Thoughts on the Cayo District, Belize

Thoughts on the Cayo District, Belize

Thoughts on the Cayo District, Belize 

george-and-jan-with-benque-viejo-in-the-backgroundsm-jpg What we will remember most about the Cayo District of Belize will be the wonderful people we met and got to know. Yes, we enjoyed seeing the sights from Central Farms, where we flew into the Cayo District of Belize to the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich, the Guatemalan border at Benque Viejo and Hector’s farm near LosTambos.

low-lying-bridge-over-the-macal-riversm-jpg We’ll remember the rain, lightning and thunder in the night, the warm sun, and the Macal River nearly flooding over the Low Lying Bridge. But, it will be the kindness of the people we met and dealt with while we were there that will remain most dear.

william-hofman-jansm-jpg There was Mirna, who met us when we first arrived, William Hofman, who’s apartment we rented in Santa Elena and who owns Belize Shuttle, to Ginny and Hector in the Rainforest Realty office, who helped us in so many ways.  Without their help, our stay would not have been as enjoyable.

Then there was Hector Mar, who took us to Spanish Landing where we shopped at the Farmers Trading Center, the closest thing to a Walmart store in Belize.  Hector also took us to his farm and showed us all the things that one farm in the Cayo District of Belize can produce.  Another day, he took us to Xunantunich and explained how the Mayans lived there so long ago.  On still another day, he took us to a swimming hole where the local kids jumped off rocks and swam.

rainforest-haven-inn-jpg In addition, there was Shamira and her husband, Jorge, who own and run the Rainforest Haven Inn in San Ignacio. Their help made our last three weeks in the Cayo more comfortable. And, there was Scot Cave, who took us out to Carmelita Gardens and told us about the plan for sustainability there in a community of self-reliant owners.

Finally, there was “Teddy Bear,” Theodore Valdez, who picked us up in his van, chatted all the way and delivered us and our baggage to the Belize International Airport for our flight to Costa Rica.

ervas-restaurantsm-jpg And, we’ll remember fondly the staffs at the restaurants we frequented, like Cenaida’s, Erva’s, Fuego, Great Mayan Prince, Hannah’s, Hode’s, and Pop’s. The service was always good to excellent, and they seemed genuinely happy to see us each time. The clerks in the markets were helpful, as well, even when there were language differences.

But, we have to be honest…we didn’t mind the rain, or even the thunder and lightning.   It was, after all, the rainy season. The heat and humidity in the Cayo, however, we found to be tough to deal with when we arrived and only less so by the time we left. This is just personal preference, since both of us were raised in areas that were hot and humid most of each summer.  Air conditioning where we slept made a big difference in our overall comfort level.  A swimming pool would have also helped, but for an area to live in our retirement, we prefer lower temperatures and less humidity.

So, what did it cost us to live in the Cayo?  We were there for 54 days and based on 30-day months, our average costs were as follows:

Monthly Costs Living in Belize

ATM Fees$34Clothing$50
Computer Repair$20Dining Out$260
Mail Forwarding$38Rent$465
Tours$92Wine & Beer$98
Personal Care$23

If you recall, our estimate for the month of June was $1,494, based on three weeks of actual cost. The difference is small due to the fact that while rent was a little higher at the hotel, we cooked and ate in more often.  With a target of $2,000 per month under the QRP program in Belize, we did live better for less in San Ignacio.

Next Stop…Costa Rica

 (Originally published by Email as: Blog #11 081313 Thoughts on Belize and Welcome to Costa Rica)

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George grew up in the central San Joaquin Valley of California, and after high school, joined the US Navy. The Navy provided travel and education, including a degree from Purdue University. He left the Navy after 14 years to pursue other opportunities and worked in San Diego, California for 29 years for an industrial gas turbine manufacturer in New Product Development until retiring in 2008. George spends his time photographing and documenting his travels.
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