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Thanks to our esteemed  co-founders  and correspondents Angela and Scott Woodhams who are now “On the Road in Belize” we have these wonderful pictures to share of daily life there. Enjoy!

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Swan Villas, Belize
Take a slice of the Blue Caribbean Coast of Belize, add award-winning architect, and your own passion for life into the mix and what you get is magic.  Swan Villas is an exceptional project conceived by two partners who determined to escape the grind of city life and create a lifestyle resort on the ocean. Montse and Rodolfo, a spirited young entrepreneurial couple, with 25 years’ experience in the world of finance, tourism, infrastructure, and construction, they fell in love with Belize on their first flight two years ago. After going through the cold Boston winters for three years, they decided to settle in Belize, and have accomplished building and developing Swan Villas.

The architect, Javier Senosiain, is known for his organic and unusual designs that integrate with nature.
Swan Villas, which he designed,  have risen like mythical sea creatures around the lagoon on the Placencia Peninsula. They are built of ferro-cement and could easily be mistaken for large works of art. In fact, each building is a villa consisting of three separate units: one two-bedroom apartment and two separate private studios, making a total of four bedrooms with their own bathrooms, two balconies, a patio and enough space for up to 10.

The round king size beds mirror the exterior design, studiously avoiding the angular in favour of smooth, eye-pleasing lines. Each unit has from full kitchen to kitchenette facilities, depending on size, living space and large terraces looking towards lush gardens and the ocean, some 75 yards away.

Most bathrooms have Jacuzzis and power showers, jetted bathtubs with aromatherapy and chromotherapy systems. This truly remarkable retreat has its own permaculture fruit and vegetable gardens and an infinity swimming pool.The owners are hands-on and provide a concierge service that is second to none.  Yoga classes, bike trips to Placencia, hiking through the jungle, to kayaking and even diving with Whale Sharks.

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If you simply want to relax, and watch exotic mammals and birds,  admire the inimitable sunset and views all the way to the Maya mountains, or take a stroll along the beach, you’d be left in peace to do just that.Each villa is built with a view of the pool and has beautiful vistas of the lagoon. Being available for rent (and attracting 5 star reviews), this is a development project that will potentially see further extension. Other villas, yet to be built, will be offered for purchase together with the adjoining land and gardens. They will be professionally managed when the owners are not in residence.
Swan Villas is an outstanding concept that captures the zeitgeist to perfection – integration with nature, organics and clean, active lifestyle whose full potential has yet to be achieved.  Belize is in Central America and still fairly sparsely populated. It is English-speaking  and a part of the Commonwealth.  Lifestyle is laid back and prices comparatively low.
For large families or groups of friends Swan Villas offers a truly special holiday experience.

Each Villa is for sale with attractive financing through Atlantic Bank Belize, and will be professionally managed. Swan Villas are a great investment opportunity, for those owner/investors who want a vacation rental, a wonderful place to come relax or explore, and a location in the Caribbean that can’t be beat.

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Yeah we get a little excited when we see these old Landy’s still trudging alone down here in Belize. As an old Military outpost the country of Belize was full of  them many years ago, now they are getting harder to find and prices for a good used one have been going up. The old Land Rovers were required if you were planning to get anywhere in the country as the road conditions here in Belize are very rough. Even in the present day, there are only four major roads, considered highways to get around. One road in particular we really love is the Coastal Highway. It’s neither a highway and does not run along the coast. It’s just bemusing to us that it’s even on Belize maps.


Anyway back to the story. As Land Rover enthusiast, we’re always on the look out to see if we can find some of the old British Military Land Rovers, as luck would have it we did. Not only did we hear about some old Land Rovers being spotted, but that they were in fact close by. So with enthusiasm we  took to the road heading north of Placencia to Sittee River. Once we were in the area, we asked around again and were told we should go to the Sitte River Marina.

Just around the next bend and wow, it was like coming to Mecca! Not only were there 1 or 2 but we saw 4 and were told there were seven. Various models and years were represented and they all were running. We enjoyed spending our time talking to the guides at Sittee River Marina about all things Land Rover. Cool places to drive and explore via Land Rover in Belize were the topic of the afternoon. We also talked about some of the important ecology work that they are doing, cleaning up the trail to Davis Falls and Manatee conservation efforts.  We were also told that soon they will have old Landy’s for rent should you challenge to take one into the bush. We know we’d love to. Even though we have late-model Discovery’s with A/C, Roof Top Tents, electrical power, and so forth, it’s just something about driving an old Landy through the bush.

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We would like to thanks Bryan and the crew for showing us around. We’ll be back! Maybe next time we can have a Land Rover Parade.

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Quite recently we found ourselves not trekking through jungle but in a strange new predicament……..traffic! Yes that seven letter word. Backed up for miles like traffic. The kind that makes us want to pull over and pop up the roof top tent and wait it out. See, our normal is driving off road, through the jungles, mountains, beaches, and small villages way off the beaten path. For us a normal commute is a creek crossing or two, using our winches, tow ropes, hi-lift jacks, sand mats, airing up or down our tires and pure driving skill.  So why do we get so jacked up about traffic? I guess just sitting there in your vehicle inching along is just not appealing to us……boring ! So the next time you’re sitting in traffic and you see something that looks similar to us, a 4×4 with a snorkel, roof rack, ladders, lights and all the usual paraphernalia, I tell you that driver is probably really bored. Do us and yourself a favor, how about a friendly wave or gesture to let them know it’s okay and everything is gonna be alright.  He’s probably suffering from off road anxiety. Thanks

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