Relaxing on Caye Caulker Belize

View on Caye Caulker from the water Caye Caulker Belize is a small island 20 miles off the coast at Belize City, where relaxing is the number one activity. There are no cars on the islands, just golf carts, bikes, and boats. Number two activities are snorkeling and diving. There is some great coral near Caye Caulker and nearby Ambergiris Caye, as well as medium sized marine life like nurse sharks. We had a great retreat on Caye Caulker at the end of our Maya tour through Central America.

We enter Belize with our coaster, and make a stop in San Ignacio to have breakfast. Meanwhile, we watch life in the streets. The population in Belize seems to be a mixture of latino’s, black people, and some white as well. Among the white people are a number of menonites. These people are a bit like the amish, in that they do not engage in any modern technology. They can be recognized by their simple clothes with typical trousers and hat. When we move on, we see several of them with a horse a carriage.

Around noon we arrive in Belize City, where we are dropped off in the harbor to take the boat to Caye Caulker. The boat trip takes about an hour, and then we finally see the palm trees of our destination.

Arriving on Caye Caulker Belize

When we leave the boat on the landing-stage, we are immediately approached by some rasta’s, offering us transportation to our hotel. But we have backpacks and since it cannot be far, we decide to walk. Meanwhile, we take in the relaxed mood of the atoll Caye Caulker. The roads are made of sand, the only traffic is an occasional cyclists and a few golf carts.

At the hotel we inspect our rooms, and we spend the rest of the afternoon walking, swimming, sun bathing, and having a beer on the terrace, while we are watching the birds diving for fish in the shallow waters.

Snorkeling trip

Petting a nurse sharkAfter a good night’s rest we enjoy our breakfast on the balcony of a small restaurant, before we hop on a boat for a snorkeling trip. Carlos, our guide, brings us to a few good snorkeling spots where we swim amongst stingrays, barracudas, and nurse sharks. Carlos feeds the nurse sharks, and catches one of them so we can pet it. We are very impressed. We also dive down to a rock where he lures some moray eels out of their hiding places.

At noon, we have lunch on Ambergiris Caye, an island a bit taller than Caye Caulker, and a bit more crowded as well. In the afternoon we make another snorkeling stop, where we see colorful coral and fish, while Carlos shows us some crabs and lobsters. On the boat we are treated to oranges, and a coconut with rum. All in all, a great snorkeling trip.

Back on Caye Caulker we relax on the balcony. And for dinner we are invited to eat barbecued lobster on the beach. This way, our last night on the island turns into a long one, with a great meal, fun and laughter. It helps us remembering Caye Caulker Belize as a great location for snorkeling, relaxing, and having a good time on the beach.

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