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San Ignacio, Belize

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.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living San Ignacio, Belize

Expense Monthly Cost Notes
Rent BZ$ 1,510 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.
Gas BZ$ 50 For cooking.
Transportation BZ$ 400 You’ll need a car in San Ignacio; expect to spend this much per month on gas and maintenance.
Electricity BZ$ 400 Using air conditioning (cut this figure in half if you forego it).
Water BZ$ 50
Cell Phone BZ$ 99 Basic plan.
Internet and Cable BZ$ 105 For 4 Mbps; if you can live with just 2 Mbps, you could spend only BZ$89
Medical Appointment BZ$ 40 A basic doctor/clinic appointment; per visit.
Groceries BZ$ 600 Basic items for couple.
Entertainment BZ$ 320 Social outing: BZ$30 per person; dinner and drinks for two: BZ$40-50; drinks for two: BZ$10.
Household Help BZ$ 320 Two visits per week; BZ$40 per day.
Total BZ$ 3,894 US$ 1,931.07

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