You Can Own an Entire Island in Belize For Under $500K
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You Can Own an Entire Island in Belize For Under $500K

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By Duncan Nielsen
In need of a sea change? An island in the Caribbean just hit the market—and it's really affordable.

Stann Creek Island—a miniature, kidney-shaped thumb of land nestled off the coast of Belize—was just listed by 7th Heaven Properties with a remarkably approachable price tag. At an initial ask of $465,000, the just-remote-enough property is an exclusive retreat in a paradisiacal Caribbean setting.

The land comes with four quaint cabanas built in 2014—each of which has a couple queen beds, a kitchen, a large dining area, and a bathroom—basically room enough for about 12 folks to sleep and hang comfortably on the eighth-of-an-acre property. Stilted, funky, and festive, the structures are solar-powered and come with a backup generator. 

Stann Creek Island is part of an atoll near the Belize Barrier Reef, and it appears to be the only isle in the area with any development.

Stann Creek Island is part of an atoll near the Belize Barrier Reef, and it appears to be the only isle in the area with any development.

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The island hosts four cabanas set at the water's edge for maximal views of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea.

The island hosts four cabanas set at the water's edge for maximal views of the crystal blue Caribbean Sea.

Scuba nerds and nature nuts will be keen: The dreamy island is a 12-mile boat ride from mainland Hopkins Village, and it's part of an atoll near the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second longest in the world. Also nearby is the Placencia Lagoon, which hosts manatees, dolphins, and rays, among other regional fauna.

7th Heaven Properties isn't telling prospective buyers what to do with the purchase. "This island would make an idyllic private retreat or it could be converted into a commercial venture such as a diving hotel, guest house, or boutique private island resort if desired," says their website, leaving the door wide open for dreamers of all kinds. As a country, Belize has famously low economic hurdles for prospective newcomers.

The homes were built in 2014 and are stilted to stay dry with changing tides and weather conditions. The festive colors are distinctly Caribbean. 

The homes were built in 2014 and are stilted to stay dry with changing tides and weather conditions. The festive colors are distinctly Caribbean. 

There aren't a ton of island listings that land under the million-dollar mark—especially in and around Belize. For perspective, $500,000 will barely buy you a home in many large U.S. cities. Belize is English-speaking, and most major airlines route there. Paradise awaits. 

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