There are few things that I enjoy more than an island lifestyle, especially when I’m on vacation. Laidback, tropical and slow, Caye Caulker, Belize is right up your alley if you like spending most of your time in a bathing suit and aren’t in a rush to go anywhere. Here are some of the top things to do in Caye Caulker, Belize.
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Amazing Things To Do in Caye Caulker
- Dive the Blue Hole.
- Snorkel with sharks at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.
- Chill at the Split.
- Jump off the diving board at the Split.
- Visit Koko King Beach.
- Eat lobster.
- Dance to Reggae music.
- Try a Belkin beer.
Snorkel with sharks
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the top snorkeling destinations in Caye Caulker Belize, and once you take a dip in the water, you’ll understand why. Home to turtles, manatees, nurse sharks and vibrant coral the water is warm and crystal clear. When visiting Belize, no trip is complete without a visit to the Belize Barrier reef – the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere.
The locals are very welcoming, and everyone speaks English. The Belize dollar is 2 to 1 to the US dollar, and both are accepted everywhere. You won’t see many cars on the dirt streets, mostly just golf carts that serve as taxis that will take you just about anywhere on the island for $2.50 US.
The water temperature is between 78 – 80 degrees in January and whether you like diving, snorkeling or fishing there are plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay. Venture out for a dive to the Blue Hole or any of the many other dive sites. Walk to the split, (where the island is split in two) and jump off the diving board into the ocean, or have any of the local beers – Belikin or Landshark underneath a palapa.
You will need a jacket, preferably one for the rain since there are occasional rainstorms that can last all night. We got caught in a massive downpour once after dinner, and another time while at sea which continued most of the way back from a snorkeling tour to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. The highlight of my visit to Caye Caulker was seeing the reef sharks, turtles and stingrays in crystal clear water.
Belize City to Caye Caulker
From the airport in Belize City, a cab will cost you $25 US to the water taxi. From there, I recommend purchasing a round-trip ticket to Caye Caulker for a better deal. One way tickets will cost you $18 US and the boats leave several times a day.
Where to stay in Caye Caulker
La Isla Resort – Amazing oceanfront views, and just a 2-minute walk from the Water Taxi dock.
Sea Dreams Hotel – Sea Dreams Hotel has free bikes, a bar, terrace, and the hotel features family rooms.
Colinda Cabanas – All rooms come with bottled water and large outdoor patios. Bicycles, kayaks, and snorkel gear included.
Sea n sun Guest House – Free bikes to use during your stay. 100 m from the Split.
Go Slow Guesthouse – Hostel with a garden, barbecue facilities, and a terrace.
Where to stay on Koko King Beach
What to eat
The traditional food here is stew chicken with rice, beans, and coleslaw. I also ate a whole lobster for $15 US and lots of red snapper. We celebrated the New Year at Lazy Lizard with a lobster dinner, followed by a party on the beach complete with fireworks. You are almost guaranteed to find a party any night of the week at Barrier Reef Sports Bar and Grill, and Bambooze has a two for one happy hour with pretty good food. Rainbow Bar has a great view, and I enjoyed breakfast twice at Paradiso.
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