Located in the Caribbean sea, Caye Caulker is a small sand island off the coast of Belize. Accessible only by speed boat or small plane the island is an absolute paradise. The main town/ only town on the island consists of about 4 streets, a lot of bars, accommodation options and plenty of dive and snorkel operators. The island is the perfect place to relax, chill out and drink too many glasses of rum punch. Other than relaxing there’s a whole lot of fun things to do on the island so I’ve made the following list to make sure you don’t miss out on the best bits!
Embrace the culture of Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker boasts a distinct cultural flavour comparable to nowhere I’ve ever been. Think happy people, island vibes, reggae music and street signs constantly reminding you to “go slow”. If you’re more prone to life in the fast lane, don’t worry, 5 minutes on Caye Caulker and you’ll happily embrace the irresistible charm of this chilled out Caribbean island.
Even if you’re not much of a morning person I suggest you make the effort and drag yourself out of bed in the early AM to take a wander of the island at sunrise. Trust me it will be worth it!
Fry Jacks and fresh Fruit Juice
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so it’s lucky Belize knows how to do breakfast right! A fry jack is a deep fried dough pocket stuffed with your choice of delicious breakfast goodness. I visited Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks every single morning. Conveniently located next door is a fruit shop that makes AAAmazing fresh juices. SO grab a fry jack, a fresh juice and you’ll be ready to face the day.
Snorkel or dive the Barrier Reef
The Barrier Reef of Belize is the second longest barrier reef in the world and home to an abundance of sea life. It earnt itself UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996 and is by far one of the best locations I’ve ever snorkelled. Sharks, Rays, turtles and coral swim throughs, I was totally in my element!
The Great Blue Hole
If there was one thing I knew about Belize before I visited it was the fact that it is home the blue hole! This mysterious sinkhole is a feature of the outer barrier reef and probably one the coolest things I’ve ever seen! Over 300m wide and 108m deep it is absolutely huge. There are really only 2 ways to experience the blue hole; diving or a scenic flight. I chose the latter, and wow, wow, just wow!!! Flying over the reef was amazing in itself but the second I laid eyes on the blue hole I was rendered speechless! All I can say is mother nature knew what she was doing when she created this beauty!
To top off my experience the pilot let me fly the plane on the way back to Caye Caulker. That’s right I’m practically a pilot! I think my boyfriend Ryan was frozen with fear while this was happening but did we crash? No. Am I an awesome pilot? YES!
Caye Caulker runs on island time, everyone is so chilled out that you can pretty much guarantee that anything scheduled for a specific time will be running late. Everything that is except HAPPY HOUR, from my experience happy hour was always on time! The drinks are cheap and the alcohol is strong so all I have to say is beware of the rum punch. If you’re not careful it will knock you off your feet, literally…
I didn’t hear good things about “Subaway” but I thought it was too amusing not to mention. You’ll find this joint on the main road boasting a menu that looks suspiciously similar to American Sandwich giant “Subway”. I didn’t try it myself but Ryan picked some up on his way back to the hotel one night. He informed me that the grilled cheese he ordered was the WORST grilled cheese he’s ever had!
I visited Belize along with Mexico and Guatemala on Geckos Adventures “Essential Central America” tour. Want to know more about Central America? Read about my adventures here. Or check out my YouTube video below!
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