Caye Caulker is a beautiful island located just off the Belizean coast. Home to only 1600 residents, its close knit community opens up its welcoming arms and offers an amazing experience to the many people who visit the island throughout the year. Filled with an array of activities and experiences for you to enjoy, here are 5 reasons why Caye Caulker is a must visit destination to both travellers and holiday goers.
1 - Connected Community
Almost everyone on the island is friendly and ready to engage. Whether you are looking for your accommodation or a great place to try some Caribbean influenced cuisine, there will always be someone happy to help and get you in the right direction. When you first arrive off the boat you will be met by several taxi drivers offering to take you to where you need to go. Whilst it may feel like a hard sell on their part, they are genuine, and I would definitely take them up on their offer. Our driver gave us a guided tour of all the hotpots and helped us access our accommodation, whilst carrying all our bags - all for $5 USD (£3.57).
2 - Clean Living
Caye Caulker is an extremely small place. The advantage of this, is that there are no cars. Locals and tourists either get around on bicycles or electric powered golf buggies. This keeps the area smelling fresh and clean, allowing you to really breath in the the scent of beautiful sea water and the connoction of foods that are being made.
3 - Amazing Yoga Classes
If you’re someone who likes to connect to their body first thing in the morning through both a relaxing and energising yoga class, then the Namaste Cafe is the place for you. Classes are run twice a day, and are delivered by Jessie, a vibrant and experienced yoga teacher. Situated at the top of the cafe in an open air environment, you are able to see the blue sky and the palm trees, giving you the full zen like experience. Despite teaching for 10 years, Jessie does not charge for her classes, rather asking for nominal donations instead. The suggested amount is $5 USD, however you are put under no pressure to make a donation.
4 - Local Business
Isn’t it somewhat disappointing when you travel the world, only to find that the same corporations have set up camp in the area you are visiting? You will not encounter the same issue in Caye Caulker, as every store or restaurant is independent from the other. In terms of food, you can get anything from Italian to Chinese, however I strongly suggest you visit one of the Caribbean restaurants (there are plenty) as this type of menu is local to the area. We ate at Fran’s Kitchen, located on the seafront. I had the most flavoursome Jerk Chicken, served with coconut rice, mash potato and unlimited rum punch, and was only $12.50 USD out of pocket!
5 - Sublime Sunsets
The sunset in Caye Caulker was a truly breathtaking experience. Setting at around 6:30, people start to gather an hour before so they can get a great spot and have the best view. Nearly all the bars on the east side of the island have designated areas so you can see the sunset whilst enjoying an ice cold beverage. Many of them also run happy hour at this time, giving you two for one on all local cocktails. Expect a merry (and slightly intoxicated) atmosphere as you watch the sun slowly disappear beneath the Belizean horizon.
If you are holidaying in Belize or traveling through Central America, Caye Caulker has to be near the top of your must visit list. Even though Caye Caulker may be small in size - it is extremely large in the experience it will offer you. Trust me when I say, you will have the uppermost, unique, unbelizable time.
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