Caye Caulker, Belize: 5 reasons to visit the idyllic island

A jewel in the Caribbean Sea, Caye Caulker, Belize is the true definition of “island vibe.” Found in Ambergris Caye off the country’s east coast, the tranquil island is so tiny that you can walk around the whole thing in about an hour—barefoot, naturally.

Caye Caulker, Belize

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Surrounded by the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef which is the second longest in the world, it’s the perfect base for underwater adventures, such as snorkeling with sharks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and scuba diving in the famous Great Blue Hole. Or simply sit back, relax and soak up the sunshine while being hypnotized by the idyllic surroundings.

Here are some of the top things to do in Caye Caulker, and five reasons why you should go.

Caye Caulker, Belize

1: The scenery

At just over a mile long and about two blocks across, Caye Caulker may be small in size but it’s big on scenery. Think secluded azure coves, groves of palm trees gently swaying in the breeze, and brilliant white sand edging the shoreline.

Best of all, the impossibly-blue water in the surrounding sea is out of this world, and its aquamarine, teal and turquoise hues seamlessly blend together to create a kaleidoscope of colour that will leave you mesmerized.

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize
Caye Caulker, Belize

2: The location

The island’s sleepy vibe means some visitors are hesitant to stay overnight since there isn’t a lot to do once the sun goes down. Fortunately, it’s easy to visit as a day trip. Many tours such as the Caye Caulker snorkelling excursions offered by Tuff E Nuff include a two-hour visit to the island in their itineraries, or you can simply hop on one of the numerous ferries that stop there to make a day of it.

Getting to Caye Caulker is easy on the fast ferry, which is only a 45 minute ride from either Belize City or San Pedro. Book a tour

READ MORE: One week in Belize: The best itinerary for adventure and relaxation

Caye Caulker, Belize


3: The colourful streets

Wandering through the charming village of Caye Caulker is like walking on a rainbow. Heck, one restaurant even went so far as to name itself the Rainbow Grill and Bar.

The facades of every hotel, boutique and bar are so vibrant that it’s like the owners competed for who could paint their building the brightest shade. Seriously, even the folks over at Pantone would be impressed.

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

4: The laid-back vibe

No shoes, no shirt…no problem. Caye Caulker is as laid-back as it gets, the kind of place where you feel relaxed as soon as you step on the dock, and the only sounds are birds chirping and the waves lapping against the shore.

The pace is slow in these parts—as it should be when you’re on vacation—and days are spent stand-up paddleboarding, swimming in the warm, shallow water and saddling up to a beach bar to sip a cool cocktail. Safe to say you won’t be wearing much more than a swimsuit during your whole visit.

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

5: The Split

Caye Caulker used to be longer than its current one mile length, but in 1961 Hurricane Hattie whipped through and literally cut the island in two. The result is the aptly-named “The Split” where water divides the two pieces of land, which in turn became the most happening spot in Caye Caulker thanks to a neighbouring bar called The Lazy Lizard.

Sun-seekers lay on the surrounding beach, lounge in multi-coloured Adirondack chairs on the dock, or sip Belikin beer (the national brew) under palm-thatched umbrellas propped up right in the water.

Caye Caulker, Belize

Caye Caulker, Belize

The Split

Caye Caulker, Belize

Where to stay in Caye Caulker

  • Colinda Cabanas: This property is a great choice for longer-term Caye Caulker accommodation, as the individual cabanas have fully stocked kitchens for preparing your own meals. Free bikes and kayaks are also provided for guests during their stay. Click here to book
  • Caye Reef: This is considered one of the top-rated Caye Caulker hotels due to its large rooms, great location, friendly staff, and rooftop with epic sunset views. Click here to book
  • Iguana Reef Inn: This pretty property has huge sun-soaked rooms, a great outdoor pool, and guests love its beachfront location with includes a bar and dock. Click here to book



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9 Responses

  1. Cheryl Hiatt says:

    Absolutely stunning and beautiful. I think Belize may be out next trip.

  2. Soli says:

    Aw! Caye Caulker was my home many moons ago. I love my Island, Caye Caulker, Belize.

  3. Graciela says:

    My hubby and I enjoyed a week here when I was 15 weeks pregnant… our last vacay as a couple before starting a family. It was a GREAT choice – relaxing, lots of walks, daily snorkeling, and that trip up river to the pyramids….

  4. Tory says:

    Visited caye caulker, barefoot of course, while staying in San Pedro. Cool place. Will return for a longer stay.

  5. Flip Damon says:

    I’ve been to Belize. Great and beautiful! Made good friends there, and Ambergris Caye is amazing.
    Need to visit Caye Caulker next time.

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