Caye Caulker was a bucket list destination for me. There were two things that put it on my radar. The blue hole of Belize which is nearby and being able to swim with the wild manatees. Unfortunately I only got to do one out of two but this area of the world is one I would gladly come back to.
The island itself was small and there was not a lot of great beaches. The seaweed filled with little dead fish took away from those that there were (we were there at the wrong time of year) however there were some pretty cool beach bars and pier bars with semi submerged swing sets and tables and chairs in the water to make up for this.
After a bit of miscommunication in the morning regarding snorkelling trips my first day om the island ended up being a relax and pamper day. I booked myself a manicure, eyebrow wax, massage facial and body scrub package. I had lunch at a sports bar and read my book at a beach bar in the afternoon. I also paid a visit to the Caye Caulker animal shelter where they encourage you to go in and pat the animals. You can even take the dogs for a walk in the evening when the weather has cooled down.
My second day was spent mostly on and in the water. I took a trip out to the reef in a speedboat and got to snorkel with Turtles, Sting Rays, Sharks and my bucket list Manatee. The whole trip was incredible and I was so happy that I’d decided to do it. I was glad that I had already swum with sharks in Mexico even if it doubled up because I had no fear getting into the water with them in Belize.
Caye Caulker is also famous for Lobster and on my last night I made sure to try it. $15usd for a whole grilled lobster and sides. Yumm.
The motto of the island is Go Slow and its hard not to with the laid back feeling and friendly locals. There aren’t many cars on the island, most people using golf carts, bicycles or just walking to get around. A popular place to go in the evenings is The Spit which is a great spot to watch the sunset and a popular place for the locals to swim (so you know its the best spot).
There isn’t much to do on the island except relax or tame trips out on the water so a few days is enough. Though I think I could definitely have handled a couple more.