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San Ignacio, Belize

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Laid-Back, Yet Bustling: San Ignacio

San Ignacio, originally El Cayo, is located in the western part of the Cayo District of Belize. It is the hub of the area and the second largest settlement in the country. The town has an area of roughly 2.5 square miles. It is connected to its “sister city” Santa Elena by an elevated bridge

Although San Ignacio is a popular destination for tourists with many sites to explore including the Mayan ruins, a Forest Reserve, caves, butterfly farms, botanical gardens etc., the town maintains its local island vibe surrounded by raw, natural beauty. There is a sizeable expat community that lives in San Ignacio and others who live on the coast often escape to San Ignacio during tourist season when the beaches become more crowded.

The San Ignacio lifestyle caters to those looking for a life that is healthy, slow-paced, and relaxed. Weekly markets turn into social events where everyone comes to buy local, reasonably-priced produce, herbs and regional food. It is a backpacker’s dream with trails to hike and an eco-tourism haven with species of plants and animals on display in all their glory.

The Cost Of Living In San Ignacio, Belize

Apartment Or House Ownership Budget (For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Mortgage Not included here as too variable
HOA Fees BZ$300 Most properties in San Ignacio don’t have HOA fees, only in a handful of “gringo” developments.
Property Taxes BZ$25 BZ$25 in town, BZ$3 outside town.
Transportation BZ$400 You’ll need a car in San Ignacio; expect to spend this amount minimum per month on gas and maintenance, and more if you’re doing a lot of driving. Gas is BZ$11 a gallon.
Gas BZ$50 For cooking and hot water.
Electricity BZ$400 Using air conditioning (cut this figure in half if you forego it).
Water BZ$50 BZ$50 in town; if you have a pool or irrigate your garden from main water expect to pay more. BZ$15 outside town.
Cell Phone BZ$30 Most basic plan.
Internet BZ$129 For 40 Mbps.
Cable TV Bundled with internet or BZ$60 without.
Household Help BZ$320 Two visits per week, BZ$40 per day.
Entertainment BZ$380 Social outing: BZ$30 per person; Dinner and drinks for two: BZ$40-BZ$50; Drinks for two: BZ$10.
Groceries BZ$600 Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership No proper gyms available.
Medical Appointment BZ$40 A basic doctor/clinic appointment, per visit.
TOTAL BZ$2,724 Doesn’t include mortgage cost.

Apartment Or House Rental Budget (For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent BZ$1,500 Unfurnished, two-bedroom, modern house in town. If you’re willing to live in a more local-standard home, you could cut this in half. If you’re renting within a gated community, you might need to spend more.
Transportation BZ$400 You’ll need a car in San Ignacio; expect to spend this much per month on gas and maintenance.
Gas BZ$50 For cooking and hot water.
Electricity BZ$400 Using air conditioning (cut this figure in half if you forego it).
Water BZ$50 BZ$50 in town; if you have a pool or irrigate your garden from main water expect to pay more. BZ$15 outside town.
Cell Phone BZ$30 Most basic plan.
Internet BZ$129 For 40 Mbps.
Cable TV Bundled with internet or BZ$60 without.
Household Help BZ$320 Two visits per week, BZ$40 per day.
Entertainment BZ$380 Social outing: BZ$30 per person; Dinner and drinks for two: BZ$40-BZ$50; Drinks for two: BZ$10.
Groceries BZ$600 Basic items for a couple.
Gym Membership No proper gyms available.
Medical Appointment BZ$40 A basic doctor/clinic visit, per appointment.
TOTAL BZ$3,899

Penny-Pincher’s Budget (Bare Minimum Costs, For A Couple)

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Expense Monthly Costs Notes
Rent BZ$500 Local-style bungalow in outlying village or basic apartment in town.
Transportation BZ$50
Gas BZ$35 For cooking and hot water.
Electricity BZ$85
Water BZ$30
Cell Phone BZ$30
Internet BZ$99
Cable TV Bundled with internet or BZ$60 without.
Entertainment BZ$240 2 nights out a week, local food and drinks.
Groceries BZ$400 Basic items for a couple.
TOTAL BZ$1,469

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