Are you looking for a wonderful Caribbean get-away but don’t want to spend a fortune? Want to go to a place so laid back that their moto is “Go-Slow”? Well that’s exactly what I wanted and found that in Caye Caulker, Belize.
Where is Caye Caulker?
Caye Caulker is a little island located 45 minutes (by boat) from Belize City. The island stays clear from touristy vibes and welcomes you with palm tree breezes, delicious food and plenty of Rum Punch (their signature local drink – be careful, it’s delicious and potent!) There are no vehicles on the island – you either can walk pretty much anywhere, rent a bike, or rent an electric golf-cart to go exploring.
How to Get There?
We flew into Belize International Airport and got a taxi ($25 one way) to the ferry. Once we got to the ferry, a guy in a ferry uniform asked where we were going and took our suitcase (don’t freak out- they put the luggage on a separate ferry). We went and bought round-trip tickets to Caye Caulker ($35 round trip per person). The boat we took to the island was not enclosed, which means we got 45 minutes of salty wind on our face – fun but be warned!
Once we got to the island, everyone moves very slow. Our luggage didn’t arrive on the first luggage boat, but arrived with the second one. Once we got our suitcase, we took a golf-cart taxi (should only cost $5 – ask before because there are many taxi’s that will be waiting and some will try to charge more) to our hotel to check in.
On your way home I recommend heading over to the ferry early giving yourself plenty of time before your flights. It was rainy the day we were leaving and had an enclosed ferry, so the ride went a lot smoother. If you have the choice, I would recommend flying to the island straight from Belize international, although it was cool seeing Belize City.
Where to stay?
The place that I would highly recommend staying at is Weezie’s Ocean Front Hotel and Garden Cottages. The place is located south of the island, a little further away from the nightlife, but allows you to relax and de-stress.
We stayed in their Small Studio which consisted of:
- Air conditioning
- Free Wifi
- Free purified water
- A kitchenette
- Queen bed
- Porch with furniture
- Free coffee
The grounds are gated and are beyond beautiful. The pool is gorgeous and the dock is private and has chairs to lay out in the sun, or a sanctuary to bask at the stars (since the dock is open 24 hours).
Where to eat?
Crepes and Dreams – my favorite breakfast place on the island! Try the Eggs Benny with some of the owner’s home-made hot sauce. I have been craving it every day since!
Maggie’s Sunset Kitchen – by far one of my favorite dinner spots. It has amazing local food and a gorgeous view of the sunset! They have buy one, get one free local drinks for happy hour too. I recommend the Panty Ripper (coconut rum and pineapple juice)!
Habaneros – also a great dinner place I would highly recommend. It’s a little on the pricey side for the island, but definitely worth it. Also, it would help to make reservations first, although we walked up and took us, even without one.
What to do?
RELAX! – It’s the number one motto of island life. Take your time, go slow, and enjoy the sounds of the ocean and palm tree breeze.
Snorkel – Once you are ready to take a break from relaxing, book a day snorkeling tour with Carlos Tours. He has a beautiful Catamaran and takes you to three different snorkeling spots – including one where you can swim with nurse shark! The coral reef there is the second largest in the world – giving it the nickname the Second Great Barrier Reef. The day excursion was amazing. Carlos and the team were very passionate about what they do and very insightful. When I jumped into the water for the first time, I panicked a bit since I had not snorkeled since I was a kid, but one of the workers helped calm my breathing and everything went smooth from that point on. They provide a yummy lunch and drinks, too!
NOTE: spots fill up fast for Carlos Tours – make sure to book a day or two in advance.
Have fun in the sun – Another thing to do is hang out at the Lazy Lizard. It’s located right at the split and has room to play volleyball, sit on tables in the water, or just sit and day drink. Can’t really go wrong! My favorite day time spot is Margarita Mikes – it has swing bar seats, cheap drinks, and a beautiful view.
Dive – For any dive-lovers out there, Belize is located near the Blue Hole where you can go scuba-diving and exploring. Or you can even book a plane that will fly you over the Blue Hole, too!
If any of you want more information about Caye Caulker, Belize, feel free to reach out! This is a vacation that I have always dreamed of and I loved every minute of it.