Caye Caulker is a super relaxed island with the moto “go slow”! The island has packed down dirt roads and is completely walkable by foot. They do have golf cart taxi’s and bicycle rentals but you don’t really need that. There is not too much to do, but always something to do. We enjoyed a three full days of what the island has to offer, but it is not uncommon for people seeking a more relaxing low key vacation to stay longer.
FIRST RECOMMENDATION – Just enjoy the chilled out vibe of this low key island! But while chilling out, here is a couple things you can do…
- Visit the Split and The Lazy Lizard
The split is the location of the channel between the north and south sides of Caye Caulker. It is a popular sandy area to come hangout as there is also the Lazy Lizard bar where you can eat and drink. There are tables in the water where you can take your food and drinks. There are also some great chairs and tables out of the water to hangout at. You don’t have to buy anything to hangout at the split but they don’t want you bringing any food or drinks from other places. You can also go snorkeling in the split with your own gear or rentals from on the island.
- Take a day trip to Koko King
Koko King is a relatively new resort on the north side of Caye Caulker. You do not have to stay there to enjoy the awesome facility. It is a very simple but awesome place to hangout as it has a bar with good drinks and food, and a clean beach. They have a water trampoline, a floating pyramid to climb on and jump off, and tubes to float around in. To get to Koko King you can take the FREE water taxi from a dock on the south western side of the island which is easy to find. However, it is only free to ride the boat back to the south side of Caye Caulker if you spend $20BZD on food and drinks per person. We enjoyed a beer and some rice and beans to cover this cost, but there is much fancier stuff to get if you are looking to spend more money there.
- Go snorkeling
Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef is unbelievable. You get to see beautiful coral, nurse sharks, sting rays, and tons of fish and other ocean wildlife. There are many snorkeling options that you can choose from once you arrive on the island. Nothing has to be preplanned, just speak to one of the many tour guys that will be trying to sell you snorkel trips. Go to our detailed blog to help you decide what snorkeling tour you want to do on Caye Caulker -> Swimming with Nurse Sharks in Caye Caulker
- Rent a kayak
Rent a kayak by the Lazy Lizard and paddle the coast of the island. We, as well as all the locals we asked, recommend to stick to the west side of the island when going paddling as it is calmer and a better paddle than the east side of the island. As there is much less development on the north side of the island, we would recommend paddling up that way to enjoy a relaxing paddle on the water!
- Watch the sunset
An excellent location to go watch the sunset is at the split. Hang your feet over the edge and watch some fish swim around as you enjoy a beautiful sunset or pull up a muskoka chair and sit back and relax. If you have a kayak on the evening you can even go sit out on the water!
- Eat Fry Jacks and Burritos
Nothing beats the small local food shops (in our opinion). There are a number of shops that serve up awesome burritos and/or fry jack’s. Our favorite fry jack was at Jenny’s. If your walking down the main street you will see the Jenny’s sign point you down Crocodile Street. Our favourite burrito was from the lovely lady cooking up fresh food from her cart on the main road. We never found out if she has a name for her location, but you wont miss it!