One of the top things to do in Belize is to chill out on a island. One of the chillest places to do that on is Caye Caulker. But there are more things to do on Caye Caulker than just chill – so grab a rum punch, find a comfy chair and enjoy, here’s our list of the best things to do in and around Caye Caulker Belize.
There are no cars on the island and there are just three “streets” here. Front Street, Middle Street and Back Street. There are walkers, cyclists, golf carts and electric mopeds.
After 6 weeks in Central America, primarily speaking Spanish we’re in Caye Caulker, Belize – where the official language is English, the currency and the Belizean dollar and the official pace is slow and it’s lovely.
Where is Caye Caulker?
Caye Caulker, Belize is just a mile inside Belize’s Barrier Reef. It’s about 45 minutes by sea from Belize City, which is where most folks visit from and it’s tiny.
How Big is Caye Caulker?
Its 8 kilometres (5 miles) long and just 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) wide at its widest point.
Top things to do in Caye Caulker Belize
Many Caribbean island activities revolve around doing nothing or spending time in or around the water. When it comes to what to do in Caye Caulker, the island is no exception. Part of the whole experience of Caye Caulker is being here and just watching the world go by, slowly. Read on for the best ways to relax on Caye Caulker and how you can get your adrenaline pumping too!
Book your hotel on Caye Caulker. Now.
The first thing that we advise you to do is book your accommodation on Caye Caulker. It’s an island, there is limited supply and the best rooms book quickly. Here’s our recommendations of where to stay on Caye Caulker.
Where to stay in Caye Caulker
You have a choice of hotels in Caye Caulker, from those on the ocean front to those on the quiet streets of the island. Remember, there are no cars on Caye Caulker, so the street noise is limited. The best places to stay in Caye Caulker will provide you with drinking water (the water on the island is not potable and clogs up water filter bottles), and will also give you slow but steady wifi.
Barefoot Beach Belize – Caye Caulker
We stayed here and loved it. We had a queen studio, which came complete with an icebox and a big bottle of water. They provide free bikes for your use around the island and the deck is fabulous to enjoy the ocean breeze.
Grab yourself a little slice of luxury on Caye Caulker – book now!
Weezie’s Ocean Front Hotel and Garden Cottages
Located on the eastern side of Caye Caulker, with a view of the Belize Barrier Reef, Weezies Caye Caulker hotel and cottages are stunning. Check out prices and book now, not often available
- Free wifi
- Air conditioning
- Flat screen TV
- Hairdryer, laptop safe & full kitchen
- Deck or patio
There are 3 pools on the properties and Weezie’s Caye Caulker provides paddleboard, kayaks, snorkel gear and a canoe that you can use free of charge. Book now for the best prices.
Seaside Villas Caye Caulker
One of the best locations on Caye Caulker. All of the Seaside villas have kitchens, seating area, balcony and flat-screen TV – these villas are beachfront. Gorgeous location – lock in a price now!
- Air conditioning
- Hot Tub
- Outdoor Pool
Hummingbirds Cabins Caye Caulker
20 minutes walk from the beach, this is a gorgeous spot to stay. There’s a fully equipped kitchen with oven and fridge and private bathrooms. Cable TV also provided.
- Free wifi
- Air conditioning
- Garden with beautiful outdoor pool
- Balcony, pool views
The Go Slow Guesthouse Caye Caulker
A firm favourite, the go slow hostel Caye Caulker, is a great budget option (and there aren’t many good ones on Caye Caulker). There’s a garden and a terrace with a BBQ. You’ll get free tea and coffee in the rooms and some great comfy beds too!
Now that you’ve booked your place to stay on Caye Caulker, lets get on with the rest of your time..
What to do on Caye Caulker.
Do nothing on Caye Caulker
You’re on island time as soon as you get here. Island time means relaxing, chilling out and watching the world go by. Whether you do that in a hammock, on a chair, on a dock or just in the sand, this is a glorious place to catch up on your sleep, catch up on your reading, or simply watching the world drift slowly by.
Caye Caulker Snorkelling
Most hostels, rooms and Caye Caulker hotels will either provide you with or rent you snorkelling gear if you don’t travel with your own. This is the Caribbean, so get yourself in the water. It’s clear, warm and there’s usually a lot to see. If you’re not seeing the aquatic life, chill out relax and enjoy the warm water – this is quite simply one of the best things to do in Belize!
Or take a snorkelling trip on one of the many services offered on the island. Your accommodation will be able to book you’re a spot, or plan ahead and book your activities now. You can read an overview of what its like to snorkel Hol Chan here.
