Names: Michele Ostrove, Marilyn Ostrove Ages: 63 and 85 From: Santa Fe, New Mexico Living in: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Michele Ostrove’s friends can’t help but envy her lifestyle. In 2014, she moved to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, arguably the world’s most beautiful Spanish colonial town. These days she splits her time Read more...: A Family Affair…Moving to Mexico With a Parent
Holiday traditions often illustrate differences in cultural perspectives. Consider Día de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. In the U.S. and Canada, Halloween is a beloved holiday, but it’s lost any religious significance. In Mexico, Día de los Muertos—a relatively close equivalent—is a major religious and cultural holiday. Your world expands when you become an Read more...: Embracing New Traditions Abroad Has Expanded Our Horizons
Some exceptional beaches are hidden, hard to reach, or located on remote cayes. The small, remote cayes tend to be protected parks or privately owned. You’ll need a boat to find them.
The Cayo District in western Belize, is known for its winding rivers, honeycomb caves, dense rainforest jungle, colorful birds, elusive jaguars, and rich Mennonite farmland. It is also the Mundo Maya, the center of the Maya World.
For or Mark and Jackie Baker, there's no question where they like to spend hot days in the Cayo, their new home in the heart of Belize. "On a warm afternoon, we like to go down to the river for a soak," says Mark. We're likely to find a third of the village there.
The Cayo, a 2,000-square-mile region in Belize’s interior, casts an irresistible spell. It’s home to lush fields where Mennonites farm…untamed jungles where jaguars roam…and meandering rivers perpetually flowing toward the sea.
In my 30s, I dreamt of living on a romantic Caribbean island, surrounded by the aquamarine Caribbean Sea… I wanted to swim to my heart’s content in clear, lukewarm water, surrounded by vibrantly colored tropical fish, corals, and sponges.
Mark Baker and his wife, Jacqueline, learned how to adapt to living overseas during his career in the U.S. Army. “We lived in Western Europe, Central Europe, and Scandinavia,” says Jackie.
The Cayo District, in the foothills of Belize's Maya Mountains, is a region of meandering rivers that flow seaward through dense jungles. Majestic ceiba trees, sacred to the Maya, stand tall and proud on the hilltops of the fertile Mennonite farmland.
These days most people have heard of Belize. They’ve seen the TV ads and online videos of its gorgeous offshore islands, lush inland jungles, and ancient Mayan archaeological ruins. But when someone starts to plan their first trip to Belize they often ask, “Where is it?”