Caye Caulker is a four-mile long island located just off the Belize Barrier Reef. Digital Nomads come here for its casual atmosphere, pleasant climate, interesting wildlife and water sports.
Belize has a reputation for being laid back, but nowhere more so than on Caye Caulker. Bicycles, golf buggies and feet are the island´s only transportation, with all but the latter barely necessary due to its tiny size.
The island was established some time back as a major destination for travelers along the route from Mexico down into Central America and out into the Caribbean. Although it is growing in popularity its charm is so far intact. While prices may be higher here than in its neighbouring countries, Belize is a still a cheaper alternative to most Caribbean islands.
Things to see and do in Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker consists of just three sand roads, two running along its east and west shores and one right through the middle. The island itself is short on beaches – the action is all about the reef. Its coastline is peppered with plenty of docks and a number of sea-front restaurants catering for the divers and snorkelers who flock here to explore the delights of the Belize Barrier Reef.
There are around a dozen dive operators on the island with little to distinguish one from another in terms of price or quality. The local diving is a short boat ride away at the Marine Reserve with interesting sites a little further away at Spanish Bay and Caye Chapel. Turneffe Atoll and the famous Blue Hole are also accessible from the island as long-distance trips which for dedicated divers are not to be missed.
Snorkeling tours are also available from town, or head to the northern part of the island for a spot of kayaking amongst the mangroves which are home to an amazing variety of birdlife.
Back on dry land, there is little else to do beyond taking a relaxing swing in a hammock and enjoying the breeze. The main congregating point on Caye Caulker is The Lazy Lizard which is where most of the visitors come to top up their tans on a deckchair, sup a cold beer and sway to the beat of the reggae that is so popular here.
Accommodation & Internet in Caye Caulker
Eating and drinking here is laid back but surprisingly varied. Most places are dotted along Front Street, which flanks the eastern coast of the island. This is where most of the accommodation can also be found. There are several budget options which are popular social hangouts for travelers. Talk to the dive instructors if you are looking for long-term accommodation.
Caye Caulker has Internet access at several Internet cafés and via WiFi hotspots but it is served by a single hard line to the mainland. As a result it is prone to bandwidth problems and interruptions, so bear this in mind if connectivity is important for you.
If you are looking for the anonymity of the city, this is not for you. All 1000 or so permanent residents know each other and it won´t be long before they know you too. If this is not a problem – relax and enjoy Caye Caulker´s charm.