When visiting Belize, Caye Caulker is a unique location that must be experienced. A short 30 minute water taxi ride from San Pedro, this quaint little island is the perfect place to spend a few extra days. It’s easily accessible from both San Pedro and Belize City and well worth the trip. Leaving San Pedro, Ambergris Caye; a roundtrip ticket is $25 US, with several departures daily.http://belize express.
As for accommodations, you will have numerous choices. From budget savvy hostels for $20 per night to high-end beach rentals for $200, finding the perfect fit should be easy. VRBO and Airbnb have lots of listings! I checked on-line before arriving but decided to “wing-it” and just find a room when I arrived on the island. Needless to say, traveling with Floyd, my 4lb Chihuahua tends to complicate things a little. However, I did find three “pet friendly” hotels. I settled on Popeyes Beach resort http://popeyesresort A great location directly on the beach with pool, air conditioning, tv and internet. Yes, this may seem basic to many people, but in Belize…..if you need air conditioning, internet and TV….you should verify before booking!
When comparing San Pedro and Caye Caulker, you’ll find many similarities, but also many drastic differences. The water is crystal blue, the people are amazingly friendly and the beer is ice cold. Most locals will tell you this is how San Pedro was 20 years ago….no cars…sandy streets….bikes and golf carts. Having much less tourism (for now) than San Pedro, Caye Caulker allows for a more relaxed island feel.
My last visit to Caye Caulker was nearly a year ago and it’s easy to see the changes. After suffering some significant damage from Hurrican Earl las fall, many businesses have expanded, rebuilt and upgraded. The beaches have been repaired and many sea walls installed. This is providing some great areas for beach volleyball, sun bathing or a lazyday laying in the hammocks
New tour shops have opened for fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and sunset cruises. Paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking are becoming increasingly popular. The calm waters that surround this little island provide the perfect conditions for these watersports.
As for food….choices are unlimited. From beachside restaurants, local taco stands, streetside BBQ, coffee shops, fresh juice bars and ice cream…you will not leave the island hungry. (The key lime cheesecake at Popeyes beach grill at 10 pm is highly recommended…probably not smart, but recommended!)
Breakfast was at an awesome little crepe restaurant.. Crepes & Dreams. This place deserves a separate blog post coming tomorrow! Awesome…check it out on http://trip advisor
This being my first full day on the island, I already have tons of pictures! My latest Lesson in Belize…..
“It just keeps getting better!”