Don't leave Caye Caulker without a snorkeling trip, either all day or half day. My other advice is take a kayak around the island. I mean, paddle it yourself. It's a lot of work but great fun.
Snorkeling near the reef off Caye Caulker wasn't quite as spectacular as around Gladden Spit where I went in 2005, but it's still amazingly beautiful. Shark Ray alley is fun, but even more amazing is the "channel" in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, where the bottom drops out and sudden you are looking down 60 feet at SCUBA divers on the bottom. The water is clear all the way down and it's amazing. Water in Belize is about 75-85 degrees F, so it's very comfortable to be in the water for hours. Take an all-day snorkeling trip and you will end up having lunch on Ambergris Caye. San Pedro is a cute little town but very touristy and it will make you appreciate Caye Caulker all the more. For a great all-day snorkel trip we used Anwar tours, which is right across from the ice cream shop and not expensive at all. Caye Caulker immediately feels like home and the worst part is leaving. It's like a small town but a GOOD small town full of interesting people and a very relaxed attitude. It's not fancy or rich but it's real. There's not much to do there, which is the point. Just look at the beautiful blue water, and let your mind wander. The food is great, (though not all that cheap) and the sunsets are gorgeous every night.
Small, - But Paradise!
Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of Belize, close to the famous 'Blue Hole'. Colourful buildings & people and gorgeous white sand beaches. Transportation is by foot or golf cart, but you can walk around the whole island in an hour at the most. Pleasant & laid back with a number of small, but great & varied restaurants & bars. There are several good dive & snorkelling businesses & the sea life viewing is 'spectacular'! My favorite memory of Caye Caulker is swimming with the reef sharks & playing with the manta rays in the warm Caribbean Sea.
one of the fondest memories i have of caye caulker, were the children, and their beautiful sunny nature. children here seem to be happy, and while they don't have all the fancy modcons we do, they do have the beach, the salty seabreeze, and family. all you need really as i have learnt from this year's travels.
the girl in the first main photo, was a beauty! she had a garifuna father (afro-caribbean), and her mother was german. she was sooo intelligent, and lapping up the attention we showered her. i asked her for her name, her age etc, and she just kept saying "where you from, where you from". a future traveller perhaps?
kids here had a cheeky nature about them as well. the boy in the second photo, ran up to our golf cart, hopped onto the back, and asked us to give him a lift home! school was out, and he just wanted to get home! he was an interesting mix, and one of the few people in belize i saw with freckles! anyway we gave him his lift, he said a cheery thankyou, and was off!
the third child in the photo, we drove past in our golf buggy, and he gave us a big smile and a wave as we drove past. he was a sweety.
Caye Caulker is Located HERE
Caye Caulker is a really off the beaten path type of island, barely visible on the map as you can see, located in the Caribbean Sea 21 miles north of Belize City. It is one of more than 200 cayes located along the coast and off-shore barrier reefs of Belize, and it has slowly been 'discovered' by tourists in the past decade or so (especially since the airstrip was built in 1992). With it's palm-fringed beaches, great diving and snorkeling possibilities, sandy streets and no cars or trucks, I can see how a person might just decide that this is good enough for me! It can most quickly be reached by a 10-15 minute airline flight or, most cheaply, by a 35-40 minute water taxi ride from Belize City. From Caye Caulker, day excursions can be arranged for either enjoying the water all around you or combining a boat trip with tours of Mayan ruins located on the mainland.
If you walk straight up from the pier you will find Chan’s on your left hand side on middle street (as far as I remember). You will find everything you need here (or at least the largest selection of things on the island).