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Basil Jones


Area Information





  

Looking at Robles from north Basil Jones  
Today Basil Jones, North Ambergris Caye, ranges over about a two mile area, starting approximately thirteen miles north of San Pedro. The area consists of a seaward beach ridge, facing the barrier reef and leeward mangrove swamp with a broad intervening plateau of palm thicket. One unique aspect of the geography is midway up Basil Jones, the land and barrier reef begin to come together, at Narrow Point. From there the reef is very close to land and eventually a mile or so up the beach the reef actually touches land.

Xcalak looking towards Ambergris Caye
Xcalak fly over - looking south.

    Parts of the area are covered with a rich black soil said to have been cultivated by the Maya. For many years very little changed, the old coconut plantations or cocals, were left unattended and coconut trees grew over much of the area and where they didn't, the jungle and mangrove took back over. For years, a few people carved a life for themselves along the isolated beaches, but there were no roads or electricity.

 


But in 1997 and 1998 things started happening, Nova Shrimp was given the go ahead to build their shrimp hatchery, at the south end of Basil Jones. There they had good ocean access through the Basil Jones cut in the reef as well as from an old airstrip built in the fifties by Gulf Oil. Nova Shrimp cleared the road to the airstrip and cleared the 1,800 foot airstrip, which they maintained. In 2007 or 2008, Nova Shrimp went out of business, and everything was sold off. The property is now owned by speculators. The airstrip is now completely overgrown, but in 2017, Belize endorsed a plan to make and International Airport in its place. So the area is definitely slated for growth! Read one of the articles in the San Pedro Sun, here.

 

    The Basil Jones Air Strip
Basil Jones Airstrip in 2001.
Xcalak, Mexico with airstrip in background.

Xcalak, Mexico fly over - Xcalak airstrip.

    At some time Jim Blake's estate that covered much of North Ambergris Caye and the Basil Jones area was passed on to and divided amongst his five children. The land was split into many subdivisions, some now partially developed and others still remain covered with coconut trees and jungle. When and all the subdivisions are filled there will be hundreds of families, vacationers, business owners, and support staff living at Basil Jones.


Moving north, some five hundred feet from the public pier, is the former Sueno del Mar, a timeshare resort that started construction around 2004. After going millions of dollars in debt to a Belize bank, the property was sold off. Sadly, even though Belize has protections for timeshare owners, due to the convoluted sales contracts, drawn specifically to avoid transfer taxes, everyone who bought into the resort lost all their claim to it and their fractional ownership. After sitting empty for several years, it was bought by associates of the Bowen and Bowen Company, (bottlers for Coke, Fanta, Belican, and bottled water). Those associates have now entered into a contract with Margaritaville Enterprises, who will be reopening it as a new Margaritaville, sometime in 2019. Read more about it, here.

      Basil Jones Resort dock and huts, August, 2001.
The original Basil Jones Resort in 2001. Now called Tranquility Bay.

Basil Jones Beach Resort
The Basil Jones Beach Resort back in 2001. Now defunct and in ruins.
      Then, about a half mile north of the future Margaritaville Resort is Tranquility Bay . Consisting of some twelve acres in Basil Jones, this resort, was briefly called Cabana Reef, and before that, Basil Jones Resort and Club, but it went bankrupt. It is now owned by a group of some 22 different people but is for sale. The news on the "coconut telegraph" is that they are in final negotiations to sell to the principals owners of the ongoing Grand Carribe.

Just north of Tranquility Bay is what's left of the defunct Basil Jones Beach Resort. The Basil Jones Beach was a resort that sold lots in the planned subdivision. According to a german website, the subdivision consisted of 125 lots each 22.5 x 30 meters large. Now fallen into decay, there was also an area for the Beach Club manager and approximately 240 meters of beach front. Back in 2001, from their website, Basil Jones Beach, was offering 35 of the 125 plots for a price of $16000 - $24000 US. They said a 900 square foot cabana cost between $30,000 US and $40,000 depending upon construction and configuration.
      Basil Jones Beach with dock missing from Keith
The Basil Jones Beach Resort in 2001.
Narrow Point, Basil Jones.
Boating past Tranquility Bay. The reef is much closer.
      Just north of Basil Jones Beach is Triton Properties' North Basil Jones Beach subdivision, sound confusing? The Triton property was a 10 acre parcel of undeveloped beach front property with a proposed subdivision consisting of about 33 single family home sites. Triton is offering the parcel for sale as an entire unit at this time. North of that, Basil Jones officially ends a little over one half mile north of Tranquility Bay. In that half mile, there are four house/homes, two of which are occupied more or less year round. As you continue north In Robles, there is one home, occupied part time. After wards, the Rocky Point area begins. Past Rocky Point, at the north end tip of the island is Boca Bacalar Chico, there is a bar there and the old is the Palm Bay Club, where there were a couple of cabanas built some time ago.
The area, we call our Basil Jones Neighborhood is actually at the northern most end of Basil Jones, just a little over 500 feet from where the Robles area begins. The lots in our Basil Jones subdivision are well definded even though most are still covered with under growth and palm trees from the old plantation. The beaches are covered with the occasional Coconut tree, Bay Cedars, Fisherman's tobacco, grasses, and Ambrosia.

      Basil Jone Neighborhood Beach
Basil Jones beach looking south.
Basil Jones eighty feet into the jungle from a property marker.       Behind, the back lots are mangroves and the easement for the road to town. In the past, it had been cleared all the way to Rocky Point, but now the weeds and forest have taken it back, at least until Robles Point. From Rocky Point northward the road/trail are fairly passable.
Belize Electricity Limited has run power lines up from San Pedro all the way to Tranquility Bay. Water is currently obtained by well and cistern systems, but Bowen and Bowen is currently building a large water purification plant south of the new Margaritaville.

Communications are provided by a cellular sites placed by Belize Telecommunications Company, (BTL). Building supplies and equipment are usually brought up by barge, but will a road now in place, they should come on it.
     

Basil Jones looking at Robles Point.





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