Destination: Caye Caulker Island
Budget: $40-$60 per day
Languages: English, Spanish, Creole, and Garifuna
Money: US$1 = BZ$2 (Belize dollars) US dollars are accepted everywhere
Area: The island is 22,966 sq km, measuring about 5 miles from north to south and less than 1 mile east to west.
Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea measuring about 5 miles from north to south and less than 1 mille east to west. Caye Caulker got its name from the Spanish name for the island “Cayo Hicaco” which means Coco Plum. I think the reason why it was called Cayo Hicaco is because coco plum grows on the island and was used by the Spanish sea travelers to cure scurvy.
Population started increasing because of the Caste War of Yucatan in 1847, when many mestizos of mized Maya and Spanish descent fled the chaos taking place all over the Yucatan Peninsula. Most of the areas of the village was given to Luciano Reyes by Queen Victoria around 1870.
How to get there?
Caye Caulker is serviced by regular flights between City and Ambergris by Maya Island Air and Tropic Air. If you are traveling on a budget, I highly recommend to take the water taxis which is called San Pedro Water Taxi.
Direction from Belize City Airport to Caye Caulker:
Take a taxi from the airport to Belize City Water Taxi Dock. (Taxi fare is BZ$50 )
Take San Pedro Water Taxi to Caye Caulker. (Round trip BZ$48)
San Pedro Water Taxi to Caye Caulker
Where to stay:
Caye Caulker has about 57 hotels with 887 rooms. Depending on your budget, you can find any place to stay from expensive resorts to cheap hostels. These are some of Caye Caulker’s well known hotels/resorts: Sailwinds Beach Suites, Pancho’s Villas, Caye Caulker Plaza Hotel, Vega Inn and Gardens, Belize Tree Tops Hotel, Jaguar Morning Star Guest House, and Anchorage Resort.
Bella’s- I stayed at Bella’s for 3 nights. This is a party hostel which can sometimes be annoying because they play loud music inside the property. It was okay for the first night but it just got a little bit annoying especially when I was trying to get a little bit of sleep. Don’t be surprise if you party with the owner because that’s what he does all the time. The owner, Jeff is such a laid back guy but he is such a terrible owner. Why? The property is quite dirty. The bathroom needs a cleaning and that includes the toilets to the dirty bathtub. It was quite gross and I just can’t believe Jeff did not do anything to fix it the following morning. So if you are in Caye Caulker, I highly suggest that you skip this place.
Yuma’s House– I stayed at Yuma’s for 4 nights. This place is located right next to the San Pedro boat. It has an amazing location, helpful staff, and definitely a great atmosphere to stay. After having a horrible stay at Bella’s, I was quite happy to see a clean bathroom and a clean bed sheets.
Yuma’s backyard.. Quite lovely.
Where to eat:
Enjoy-Good food and definitely great price! Enjoy is quite popular and locals highly recommended me to eat there and boy did I not regret it. As I mentioned on my previous post, I am an avid fan of seafoods. They make fresh grilled lobster for only US$10, yup you got that right, 10 dollars! And that includes rum punches all afternoon and evening. They have chicken, snapper fillet, barracudas, lobsters, to curry. They have awesome staff and if I come back in Caye Caulker, I would definitely come back at Enjoy Restaurant again!
Some of the restaurants you can also check out: Amor y café, Lazy Lizard, Wish Willy-Bar & Grill, Rainbow Grill, and Jolly Roger’s Grill & Restaurant.
Things to do:
Caye Caulker snorkeling is world class! If you actually seen a tourism poster for Belize, you probably know what the Blue Hole looks like and a lot as in a lot of people come to Belize to dive and go snorkeling. You can also swim with the manatees or perhaps go fishing. If you are not into water activities, Caye Caulker has varieties of shops, visit the Altun Ha Ruins, explore 25 restaurants, and off course an awesome nightlife!
“It’s Caye Caulker Style!”