Caye Caulker: Cheap water sport destination



Located off the Belize shore is the small atoll of Caye Caulker famous among the budget travelers for its comparatively inexpensive facilities as well as tempting water activities. But, it is a matter of fact that no proper beaches exist here. However, abundant docks still manages to soak you in its beachfront-like surroundings where you can lounge, walk, eat at an ocean front restaurant, or just thrill with diving and snorkeling. Split into two long back by the Hurricane Hattie with the northern half in, Mangroves as well as southern half in banana shape.

Caye Caulker has only three streets and that too all in sand! These are Front Street (east shore), Back Street (west shore), and Middle Street as you would understand. A myriad of attractions exists along the Front Street as well as the west coast. So, strolling is the best way to explore this island.

Attractions

Caye Caulker snorkeling is just excellent and right from the first peep underwater, you can spot the gems of the pristine marine world – brightly colored fish, other creatures, corals, and sponges. Go with a tour guide who will assist in masking too. One of the interesting trips takes you to the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve that is the home of the second longest barrier reef off the island. Among these corals cuties, spot fishes as well as colorful corals, swim with the eagle rays as well as nurse, and greet the bottle-nosed dolphins around the boats. Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one more attraction where you can see the marine life like red snappers, barracudas, sharks, rays, and octopi along with natural habitat. Just ensure that you do not touch, walk, or stand on the coral and that also prevent your fins from the corals.

Get certified on this island for scuba diving in just 4 days. Just imagine yourself at the magical Belize Barrier Reef for PADI and NAUI certification classes. Day or night, the trips will make you explore the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Half Moon Caye, Turneffe Islands, Long Caye at Lighthouse Reef, and more such incredible Belize Barrier Reef spots. The Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye will give you a chance to explore the world-famous Blue Hole with its collapsed caves, huge stalactites, and sharks.

The Manatee (Sea Cow) tour is just not to be missed here. This friendly creature in their natural habitat is seen via the boat tour, which comes to the surface near your vessel for photography. Although seen in most of the zones, the creature is easily spotted at the Swallow Caye off Belize – a protected area. However, a majority of the tours go to the unpopulated Goff’s Caye on the reef for lunch as well as snorkeling.

If you are around Belize, your trip is incomplete without an excursion to a Maya Ruin. From Caye Caulker, tours depart for the mainland by passing via a great mangrove lagoon. Stopping at the Bomba village, you alight and board a van for reaching the famous ruin of Altun Ha. Alternatively, get into the boat passing through the New River for Lamanai that is magical ruin among the orchids as well as howler monkeys in the rainforest.

Sea kayaking is great with the Tsunami Adventures of Front Street. Via this, you can discover the northern mangrove forest – a leeward zone where water is smoother. A two-person kayak would be around $15Bz for 60 minutes and every additional hour will cost you an additional $10Bz.

Cool down at The Lazy Lizard at The Split known for its sunset, which is the island’s only beach but without sand. It is actually a submerged picnic area flanked by cement walls.

For partying, explore the north from Front Bridge (famous diving spot) where shops, water sport centers, and restaurants thrive. Caribbean Colors Art Gallery is worth a visit for its local artwork, peanut butter, and banana sandwiches.

Accommodations

The Tropics Hotel from BZD55.

Tree Tops Guesthouse from $55.

The Iguana Reef from $145.

Reaching the island

Caye Caulker is just 10 minutes from Belize by flight for $55 USD and picturesque 45 minutes away by a water taxi.

Best time to come

As such, any time is just great to come here, except for the hurricane season. So, the best months are January, June, and October.

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