Caye Caulker Belize Hotels and Travel Tips
Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of the only English-speaking country in Central America. Belize is an amazing country, with incredible nature and friendly people. Belize has the lowest population density in Central America. Belize is home to the Belize barrier reef, one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons. Belize's currency is pegged to the US dollar at a 2 to 1 ratio. The main attractions are Mayan ruins, Jungle wilderness, and beach activities like fishing, diving, and snorkeling off islands.
On early British maps, the island's name is spelled "Cay Corker." Known historically for its plentiful supply of exposed freshwater at La Aguada, one theory holds that this island was a favorite stop for sailors to replenish and cork water bottles. The Spanish name of the island is Cayo Hicaco, which means "the island of the cocoplum." "Caye Caulker" could be an anglicized pronunciation of Cayo Hicaco.
Caye Caulker remains a small village with a distinct cultural flavor not necessarily found in large-scale tourist development. Almost all the businesses are locally owned, vehicles larger than golf carts almost never roam the streets, and lodging is small-scale and relatively inexpensive compared to many other tourist destinations.
Getting to Caye Caulker
From the Airport Cab ride cost US $25 (standard fare, all taxis regulated w/green license plates)
Water Taxi Belize Express Caye Caulker US$15 one way US$25 round trip
Ocean Pearl Royale Hotel (Highly recommended!) TEL 001-501-226-0074 (OceanPearlHotelBelize.com)
China Town Hotel (clean rooms US $55-$80/nt) (from the hammock up top you get a 2-way handheld radio reception to the whole island. Who needs cell phones?)
Before arriving on the island, I narrowed our hotel options down to a list of 6 places. I could find very little info for the Ocean Pearl Royale, but I still starred it as a must look into. Now looking back on the trip I'm glad that I didn't let the Ocean Pearl Royale get away.
Places to Eat
Island Temptation Restaurant Coffee Stand and Sandwich shop I helped put this Green and Gold coffee and sandwich shop up. My uncle and Aunt operate it and the food is affordable, fast, and clean. Check it out!
Cafe A'more breakfast only. It's a good place to get a bite. You better order 2 bites.
Wish Willy Outdoor Barbecue in the owner's backyard, Wish Willy is a MUST visit while in Caye Caulker. Rum drinks are on the house Open for Dinner!
La Cubana Pork slow roasting on the bbq will certainly entice you off the main street.
Rose's Quality food, a nice Outdoor dining atmosphere. Prices are moderate. Open for Dinner.
Habanero's fancy dining. The food is Excellent. Prices are Expensive for Belize. Treat yourself.
Things to Do
Snorkeling Caye Caulker is in the barrier reef so there is snorkeling. We did a little snorkeling off the dock near the "split". The snorkeling off Caye Caulker is the best in the world. Hire a tour guide and visit the famous Shark Ray Alley.
Walk The Streets There are many little shops and stores to visit. Visit a few and get to know the lay of the town.
Use the Internet most places offer high-speed wi-fi, so get stuff done.
Chill in a hammock It's Caye Caulker, GO SLOW.
Tips for travelers
Negotiate prices with Golf cart taxi drivers. Cash is King US & Belize Currency. Bug repellent it's a warm-blooded fact, Take your camera everywhere (you look like a tourist, perfect cover for being an idiot) Take a Water Bottle (The tap water is not drinkable and Belize is hot) Ask for water at every restaurant (water does not automatically come served to your table when you go out) Be prepared to Brew (Although coffee is grown in Belize it is rather difficult to find a good cup of coffee),