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Funk Caye

Tourism is booming in Belize and now ranks among its top industries, thanks to a supportive, stable government that provides appealing investment incentives, expanded air routes and increased cruise ship arrivals. Just 16 miles east of popular Placencia, where coral reefs thrive below the azure Caribbean Sea, Funk Caye offers one of the last quality private islands for development in the region.

Reefs teeming with tropical fish and lob ...

Tourism is booming in Belize and now ranks among its top industries, thanks to a supportive, stable government that provides appealing investment incentives, expanded air routes and increased cruise ship arrivals. Just 16 miles east of popular Placencia, where coral reefs thrive below the azure Caribbean Sea, Funk Caye offers one of the last quality private islands for development in the region.

Reefs teeming with tropical fish and lobster extend north and south of the 2.9-acre private island, creating sheltered snorkeling spots along the western shoreline and abundant scuba sites on its eastern side. The reef to the north contains a natural white sand swimming pool, accessible via a beach on the island’s northwest corner, while the area flats attract fly fishing aficionados with their abundant permit, bonefish and tarpon.

The island itself is ripe for construction, with close to 5,000 cubic yards of sand added to the cleared interior, a 100-foot area at its center for use as a helipad, and numerous palms, fruit trees and colorful gardens already planted to complement future building sites. A calm bay to the west features superb boat anchorage in nine feet of sand and grass with an entry depth of seven feet. An 80-foot by 30-foot L-shaped dock sits in the bay’s most protected stretch, capable of accommodating two 47-foot boats and enhanced by a sunset-facing palapa. The tranquil bay is also ideal for kayaking and paddleboarding—or kite surfing when the prevailing northeasterly wind rises.

Three wooden buildings provide staff accommodation and storage, including housing for a reverse osmosis unit; powered by a 15,000-watt Generac generator, this unit produces 3,000 gallons of fresh water per day. Funk Caye also has 2,600 gallons of fresh water storage and a rainwater collection system. An Environmental Compliance Plan is already in place. As an added bonus, Private Islands Inc.—an established leader in the region with its fully booked Gladden Private Island resort and soon-to-open sanctuary, Kanu—would be willing to collaborate on the development and marketing of this Belizean gem.

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