The cost of food in the Cayo District depends on several factors. If you are going to be on a simple diet then you are not going to spend a whole lot of money because fresh fruits and vegetables are inexpensive here. If you are going to eat more gourmet foods, then finding ingredients will be a little difficult and it will cost you a little bit more money.
I tend to eat fruits and vegetables, so our cost is relatively low. It really all depends on what you, as an individual, like or don’t like. There is not a lot of already prepared meals here the Cayo District. It is not like in the US where you can go to the frozen foods section and pick out several foods that you can just put in the microwave. There is not a lot of that here in the Cayo District. Most of your meals here have to be prepared and cooked from scratch.
I love pizza. Here in the Cayo District, you can get DiGiorno pizza for around $13. Depending on where you live, let’s say for example, you are in Belmopan or in San Ignacio, you can also call and have a pizza delivered to you. It’s will run you around $15 or so, depending on what kind of toppings you will have on your pizza.
As far of packaged food, there is not a lot of that available here in the Cayo District. Bread is around $1. Milk is also around $1 depending on the quantity that you are buying. The price of meat ranges from $1 to $7, depending on the cut of meat that you are buying. Chicken, which is quite plentiful here in the Cayo District, you can get full, quartered, ground, deboned, de-skinnned, etc., for a price range of between $1 to $4.50.
In the US, I would spend more because there were so many choices available, whereas here in the Cayo District, your diet ends up being a little bit simpler and not too elaborate. We buy some things in a can like asparagus, which is not available fresh, and costs about $4 to $4.50 for a can. You would definitely spend a whole lot more money in the US than here in the Cayo District.
Sometimes the vegetable guy will pull in and I can buy fresh vegetables from his little truck. They deliver the water, sodas, etc., which are nice conveniences here in the Cayo District.
A lot of people like going into San Ignacio (the largest town in the Cayo District) on a Saturday morning because that is the market day for their huge market. Going to market day in San Ignacio is a social event because you meet people, say hello and they have everything there. Everything is fresh. You can also buy plants, flowers, some clothes, and you could also buy cooked food. All the farmers come in on Saturday morning with their produce to make it available to everybody. Buying at that market in San Ignacio is much less expensive than walking into a supermarket in the US. You can buy 10 bananas for 50 cents!
(Hot Mama's habarnero hot sauce, made in Belize, pictured.)