Backpackers Guide to Caye Caulker, Belize
Despite the islands famous ‘go slow’ pace, this small Caribbean island of Belize is quickly becoming a top tourist destination. A slice of tranquility contrasting the hustle and bustle of Central America; no cars, no traffic, just authentic island life.
Things to do in Caye Caulker, Belize:
- An absolute must do is go snorkelling with some of the most incredible and diverse marine life; including Sea Turtles, Sting Rays, Octopus, Manatees, Sharks and the cast of Finding Dory! Recommend ‘Anda de Wata’ Snorkel shop (little purple shack). At $65 its one of the cheaper options and includes lunch, Shark Ray Alley, other marine animals and includes underwater photos!
- Also check out the famous Great Blue Hole, where you can either Scuba Dive, Snorkel or even take a helicopter ride over it.
- Take a Kayak around the island
- Drink rum out of a coconut with the locals
- Have your hair braided
- Eat your body weight in Lobster
- Take a boat to San Pedro Island
- Have a beach massage and relax!
- Check out the street markets, selling home made jewelry out of shells, beads etc
- Join the Reggae vibe and drink a few rum and cokes at I&I Reggae Bar, (on the southern side of the island). Really cool bar with swings hanging from the ceiling to sit, cool lights, intimate dance floor and a rooftop.
Best Places to Eat:Everywhere you walk down the main street, restaurants and locals will be grilling whole fresh Lobster for a cheap $25/30. You can’t leave without getting one! Most restaurants will offer cheap local rum drinks. Halfway between the boat docks and the split along the main street, there is a small table and chair set up, where a local lady grills great tasting food and included free, that’s right, free unlimited rum drinks! La Cubana restaurant, located opposite the ‘Belize Express’ ferry dock. This place is always packed from breakfast through to dinner, good food, good price. Virtually opposite you’ll find The Art’s café. Here you can find great bagels and good food in a quirky artsy setting. The cinnamon toast is a must get! Blue restaurant opposite the ‘Anda de Wata’ Snorkel shop (purple building), excellent breakfast and always have great special offers for dinner! Another great option is the Rainbow Grill and Bar. Perfect location, good food and stunning scenery with the ocean as your backdrop! Calling all chocolate lovers! At some point, take a moment to visit this little blue shop. Rich, locally made chocolates- the Belgian truffles are a must! If you’re looking for some sweet drinks check out Ice and Beans. Fresh coffee; including caramel lattes and mochas! Fruit smoothies and donuts. Also, if you’re lucky, there’s an old Caribbean man who rides around the island some mornings and sells banana bread- definitely grab a slice…or two!
Must see Beaches:
The SplitHere you will see the literal split of Caye Caulker island, resulting in two islands and oh yes two beaches! You will find loads of cute cafes and restaurants (including the famous Lazy Lizard) surrounded by sand, palm trees and kayak shops. To get here, when you step off the boat arriving in Caye Caulker, take a right and follow it straight till you hit the beach- you can’t miss the huge ‘THE SPLIT’ sign (which also makes for a great gram picture).
Things to do at ‘The Split’ beach
- Play Volley ball with friends or the locals on the beach
- Get yourself a beach massage, typically $25 per session
- Rent a Kayak and take it over to the other island (10 minutes) or around the main island
- Catch sunrise and sunset on the beach
- Test your adrenaline diving off the diving platform into the sea!