So you’ve booked your trip to Belize and made the best decision of your life…you’re going to Caye Caulker. Now all you have to figure out are the best things to do in Caye Caulker. No fear, I have you covered! Read along and explore the essential things to do in Caye Caulker and how to make the most of your time.
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Snorkel with sharks
Caye Caulker is a pretty chill island, so honestly, if you choose to only do one organized tour, this should be it. I booked through Ragamuffin Tours, and I spent the day sailing through pristine green waters, making stops at Hol Chan, the reef, and Shark Ray Alley. In Shark Ray Alley, jump in and frolic with the very friendly nurse sharks. No worries, they eat via suction so there’s no risk of coming out missing limbs! This was honestly one of the coolest experiences of my life, and one I would definitely recommend. Make sure to bring your camera; I use the Olympus TG-4 Waterproof Camera.
Trivia Night at Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill
Booking my trip, in no way, shape, or form did I think I’d be doing trivia. However, trivia night at the local sports bar is a hopping occurrence! Plus, at 9:00 PM, the tables are cleared, the DJ comes out, and the whole place becomes a massive dance party. This was a huge (but amazingly fun ) surprise.
Wander the Island
Rent a bike or wander on foot and just soak in the island life. I absolutely loved the pastel colored houses!
Visit the beach off the main street. Befriend the island guys selling coconuts, or just nap in the shade of the palm trees. I brought my book one morning, and it was so incredibly peaceful.
There are a surprising amount of swings for Caye Caulker being such a small island. There were swings at beach bars; always say yes to mango margaritas on a swing. There were swings along the water. In short, always swing if you have a chance. You’re on a beautiful island, so why not?
Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks
If you learn one thing in Belize, it should be fry jacks are life. I’m not kidding. How did I ever live without these amazing creations? Fried dough stuffed with eggs, beans, cheese, chicken, you name it…all for only about $2. And this counts as breakfast? Yes please! Sign me up every day.
Be sure to catch a beautiful Belizean sunset. There’s nothing like watching the sun slip slowly behind the horizon after a tough day at the beach…definitely one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker.
Fran’s BBQ Grill
Plan to have dinner at Fran’s one evening on the beach. I can’t quite tell you where, because she doesn’t exactly have an address. Head to the main street, look for the “Frantastic” sign and listen for Fran calling out the daily specials. She’ll be serving up fresh seafood and chicken, along with unlimited rum punch. The Grill is not known for its speedy service…I didn’t because unlimited rum punch, duh!
The Split & Lazy Lizard
Make your way down to the Split and bask in the sunshine (with proper SPF of course!) The Lazy Lizard is always available to quench your thirst and provide plenty of entertainment.
This is the motto of Caye Caulker. I’m known to be a bit of a whirlwind, but I have to say I adapted quite nicely. Whether it was the rum punch or island lifestyle, remember to chill and soak in the beauty.
Flights to Belize: I’d recommend searching through eDreams.net. They scan tons of different travel discount sites and feature special flight deals. Fly into Belize City, and catch a water taxi over to the island. Once on the island, no cars allowed! You can use one of the many golf cart taxis to get to your destination if you need. The island is so tiny though, that it’s very walkable.
Where to Stay in Caye Caulker, Belize: For the best value on the island, check out Caye Caulker Beach Hotel, which is literally one minute from the beach. Another top pick in Caye Caulker are the Seaside Villas where every unit has a balcony with ocean views. For the backpacking crowd, check out Go Slow Hostel…great vibes and you’re right by the Lazy Lizard! I personally opted to stay at a local rental. (Use my link for savings on your first stay!) since I was with a group of friends. We found one with a pool, so it ended up being our best option.
Other Belize Resources: For a magical trip to the waterfalls and caves of Belize, check out my guide to San Ignacio, Belize!
Have you been to Caye Caulker? What were some of your favorite things to do? Let me know in the comments!