I’ve just started reading your blog. I plan to retire there as well, and want to buy at Bermuda Beach. I stayed there again last month. I am enjoying watching the progress on the house!’

    Best regards,


    1. Hi Tracey,
      Good luck with your plans, I hope that they come to fruition .
      Pleased that you are enjoying the blog.

  5. Mark Hoover says:

    Why not slab on grade with monolithic footings?

    1. Mark, I am far from an expert on the ways of pouring concrete but I thought that one of the primary benefits/reasons of/for slab on grade is in areas suffering from frost. Something – unless there is a massive climate change – that we need to concern ourselves with.
      I also understand that the concrete needs to be laid in one pour. Something – given our location – I believe would be extremely expensive.
      Thanks for your comment . And taking the time to read the blog.

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