Casa Blanca By the Sea Hotel: A “Great Buy” or a “Black Eye” in Consejo?

Casa Blanca Hotel view from the sea
Casa Blanca By the Sea in Consejo.

Imagine bringing your boat up to this pier on the Northern tip of Consejo looking to experience Northern Belize.

The Casa Blanca Hotel looks like a jewel, inviting you for a night stay or two, for a few cocktails and some great Belizean food. You can’t wait!

But then you realize that the cast iron gates are chained. You can’t get in. The place is empty and you’ll need to find other parts of Northern Belize to whet your whistle.

Casa Blanca by the Sea is for sale.

The location that hosted local conferences, and tourists for a number of years is now empty due to the owners’ unforeseen circumstances.

It’s weird to read the reviews on tripadvisor.com. It’s also confusing that the same listing invites you to check out possible stay dates.

But that’s what happens when you close rather abruptly and the owners want to put it into the hands of someone who can take it on.

I know what you’re thinking. “I bet I can make a go of it as the owner of Casa Blanca!”

I thought the same thing when a local real estate agent showed us the place during our recent trip to Northern Belize.

Karen Wilkinson of Corozal Belize Properties in Consejo Shores told us the sad story of how the Hotel came onto the market. She showed us the rooms, the land, the bar and the kitchen.

You could still envision a bustling business within its walls.

Enjoy this pictorial of our tour and decide for yourself if Casa Blanca is worth a look.

THE ROOMS: COMFORTABLE AND INVITING

Mayan Door Carving
Each door of the dozen or so hotel rooms invites you in with a Mayan carving on it. No detail is spared to make this an inviting hotel.
two levels of rooms
The rooms look over the sea from the top or bottom levels. The sea breezes hit you smack dab in the face as you scan the horizon from your balcony.
room interiror
The rooms are fully and smartly furnished, complete with ceiling fans and some with air conditioning.
The featured suites boast comfortable wicker furniture and large window access to the Caribbean Sea.

THE GROUNDS ARE CHARMING AND SPEAK TO OPPORTUNITY!

Palapa dining
A full palapa has seaside dining written all over it and has weathered the storms wonderfully. A small palapa sits at the end of the sturdy pier and entice those who want a more private dining experience on the Sea.
Parking
The cobble stone courtyard area is perfect for parking and a late night stroll.
Land to the West
Vacant land to the west of the Hotel could be used for lawn games such as futbol or volleyball or could be used for future development of private cabanas?
Seawall palapas
Shade palapas serve as nice shade spots along the sea wall, offering a great view of Chetumal about 2 miles across the Bay.

ADJACENT HOME IS A BONUS!

Adjacent Home
A two-bedroom home sits empty across the street from Casa Blanca and was used for the Hotel manager. A full workshop also is on the land and provides a perk for the absentee owner to offer to his on-site management.
The adjacent home comes fully furnished with plenty of space.
Bedroom
The master bedroom in the adjacent home is quite cozy and would make a perfect place for the on-site manager and his family to call home.

DINING, SERVING AND ENTERTAINING AREAS

Although the kitchen, bar and indoor dining area on the ground floor of the Casa Blanca Hotel were too dark (no electricity at present) to take decent photos, make sure your tour of Casa Blanca includes some time in these areas.

The kitchen is large, well laid out and boasts all of the stainless steel appliances needed by any full-service restaurant. All are included in the price of the Hotel.

The bar is rustic and expertly made from local exotic hardwoods, while the dining area is fully furnished with complementary wood tables and chairs.

An office area also serves the owner and/or manager a comfortable air conditioned area to attend to daily administrative tasks.

THE VERDICT: “BLACK EYE” OR “GREAT BUY”?

As you see from the pictorial above, Casa Blanca features everything a thriving Hotel and Restaurant needs, such as great sea views, perfect sea breezes, a nice design and an infrastructure that could be sustainable with a bit of tender loving care.

According to local real estate sites, the reduced listing price for Casa Blanca is $799,999 USD at the time of this writing.

From our visit, we assessed that the price seemed like a bargain based on the quality of the construction, the layout and location.

Of course, any possible investor should get a hold of the financials of the business when it was in operation and thoroughly investigate the future tourism potential  of the area.

Bottom Line: Although at first site, we determined that it has potential for the right investor, it was above our budget.

The longer Casa Blanca sits vacant, however, the work required to get it back into operational condition will increase.

The assessment of whether it is a “Black Eye” for the area, or a “Great Buy” for the right business person should be left up to the person who does extensive due diligence.

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A Corozal Seafood Restaurant Worth Locating!

Inside the Restaurant It not so easy to spot, but this great little seafood restaurant, owned by Beizeans, is well worth finding.  We found time to eat here twice during our recent trip, and that’s saying something for Linda, who is very discriminating when it comes to food.

Art Higgins, an expat who showed us homes and lots for sale in the Mayan Seaside development gave us the nudge to go.

It’s called Marisqueria Pisces Restaurant. And you won’t find it until you’ve meandered through the North end of Corozal on Consejo Road in the Altamira area.

Once you pass the cemetery on your right, look for a little white sign on the left side. Don’t be afraid. It may look like a dirt road dead end, but it leads to seafood nirvana!

About 1/2 mile down on your left, you can’t miss it, planted among spanish-style residences. They’re open Wednesday thru Monday from 11 a.m. – Midnight. Today we got there early before the lunch crowd.

Marisqueria Pisces Restaruant sign
Just look for the powder blue and cream building and come with an appetite!

The six of us started with our usual conch ceviche. We tried it just about every place we ate, but the chips and big chucks of conch made this ceviche stand out. It didn’t last long. And washing it down with Belikin or Lighthouse beer was a great start.

The real treat came when our server told us they had whole red snapper today. she even brought them out for us to see so we could order the size we wanted. We all chose the mid-sized one at $25 BZ so as not to feel like total pigs.

Dinner is Served.
The fresh fried snapper came out to a round of oohs and aahs. Nothing like the smell of a perfectly done red snapper.

Perfect plates of fried whole red snapper made their way to the table complete with black beans, salad and an assortment of pepper sauce and cups of freshly cut habeñero peppers.

After a short warning to the group from Linda to refrain from talking while eating so bones could easily be found, everyone dug in for what would be our first and best meal of the day. The silence confirmed it.

The before picture
The red snapper dwarfed the plate, while the rice, beans and salad made for nice complements to a great meal.

It didn’t take long to create a facsimile of the Bonefish Grill logo with each of the red snappers. Even the one who had never had whole fish before managed to clean off her bones like a pro. Garfield would have been proud!

Lunch was finished with another beer for dessert, while others opted for Piña Coladas. The small bar at the front of the restaurant would be full after dinner tonight.

The bar
The bar sits empty right now, but something tells me the stool wouldn’t be empty tonight. The mural of the Caribbean Sea would draw them in for sure.

The Marisqueria Pisces Restaurant is now a go-to place for us when in the Corozal area. It epitomizes the charm of Belizean local food and was a highlight of our trip. Thanks for the tip, Art.