For years, Caye Caulker has been popular with backpackers looking for the laid back atmosphere of Belize. No one is in a rush and travelers end up extending their trips. Diving and snorkeling in the nearby Barrier Reef are popular here and a visit to the Blue Hole is a must. However, most people come here just to relax and enjoy the rhythem of reggae music. Follow my Caye Caulker travel guide to learn more about this beautiful island close to the mainland of Belize. But do not come here if you are in a rush!
Mangrove Forest Reserve
This reserve has mostly red, black, and white mangrove. Kayaks are welcomed here, there is a small river going trough the mangrove forest.
Hurrican Hattie ripped through the island in the 1960’s and formed ”the split” which divides the island. On one side of the split are the mangroves and on the other side you will find all hotels/hostels, restaurants and bars. Directly by the split you will find the restaurant Lazy Lizard which is a nice place to chill.
Snorkeling with sharks
Companys are offering a lot of different snorkling adventures to swim with sharks. One of them in the Shark Ray Alley. A ton of tours will take you.
The Belize Barrier Reef is just a few minutes from the town of Caye Caulker and offers a ideal underwater world for snorklers to explore.
Caye Caulker and its surrounding areas are a diver’s paradise. There is the barrier reef, as well as Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is a cave and is one of the most popular dive sites in the world. We dived in the Barrier Reef and it is just a breathtaking adventure.
Kayaks are available to rent, and you can head to the northern island, past the Split to explore the mangroves. Kayak rentals are about 20 BZD / 10 USD per hour.
Enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sunset
Early in the morning, at 5:30 am you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise. In the evening go to the split to see a breathtaking sunset.
We stayed in Sophie’s Guest House and we loved our stay there. It is right next to the split and within a few steps out of the room, you will swim in the most beautiful swimming area of the whole island.
Several times a day the ADO bus runs from Playa del Carmen or other bigger citys to Chetumal, right at the border to Belize. The bus takes about 4.5 hours and from the bus station to the watertaxi station you can take a taxi for 30 pesos. You can book your water taxi in advance on following pages: Belize water taxi or San Pedro water taxi.
Do not be in a rush and just go slow on Caye Caulker. You will love your relaxing stay here.