About a mile west of the Belize Barrier Reef floats a fairly small island spanning 2 km wide and 5 km in length. With hypnotizing turquoise water and a laid back Caribbean vibe, Kristen Sarah shares why she fell head over heels for this little piece of paradise called Caye Caulker.
The island motto is “Go Slow,” and you will stand out like a sore thumb if you don’t choose to spend your stay this way. The food is fresh and full of flavor. The people welcome you with big smiles and friendly hellos. It’s not difficult to understand why some visitors plan to stay a week and end up staying a lifetime.
Getting around the island and finding accommodation is a piece of cake. There are many places of all price ranges to stay on the island. Hostel dorm rooms cost around $12 CAD while a hotel deluxe suite can set you back $200 CAD per night. Wherever you choose to stay or how much you decide to spend, your view will most likely be the same. Since the island is only made up of three streets—Back, Middle, and Front—it is best to explore the island by foot or bike. You can also choose to rent a golf cart for the day or take golf cart taxis around the island as you please.
Caye Caulker has an abundance of restaurants and bars offering typical Belizean dishes and seafood galore. Not only is the food mouth-watering and the rum punch perhaps the best you’ve ever had, the seating areas are made up of swings that hang from the rafters and tables set up in the sand. Once you’ve stuffed your face with lobster and coconut rice, head to the popular I & I Reggae Bar for a drink or two. The three-story building, located in the middle of the island, provides chilling reggae music and good vibes. Unfortunately, the bar doesn’t stay open late, which is why it’s not uncommon head over to Oceanside Nightclub once you’ve downed a drink or two. Oceanside Nightclub is another popular local hangout. If you want to show off your Glee-like vocals, Oceanside Nightclub is also a karaoke bar on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Perhaps the biggest hangout of all is the daily joining for sunset at “The Split.” Nothing beats grabbing a drink at the very popular Lazy Lizard Bar and watching the sun go down with your new island friends.
Now for you adventurers out there, there are many daily activities for you to experience. You can choose from an array of activities including: stand up paddling boarding, scuba diving, windsurfing, manatee watching (seasonal), kayaking, fishing and snorkeling. Choose one or choose them all, just be sure to include a snorkelling expedition.
The Belize reef has such extraordinary clear water, that even when you’re in the middle of the sea you can see a multitude of beautiful coral 50 feet below. If you’re looking for a great way to spend a day under the sun and sea, a full-day snorkelling tour is an excellent option. Ragamuffin Tours offers half and full-day snorkelling, sunset cruises and overnight sailing expeditions for all ages. If you’ve never gone swimming with sharks, turtles and sting rays before, this will be your opportunity. You may even get the chance to touch one if you’re lucky.
With great vibes, delicious cuisine, crystal clear water, friendly locals and plenty of activities, it’s no surprise that Caye Caulker was recently rated as one of the best winter island escapes in the world by Outside Magazine. Are your bags packed yet?
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