Posted on August 3, 2011 by Dan Prescher

My wife Suzan and I had a chance to see more of Belize than we ever had before during our assignment there for our upcoming “Belize Initiative” on this varied and beautiful little country.

One of the places we were especially impressed with was the Cayo district. This is probably the most fertile and productive district in Belize, and that’s saying a lot for a country where almost anything you stick in the ground will grow. For anyone looking for a quiet, rural, back-to-nature lifestyle, Cayo has to be high on the list.

One of the largest Mennonite settlements in Belize is in Cayo, and you can be forgiven if you mistake the countryside around the settlement for the rolling farm country of Ohio or Iowa.

With all the attention that gets paid to Belize’s Caribbean shoreline and lovely islands and cayes, Cayo can go overlooked, but it offers the best of both worlds to expats looking for quiet, upcountry living with the beach just a short, easy drive away on Belize’s newly improved roads.

In fact, lots of expats are making just that decision, and we talked to a few of them for ourBelize Initiative, which will be released Aug. 5. They’ll explain in detail the attraction of living in the pastoral paradise of Belize’s Cayo district.

Meantime, here’s a quick video taken with my Flip Video camera. We’re looking at a house in Cayo that’s for sale for $259,000.