Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2020. 4:29 am CST.
By BBN Staff: If you’re looking for the perfect place to retire, consider the Cayo District of Belize. This centrally located district offers lovely scenery, lively villages, and many recreation opportunities. While many retirees and expatriates live in the beach towns of Placencia and San Pedro, numerous others have discovered the joys of Cayo.
Opportunities for Entertainment
The capital of the district is San Ignacio, which has become the hub of Belize’s eco-tourism industry. With sunny weather most of the year, Belize is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities. You can enjoy walking, hiking, camping, swimming in jungle waterfalls, fishing, kayaking, and river cruises.
Expatriates who enjoy learning opportunities will appreciate the nearby Maya ruins and conservation projects.
Convenience and Closeness
San Ignacio and its nearby communities offer walkable convenience with shops, businesses, retail stores, and restaurants. The weekly farmer’s market is a wonderful opportunity to buy fresh produce and seafood and immerse yourself in the eclectic Belizean culture.
San Ignacio has its own airstrip just six miles away. Daily flights arrive from Belize City on Tropic Air, the local airline of Belize.
Belmopan is about an hour’s drive from San Ignacio. The Capital of Belize, it offers bank branches, a local airstrip, government offices, and other amenities. If you want to enjoy the beach, Belize’s famous coastline is only a few hours away by car and an hour away by air.
Buying Property Is Easy
Foreigners and retirees can buy property in Belize. Property taxes are low, and there are no capital gains taxes.
If you are a candidate for the Qualified Retirement Program (QRP), you can get even more tax incentives. To qualify, you must be 45 or older and have a pension of at least $2000 a month.
You Can Still Find Deals in Cayo
While property values are going up in Belize, the Cayo District still has some excellent values. You can live affordably in this scenic, friendly district.
Find Your New Home at Carmelita Gardens
Carmelita Gardens is a 100% off-grid, self-sustaining community in the Cayo District. The founders envisioned a place where people, small businesses, and the environment can thrive together.
Carmelita Gardens is a 98-acre development on the banks of the meandering Belize River. While it’s not strictly a retirement community, it welcomes retirees.
When you visit, you can stay in one of the community’s guest cottages. If you like what you see, talk with their onsite manager about owning property and enjoying the simple life in this peaceful community.
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