Visit Utila if you crave hints of Hemingway’s old Key West or Grand Cayman before chain hotels…
-Huffington Post-
One of the top 10 best places to retire in the world…
-10bestplacestoretire.com-
Safe… On Utila, a Caribbean Island with a population of just 3, 500, the biggest problems are lionfish – and getting a restaurant table…
-BBC-

Opportunity

There has never been a better time…

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Optimum Timing

There has never been a better time to invest in the Bay Islands. Utila is one of the most exciting ownership opportunities in the entire Caribbean if not the world.

Retail Demand

Over 80 million Americans have now reached retirement age and are aggressively looking for retirement opportunities. Utila is the last affordable Island in the Caribbean. 

Value

Comparable property to Coconut Cove Marina and Beach on Turks & Caicos, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman… sell for up to ten times the price.

Utila

Always Sought After

As early as the beginning of the sixteenth century, two of the then dominant world empires sought to control this island paradise. The first people to populate the islands were the Paya Indians, a simple people who kept to themselves.

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However, in 1502, Christopher Columbus enslaved the native habitants and claimed the Bay Islands for the Spanish Empire naming Utila –English pirates began invading the islands in search of Spanish treasure and many stayed making Utila home. England and Spain struggled back and forth for control of the islands. Even the Dutch and French tried forays into trying to control this exquisite group of islands. The English-Spanish struggles continued until England agreed to a treaty granting the islands to the Spaniards. In 1814 Spain and England adjusted their peace treaty to leave the Islands under the jurisdiction of Honduras. It was not until April 1861, that a decree was finally issued that proclaimed the Bay Islands to be part of the Republic of Honduras. In 1872 the Bay Islands (Nicknamed “The Garden of the West Indies”) became politically and geographically, a Department of Honduras.

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Culture & Charm

Utila is a very special place! Visitors to Utila describe the inhabitants as welcoming, friendly, hospitable and uniquely charming. Over the last 300 years, Utila has hosted a wonderful mix of visitors; fishermen, marooned Carib slaves, adventure seekers, turtle hunters, log cutters and pirates.

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Although they all came initially to take advantage of the island’s rich resources, many succumbed to the island’s charms and stayed on to call Utila home. As a result of this, the modern day Bay Islanders have the most colorful of ancestries. From the papaya Indians, through the years spent as a British colony, to the present day, Utila provides a rich and diverse cultural experience with its unique blend of British, American and Spanish heritages making this an authentic Caribbean Island – Still a largely undiscovered and unspoiled tropical Island paradise. To this day the locals speak a sing-song English and carry names such as Morgan, Cooper and Jackson.

 

Today’s Visitors

Poised For Growth

Today’s Visitors Enjoy A Key West of Twenty Years Ago, a quaint and unspoiled Caribbean Island experience with no chain stores or fast food outlets. Utila is perfect for safely exploring the neighbourhoods and surrounding areas on bike or on foot.

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People who visit the number of friendly bars, restaurants, and local stores meet visitors from all over the world. Given its proximity to the reef, it is not surprising that dive enthusiasts come from all over the world to the over 17 dive shops and resorts on Utila. Visitors also enjoy sandy beaches that host a variety of water sports activities such as sailing, kayaking, kite boarding, and snorkeling. For others, climbing Pumpkin Hill, exploring the freshwater caves, visiting the Iguana Station or taking a guided natural history hike makes for a great adventure. A day trip to the Cays with a picture-postcard island beach along with a stop at a local fishing village is a must for all visitors as well as a Whale Shark spotting trip. The breathless sunsets at one of the many dockside bars, followed by local dining at one of the unique restaurants. Music-filled open-air venues offer dance nights where the islanders gather to celebrate life. Lobster, fish and conch are truly the “catch of the day”. Diners can enjoy local specialties like “bando”, a delicious coconut fish soup. While local chefs work their magic with the bounty that the sea provides, there are also a number of international chefs now living and working on Utila. They too have found and now create something special. It is not surprising that visitors return to this island paradise again and again!

 

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Our expertise

Based on Experience

Bringing Together the Best of All Worlds

MCGB Properties is the latest addition to the MCG group of Companies. The group represents over fifty years of lasting client relationships that are embedded in openness, collaboration, superior service as well as sound ethical business practices.  MCGB Properties has created a unique and powerful synergy that provides an exciting development opportunity for the discerning investor.

 

Half a Century of Satisfied Clients

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