Caye Caulker, a laid back island located 20 miles north-northeast of Belize City, is the perfect beach vacation option. Attracting visitors due to its proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef and access to incredible diving and snorkeling, it is one of the most popular destinations visited in Belize.
Looking to visit the island? Here is how you can spend three perfect days on the island.
The day you arrive, spend some time getting acquainted with the beautiful island. It’s a small island, roughly five miles long. Either by foot or on bike you can explore the sandy streets of the island. To beat the heat, stop in at a beach bar to enjoy a fresh tropical cocktail. End your evening watching the sunset at the Southern tip of the island known as The Split or on a sunset cruise.
One of the main reasons for coming to the island is to enjoy the Belize Barrier Reef. Be sure to book and dive or a snorkel whilst on the island. Caye Caulker Marine Reserve is the closest dive and snorkel site. Dive sights such as Raggedy Anne and Coral Canyons are two popular sites full of marine life. You can have the opportunity to spot a range of fish, eagle rays, reef sharks, groupers, Southern stingrays, Moray Eels and much more. This site is a great half-day out, and is also popular for night dives, being only five minutes away from the island. If you are looking for a full day dive option head on over to Lighthouse Reef or Turneffe Atoll.
If you are just a snorkeler and are looking for a full day snorkel trip, book a snorkel day out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley. This reserve is a 30-minute boat ride on a speed boat or you can opt to go on a sailboat which may take a little longer, but worth the journey as you sail the Caribbean Sea! Hol Chan Marine Reserve is the first marine protected area in Belize to be established. Home to beautiful coral and vibrant marine life, it has become one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Belize.
Wake up early and make the most of your last day with a morning of fishing. Caye Caulker provides access to all types of fishing – fly fishing, reef fishing, and deep-sea fishing. For Fly fishing, head out to the flats by boat and try your hand at catching bonefish, tarpon or permit on the fly. Don’t want to head out on a boat, have a go at casting from the docks on the front and back of the islands.
If fishing is not your thing, on the island where you are to go slow, spend your last day relaxing and taking in the laid back vibes of the island. Stop in at local restaurants for a Belizean Breakfast – Enjoy fry jacks, refried beans, and bacon. Enjoy the blue skies, sunshine, sea breeze and the Caribbean Sea before your departure on the island.
Have more time to spend? Check out our other Must Do’s while on the island.
- Book a snorkel or dive trip to Caye Caulker Marine Reserve
- Enjoy a sunset cruise with RaggamuffinTours or E-Z Boy Tours
- Swim at the Split and try a lizard juice from the Lazy Lizard Bar
- Go wildlife spotting at Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary
- Go paddleboarding or jet skiing
- Go on a Blue Hole Flight Tour with Maya
Wondering how to get to this island?
Located 20 miles north-northeast of Belize City, you can get to this island by ferry or flight.
Find out more on our blog below.
GETTING TO THE NORTHERN ISLANDS
Written by Louise Roe