Caye Caulker: Ambergris Caye’s Underrated Island Cousin

by Giulissa Hernandez

Many of Belize’s array of idyllic cayes are famous for their distinguished beaches and underwater adventures. Still, amidst these tropical treasures, an island stands out among the others. A place where palm trees sway in the wind, and all of life’s worries melt away in the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. It’s a place so sublime, that it made Travel Lemming’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2023. Welcome to Caye Caulker, the pearl of Belize’s Caribbean coast. While it may not be as famous as its northern neighbor, Caye Caulker boasts top-notch accommodations, tantalizing dining, and a wealth of activities that make it a must-visit destination. Similar to its cousin Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker offers everything you can dream of and more. This little paradise invites you to escape the hustle and bustle, slow down, and embrace the island’s unique vibe. Here’s a list of how you can enjoy an escape to this marvelous island.

Top-of-the-Line Accommodations

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Of course, finding somewhere to stay is one of the most important steps when planning a tropical getaway. Caye Caulker offers a range of accommodations that redefine island living, no matter your budget. Bask in the ocean breeze while lying in the shade of flourishing palm trees. Explore Belize’s aquatic world. Then, when you’re done, you can sink deep into blissful sleep in your cozy hotel. Options on the island include Iguana Reef Inn, Island Magic Beach Resort, and Weezie’s Oceanfront Hotel & Cottages. Experience the perfect blend of modern amenities and natural beauty on Caye Caulker. 

Sail to Culinary Heaven

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Caye Caulker may be small, but it packs a punch when it comes to dining. We’re talking splendid meals for all hours of the day! From cute cafés to homey restaurants, you’ll travel the world through your tastebuds. Taste the flavors of a classic Belizean breakfast at Errolyn’s House of Fryjacks. Whether it’s your first time or your umpteenth time in Belize, fryjacks are always a must. Bite into the pillowy softness of these delights and pair it with beans, bacon, and eggs.

Additionally, you can’t come to Caye Caulker and not grab a plate of fresh lobster! Don’t miss the chance to try the special barbecued lobster at places like Chef Kareem’s Unbelizable BBQ or Esther’s Krusty Crab. I’m sure you’re craving it as we speak. 

Snorkel Adventures and Hidden Gems for Diving

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Caye Caulker is the ideal playground for adventure seekers. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts will find an underwater paradise teeming with colorful marine life. The famous Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve are just a boat ride away. For a fun adventure, swim with nurse sharks and stingrays, an experience that will leave you both thrilled and awe-inspired. Plus, Caye Caulker sits atop what is perhaps one of the largest underwater cave systems in the world! The site makes this tiny island a hidden gem for diving enthusiasts. 

If you’re truly on a roll to discover underwater adventure, go just a little further to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Great Blue Hole. This spot is a diver’s dream and offers a breathtaking view of our world under the waves. 

Embrace the ‘Go-Slow’ Life

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Let’s not forget the reason most people go on vacation: to seek a respite from daily life. Here, you won’t even have to try. Caye Caulker’s charm lies in its “Go-Slow” philosophy, which encourages visitors to relax and savor every moment. While you get into the groove of carefree island living, you can explore the surroundings at your own pace.

Explore the streets of Caye Caulker

Meander on the island’s sandy streets, which are dotted with colorful art installations and funky beach bars. Rent a golf cart to explore the island or venture out to The Split. Enjoy vibrant sunsets, reggae rhythms, and the warm smiles of the locals, who will make you feel right at home. Time moves like honey and the memories taste just as sweet.

Featured Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

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