WELCOME TO CAYE CAULKER, BELIZE
Caye Caulker is a small island located about 20 miles northeast of Belize. The island itself measures just 5 miles (north to south) and less than one mile (east to west). Due to the size of the island, there is no mass tourism. Although, the local merchants of street food vendors, hotels, bars, restaurants, and tour guides are all geared up to service both international travelers and locals alike.
The island’s motto is: Go Slow since historically Caye Caulker has been known as a laid back town and village island. Things just tend to move slower here. But don’t worry, the service and friendly nature of the island isn’t lacking. Actually it’s one of the main reasons why many tourists choose Cay Caulker over others when seeking out the island adventure vacation.
A quick summary of what to do on the island is fun and more sun on the Northside, calm cool Caribbean Sea on the Westside, privacy and hidden beaches on the Southeast side.
There are literally no paved streets on the island. Everyone gets around on either a bike or golf cart taxi (the golf carts can also be rented for the day). So there are no cars to worry about and you’ll be actively enjoying the rustic surroundings of the island and getting an intimate experience as you explore and discover this hidden gem!
How do I get from Belize city to Cay Caulker?
Once you arrive at the international airport in mainland Belize, you will need to take a taxi cab from the airport to the water taxi terminal. Your taxi cab driver will know where to take you, but the port is in Belize City, Belize in an area known as the Tourist Village. The price should be no more than $25US for the taxi en route to the water taxi port. This trip is about 20-minute travel from the international airport to the water taxi dock.
From the dock, it takes just about 45 minutes to go by high-speed water taxi from mainland Belize City to Caye Caulker. A one-way ticket costs about $18 US. Be sure to request a water taxi that will take you to Caye Caulker and NOT Ambergris Caye.
The island can also be reached by a small Cessna plane on a 15-minute flight. Price ranges from $68 to $111 depending on which boarding option you chose on the airline. There are only two local airlines offering flights from the Belize Philip Goldson International airport in Ladyville, Belize to Caye Caulker: Maya Island Air and Tropic Air.
A list of Belize port water taxi providers and the local airlines are listed below.
Water Taxi Services:
Local Censor Airlines direct from Belize To Caye Caulker.
Perhaps we should warn you that while at the water taxi terminal you may hear different prices being offered. This is because the water taxies are basically public transportation AND a privately owned service for tourists. So, as a result, locals get a lower price than tourists. Nonetheless, the prices are fair considering that there are only a couple of options to actually get to the island. With such a few choices, the prices could have been much higher. So, let’s all considered it fairly priced due to the circumstances.
Things to do in Caye Caulker
Watch the sunset & rise
Nothing is more relaxing than enjoying the simple pleasures of life; especially on a rustic island like Caye Caulker. Whether it be on your private balcony (if you have a balcony view room at our hotel) or on the beach, viewing the sunrise and set in Caye Caulker is an enchanting experience that has to be done Barefoot. If not then you need to have a nice cold beer or an ice-cold coconut water drink in hand and just watch time slowly change the colours of the sky as the sun either disappear into the horizon or emerges from it. Do this once, and you’ll get in that Go Slow vibe almost instantly.
This is by far one of the more sought after spots of the island. It’s located on the Northside tip of the island and is a narrow channel that divides the island in two. There is no bridge that connects either half but at the Split, there is a popular bar (Lazy Lizard Bar) and a pristine sandy beach. It’s where both locals and tourists meet to swim, snorkel, fish, or simply enjoy a nice bbq feast under the tropical sun or moonlight. Do all this while jamming to some reggae music. Now that’s the sound of a vacation!!
The Belizean food has been world renown to be flavorful, colorful, and mouthwateringly delicious. Because it’s an island, the more popular dishes are seafood-based served sometimes from sea to plate; literally. Now imagine having fresh lobster ceviche or a fish taco from the catch of the day that was literally brought in a few minutes or a couple of hours before being served to you. Couldn’t be any fresher or organic than that!!
But if seafood isn’t your fancy, then try a traditional plate. Belize’s rice and beans, chicken with salad dishes are simply amazing. There are a few variations of it but you’ll be amazed by the flavors no matter what version you have.
The Belizean cuisine as a whole is a combination of many ethnicities being represented on a dish as food. You can start your day with a Creole-style breakfast consisting of Johnny cakes or fried jacks, eggs, avocados, refried beans and coffee with condensed milk. Then a Mayan lunch, consisting mostly of corn-based dishes. For example, Tamales, Duckanoo, or Salbute with a glass of Horchata to wash it all down. Then end the day with something the Garifuna would enjoy. That would be Conch Soup or Hudut.
We know what you’re thinking, “What?”, and are probably confused as to what these dishes really are like. So to keep the excitement going, we’ll just give you the names for now. You can try them when you visit the island and devour some of the above mentioned local dishes you can find in Caye Caulker.
Oh, and since it’s the Caribbean, Belize offers a wide variety of local rums and spirits for those who have the urge to indulge like pirates or simply enjoy a niche tasty mixed drink.
Belizean deserts are quite unique and exotic. Being that it’s a tropical country there are a number of fruit juices that can be had as a milkshake or as a fresh-squeezed juice. For example, a milkshake made with papaya is our recommendation. Other local treats & desserts are:
Sweet Potato Pone
Caramel White Cake
Belizean Coconut Tart
Belizean Rum Cake
…and the list can go on and on.
This is a huge celebration event that takes place every June nationwide in Belize. It is an event celebrated annually in commemoration of all the native fishermen that have helped Caye Caulker evolve into the gem it is today. It is a three-day event that has something for everyone. In past events, there have been unique lobster dishes and menus served throughout the island, live music and performances, bartending competitions, beach parties, dancing pageants, and lots more. It truly is an event that brings the island to life and the locals step it up a notch and have fun.
This site is a snorkeler and diver’s paradise. It’s an offshore area where marine life is protected by the local government making it a stomping ground for a wide range of colorful fish and other marine life. Nearby is Hol Chan Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. Both locations offer a great opportunity to swim with diverse marine life. It’s not surprising to see giant stingrays or sea turtles up close and personal when visiting this location. And as for Shark Ray Alley specifically, imagine shark cage diving just that there isn’t any cage and you are mostly snorkeling with nurse sharks than diving. If that’s an adrenalin rush, then you’ll love the Belize Blue Hole. It is a giant sinkhole about 44 miles from Caye Caulker that is a popular diving spot that boasts some of the world’s most crystal-clear waters and has been listed as one of “The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth” by the Discovery Channel.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is a natural marine ecosystem and a series of coral reef that is protected by the local government. It is home to a diverse species of fish and other animal life. It is the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and second-largest coral reef after Australia’s Barrier Reef preserve (although recently Australia’s coral reef bleaching has caused some to argue that Belize now has the largest healthy coral reef system). What makes this site so spectacular is its rich colorful display of marine life and atoll that exists in the reef which stretches throughout most of the coast of Belize and shares a portion of the reef connected to the southern borders of Mexico. It is truly a unique site to visit where you will witness some of the world’s most unique and well protected marine life and coral reefs that are just dazzling with bold and rich colors.
And there you have it. This was just the more popular sites that we would like to recommend. But although Caye Caulker is a small island and vibes like a small village, there is so much to do. We welcome you to come to visit us at Barefoot Caye Caulker Hotel and see some of these suggested sites for yourself. We promise that they will be a unique experience and memory you and your loved ones will enjoy for a lifetime. So pack your sunscreen, tank tops, shorts, and straw hats and head on over to Belize. Once you get here just remember, Go Barefoot, Go Slow!