Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker Travel Guide
Caye Caulker is a small island, measuring with just 8 km from north to south and width from 25m to 2 km. Located south of Ambergis Caye and the Blue Hole. Caye Caulker is a white sand beach, with a small town, where the people live in a laid-back ambience. The island has an information library with information where they tell the history if the island, the activities you can practice and the efforts the locals do to keep their natural and peaceful environment, an arduous task that characterizes its inhabitants.
Initially it had few inhabitants, its method of sustaining itself was fishing, agriculture, coconut, fishing and manufacturing boats. The Belize Maritime Museum and Terminal has an excellent display of the Cayo Caulker carpenters, their tools, and the ships they have built. Fishing was an important industry, but tourism has slowly become a major force for Caye Caulker. You can get from Belize City to Caye Caulker by plane or water taxi. Most people get around on foot, by bike or golf cart but since it is a small island, it is easy to walk from one end to the other.
Attraction and Activities
Discovering Caye Caulker
From the moment you get to the island you will see signs advising you to “go slow”, that sets the mood for your stay. In the south of the island you will find a small nature reserve, or you can relax at a bar beside the Split. You can do one of the main activities and go diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing or relaxing on the beach or you can do something different, like visiting the manatees in Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, explore along the shore by kayak or just take in the island north of the Split. You will find restaurants, bars, hotels and shops to enjoy.
If you fancy a relaxed vacation with peace and tranquility, Caye Caulker is your destination. You will feel as relax as you would in your own house. Since there are no big cars you can rent a golf cart or a bike to move around the island.
From Caye Caulker you can go diving, snorkeling, fishing, etc. Another main destination you can visit from Caye Caulker is the Blue Hole, a great place to dive.
Caye Caulker is one of the ideal destinations in Belize for divers. You will have at your disposal beautiful coral reefs. You can visit the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere. The water at the reef is crystal clear. You will always get the best view and diving experience no matter the month you are visiting. If you want to learn this is the place to do it. From Caye Caulker you can practice scuba diving at South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Lighthouse Reef Atoll where the Blue Hole is located, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, Gladden Spit, Silk Cayes Marine Reserve and Glovers Reef Atoll.
Maybe scuba diving is not your thing, but you still want to witness the beauties of the Barrier Reef. Then you can go snorkeling and see all the marine life of the Reef. An excellent option is the Shark Ray Alley where you will have the rare opportunity to snorkel beside stingrays, nurse sharks and turtles.
Fishing on Caye Caulker will give you one of the best experiences you can have. There are plenty of places you can go fish, one of which is the extensive flats, just 20 minutes by boat from the island. It is uncommon to see other anglers once you have left the pier. You can choose your own schedule since the guides are flexible, but they prefer an early or late start depending on the tides. Between the fishes you can catch are Tarpon, snook, barracuda, grouper, snapper, bonefish, and sometimes even permit.
Location and Map
Caye Caulker is located at 37 km from Belize City, the nearest airport is the Phipip S.W. Goldson International Airport. You can either fly or take a boat from the city to Caye Caulker, the boat trip takes 1.5 hours.