Caye Caulker is a tranquil paradise in Belize that is quickly making a name for itself as one of the top island destinations for budget travel in the Caribbean.
We stayed on beautiful Caye Caulker for two weeks while backpacking from Mexico to Panama, and we could have easily stayed for another two. Or ten. And we honestly can not wait to return.
The vibe on this rustic island is completely laid back and relaxed in true “island life” fashion. There are very few major structures on Caye Caulker, and almost no motorized vehicles, other than those used for official business.
Visitors spend their days lounging around, taking in the golden sun and the azure waters. Those craving more action partake in the wide selection of water based sports activities the island offers. There is a bit of a mild night life scene on Caye Caulker, but in general peace and quite reign supreme.
Anyone who plans on traveling to Belize, especially those looking to keep their travel costs down, should make sure to drop by Caye Caulker. Getting from Belize City to Caye Caulker is pretty easy. You can read about transportation options here.
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Below is a list of things to do in Caye Caulker, most of them either cheap or totally free. You should try everything on this list at least once when visiting the island paradise that is Caye Caulker. We doubt you will be disappointed.
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Things to do in Caye Caulker
Of all the things to do in Caye Caulker, this is the one you will probably partake in the most. The Split is where all the cool kids go to hang out, and is located on the north most end of the island. Spend the day relaxing, swimming, meeting new people, watching kite surfers, and soaking up the sun at dock. You can buy drinks from The Lazy Lizard bar, or invest in a 20 Belize ($10.00 USD) bucket of ice cold Belikin Beer. Do so on a weekday for smaller crowds. Or do it everyday, because why not! You’re in Caye Caulker. Relax, and enjoy yourself.
Snorkeling and/or Diving
Snorkel the Hol Chan Marine Reserve with Raggamuffin Tours, and experience some of Belize’s diverse marine life. The Great Blue Hole, one of the most famous diving spots in Central America is about a two hour boat trip from Caye Caulker. We don’t dive (yet) but we have been told that a trip out to the Hole is an absolute blast. So, if you’re into diving make sure to include the Blue Hole into your itinerary.
Kayak or Paddle Board
Paddling out in the afternoon to catch a sunset makes for an unforgettable experience. Rent a kayak near the split for 10 Belize ($5.00 USD) per hour and head out to the north island, to explore mangroves and observe wildlife. Make sure you bring lots of sunblock and plenty of water, and ask around to find out how what the current is like before you set out.
Stay on the Waterfront
Rent a room at Weezie’s Ocean Front Hotel and Garden Cottages or Seaside Villas and enjoy their close proximity to the water. Relax on the docks at night, staring at the innumerable stars and listening to the ocean gently lapping against the moored boats. These are a great option if dorm rooms and hostels aren’t your thing.
Rent a Bike
Rent a bicycle for 15 Belize ($7.50 USD) a day (or get one free from one of the many hotels and hostels that offer them) and cycle about the island. Cars and most forms motorized transportation are banned on Caye Caulker, so a bicycle is the best method of transport. The motto in Caye Caulker is “go slow” so make sure to do just that, the roads are bumpy and filled with little tiny peaks and valleys. If a local sees you speeding along on your bike you better believe you will hear cries of “Hey man, go slow!”
Savor Some Fry Jacks
Fry jacks are a traditional Belizean dish. These delicious pockets of deep fried dough are served as a breakfast item, and can be shaped as squares or triangles. Eat a stuffed Fry Jack for breakfast for 2.50 Belize ($1.25 USD) at Herrolyn’s House of Fry Jacks. Don’t show up after 11 am since they will likely be closed already, and don’t forget to splash some of the amazing hot sauce they provide into your fry jack. Herrolyn’s is located across the street from the bank/ATM. You’ll thank us afterwards! These things are delicious!
Spend Sunday evening doing trivia with Trivia Mike and the awesome staff at the Barrier Reef Sports Bar and Grill. Make new friends, sample the veggie burger, and order a “Panty Ripper” (rum and pineapple juice) while you are at it.
The island of Caye Caulker provides excellent conditions for kite surfing on most days during the high season. A good strong wind blowing off the east side of the island, flat water, and a shallow lagoon make this a great place to learn how to kite surf. Go kite surfing in Caye Caulker with Kitexplorer, and feel the rush of riding the wind!
Fran’s BBQ Grill
Have lunch for 10 Belize ($5.00 USD) at Fran’s lip-smackingly good BBQ grill. We can’t give you Fran’s exact location, since she doesn’t have an address. Fran sets up show along the main street along the way to the Split, and hawks her delicious BBQ with a big ol’ smile on her face. As the sign says its “Frantastic!!”
Finally… Go slow. It’s the motto of Caye Caulker, and you should keep it in mind. Go slow and enjoy yourself. You are in paradise!
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