Wrongly regarded as uneventful, Belize island Caye Caulker offers many things to do including the Split, Great Blue Hole, yoga, kayaking, and much more.
There's a big debate between which of the two major Belizean islands you should visit when you travel to Belize; Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker. When I began my year of travels for 2017 starting in Belize, I made it of particular importance to visit both islands to better understand the difference between the two.
I've heard Caye Caulker get disregarded as being boring. After all, their slogan is "Go Slow". Now while some perceive this as "nothing to do here", I am convinced you can fill a week vacation on Caye Caulker with a variety of activities.
Here is a list of some fun, unexpected or absolutely can't miss things to do on Caye Caulker, Belize.
Snorkel or Dive
There are so many options for snorkeling and diving off the coast of Caye Caulker, after all the Belize Barrier Reef is 190 miles (km). The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the world, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Some favorite snorkel and dive spots include Hol Chan, The Great Blue Hole, Tres Cocos, Turneffe Atoll, Shark Ray Alley (pictured above), and South Channel.
It is possible to do both half day and full day snorkel or dive tours, depending which location(s) you choose!
Yoga is held several times per week on a rooftop overlooking the water. When I was there, the schedule was Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5pm for sunset yoga. However, check with the Little Blue Gift Shop on the main street when you arrive to Caye Caulker for up to date information on yoga class times, or book your trip with us and we'll make sure you've got all the accurate information.
Rent a paddle board or kiteboard and spend some time being active on the water. You've got to balance out all the conch critters and rum cocktails!
The Great Blue Hole
One of Belize's most popular and well deserved attractions is the Great Blue Hole. It is possible to dive at this site as well as fly over it for a bird's eye view.
Kayaking is such a fun and wonderful way to connect with the water while getting an upper body and core workout!
Drink & Play at the Lazy Lizard
Hang out at the Lazy Lizard on The Split for some cocktails, corn hole, music, sun, and great times.
Rope Swing at the Split
The Split is a rift on the island of Caye Caulker that was created during a storm in the 1980's, which split the island in two. On the very north of the island, on the opposite side of the Lazy Lizard at the Split, you can swim to a rope swing to jump off. The locals are almost always there utilizing it, so it's easy to spot from the Lazy Lizard. It's incredible difficult, so be prepared!
Rent bikes and cruise around the island on the chillest form of transportation. As there are no cars on Caye Caulker, this is the best way to get around and see all of this quaint island.
On the west side of the island, there is a lovely small seahorse sanctuary which allows for the species to reproduce and live in open yet protected waters.
Play with the Dogs & Cats at the Rescue
There's a sweet dog and cat rescue facility on the main street. You can volunteer to play with, feed and walk the animals.
Spot the Manatees
West Indian Manatees live southwest of the Caye Caulker in the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary. You can visit in hopes of spotting an endangered manatee.
TRAVELER'S TIP: As manatees are about to breach, they create a large circle of still water. So keep an eye out for large circles on the surface!
This might seem obvious, but you should make it a point to spend time relaxing on a lounge chair or hammock, reading, swimming and soaking up some essential Vitamin D. Sometimes there is absolutely nothing better than have absolutely nothing planned. So lather on the sunscreen and enjoy some well deserved R&R.
Feed the Tarpon
Feeding these fish might give you quite the scare! At first glance they look like a small shark, and when they jump out of the water for food, they're quite powerful! I had a bruise on my thumb for a week!
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