"Caye Caulker - Ya Betta Belize It!" Top 5 Page for this destination Caye Caulker by Bwana_Brown

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Caye Caulker, that idyllic little atoll only 21 miles from Belize City, was one of the main destinations on our 3-week trip to Belize - in fact, our first stop! After having read the intriguing descriptions of it's laid back atmosphere on the pages of 'Windsorgirl' and 'JetLagCity', Belize began to percolate in my mind! The final straw was when Delta Airlines declared bankruptcy, spurring me into action to use up our Delta travel points for a winter escape while we still could!

We were not disappointed - Caye Caulker met all our expectations and then some. In fact, as we continued on our meandering trip through Belize, we kept saying 'it's still not as good as Caye Caulker'! What makes the place so special is that it has not yet been invaded by the large hotel chains - most of the tourist establishments are owned and operated by the island locals.

The 'modern' history of the island dates from 1848, when it was first settled by Spanish and mestizo refugees fleeing the Mexican Yucatan Caste War. To supplement fishing for a livelihood, the refugees eventually planted coconut palm trees and these two industries provided a quiet if subsistance living for decades. It was not until 'hippies' discovered this little backwater many years later, that word of this paradise gradually leaked out. I would say that it is still paradise and you have a chance to sample it - if you don't delay too long!

There are no cars on the sandy streets, the people are friendly, the sun shines and the warm breezes blow! The island motto says it all - 'no shirt, no shoes, no problem'! We were sad to leave Caye Caulker for the next stage of our journey, on 'Ambergris Cay' as we spent a couple of nights in San Pedro, but our time in these various other areas of Belize was also a fantastic experience!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Laid back, beautiful, relatively inexpensive
  • In a nutshell:Just do it and you will soon relax!
  • Last visit to Caye Caulker: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated Apr 8, 2006
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  • Aug 4, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Herbal Tribe has new owners and menu changes. ---give it another try. er--Lookoing forward to visiting this fall

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    Apr 17, 2009 at 11:15 PM

    Hi, any details of how to book this trip? I am going to Caye in July and was planning a trip to shark ray alley, but is this an easier/better option?

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    Oct 3, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    What a wonderful holiday you had in Caye Caulker. Your photographs are just super, including the underwater ones.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Looks like you had a fine relaxing time here in beautiful Caye Caulker = the snorkeling sounds great. Thanks for the virtual tour

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    Mar 5, 2008 at 8:32 AM

    Sitting under a palm tree in the tropics, doing nothing, sounds great right about now. It must be an amazing experience to dive with sting rays and sharks.

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    Sep 30, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    Great comments on CC as well....eveything status quo at he moment there but who knows fr how long. We are returning this Jan for another week or so amongst a month trip in Honduras. A

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2007 at 12:27 PM

    Came back for more on beautiful Belize and wasn't disappointed! Fantastic underwater shots of the sting rays, and I enjoyed the photos of the airport terminal and iguana too

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    Jan 16, 2007 at 7:32 AM

    Glad to see that Belize hasn't been spoiled by their popularity (yet)! Wasn't it something seeing Mennonites in Belize? And who knew that coconuts were so dangerous? ;-)

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    Nov 16, 2006 at 11:05 AM

    What a welcome sight as Alaska heads in to winter! Great water shots! Thanks for the visit!

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    Sep 30, 2006 at 3:08 PM

    Glenn, very inviting page. I'm in the mood for a tropical destination. Belize and Caye Caulker are at my list allready for a long time and guess what I will go there next december !!!

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