Cayo District

Cayo District Belize

The Cayo District is the largest district in Belize. It is home to the nation's capital, Belmopan City. This district is primarily agricultural, however, recently oil was found in Spanish Lookout, a village in the Cayo District, and is now in production. The chief crops being produced in Cayo District are oranges, grapefruit, tangerine and bananas.


Xunantunich Ruins Ecotourism is also an integral part of the region's economy and is evident in the many existing nature reserves including two National Parks, Blue Hole and Guanacaste National Park. In addition, Cayo District has many Pre-Colombian Maya ruins: Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Chaa Creek, and Caracol.


The district capital of Cayo District is San Ignacio Town. Benque Viejo del Carmen is the other town in the district while the villages are San Antonio Cayo, Valley of Peace, St. Margaret's, Roaring Creek, Armenia, San Jose Succotz, Arenal, Buena Vista, Calla Creek, Esperanza, Cristo Rey, Georgeville, Unitedville, Blackman Eddy, Ontario, Camalote, Los Tambos, More Tomorrow and Spanish Lookout.


Two major highways run through Cayo District: the Western Highway runs from Belize City to the Guatemalan border, and the Hummingbird Highway which starts in Belmopan and ends at the juncture of the Coastal Road and the Southern Highway in Stann Creek.