Cayo, in Western Belize, is a quiet, laidback, and affordable alternative to the more busy areas of Ambergris Caye or Placencia.

It backs up to the jungle-covered Maya Mountains, and is traversed by three rivers—the Mopan, the Macal, and the Belize River where the Mopan and Macal come together just outside the small town of Bullet Tree Falls. Other areas of Cayo, such as Spanish Lookout, resemble Ohio with palm trees, where the industrious Mennonite population has cleared the rolling hills and planted it with corn, beans, and orange groves.

The area is dotted with Maya ruins, some of them quite accessible. Herbal medicine trails can be found at many resorts, showcasing the bounty of the rainforest. Other resorts offer that commodity so often lacking in the modern world—genuine peace and quiet, often with stunning river views.

Several new quasi-American supermarkets have just opened in Cayo. The twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena—joined sexy singles in el cayo the Hawksworth Bridge across the Belize River—are the second largest town in the country, home to about 20, people.

The immigration aspect of retirement in Belize can be simple and laidback, though it can require some patience to navigate the bureaucracy. The easiest sexy singles in el cayo is to arrive and get your automatic tourist visa, which is good for 30 days.

Renewal used to be a daylong ordeal in Belmopan, the undistinguished capital of Belize. Happily, for Cayo residents, it can now be done at the Guatemalan border at Benque, just up the road from San Ignacio and Santa Elena, for periods of two or three additional months at one time.

After staying in the country for 50 out of 52 weeks they are extremely strict and literal about this with your tourist visa, you can then apply for permanent residency, which can take months to sometimes a year or two. While you used to be able to own a business and at least oversee it, QRP now prohibits any business activity whatsoever.

This very new category is in the process of having its administrative bugs worked out. One draw sexy singles in el cayo the QRP program is that it allows you to bring your household goods in during your first year in the country. I have recently heard that attaining permanent residency allows you the same privilege, without having to deal with the QRP-mandated challenge of opening a Belizean bank account.

Houses can be found in town, as well as in the surrounding countryside. The countryside homes often include enough land to grow whatever you fancy, and are clustered around the rivers and on hillsides overlooking town.

Housing prices, whether rental or sale, are always quoted in U. You can buy an off-the-grid small sq. One writer has characterized expats to Belize as quirky. Other social activities do exist—mostly for those who create them. Residents in my development have made a tradition of Saturday evening dinners at the restaurant in the small town of Santa Familia, as well as having sporadic get-togethers at local houses.

For those interested in more active pursuits, horseback riding, river tubing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, swimming in resort pools, and exploring Mayan ruins beckon. While there are several good local restaurants in addition to snack bars in the market and around downtown serving mainly Belizean cuisine, Cayo is better for those inclined to take advantage of the organic food available here, or even grow their own.

The land and the climate are so verdant you can stick just about anything in the ground and it will grow. Many expats have avocado, citrus, soursop, mango, banana, and other trees in their yards. The prospect of growing their own food is quite a draw for many expats. If you long for an escape from the higgledy-piggledy architecture of this truly typically Central American region, elegant upscale resorts are happy to entertain you, offering an instant escape into a North American aesthetic complete with gourmet cuisine, sparkling swimming pools, and fully equipped bars with all the tropical drinks you know and love.

Affordability is a big draw in Cayo. We paid a premium for being in an expat development not a gated onebut we considered that worth it for the benefits of having experienced neighbors around who could answer questions about where to find things in the always intriguing treasure hunt sexy singles in el cayo is Belize.

Despite the abundance of for sale signs, the real estate business is not well-developed here, so finding a long-term rental may be easier to do if you started with an Airbnb or VRBO rental to use as a base while you asked around to find sexy singles in el cayo that suited you. Food is also more affordable in the Cayo than in the beach towns. The fertile ground and open space of Cayo mean everyone grows some kind of food, which they offer in the market at great prices.

As in the islands, American brands like potato chips and corn flakes have to be imported, so their cost is roughly double what you would pay at home. Even some specialty items like gluten free flours, for example, can be found here, again at prices twice what you would pay in the Sexy singles in el cayo. Several upscale restaurants invite you to indulge right in San Ignacio—one of these is called Crave on West St.

Prices here approach North American prices, and you can definitely expect to pay North American prices if you indulge in a meal at one of the local jungle lodges that abound in Cayo.

The longer you live here, the more ways you find to survive comfortably and cheaply. With a total population ofin all of Belize, the country does not have the demand or population to support large or reliable inventory of items we take for granted in the U. You soon learn where to find items, which are usually in places a North American would not predict. A locksmith and make-up for sale at a gas station? A health food distributor in a singlewide trailer tucked behind a grain silo?

Local wine for sale at the Shell gasoline dealer? Who knew? Every kind of living accommodation you could ask for, other than ocean beachfront, is available in Cayo.

If you live outside of San Ignacio or Santa Elena, you will most likely have to come to town for food and other supplies, since the small local stores have limited offerings. In the town near me, Santa Familia, real butter and tonic water are impossible to find, though Sexy singles in el cayo Bonnet margarine and Coke and Fanta are ubiquitous. Trips to town would require either a car or a taxi, which you should take into sexy singles in el cayo. There is a community of stunning natural wooden houses outside of the border town of Benque, Better in Belize, which is reachable only by 10 miles of dirt road.

