All around the island you can find coconuts lying around on the ground. Take one and open it on the beach, and you have a great breakfast. It's not the easiest task in the world, but after a while we really got the hang of opening them. And the coconut tastes so much better when you eat it fresh on the beach.
Located on the mainland - buy a package from the tourist places on the island.
A MUST - Go on a day the cruise ships are not in.
A bit of a walk in, but the guide explains the flora/fauna to you, quite interesting.
Very Cool and spiritual experience - after you get over the fear of the roof caving in or something biting your butt from below. (Doesn't last long) You wear head lamps (they provide as well as the tubes)
The current coasts you thru the cave systems, so little or no paddling - some portage - brief, just where the delta's are built up or at a break in the cave system where you move onto the next cave.
There was just five of us and one of our group tapped on his tube like an ancient drum and no one spoke for a long time, just coasting in the near darkness. The memory will stay with me forever.
Our guide was Mario, great kid and we were an hour longer than we should have been, he let us take our time.
The Director, also known as The Chief or CEO: Nobody really knows what The Director is doing, but he is basically everywhere, day and night. He saunters over the island and approaches people eventually to ask about their wellbeing. Many of the Rastamen do not like him and recede when he appears. Many of them say he is an undercover agent and tries to wipe out any Rasta society on the island, others claim he belongs to the tourism board and just wants to make sure that everybody feels happy and safe. The Director is bald and always wears dark long pants and a white polo shirt. Although he seems to be always everywhere at the same time he was never around when we had our cameras ready to take a souvenir photo of him. He is friendly, but not too friendly, rather polite, yet mysterious.
The President: An over self-conscious new-blood Rasta with a Ziggy Marley kind of goatee beard, a Jamaican hat or French beret, and a ton-heavy silver necklace. The President is the self-appointed President of the island and of all Belizean land and water. His real name is unknown and he introduces himself to all the poor female travelers as simply The President. He charges a 5 B$ fee for photographs taken of or with him; we therefore renounced such and invested otherwise. The President rides a bicycle and thus can move swiftly over the island; sometimes he leaves it somewhere behind though and appears in his Nike space-sneakers only. He is not very charming, not to say arrogant, but that may be due to his occupation – after all he is a politician.
As we got back to our hotel on Christmas eve another Santa was just leaving on the back of a golf cart. He went around the island throwing sweets to all the kids.
The start of a Caye, in some places the coral grows above the water level or rather has dies this will eventually become like sand a a new caye will form
The Lyrical King as he is known is not from Caye Caulker but actually from Hopkins. While we were here he was as much a feature of the island as the split.
Most of ther restaurants and dive shops can be found on fromnt street, you can also follow this road to get to the split at the one end or the bird sanctuary at the other.
From the pier there is the main road into town. Finding your way around couldn’t be easier since there are only three main streets – front, middle and back street.
All the water taxis arrive and leave from the main pier. There is a small ticket office where you get your tickets before boarding.
Take a cave tour. They give you a float and a helmet with a lamp on the end. Its pretty neat. You get really cold so bring a towel and things to change into.
This is the mainstreet on the island. Forget about trafficjams, there are just a few cars on the island. You will mostly see electric golfcarts and bikes in the street, and plenty of crabs... :)
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