Posted: Monday, August 3, 2020. 3:25 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Cayo District in Belize is a popular destination for tourists and expats from all over the world.
Here, you can go cave tubing, an activity unique to Belize. It involves floating in a tube on a meandering river that carries you through beautifully carved limestone caves. The Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave in particular is considered the world’s most spectacular cave and was rated by National Geographic as a top sacred cave in the world.
As the verdant Maya Mountains provide elevation and cooler temperatures, the district is the perfect place for hiking, bird watching, and horseback riding. The rivers allow visitors to enjoy canoeing and kayaking. You can zipline through the lush jungle canopy or swim under one of the many beautiful waterfalls.
Nature lovers will enjoy botanical gardens and butterfly pavilions as well as taking guided tours through the rainforest.
For those who are interested in history and culture, there are ancient Maya temples to visit. Caracol is the most famous, but there are several others in the Cayo District. This area was the center of Maya civilization and there are still many undiscovered sites.
The plethora of activities makes the Cayo District a perfect place not only to visit but also to retire, since you will never be bored here. This inland area is more convenient and less expensive than the coastal regions of Ambergris Caye and Placencia. The climate is more temperate and you’ll have easy access to the Belize international airport as well as the capital of Belmopan.
What makes the region even better for expats is that it’s Belize’s commercial center. You’ll have access to the widest shopping options, including hardware stores, car and appliance dealerships and the country’s largest farmer’s market. Located in San Ignacio, this market offers all sorts of artisanal products and fresh organic produce. Much of the produce that is sold at the San Ignacio Market is grown organically in the surrounding villages.
For retirees, Carmelita Gardens is the best place to live. Located on the banks of the scenic Belize River, this unique community is both completely off-grid and totally modern. Houses are all equipped with solar panels. Residents are encouraged to grow organic gardens and indulge in artistic pursuits.
New residents are warmly welcomed into the community. Each of the beautifully designed cottages has a wide porch to allow neighbors to interact while enjoying the natural beauty of the area. Expats who move here relish the warm and friendly environment.
Now is a great time to consider moving to Carmelita Gardens, as the government has just made buying property even easier for foreigners thanks to a new law that was passed. Expats will no longer require Central Bank approval to buy or sell property in Belize.
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