Caye Caulker Travel Guide

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Caye Caulker Things to Do

  • Snorkel

    The real reason to go to caye caulker is the reef about a half mile off shore. Many companies offer snorkeling tours to the marine reserves close to the reef. We used Raggamuffin tours and were very satisfied, they use sailboats for a very smooth ride and the guides are excellent.

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  • Split

    The Split is a channel between the North and South Cayes ( the north caye is mostly uninhabited). Its the only real swimming/ snorkelling spot on the island and even here currents can be strong. However on a good day is crowded.

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  • Go fishing

    Me and my girlfriend wanted to do something fun while on the island of Caye Caulker. We got to learn about Esley on the internet and through his facebook page. He was great. We went out on a very nice boat and every line we send out landed us a catch. He knew the area very well. While my girlfriend was not so much up for the fishing, she seemed...

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Caye Caulker Hotels

Caye Caulker Restaurants

  • The SandBox

    4 out of 5 stars

    Back in 94 when I was there this was the coolest place for dinner, sand is the floor both inside and out. Too cool. Met a couple of girls there and had dinner, Lobster, lobster and more lobster…. very good Lobster

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  • Habaneros

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Habaneros definitely brings something a little different to the table as far as restaurants go in Caye Caulker. As you pick a spot on the nice outdoor patio, you immediately catch the sound of funky jazz music, which is quite a change from the more typical reggae and salsa music you hear everywhere else. The menu is also pretty eclectic, with an...

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  • Don Corleone Caribbean Trattoria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Don Corleone's Caribbean Trattoria turned out to be one of my favorite restaurants in Caye Caulker. As soon as we walked in, I very much enjoyed the elegant yet cozy atmosphere of the place, and got a kick out of all the "Godfather" posters! Our waitress was very friendly and she brought us a menu that had such a great selection of pasta and pizza,...

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Caye Caulker Nightlife

  • II Bar

    On an island that isn't particularly known for its nightlife, the I&I Reggae Bar is a good option for those who are looking for something to do once the sun comes down - or even as the sun is coming down, since you can watch the sunset from the rooftop terrace. The view is not exactly the best on the island, but the atmosphere totally makes up for...

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  • Lazy Lizard

    This is the major chill zone in Caye Caulker. You can sip your beer or whatever while tanning or snorkeling next to the bar. A few tables are placed in the water, but don't worry, the water is not deep enough for you to drown in - if your drunk body gives out:) Food is also ok. No shoes, no shirt, no problem.

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  • Barrier Reef Sports Bar

    We love this place!! We are not even a big fan of sports, and we feel in love!!! They have trivia night 3 days a week, and belive me you will have a great time. Ramie the "Quize Master" is so funny, and will come up with no telling what kind of questions!! The people that works here is so super nice & the food is great.

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Caye Caulker Transportation

  • Water Taxi

    To/From Belize City to Caye Calker/San Pedro- take the Caye Calker Water Taxi; it's more comfortable, and I believe they stole my iPod out of my bag on the other, more uncomfortable San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi.

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  • Golf Cart

    .GOLF CART ..as of today, March 2009 - the rates at M&M's are 10.00 USD for 1 HR 65.00 USD for the whole day. I can't imagine why you'd want one for the whole day, unless you have a lot of stuff?! You can see the whole island is 1-2hrs....

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  • Flying

    At the moment, pretty much the only way one can fly to Belize is to catch a connection in the US. By 2015, the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport should be able to accommodate flights from Europe but currently, most people who fly to Belize do so by traveling with American Airlines (with connections in Dallas/Fort Worth or Miami) or...

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Caye Caulker Shopping

  • Need to read or use the internet?

    This little shop has both new and secondhand books, including guidebooks, and has 4 or 5 computers to use the internet on.They have a few things of local interest as well - some laminated A4 sheets that help you identify local wildlife; I was particularly interested in the guide to fish since we were diving. I didn't get it, and I regret it now!

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  • Find Great Local Art in Caye Caulker

    Cooper's is a quaint little storefront in the village, run by Debbie Cooper and her husband. The gallery is stocked with a variety of local artists, including the proprietors, whose simple painting style features colorful depictions of island life (and the frames, with bright colors and whimsical patterns, are designed and painted by her husband)....

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  • Your one-stop souvenir shop!

    There are several small gift shops on Caye Caulker and we probably stopped by most of them during our 10 days on the island, but we ended up buying nearly all of our souvenirs at Toucan Gift Shop. There was an incredibly wide selection, the quality was good and the prices were right. However, there wasn't a whole lot of typical local craft - it...

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Caye Caulker Local Customs

  • Barefoot

    I saw "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem" signs at several places around town. Life truly is laid back here - I know I keep using this phrase, but I can't think of a better way to describe it. People are just not uptight about anything, and it's wonderful. You can go barefoot everywhere here, including restaurants. For women, a sarong and swimsuit top...

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  • Fresh fish on the pier

    Every night just before dinner time, we could see birds flying in circle over the beach near the Island Magic hotel - that was a sure sign that fresh fish had just arrived! We went down to the small pier one evening to see the fisherman (I believe his name is Novell) arrive with his catches for the day. There were all kinds of colorful fish, big...

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  • Caye Caulker's Chinatown!

    It is rather surprising that there should be such an important Chinese population on such a tiny Caribbean island but if I remember correctly, I counted no less than six Chinese restaurants, and pretty much all the markets on the island are tended by Chinese people. Most come to Caye Caulker to learn English and spend a few months working on the...

