When I think of Belize, I think of two things: islands and coral reefs. So many friends have returned from trips to Belize raving about the country’s beauty that it’s been on my list of places to travel for years. Now that I’m in Central America, I’m excited to discover it firsthand. If you feel the same way, today I bring you 11 things to do in Caye Caulker, Belize.
Things to Do in Caye Caulker, Belize
After an active visit to Guatemala’s Tikal, I’m ready for some island relaxation. I hop on a ferry in Belize City and an hour later find myself on Caye Caulker, a popular island destination to the northeast. As soon as I arrive, I can feel my body adjusting to island time and my mind unwinding.
1. Explore the Waterfront
As such, the first thing I do is hit the waterfront. For me, it’s one of the most exciting things to do in Caye Caulker and there are plenty of spots along the coast to choose from. Most of the hotels and guesthouses have private piers, and I also take a liking to the stretches on the northeastern part of the island.
2. Snorkel or Dive in Caye Caulker
But perhaps Caye Caulker is most famous for snorkeling and diving. This is Belize, after all, and it’s home to some of the most famous spots for both of these things in the world. Coral reefs, blue holes, and fish of all stripes abound here, and there are plenty of tour operators on the island offering opportunities for both.
3. Walk through the Mangroves
Back on the island, I discover the mangroves in the south. I walk along a dusty path through the trees, spotting the occasional bungalow and sea view as I go. I have the whole area to myself, save for some mosquitoes (I regret not wearing bug spray), and it’s amazing to see such a contrast to the busy area to the north.
4. Ride a Bike around Caye Caulker
But walking is only one way to see Caye Caulker. A lot of people choose to rent bikes and cycle around the island. It’s a good way to cover more ground and see everything in a short period of time.
5. Eat on the Waterfront
Another of my favorite things to do in Caye Caulker is eat. There’s no shortage of great restaurants and cafes in the main part of town, and many of them have local specials and good seafood. There’s no better way to get into the island culture than eating on the waterfront and soaking up the views.
6. Drink on the Waterfront
Which is to say nothing of drinking on the waterfront and soaking up the views. There’s a good nightlife scene in Caye Caulker, and bars and other watering holes abound. Whether it’s sunset cocktails on the shore or swim-up drinks under a palapa, this island has it sorted.
7. Go to The Split in Caye Caulker
And one of the best places for drinks and other fun on Caye Caulker is The Split. Situated just below the channel that separates the north and south parts of the island, this area is full of bars, restaurants, and colorful wooden beach chairs. It’s the center of much of the island’s social life, and a great place to spend an afternoon or evening.
8. Explore the Streets
Another great place is just south of The Split. The town is full of colorful houses, shops, and cafes, and there’s something to catch the eye around every corner. Flowers and vines add splashes of color, and street vendors selling everything from conch shells to coconuts bring life to the area.
9. Go Kayaking in Caye Caulker
But the island isn’t just about the land. Getting out into the water is key, too. And kayaking is a good way to do it. There are plenty of places to rent one on Caye Caulker, and tours are also an option. Kayaking is a fun way to get active, see the mangroves, and experience the local wildlife up close.
10. Watch the Sunrise
One of the best things to do in Caye Caulker is watch the sunrise. I wake up early to see it from the waterfront, enjoying the views and reveling in the peace of the early hours. Afterwards I walk along the shore and have breakfast with a view. It’s one of the highlights of my time in Belize, and worth getting up for.
11. Soak up the Island Vibes
While there are plenty of activities to do in Caye Caulker, the experience of absorbing the Caribbean atmosphere and getting into the island spirit is one of the best. It’s what I come to love most about this place, and what I take away with me on the ferry back to Belize City.
I’m off to Honduras next, where I’ll experience a different kind of island life in Roatan. I’m excited to see how it compares to Caye Caulker. Stay tuned…
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