68 Lots, 39 Homes, 1 Community: Carmelita Gardens

by Carolee Chanona

New communities with sustainability at the forefront are the step forward into the future, especially when you take retirement into account. After all, there’s no doubt now that green senior living communities provide healthier, more engaged lifestyles for residents – but transitioning to green energy can also help the success and longevity of communities themselves. It’s the approach that this destination in Belize’s Cayo District has taken (and excelled in) as they expand: 68 lots, 39 homes, and one community tied together — meet Carmelita Gardens

The Carmelita Gardens Community (And Difference) 

It’s the energy and friendliness of the people who live and work here. The natural beauty of the landscaping and the low-environmental impacts of the Carmelita Gardens Community buildings. The sense that you’re part of diverse and captivating residents in Cayo, Belize. That’s the Carmelita Gardens difference.

Beyond how you feel, it’s also what awaits: picture yourself in a bungalow, villa, or cottage, sustainably living in a small, English-speaking Central American country with a Caribbean coastline.  Pet-friendly, the self-sufficient village community has been operating since 2010 as a 98-acre development on the banks of the Belize River. Today, 39 homes are all fairly new, solar-powered, rainwater-fed, and include like-minded neighbors of all ages. And although you’re living off-the-grid, a quick 10-minute drive outside of Carmelita Gardens lands you in lively San Ignacio, affectionately known as the heart and soul of the Cayo District. 

If you’d rather start from scratch, lots range from 1/8 of an acre for US$39,000 to 1/2 of an acre for US$79,000 — right on the riverbanks with direct access. It’s an easy 7-step process to build within too, from choosing your home site to finishing construction. 

Upcoming Discovery Tour: August 17 – 20, 2023

On the tour, you’ll not only have the opportunity to see one- and two-bedroom model homes but also explore some of the authentic amenities that make this community so unique — not only to Belize. In a relaxed, low-pressure setting, this Discovery Tour gives you the chance to ask questions you may have about the Carmelita Gardens. Not to mention, you’ll learn more about the exceptional lifestyle residents enjoy, including nearby adventures in the community. You’ll be surprised: the 4-day, 3-night experience of the warmth of Belizeans, the stark history of nearby ancient Maya ruins, and local cuisine might convince you of your forever home!

All images via Carmelita Gardens.

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