Jenny and her husband are from the United States and now own a resort in Corozal District, Cerros Beach Resort www.cerrosbeachresort.com, Tel: (501) 623-9763.
Starting a small Inn in Belize has been a great adventure for my husband and me. It all started after finding our piece of paradise on the Caribbean Sea – once we had our view (The“view” that we talk about is the Bay of Chetumal in the Corozal District) the rest fell into place. We were able to successfully find a local contractor for building our home, restaurant, and cabanas and we are within walking distance of the seaside Maya ruins of Cerros.
There are experienced people here that can work with the local building materials. For example, our cabanas are built as a local villager would their home; comprised of local hardwood planked floor, palmetto tree walls, and a thatched roof. As we were from the States, we would have been utterly lost trying to build in this manner and structure type, but we had the help of the locals. We realized a restaurant would do well if we set prices the community could support.
The restaurant, guest cabanas and residence operate completely off the electrical grid. All the power is solar. Receiving our business license and approval from the Government of Belize was timely and reasonable. Continuing to send in yearly application and fees has been efficient and hassle-free. Best, the GOB and the Belize Tourism Board were more than willing to help us throughout the process. Now, my husband and I wake up each morning in paradise, happy to run our own place! Our dream came true because of a leap-of-faith and plenty of determination.