Living in Caye Caulker

by McNab Editorial Team
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Caye Caulker is a small beautiful Caribbean island off the coast of Belize.

It’s divided by a narrow channel called The Split, where you can find a fantastic bar and a sandy beach. You can walk every single corner of this island in one day! If you walk to the south, you will find the island’s only settlement, known as Caye Caulker Village. The north of the island is home to dense mangrove forest and diverse birdlife, protected by a forest reserve.  

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Photo Courtesy: Leonardo Melendez

Well known as a haven for divers and snorkelers due to its proximity to the Barrier Reef, you can actually see the waves breaking on the reef on the horizon. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax, this small island is perfect. A feast for the eyes, offering amazing views, exquisite tropical sea life, and unique packed excursions. Caye Caulker can be reached by direct flights from Belize City, which facilitates visiting this paradise.


In 1961, Hurricane Hattie struck Belize, and Caye Caulker was totally submerged. As a result of this catastrophic event, the island was divided into two, henceforth known as the Split. The Split nowadays is one of the most popular places where tourists and locals gather to swim, eat and drink.

Life in Caye Caulker

If you are looking for along term vacation at the island, you can check on some condos along the beach, or an apartment not so far from the beach, in a quiet area. Almost everything you would need to supply your kitchen is available on the Caye. With some big grocery stores and small suppliers as well. You will find that prices are surprisingly high for some items, but keep in mind that everything comes to the Caye by boat or barge; nevertheless, you will find everything you need. Don’t worry about drinking water, you can find a 5-gallon water jug for just $5.00BLZ.

Getting Around

As a golf cart friendly island, you will barely find cars. You can rent a golf cart for $360 US per week or rent a bike for $30 US per week and move around without a problem. However, you can walk all over the place because Caye Caulker is relatively small and everything is close to home. 

Is it safe?

Like many other places, you need to keep out of red areas and you will be okay. You can travel alone, but be cautious and don’t be conspicuous (leave your jewelry at home) and try not to wander alone at night. Be friendly and remember that English is the official language, which makes life easier.

Written by Cristina Reyna

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