‘The Way It Is’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize

In yesterday’s edition I mentioned that today Rose andI were going to make a visit to take a look at our lots of land in Fire Coral Street, San Pablo following the clearance work that Daniel Camal, our building contractor for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize, has started to have carried out.

Well early this afternoon (had to get my televised ‘fix’ of football first) that is exactly what we did. Those of you that have been following the blog for awhile will remember that I covered the lots in an edition at the beginning of the year. For those of you that didn’t see this edition I reproduce some of the photos to show ‘the before’.


View at a distance from the other side of the canal.


Zoom shot from the same position.


Photo from the roadside.

Work has virtually been completed – need to uplift the scrub and general rubbish – on two of the three lots with work yet to start on the third lot. The difference in appearance though was very clear to see.


View at a distance from the other side of the canal.


View from the roadside.

For the first time in absolutely ages we were able to walk around the lots (well, two of them at least).


Behind the block wall in the distance is the third lot that is yet to be cleared.


View from the road to the canal.

Unfortunately you provide a pile of rubbish (in our case mostly scrub and bushes) then people will see it as an invitation to dump their rubbish too. Don’t know why this happens it’s just the way it is. And within a couple of days of clearing our land other people’s rubbish is already being dumped on it.


Household rubbish.


Car parts.

We also have the problem of abandoned, broken down cars parked in front of our land which we need to get cleared and I have written a letter to the Mayor to see if I can get him involved.


Broken down vehicle piled up with rubbish.


And another one.

Rose and I have decided that as soon as the remaining third lot has been cleared and all of the rubbish removed from the three lots we will have a relatively inexpensive chicken wire fence erected along the roadside of our land. Hopefully this will prevent further dumping.

We enjoyed seeing our land in San Pablo in its much cleaned up state but are looking forward to viewing progress on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize tomorrow.

The headline is based on the 1986 song by Bruce Hornsby and the Range. It reached number fifteen in the UK Singles Chart and number one in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Alan Slater says:

    Hi John,
    Softly, softly, eh? Don’t forget the big stick and brass-toed clog, when all else fails!!!! Good to see the walls now appearing on the skyline. Gets more interesting by the day.
    Alan S.

    1. Hi Alan. Delivering the letter to the Mayor’s office this afternoon. We will then see what response. If nothing then the next step is the San Pedro Sun. Regards John

  2. Alan Slater says:

    Hi John,
    Just a thought, but you may be able to trace the owners of those vehicles through the license plates. There has to be a path to follow, unless they are stolen, or never re-registered.
    Alan S.

    1. Alan, I think I know who is dumping them – there is a car mechanic across the road. Am trying to resolve the problem ‘at a distance’. Softly,softly is my first approach. Regards John

  3. marsa hightower says:

    Fire Coral Street! I put an offer in on Mango House a few months ago, but couldn’t come to terms. Still looking, but from Dallas TX until May. Love the info on the build!

    1. Hi Marsa. We have friends currently renting one of the Mango House apartments. It has been up for sale for some considerable time and from what I recall the asking price has decreased quite a lot. Pleased (very) that you are enjoying reading the log. Regards John

  4. Larry Merrill says:

    John: Where exactly is San Pablo. I can’t find a real detailed map of the Caye. The best one I found was by Carts Belize. I have been marking it up to show these areas that are mentioned. It is good for the central part of San Pedro but not for the outlying areas. Is San Pablo south of the DFC?

    1. John East says:

      Hi Larry. It is north of DFC. Grand Colony & Banana Beach are to the east of it and the Sausage Factory/Caye Coffee to the north of it. Hope this helps in pinpointing it. Regards John


  5. robert vernon says:

    Hi John. What are you going to do with these lots. Im hoping to move to that area in Aug. its very nice down there

    1. When they are fully cleared and fenced off Robert we will probably see a realtor or two to see what kind of price they think we could get for them. Three adjoining lots giving 15,000 square feet might interest someone wanting to build a block of condos.

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