Caye Caulker is a charming small island off the coast of Belize that attracts tourists from all around the world due to its quaint style, its lovely beaches and its close proximity to the best diving and snorkeling tours Belize has to offer.
The whole town is walkable and for that reason, you will not find roads or cars here. Bicycle rentals are available for those who prefer riding their bikes over walking and for the laziest – there are also golf car rentals available. It’s length from north to south is 8.2 km (5 Miles) and its width is just 2 kilometers at its widest point – but usually, you’ll be able to walk from one side of it to the other in less than two minutes. It is a true paradise for those looking to relax and enjoy time away from pollution.
Being in Caye Caulker will make its visitors feel as though they are inside a 90’s cartoon due to its colorful houses and its inhabitants themselves – there is the “cake guy”, a fat, black man wearing a chef hat that goes around the island selling fresh homemade pastries, you can expect to see him at least once a day. There is the Cubana Restaurant guy, who sits in front of his Cuban food restaurant (La Cubana, also a hotel) all day long offering deals and making inappropriate, yet completely innocent jokes (tip: for the best deals to the Great Blue Hole, ask him!). The villagers will often say “Go slow!”, meaning “relax!” to tourists to remind them that they are on vacation and should never rush to get anywhere.
Caye Caulker is one of the best spots to chill for those who wish to dive or snorkel in the world famous Great Blue Hole – ships leave from here as well as San Pedro Island, but Caye Caulker is considered to be much less spoiled and crowded.
The most important industries here are tourism and the coconut and fishing industries. You will not find big chain brands except for Starbucks here as most of the restaurants, hotels and tour operators are family owned. Tourism began in the 60’s, when groups of hippies came to relax and certainly, the reason why they decided to do so is obvious once you step foot inside the island.
Due to its popularity, accommodation prices here can be quite high – the cheapest are found at La Cubana: $56 Belizean Dollars for a tiny “sleep box”, as they call it there. For really low budget travellers, the island’s animal shelter offers camping space for $5 Belizean Dollars and treehouses for $25.
From Belize City or Chetumal (Mexico), water taxi can be taken every hour starting at 7:00 am with Caye Caulker Water Taxi