Most living occurs outside, in the shade. The average temperature is 80 F year round and 24 hours a day. When the temperature drops below 70 F, we bring out the quilts to sleep.

With ceiling fans, we never require air conditioning at night, and the fans are sufficient with some regular river dips to keep us comfortable all day, most days.

Our house, while completely screened, is not even completely enclosed, and is built to maximize the breezes that usually prevail from the east. While we spend that if you count trips back to the U.

With English as the official language, it is expected from all government offices, official forms, including immigration into the country.

If I get a native Creole speaker at a government office, I call back another day and hope for someone probably a woman, curiously enough who speaks English I can understand. Although the local workers my husband hired while building our house spoke Spanish at home, their Belizean school English was better than the English spoked by the Latinos he hired in California.

Keeping statistics on something like this is not a Belizean specialty, but one source estimates there are more than 1, expats in Cayo alone. No one hurries in Belize. In the meantime, the living is easy, the fruits and rum are plentiful, the breeze is blowing and most of the time the sun is shining.

In addition to the wealth of fresh produce in season, colorful hand-woven fabrics and hammocks, traditional carved slate designs, and baskets are available, as well as Belizean wine and traditional foods from Belize and beyond in Central America. You can find local groups playing music, as well as a local pastor ready to save your soul in espanol. An array of fresh juices are also available—everything from orange, lime, and watermelon to soursop, tamarind, and sorrel a Belizean favorite made from a close relative of the hibiscus plant.

On the road towards the border town of Benque, Xunantunich offers many of the features of a Maya ruin, combined with easy accessibility. You can take your car or taxi on the hand-cranked ferry across the Sexy singles in el cayo River and park near the entrance, or you could come by horseback tour from San Ignacio. Climbing the pyramid, El Castillo, at feet the highest structure among the ruins, yields a panorama of the amazingly uniform rainforest of Belize and Guatemala surrounding it.

The sight and sound of varied species of monkeys and birds flitting through the trees are hard to miss. On the summit of El Castillo are large relief carvings representing astrological symbols, the sun god, moon, and Venus.

Six different groups of ruins, in various states of discovery and repair, comprise the site, which is at least 1, years old and rated one of the top 10 archeological sites in Belize. If archeological mystery appeals to you, this site has a long history. Legend has it that more than years ago, sexy singles in el cayo gentleman from the neighboring village of San Jose Succotz was hunting near the site when he encountered a statuesque Maya maiden in traditional attire.

The hunter threw his gun down and sexy singles in el cayo running back to the village. The village priest and some villagers returned, looking for the maiden. They succeeded in finding the doorway to the cavern the maiden had been standing in front of, but the woman herself had disappeared. Since then, she has sexy singles in el cayo to several other visitors, but none has been able to follow her into the cavern. Might she be waiting for you?

Easily purchased from tour operators on Burns Avenue in San Ignacio, the cave tubing site is actually located just beyond the capital of Belmopan. Cave tubing is a uniquely Belizean activity, made possible by the caves created when rainwater flows through the limestone soil. Getting to the put-in point on the river takes a bit of a hike, during which your guide will educate you about the Belizean plants.

His matter-of-fact tone will testify to the credence given to natural herbal remedies by Belizeans to this day. After your educational hike, you place your tube in the river, plop yourself in the tube, and float on sexy singles in el cayo river downstream.

Your headlamp creates sexy singles in el cayo and shadow on the eerie stalagmite and stalactite formations until you emerge into daylight sexy singles in el cayo the other end of the cave. Thrill seekers who wish to add zip lining to their excursion can easily do so, provided you leave early enough in the day to include both activities. Who knew that a bizarre looking green reptile, whose sexy singles in el cayo walked the earth This species, on the endangered list, is fighting its way back from probable extinction with the help of this project.

Some 40 iguanas are now being housed there, having been rescued from danger in the wild—either injuries in a fight with a predator or other iguana, or mere exposure as small round leathery egg abandoned by its mother right after she expelled it, two months before it would hatch and function on its own. As is true for most animals, the more you learn, the more incredible and fascinating they become. Iguanas have not two but three eyes, the third one being in the center of their forehead like the human third eye.

The iguana third eye, while not fully sighted, registers light and dark, alerting the animals to movement by hawks or other predators.

Like other lizards, they can regrow their tails if one is captured in a fight with a would-be predator. If the bbw party salt in pogradec is broken in a green spot, the new tail will be all green.

This tour allows you to see these shy animals up close, anyone wanna sext in dubasari well as stroke their skin, which one tourist compared to very tightly done beadwork. Note: The attractions listed above are easily accessible from San Ignacio. The attractions listed below require some travel on unpaved roads, which in Belize tend to be rocky and full sexy singles in el cayo potholes.

Right on the Mopan River, Chaa Creek offers gourmet cuisine which can also be sampled in San Ignacio at their restaurant, Guava Limb, considered by expats to be the best in town and much more, all aimed at creating sustainability as well as luxury. Chaa Creek is down a four-mile dirt road, but it is well maintained by Belizean standards and lacking the potholes and erosion of roads to other sites mentioned.

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