Belize remains off the world's radar. Nobody is targeting or intent on stirring up trouble in this little country that's part Caribbean, part Central American. Most people don't give Belize a second thought. In today's world, that's a plus.
The country is one of the most important members of the Caribbean Community, thanks to its arable land and agricultural capacity. It helps provide food security for CARICOM, an international community of primarily small English-speaking island nations.
Belize has pristine marine, rainforest, and environments and a small population, so, in addition to being food secure, it is a great vacation destination and an ideal place to live.
Cayo is the breadbasket of Belize principally because of the industriousness of the Mennonites of Spanish Lookout, a booming town with thriving businesses and a back-to-basics, traditional way of life.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to market. The movement is toward sourcing food from within 100 miles. In Cayo, your food could be sourced within 10 miles. Living here, you could even enjoy a Zero Mile Diet. Imported foods are available if you want them, but it's possible in Cayo to be food secure and not dependent upon an elaborate, vulnerable, and costly global supply chain.
Here are six more reasons Cayo, Belize, is an ideal option for a self-sufficient, resilient, sustainable, neighborly, and fun life...
Reliable Water Sources
Residents of Cayo catch, store, and filter rain water, and ground water is likewise in abundant supply. The rivers in this area are known for providing an alternative for garden irrigation and an everyday option for fishing.
Living off-grid with solar and rain-catchment doesn't have to mean giving up the amenities of the modern world. In Cayo, you can live a fully self-sufficient life that includes high-speed internet, modern appliances, and all other comforts of the 21st century.
Low Population Density
During a disruption in the supply chain, as we are seeing now, it's good to be a safe distance from big, dense cities. Belize has a population density of just 37 people per square mile. The whole country feels like a small town. The small population makes it easy to become part of the community, and both locals and expats who've settled here are welcoming and willing to lend a hand or make an effort for a neighbor.
As a former English colony (and still a part of the English Commonwealth), Belize is the only officially English-speaking country in Central America. One of the biggest challenges you can face when making a move to a new country is communicating with your new neighbors. Anywhere you might think about moving, including Belize, you'll have to learn to overcome and adapt to cultural differences. A language difference makes that and everything else, from giving directions to a taxi driver and filling a prescription at the pharmacy to getting your broken hot water heater fixed and negotiating for the purchase of a new home, more difficult. In Belize, you don't have to worry about learning a new language if you don't want to.
The country is blessed with abundant year-round sunshine. Rainy season extends from June to November, but, even during those months, skies are sunny more than they're not. The reliable sunshine makes for happy, healthy living and also a great growing environment.
Some small areas of Belize City suffer from a drug trade, gangs, and the activities that come with those cultures. However, those are localized neighborhoods. Avoid them. Otherwise, Belize is one of the safest places on earth and far removed from 21st-century troubles.