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Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker is a sleepy, 5-mile (8-mile) long island with 1,300 residents. It’s just 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Belize City and is directly south of Ambergris Caye. With no cars or paved roads, the quiet sandy streets on Caye Caulker are only occupied by golf carts, beach cruisers, and pedestrians. Travelers come here to relax and enjoy the slow pace of island life, whether that be swaying in an ocean-front hammock, kayaking around the island’s calm waters and mangroves, or sunbathing at the popular hangout called the Split, a channel that separates the northern and southern half of the island. Like Ambergris Caye, the island sits just one mile west of the Belize Barrier Reef, offering easy access to the area’s best snorkeling and scuba activities.

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North of the Split, the mangrove-lined island is currently undeveloped, although the arrival of infrastructure and accommodations on northern Caye Caulker isn’t far off.

The Split itself is a popular and busy hangout among both locals and tourists. Sitting on the edge of the channel is a two-story bar surrounded by two large docks that attract large groups of sunbathers. The busy docks at the Split offer the best swimming on the island, as the water is deep and there are steps that make it easy to exit the water. It’s possible to swim all the way across the channel and explore the northern part of Caye Caulker on foot, but beware of strong currents and aggressive mosquitoes. Depending on the weather and time of year, the Split is one of the best places on the island to watch the sun set over the Belize mainland.

Moving south from the Split, the ocean-front main drag called “Front Street” is lined with small boutique hotels and guest houses, a few hostels, restaurants with freshly grilled seafood, water sport shops, and stands selling fresh coconuts, locally made jewelry, art, and handicrafts. Compared to Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker has a slightly more hippyish feel, and the entire developed portion of the island can be covered on foot in less than an hour or two. Those looking for a quieter stay should consider accommodations south of the main ferry dock.

South of the developed part of Caye Caulker, the coastal landscape is dotted with mangroves. A dirt bicycle path circles much of the southern tip of the island and is a great way to explore the lesser traveled side of Caye Caulker. However, this path should be avoided after heavy rains due to mud, mosquitoes, and the occasional crocodile.

Snorkeling directly from the island leaves something to be desired. For the best marine life viewing, a boat tour is necessary. Popular tours include stops at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a protected marine zone where snorkelers can swim with turtles, jacks, and colorful reef fish. This is often combined with a stop at Shark Ray Alley where snorkelers can get up close to the large resident population of nurse sharks and stingrays. Further south on the reef is the Swallow Caye Marine Reserve, a refuge for manatees, where visitors can observe these gentle creatures in their natural habitat. Several sailing companies on Caye Caulker also offer multi-day sailing itineraries that stop at remote islands spread along the Belize Barrier Reef.

Flights and express ferries to Caye Caulker leave throughout the day from Belize City, Ambergris Caye, and other Belize hubs. The express ferry from Belize City takes approximately 45 minutes, while a flight from the international or municipal airport in Belize City takes less than 15 minutes. Once on the island, golf cart taxis await at both the ferry dock and the airport to transport you and your luggage to your accommodations.

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Snorkel to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley AM (DE)
Ambergris Caye

Snorkel to Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley AM (DE)

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SNUBA - Mexico Rocks PM or  Hol Chan Marine Reserve AM (DE)
Ambergris Caye

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Accommodations

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Seaside Cabanas Hotel
Seaside Cabanas Hotel
Seaside Cabanas Hotel

The Seaside Cabanas’ thatched roofs will get you in the mood for some comfortable island time, just steps from the water. This colorful hotel puts you just steps from the water, as well as a short distance from some of the top attractions on Caye Caulker.

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Hotel Pura Vida Inn
Hotel Pura Vida Inn
Hotel Pura Vida Inn

Pura Vida is a boutique hotel on the southern end of Caye Caulker. It offers just 5 rooms and a private dock and beach that make enviable spots to admire the sunset. There’s even a rooftop terrace where guests can enjoy the breeze.

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Iguana Reef Inn
Iguana Reef Inn
Iguana Reef Inn

Iguana Reef is located on Caye Caulker, one of Belize’s low-key Caribbean Islands. This hotel makes guests feel at home with its an elegant interpretation of Caribbean style.

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Island Magic Resort
Island Magic Resort
Island Magic Resort

Island Magic Beach Resort makes for a scenic stay right next to the ocean. This resort captures the relaxed and fun vibe that pervades Caye Caulker, not far from some of the most popular places to swim and snorkel.

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Weezie’s Caye Caulker
Weezie’s Caye Caulker
Weezie’s Caye Caulker

You might be in a hurry to get to Belize, but once you arrive, the locals prefer to “Go Slow.” You can take your time discovering the island of Caye Caulker, Belize when you book your accommodations at Weezie’s Caye Caulker - Oceanfront Hotel & Garden Cottages. Spend the duration of your holiday living in paradise when you enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea from cozy dwellings designed to make you feel right at home.

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Costa Maya Beach Cabanas

Visit Caye Caulker and the lovely Caribbean Sea while vacationing at Costa Maya Beach Cabanas, "Your home away from home."

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Coral View Hotel

Coral View Hotel & Resort is owned by Belizeans who have lived all their childhood here, in Caye Caulker. This is their second project, as they also own their first Hotel on the island by the name of Caye Caulker Beach Hotel.

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Sea Dreams Hotel
Sea Dreams Hotel
Sea Dreams Hotel

Sea Dreams Hotel is a family-run boutique hotel on the island of Caye Caulker. This is one of the hotels closest to Caye Caulker’s famous “split” — a section where the island is cleaved in two, and clear, shallow water invites visitors to go for a wade.

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