“Higher Ground” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Suitably ‘armed’ with my passport, a utility (Belize Electricity Limited) bill for our lot in Tres Cocos, a completed application form and BZ$65 I set off at 10.30 am yesterday morning
for the Post Office in Pescador Drive hopeful that my third attempt at renting a P.O. Box would be successful.

On arrival I was ushered straight in to the manager’s office and after he had taken photocopies of the utility bill, the information page in my passport, my “QRP” ID card and my Belize Drivers License he ceremoniously handed me three keys for my P.O Box and issued me with the address for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Whilst with him I took the opportunity of finding out whether C.A. needs to be included within the address or not. He very quickly, and somewhat forcibly, informed me that it is not required. Belize is sufficient – it has it’s own international postal code which is BZ (Emily posted on 8 June that she had heard (correctly) that C.A. is not required within the address fields).

With my one task of the day (OK it did take four visits to the Post Office to accomplish it) successfully completed I returned “home” (our rented condo), grabbed my book and went and spent some quality time lounging on the beach (it’s a hard life!).

After a good read and a short nap (my eyes got tired) I had a bite to eat and then it was time for Rose and I to head off (wondering all the way there how many windows had been fitted) to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and we got there around 2.30 pm.

As we pulled in to the lot Rose was alarmed when she saw form boards around the windows on the front (eastern side) of the house on the First Floor. She (we) had expected to see windows installed and not remodelling work.

When we got up to the First Floor we grabbed hold of (not literally of course) Angel who explained that they have had to apply more cement so that the frames for the windows can be positioned and fitted as they need to be.


Powder Room window.


Utility (laundry) room window.


Kitchen window.


Angel working on the second of the Utility (laundry) Room windows.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom though because they had fitted two of the clerestory windows. Which, by the way, look a lot better than we had thought they would look.


In the dining room area on the First Floor.


Now need to work out how I clean this!


Clerestory window fitted in the First Floor bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room).

Once in to the living/dining area we could see above us that José had fitted Sheetrock (plasterboard for UK readers) for most of the ceiling above the staircase on the Second Floor.



José finishing the last section.

A few feet away we saw that the guys ( and I think it was young Miguel who is going through an informal apprenticeship) had made good the floor in the kitchen/hall areas.


Confident that we had caught up with the progress on the First Floor Rose and I climbed the scaffold (we are both getting to be dab hands at this now) to the Second Floor where we found Alfonso fixing the Sheetrock in Rose’s bathroom.


Around the corner on the southern veranda Martin was applying cement around the window frames.


Note the protective sheeting over the windows and frames.

By the time we were ready to leave the floor Alfonso was taking a late lunch and using our concrete table and seats for it (before we have as well!).


Alfonso sitting comfortably in the distance.

I was interested in seeing Alfonso making good use of our table but was more captivated by the fantastic views we get from the higher ground of the Second Floor. I am definitely going to be spending a lot of time up there when we eventually move in.

Leaving Alfonso to his lunch Rose and I made our way down the scaffold and then down the entrance stairway to ground level where we found Porfelio and Angel (Nicholas was working on the window inside the house) on the northern side of the house installing the third and last clerestory window. This one for the ‘master’ bedroom in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment.



The headline is based on the 1973 single by Stevie Wonder which reached number four in he US Billboard Hot 100 and number twenty-nine in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Ryan says:

    Considering building there. Ball park, what were your construction costs?

    1. Hi Ryan. I have been asked that question quite a few times but decided at the outset that I would not share this type of information. For one I consider to be confidential/personal. It also could prove to be terribly misleading. What the cost per square foot turns out to be will depend upon a number of variables. Where you are building (eg the southern end of Ambergris Caye will not incur as much in transport costs as the northern end), what you are building, how it is being built, the quality of finish you go for, etc

  2. And for only 11 cents a day.

  3. Emily says:

    Glad to know that you got the burning issue of the proper address straightened out — and a PO box. Congratulations!

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