Caye Caulker (AKA Caye Corker) is a little island in the middle of the Caribbean off the coast of Belize. It’s only 5 miles long and a mile wide! Caye Caulker is right below San Pedro/Ambergris Caye, a larger island that’s popular with tourists. The island is accessible by water taxi or air.
The Island Vibes
Caye Caulker is a much more laid back version of its big brother, San Pedro. The island is small and the locals are friendly! Everyone just seems genuinely happy to be there, and even when you decline the salespeople’s offers of tours, lunch, happy hour drinks, drugs, and coconuts they are still happy to chat with you or give directions.
There doesn’t seem to be much animosity between businesses either, so one roadside BBQ’s chef won’t care if you cross the road and eat with their neighbor instead. Overall, everyone was very friendly and laid back.
The island motto is actually “Go Slow” so you can imagine what the culture is like!
The second largest barrier reef in the world is actually in Belize! We took a full day tour with Caveman Tours from Caye Caulker and absolutely loved it! We got to swim with nurse sharks, sea turtles, rays, and dozens of different kinds of fish. Swimming with a turtle is a bucket list item for me that I was able to check off in Belize! We heard rumors of manatees (aka sea cows) roaming around nearby but did not see any.
I would absolutely recommend Caveman Tours! Our guides were kind, informative, and fun to be around. They took great care of us and didn’t even make fun of us when we freaked out about actually seeing sea turtles in the wild!
Caveman is on the airport side of the island and is easy to get to from anywhere on Caye Caulker. We initially were nervous about being too tired from an all-day tour, but I’m so glad we stuck with it. We walked over and booked the tour the day before with no issues.
Belize also has the Blue Hole, which is a great spot for SCUBA diving. We aren’t certified so we skipped that one, but many people visit Belize just to go to the Blue Hole. There’s also great diving throughout the barrier reef, the Blue Hole is just one popular spot.
Wow, does Belize have great food! Fish is especially popular on the islands since it’s so easily accessible. It’s literally caught in the morning and served for lunch and dinner at most restaurants. Check out the Lazy Lizard’s food specials menu below, remember it’s $1 USD to $2 Belize so if you’re American, cut the displayed price in half.
- Fry jacks – similar to an empanada, basically a fried ball of dough with your choice of food inside. We enjoyed the one with eggs and beans but you can see a sample menu above.
- Stew chicken and rice – made with a seasoning called red recado, this is a staple of Belize that you can get everywhere for not much money.
- Ceviche – the fish is fresh and it won’t bankrupt you on Caye Caulker! Our favorite was the one at the Lazy Lizard and Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen.
- Shrimp and fish – literally available everywhere
- Lobster and conch – note that this is only available during lobster season, which we sadly missed by a month! This year’s Lobster Season goes from June 15, 2019, to February 15, 2020. We plan to go back in 2020 to taste that fresh lobster.
- Belikin – while not actually a food, this is the local Belizean beer similar to Changs in Thailand. Light, delicious, cheap, and available everywhere!
The hottest spot on the island, you will find people hanging out here all day, every day. The island was actually split in 1961 by Hurricane Hattie. Here you can enjoy a beer, soak up the sun, swim, do water sports, and of course, people watch.
Don’t forget to jump off the diving board once you’ve had a few Lizard Juices. The Lazy Lizard is the hip bar at the end where you want to be.
Belize is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen. From the jungles of San Ignacio to the island of Caye Caulker, the scenery is truly stunning. Everything in the country feels colorful from the hammocks to the buildings!
Caye Caulker is a great location to get that perfect Instagram shot! With the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water it’s hard to beat the look of the islands.
The jungles are the most vibrant green I’ve ever seen due to all the rain the country gets, plus they have tons of unique trees. We saw one with highlighter-orange flowers! I’ve never seen such colors.
Just Go to Caye Caulker!
If you have any doubts about Caye Caulker, check out our list of things nobody tells you about Belize! Also, see how you can rent a car, what to pack, compare Belize to Costa Rica, and learn whether Belize is truly safe or not (spoiler: it is!),