Is This Belize’s Next Big Expat Hot Spot?

Sittee River has a frozen-in-time feel, nestled next to the welcoming Garifuna community of Hopkins in southern Belize. This sleepy, historically Kriol area has seen a slow but steady increase in the expat population enticed by the choice of scenic riverfront homes and housing communities near the resort area that borders Hopkins, and also the opportunity to buy land for farming.

What is it that is drawing the crowds? Many describe the area as reminiscent of vintage Alabama, with a jungle feel. People will often use the word “lush” to describe the feel of the surroundings here. And the river soil is extremely good for farming, gardening, and vegetation.

Sittee River is described as an old-fashioned, warm, and friendly area. It is becoming less of a secret now that neighbor Hopkins has its first paved road into town—what used to be a pothole-filled adventure is now smooth and accessible. There is a second (charming) dirt access road you can take directly to Sittee River, that has picturesque farms and scenes that could be from 100 years ago, with Hopkins 10 minutes away.

For expats with a taste for First-World amenities, Sittee River offers this too, in the form of a world-class, well-managed marina, and the famous Curve Bar, which sits right on the curve of the river.

New housing developments are planned with opportunities for those looking to build their dream home in a jungle atmosphere. Close by is an enormous planned community called the Reserve. While it appears that this community is far from being finished, this is an area of Belize that has only recently been discovered by expats. Because it is still a long way from overdevelopment, you can have the best of both worlds if you’re looking for the authentic Belize experience, with the option for some comforts as well.

Sittee River may be one of the hottest new spots in Belize, especially for boaters and fishermen. It is one of the few deep-water rivers in Belize, offering quick access to the sea—with the reef only minutes away. This is even closer than the popular village of Placencia, about 45 minutes away.

The Reserve, close by, is listing homes for half a million dollars or more, even without waterfront—but this isn’t the case closer to Sittee River. Here, there are still opportunities to purchase over seven acres of prime land right on the river for $171,000 (on the Reserve side of the river).

For the entrepreneur, there is also 10 acres with 1,000 feet of river, minutes from the highway. Adjacent to that property, if you wanted more land, there will be 21 acres with two homes listed soon, for under $200,000.

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