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Caye Caulker Warnings and Dangers

  • Big Fish Diving... Beware!

    When you travel to foreign places to do diving, you take a lot of things on trust. Trust that the dive center is properly prepared to take you diving, that their divemasters are competent, and above all else, that your safety is priority, because diving can turn ugly fast and underwater can be a dangerous environment. While we had a fantastic time...

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  • Don't think you are safe!

    We have been to Caye Caulker twice now. First time in 2008. Our room was broken into. There were even bars on all of the windows, so they bent the bars to get in. Police were a little help, but not much. Last year I went into the ladies room at the lazy lizard and wehn I was coming out a man pushed me back and held a knife to me. He told me if I...

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  • Chill but don't swim on the wet side

    There are pretty big (about 1m in diameter) sting rays swimming around. Also, they say there are alligators. Haven't seem one, but hey... if you really want to find out...

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Caye Caulker Tourist Traps

  • Some general information of the Country

    Location On the Caribbean coast, bordered to the north by Mexico, west and south by Guatemala and east by the Caribbean Sea. Capital Belmopan Population Approximately 249,000 inhabitants: 44 percent are mestizo, 30 percent are Creole, 11 percent are Maya, and seven percent are Garifonos (besides a large population of immigrants from neighboring...

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  • C & N Golf Carts a nasty rip-off

    Although located real near the air strip, C&N Golf Carts is owned by an ex-policeman who rips off tourists. When my daughter ran into a pot hole and bent the swing arm. he charged me $700 US for a $150 part saying I could have the used parts. When I went back to pick up the parts, he and his family beat my crippled wife and hit me with a bat. Of...

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  • watch out for thieves!

    please be warned about the "reef house" on caye caulker.it's not secure, and thieves will come in and steal your belongings while you sleep at night. very disturbing to say the least.while we were at caye caulker, our rental was broken into 2 times. (around $1200. in stolen items)be 'ware, caye caulker is a trap. make sure to secure your cash at a...

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Caye Caulker What to Pack

  • Sunscreen

    Mosquito repellent is a must here!!!Mosquitos will come and get you if you do not wear it at night!! A must, must No fancy clothing here.. just swimsuit/sandles/shorts/tank tops Any and all medical supplies you might think you need. They do have it here on the island but it would be a lot cheaper for you to bring your own.

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  • Underwater Cameras

    If you don't have a camera or videocamera that you can use under water, you should concider buying an Aquapac or something similar. It's a waterproof "pocket" where you can put your camera and take pictures down to 2 metres under water. There is so much to see in the sea here, so you should really have something for take pictures under water. How...

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  • Repellent

    Mosquito repellent is a must here!!!Mosquitos will come and get you if you do not wear it at night!! A must, must No fancy clothing here.. just swimsuit/sandles/shorts/tank tops Any and all medical supplies you might think you need. They do have it here on the island but it would be a lot cheaper for you to bring your own.

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Caye Caulker Off The Beaten Path

  • Belize Zoo

    The Belize Zoo is a delight to visit. It is a small zoo, about 125 different animals, but it is well worth your time. The animals are well cared for, and the staff of the zoo are supremely helpful. They were eager to talk about the animals in their care, even to the point of bringing around snacks to coax some of the more reclusive ones out into...

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  • P.A.W Animal Sactuary

    The P.A.W Sanctuary is tucked away on the back street of Caye Caulker, and is a great place to swing by if you are looking to do some good while on vacation. The sanctuary houses abused and neglected cats from the island, as well as a few (very friendly!) rescue dogs. The owner, Madi, runs the entire operation by herself, so while she may be too...

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  • Authentic to the bone

    Once in Caye Caulker one should visit or stay at the Ignacio's resort hotel. The experience is local, unique and telling.

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Caye Caulker Sports & Outdoors

  • Basketball

    I played some basketball on the crappy court with the bent rims. It was great. I played in my Tevas, but most of the locals played barefoot. They play hard and have smiles on their faces as they do it. None of the attitude that American players have.

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  • Learn to Dive!

    My partner wanted to get his PADI certification and persuaded me to go along with him. I'm a fairly confident swimmer, but am slightly claustrophobic so wasn't sure how I'd cope with diving. Frenchies staff were relaxed, confident, experienced, and above all patient. We lost a day's diving due to weather, but it was all arranged so that we wasted...

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  • Snorkeling the Cayes with Driftwood Dive...

    One of the main activities for visitors to the cays is scuba, but there's a lot of snorkeling too. Because Belize has such an extensive reef system, that also means that the beaches are narrow. The reefs keep the surf from grinding up rocks into sand and building wide beaches. So snorkeling is most often done from small boats. You can rent all...

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Caye Caulker Favorites

  • The Split

    This would be the place to go if you’re really interested in the local flora. The Caye Caulker Belize Tourism Industry Association’s Mini-Reserve has a few interpretive trails with signs telling you what all the native trees and plants are. There’s also a resource center, but this was closed when we were there. Caye Caulker’s constant breezes can’t...

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  • Snorkeling

    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...

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  • No Cars

    The streets are sand and there were almost no internal combustion automobiles on the island. There were said to be a beer truck, and maybe two other cars. All transportation was by foot, bike or golf cart. I soon found though that if I went barefoot I wore all the skin off my feet. Walking along the shore (wearing shoes) into town to get a meal or...

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