Caye Caulker, Belize

by Andie Mitchell on June 6, 2012

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I left Belize after four days on Caye Caulker, a small island roughly 3km long. The streets aren’t paved, only sand covered and soft. Cars aren’t anywhere to be seen, only golf carts and bicycles. And though it’s surrounded by teal water, there is no traditional stretch of beach. Locals and tourists lie on towels along weathered wooden docks that run all around the island. It’s tiny enough, rustic enough, pastel-painted enough, sailboat-strewn enough to feel like a quiet paradise.

The island has dozens of casual, beachy hotels and hostels, most of which are reasonably priced. I highly recommend Barefoot Caribe for a very comfortable stay. For $40 per night, I rented a room with two double beds, full bathroom, wifi, and air conditioning. The nightly rate was only five or so US dollars more than the hostel up the road. The location of Barefoot Caribe is central enough to set you about 10 minutes (walking) from ‘The Split’- the main spot where folks lie out on docks to sun themselves, swim, kayak, and paddleboard. At the heart of The Split (the name refers to the place where the island separates from its other quarter) is the Lazy Lizard, a hotspot restaurant and bar on the water that almost always has a crowd. It’s the place to get beachy drinks all day and two for one rum mixes during happy hour from 4 to 8pm.

For a great meal on the island, try Habaneros. The seafood plates, especially the Coco Amore and the Barrier Reef Sampler, are fresh with bright, bold Caribbean flavor.

The highlight of my stay on Caye Caulker was the full day snorkeling/sailing trip through Raggamuffin Tours. In between exploring the coral reef and drinking rum punch, I swam with sharks, manatees, sea turtles, and all manner of exotic looking fish. $50 incredibly well spent.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Winnie June 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

Gorgeous!!!

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Hannah June 6, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Oh, that looks absolutely marvelous!
I am truly a wanderer at heart, and all of this makes me want to buy a ticket and never come back!
Thank you for sharing these pictures! :)

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Tracy June 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Gorgeous pics! I feel like I’m on vacation with you, what time is cocktail hour? LOL

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AZJoy June 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

thanks for the pix!!!! LOVE your tan! Can’t wait to have my own adventure, but until then I am living thru you! thanks!

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Tara Walker June 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I am with Hannah – I want to go and never come back. I really feel I NEED to be there. So glad you share pictures! And thanks for the lodging, etc tips.

May need to sell everything I own and move there….

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megan June 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm

look, i NEED for us to be friends. you would make the greatest mentor.

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tina June 7, 2012 at 2:20 am

you truly inspire me to make a change in my life, as a matter a fact i am attempting to take a plunge a move not to an exotic island but a more southern state. God bless

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Becca June 7, 2012 at 5:31 am

Caye Caulker has been my favorite place ever….thanks for letting me relive it :)

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Samantha Angela June 7, 2012 at 5:53 am

Gorgeous! I love reading about your travel adventures!

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Bailey @ Onederland or Bust! June 7, 2012 at 6:14 am

These posts make me want to go on a vacation so badly!!

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Rachel M June 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

Where is that bathing suit from?? So cute.
<3

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Alex @ fightcancerwithfood June 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Your posts make me just desperate to travel, even though I have less than no money at all. You’ve actually managed to motivate me to go hard on the job searching just so I can jet off to paradise some time in the future. Thank you!

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Alex @ fightcancerwithfood June 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Your posts make me just desperate to travel, even though I have less than no money at all. You’ve actually managed to motivate me to go hard on the job searching just so I can jet off to paradise some time in the future. Thank you!

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Mandy June 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I left everything and moved to a Belizean island as a single parent with 2 kids on pretty much less than no money… so glad I just did it! I honestly live better than I could back home in North America. You don’t need as much as you think you might. Follows your dreams; funding them is often a minor detail. Best of luck!

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Biz June 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Wow, the views are stunning! Now I want to go snorkeling!! :D Hope you are well Andrea – by the look of your picture – I can see you are! :D

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Emily @ I'd Rather Walk June 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

Lovely photos! Oh, and sweet tan ;-)

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tacogirl June 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

Your food pictures made me hungry :)

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Jeff Dobbins June 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

This is great. Just returned from Caye Caulker, and this post really took me back. Great photos.

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Jennifer June 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

Love Belize! I was in Belize 6 years ago, Mainland and San Pedro. Just delightful. When we first checked in, I was “startled” not to have a TV and a Phone in my room. Thank Heaven I didn’t! Best trip ever. Glad to see you are well. :)

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luv what you do June 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I’ve been to Belize a couple of times, but I have never seen such beautiful sights. What an amazing part of hte country to visit!

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Susanne June 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Oeh.. this brings back some loving memories! I’m so in love with Caye Caulker. Thanks for sharing!

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Faith October 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Wow! That’s the land of my birth! I left Belize 17 years ago as a child and I’ve only gone back once :( It’s nice that so many tourists find it a great place to visit. I grew up in extreme poverty so my memories aren’t the best. The one thing I love is our food. If you ever want Belizean recipes, there’s a lady on youtube (barepantryshow) who has over 100 Belizean recipes that you can check out since you’re into food like I am. I’m so sorry I wrote you a back, but I could not contain my excitement when I saw Belize in your archive. Dis da wahn nice blog (a little Creole for you)–This is a nice blog.

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Faith October 30, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Oops! “… sorry I wrote you a book.” Typing too quickly…

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