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Tiffany Swift of Rentals In Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Home for rent in Cayo, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe cost of a rental home in the Cayo District including San Ignacio / Santa Elena / Belmopan areas, depend on several things. How many bedrooms? Bathrooms? What amenities do you want, etc.? 
 
For a basic, local home, you can pay anywhere from US $150 - US $300 per month.  For a more modern, well-built home - expect to pay around US $500 - US $2,000, which may include a pool and/or being near the river. 
 
Saying that, the cost of living is cheaper in the Cayo District when compared to other areas of Belize. Vegetables, fruits, etc, are cheaper, making rent bill the biggest payment. 
 
Being in the rental business myself, I get more demands for rentals than I have supply,as more people are renting long term while they decide if Belize is truly their retirement destination. 
 
(Modern rental home in prestigious neighbourhood of San Ignacio,  pictured) 
Virginia Krohn of Villa Cayo Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Resort pool near Hummingbird Highway, Cay, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingDepending on where you are located in Cayo, you could rent a home between $850 to $1,250 Belize (US $425 to $625). If you have a budget of $1,500 Belize (US $750), you can probably get a small three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with split air-conditioners in the bedrooms, located in a nicer area. Most of the rentals here in Cayo are either in town or close to town. There are very few rentals that are actually out of town.  If you would like a US quality home there are a few and they can range anywhere from $1200US (2,400BZ) to $2,500US ($5,000BZ) per month plus utilities.  This would probably have a pool.
 
(Resort pool near Hummingbird Highway, Cay, Belize, pictured.)
Franklin Syrowatka of Better Homes Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Prehab house coming down the road in Cayo, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingRent in Cayo starts at US $500 a month for a small two-bedroom home. For $1,000 you could rent a bigger two or even three bedroom home with two bathrooms. In most cases, the homes that are for rent here are partially furnished. A three or four-bedroom house could easily cost around $1,200 or more. On average, if you have $500 to $1,000 and you are not too discerning, you can rent a very decent home here in Cayo. But of course do not expect anything fancy. The home will not have the most modern kitchen and designer furniture but if you’re lucky it might have a nice garden.  
 
(Prehab house coming down the road in Cayo, Belize, pictured.)
John Acott of RE/MAX Belize Property Center – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
eco home, Cayo District, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingYou can rent a basic two- or three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in the Cayo District for US $500 a month. Of course, I’ve got houses that rent up to US $1,500.  These are larger houses, in a better location.  So the range to rent a house in Cayo is from $500 to $1,500 per month.
 
The $500 per month rental would be around 1,500 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, on a regular sized lot, which will be about 80 by 100 feet. Belizean houses don’t have too big rooms, although we have a lot of nicer houses these days. These homes are very, very livable and I’ve got a lot of Americans renting houses here that are very comfortable with a $500 per month rental home.  The rental price includes furniture, and normally you pay your own utility bills. 
 
For $1,000 per month rent, you could get a much nicer house in a nice, quiet area.  I’ve got one for rent for that price. It’s a very nice house – it’s spacious, got a large deck, it’s in six lots rather than one lot, it’s in a nice area, fully furnished with nice furniture, and nice appliances.  The square footage is about 1,800 to 2,000.
 
I also have a house for rent here in Cayo for $1,500. It’s a large house; four bedrooms, three bathrooms, nice view, and good area. There’s no set price scale in Cayo. The owners set their own price.  Long term is cheaper per month, and if the owners want somebody there quickly they price the rent cheaper.
 
At present, there is more demand for rental homes than there is supply.  Renting from people who buy a house and only live in it for six months would be perfect. I have several snowbirds here from Canada.  They rent the house for half a year and go back half a year.
 
Some people like buying a house with a spare room, which they can rent out to somebody all the year and if they go away they have security there.  There are these types of rentals available, too.
 
(Eco home in an eco community, Cayo District, Belize, pictured.)
Jonathan Lohr of Ceiba Realty Ltd. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Rental home with pool in San Ignacio, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn the Cayo District and San Ignacio, Belize, there is a large range of rental prices for homes.  For example, on the low end, there are little two or three-bedroom homes available for about US $300 or $400 per month, while I have some North American standard homes that are fully furnished with appliances for about $1,200 to $1,500 per month.
 
Rentals are in short supply in this area, so a lot of times, people cannot find rentals at all because there is just nothing available, especially during the high season, which is around October to April. There are very few and small apartment buildings. Around Christmas time, everybody wants a rental and there is just nothing to rent. 
 
The market is not that big here in Cayo so it is a delicate balance. If you could find a rental, for a budget of $300 to $400 a month, you will get something more Belizean type home. It may just be a cement floor and not tiled or if it is tiled, it would be cheap tiles. It would have a very basic inside with louvered windows with screens and no appliances, no fans, and no furniture. The people here expect you to bring your own appliances when you rent a house. A lot of times, people do not want to rent for less than a year.
 
The rental market keeps on changing and evolving because we now get more foreigners who want to rent homes. In the past, it was just the local market and when a local rents a home, they have all their own furniture. They move in, put all their stuff inside and they are good to go. The rental market here is evolving. I predict that in the next few years, we are going to see more turnkey, fully furnished, short-term rentals.  
 
(Rental home with pool in San Ignacio, Belize, pictured.)

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