Kayaking Caye Caulker
You can easily rent a kayak for an afternoon or longer on Caye Caulker. Mostly the waters here are pretty calm, so paddling out to the mangrove reserve at the northern end of Caye Caulker is a great way to get a little exercise.
Try going a little later in the day and catch the sunset on the water too. If you prefer to go with company, then join a tour and get a guide to lead the way.
Whichever way you go, don’t forget your sunnies, sunblock and hat.
Go to the Split Caye Caulker
The Split was created in 1961 when Hurricane Hattie split the island of Caye Caulker in two. The gap between the two pieces of the island is around 50 metres. To the north is now a mangrove reserve. The northern end of Front Street on Caye Caulker, i.e. the new end of the island is now a cool place to hang out.
There’s clear shallow water here, beach bars with benches that let you drink your beer while sitting in the water.
The most popular time to pull up at the Split is for sunset. So grab yourself a cold Belikin beer or a rum punch and watch the sun go down in good company. The bar here, the Lazy Lizard is one of the most popular places on the island. Be sure to put it on your Caye Caulker to do list!
Ride a bicycle around Caye Caulker
Whether you rent a bike or borrow one from your hostel or hotel, this is a great way to get around the island. The “roads” aren’t great, so you can’t go fast, and who would want to? The bikes all have comfortable seats and simple controls. If you want to slow down or stop, just pedal backwards.
Watch a movie at the walk in movie theatre on Caye Caulker
As there are no cars on Caye Caulker it’s not the drive in, but this is a movie theatre in the moonlight, under the stars. Three or more times a week one of the vacant lots in town becomes the theatre. You’ll find deck chairs, cushions and cabanas along with a current release movie that starts just after the sun goes down. A second movie starts just after the first one finishes. There’s a bar so you can stock up on cold beer, popcorn and burgers.
Go find the seahorse sanctuary Caye Caulker
One of the most magical things to do on Caye Caulker is free. You’ll find it on the west side of the island (and so it’s a good sunset spot too!). At the Iguana Reef Inn, you will find the Caye Caulker seahorse sanctuary. You’ll spot seahorses off the decking where you see old pieces of rope around the area with some netting.
You’ll need to look hard to start with, but you will see them, tiny aren’t they? See how many you can find, and remember Caye Caulker seahorses on an island with its own type of magic and remember this is one of the best free things to do in Belize.
Eat fry jacks Caye Caulker’s speciality
You should come to Caye Caulker for fry jacks alone. Who could resist a fried tortilla stuffed with scrambled egg, cheese and bacon? Nope, not me either.
You’ll need to get there before 11, as they close early, and they’re also closed on Mondays. You’ll find the BEST Fry Jacks on Caye Caulker at Errolyn’s House, across the road from the bank. Sit on the deck (there’s no inside seating) to eat them. This is one of the best places to eat in Caye Caulker. Trust me.
Eat at Wish Willy’s Caye Caulker
While we’re on the topic of food you need to head to Wish Willy’s on Caye Caulker for dinner. Get there early or he might run out of cold beer or fish. It’s a fab rustic experience in the garden of his house. It feels like you just went round to the neighbours for a beer and a barbecue. If he’s busy like he was when we visited, you’ll probably end up finding your own beer from the ice bucket But hey, the food is great here.
Watch the Sunset – Caye Caulker
While most of the sundowner bars are on the east side of the island, you’ll want to make sure you see at least one sunset during your visit. Combine it with a day of snorkelling and swimming at the Koko King (you’ll need to get a water taxi to get there), or with a visit to the seahorses and chill out at the Iguana Reef Hotel in Caye Caulker to watch the sun go down. Watching the sunset with a beer in your hand is just one of the most amazing Caye Caulker things to do.
The most popular place to watch the sun go down is the Lazy Lizard at the Split.
Take a sunset sailing trip from Caye Caulker.
You can usually combine a sunset sailing trip with a snorkelling with manatees or a longer sailing trip. Most of these sunset sailing trips come with rum punch or cold beer provided. And of course sublime views as standard.
You can’t book your sunset sail on Caye Calker online but when you arrive in Caye Caulker head to Ragamuffin Tours or EZ Boy Tours and sign up.
Last words on Caye Caulker Activities…
We loved our break in Caye Caulker – we swam a little, snorkelled a little, ate lots of fry jacks and seafood, drank rum punch and cold beer. How about you? What are you looking forward to on your trip to Caye Caulker?