When it comes to beach and island life in Belize, nothing is as serene and laid back as life on Caye Caulker. Although not as popular as nearby San Pedro (Ambergris Caye), Caye Caulker has a magical vibe to it that makes for the perfect Caribbean island getaway.
Where is Caye Caulker?
Located about 20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Belize, Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island that measures about 5 miles (8 km) from north to south. It is easily accessible by water taxi, and it is definitely possible to do full day trips inland to San Ignacio from the island.
Getting There and Around
The cheapest way to arrive at Caye Caulker is by sea. From Belize City, you can hop on a water taxi that costs about $20BZ one-way and will drop you off at the island in 45 minutes. Once you arrive in Caye Caulker, you need nothing more than your feet to get around. Locals will often bike or drive golf carts to get around; no motor vehicles are on the island. By golf cart, you can circle the whole island in about 30 minutes.
Caye Caulker Accommodations
There are quite a few overnight accommodation options on Caye Caulker. Given the small size of the island, most accommodations are very conveniently located and close to the beach.
- Caye Caulker on Airbnb
- Tropical Paradise Hotel and Restaurant
- Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel
- Anchorage Resort
- Rainbow Hotel
Caye Caulker Hotels with Pool
See and Do
The main town on the island is known as Caye Caulker Village, and it consists mainly of a beach front strip filled with over 30 small hotels, restaurants, and shops. Although the tourist strip is not particularly glamorous or luxurious, the real attraction is the crystal clear ocean. The island is a hub for ocean sports and marine wildlife interaction.
Great Blue Hole
For scuba divers, the famed Great Blue Hole dive spot is one of Belize’s most famous; it is about an hour boat ride away from Caye Caulker.
The Belize Great Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world, and it is located not far from Caye Caulker. Take a snorkel tour of the nearby reef and venture out to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley if you’re bold. This is where the adventurous can swim with and hold giant manta rays and nurse sharks.
Many local tour operators offer day trips to the nearby manatee sanctuary not far from Belize City. Enjoy a day on a boat a day watching and photographing peaceful manatees at play.
In terms of dining on the island, perhaps the best treat is a plate of grilled lobster freshly caught in the nearby Belizean lobster traps. For around $10 USD, you can enjoy a full lobster for dinner every night! After dinner (or before), wander down to the Split (ocean area that separates the island) and have a drink at The Lazy Lizard, a bar with a “beach” area that consists of a sunken picnic area surrounded by cement sea walls.
Caye Caulker Restaurants
- Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen
- Lazy Lizard Bar and Grill
- Wish Willy Bar and Grill
- Sobre Las Olas
- Rainbow Grill and Bar
- Martinez Fast Food
- Godfrey’s Seaside Grill