For years, Caye Caulker has been popular with backpackers looking to sample the laid back atmosphere of Belize but reluctant to pay the expensive prices on nearby Caye Ambergris. Life moves at a snail’s pace. No one is in a rush and travelers end up extending their trips. Diving and snorkeling are popular here due to the nearby Belize Barrier Reef and world class dive sites like the Blue Hole Natural Monument. However, most people come here just to relax on the beach, get a tan, eat food, and spend the evenings dancing at one of the reggae bars. Don’t come here if you are in a rush!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Caye Caulker
1. Caye Caulker Forest Reserve
2. Visit Lobsterfest
3. The Split
4. Manatee watching
5. Shark Ray Alley
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Go snorkeling
The Belize Barrier Reef is just a few minutes from the shores and provides an ideal underwater world for snorkelers to explore. The different kinds of coral and species of fish are amazing, but it’s best to go with a guide who can point out all the animals. The marine reserve is also a popular spot for snorkelers. Half-day tours start at 50 BZD.
2. Go diving
Caye Caulker and its surrounding areas are a diver’s paradise. There is the barrier reef, as well as Blue Hole Natural Monument and Half Moon Caye. The Blue Hole is a 1000 ft x 400 ft deep hole with a cave and is one of the most popular dive sites in the world. A one-tank dives starts around 40 BZD.
Year-round winds and warm shallow waters make windsurfing big here. If you’re experienced, then board rental will cost 80 BZD, but if you’re a newbie, you can add a beginner’s lesson for an extra 80 BZD. Kitesurfing is a recent addition to the island, with lessons and board rental also available.
4. Go kayaking
Sea kayaks are available to rent, and you can head to the northern island, past the Split to explore the mangroves. Kayak rentals are about 20-30 BZD per hour.
5. See the South End
The southern end is an area rich in crocodiles, bird-nesting, and just raw natural beauty. If you are feeling really adventurous, swimming at this end of the island offers a wide array of anemones, sponges, gorgonians, fish, and more. Most people don’t visit here, so you’ll have the area all to yourself.