CAYE CAULKER / belize

The beauty of Caye Caulker is NOT to be missed. Fellow backpackers are often apprehensive about stopping by the island due to it’s expensive prices in comparison to the nearby countries of Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. Culturally, it is SO different from any country in South or Central America and there is a distinctive Caribbean vibe. Crossing the border from Flores in Guatemala, signs are written in English, everybody speaks English and it just feels a little bit strange after being in Spanish speaking countries for over eight months. About three hours from the border crossing, we arrived in Belize City, at the port to embark on our ferry to the island. Just a forty five minute boat ride and you’re welcomed with a view of the island. Think palm trees, pastel coloured shacks and bicycles everywhere, with no cars to be found!

We didn’t have accommodation booked before we arrived but found a great place to say directly next to the ferry jetty. We chose to stay at Yuma’s as it had a kitchen, a definite advantage to save some cash. There is no denying that it is expensive and there are certain ways you can avoid spending loads of money unnecessarily. The biggest saver would be cooking meals yourself. We still managed to eat out a few times during our stay but limited our meals to once a day rather than eating out each meal like we were doing in Guatemala as the food was so delicious and so cheap. Setting a side the money, this island is UNBELIEVABLE. One of our favourite days would have to be the full day snorkelling through the crystal clear waters of Hol Chan Marine Reserve. A catamaran, white sandy bottoms and the most beautiful coral and wildlife, well worth every cent we paid for our day. Belize owns the second largest barrier reef in the world, behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In total, we spent about three hours in the water spotting sharks, rays, fish, coral, eels, crabs, octopi and urchins. The list just goes on! The best part is the temperature of the water, no need for full length wetsuits, just bikinis or boardies! We spent the sail back to Caye Caulker drinking rum punch and then finished our day with some sunset drinks at Lazy Lizard. For dinner, some lobster on the BBQ served with coconut rice and salad, island food at its best.

The following day we headed to Koko King, a private beach club on the north side of Caye Caulker serving food and drinks. A definite visit if you have a spare day and would like to relax. You can take a seat on the swings overlooking what I would define as paradise. You just need to spend 30 Belize Dollars on food or drinks and your boat ride to and from is included. The water is warm and there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied in the water including an inflatable trampoline, climbing apparatus and balancing beams.

You could definitely spend more than three nights on the island if you’re looking for a super chill time. We thought three nights was enough to enjoy the reef, appreciate the culture and refresh. We can’t recommend this place enough and everyone you speak to can confirm this.

Much love, Laura xx

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