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Caye Caulker

Belize

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Budget Belize

Caye Caulker is a small island (often described as a large sand bar) in the Caribbean Sea, and it’s got some great things going for it. There are no cars on the island, so forget traffic headaches. Its home to many affordable hotels and inns, a boon to budget-savvy travelers. And it’s not far from the Belize Barrier Reef, so divers and snorkelers couldn’t ask for a better jumping off point for their excursions.

Any drawbacks? Travelers don’t seem to notice — they’re too busy having a great time in the sand and sea.

Getting Around

No major airlines land on Caye Caulker, so getting here means coming by water taxi or local small-plane air service. The town area, which spans about a mile south of the channel called the Split, is easy to navigate on foot, by bicycle or by golf cart.

Need a rest? Stop at a local watering hole and enjoy the sounds of reggae, which these islanders can’t seem to get enough of. Hammocks spread around the island are a nice touch and the ideal spot to kick back and relax, especially with surrounding views of turquoise water, bone-white sand and colorful wooden buildings.

Activities

Caye Caulker’s shallow waters are great for beginning snorkelers, and expert divers will be drawn to the underwater caves here, which are fascinating, but somewhat dangerous to explore. Adventurous types won’t want to miss the Great Blue Hole, a sinkhole more than 400 feet deep.

Book excursions to experience some of the area’s ecotourism draws, like manatee tours, nature hikes and boat tours of nearby mangrove lagoons.

At night, this peaceful community transforms into a party zone, where locals and tourists mix, mingle and drink into the late night hours. Bars and restaurants are sprinkled around town, anchored by Calle del Sol. Two of the most popular are three-level I&I Reggae Bar and Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill, drawing a diverse, international crowd.

Caye Caulker at a Glance

City:Caye Caulker

Country or State:Belize

Length of Beach:5 miles

Access:Water taxi, boat, plane

Best time to visit:Nov. to April (dry season)

High Season:Nov. to April

Low Season:May to October

Facilities:

  • Restaurants and bars south of the Split

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater

Special Events:

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