At the start of my 15 month trip around Latin America, I took a two-week tour with G-Adventures from Mexico to Guatemala. One of our stops was a jam-packed, sun-filled three days on this very chill Belizian island – Caye Caulker. If you’re heading here and wondering what to do in Caye Caulker you’ll be happy to know the first answer should be relaxing, as all the locals will tell you ‘Go slow, it’s Caye Caulker’. But once you’re sufficiently chilled there is actually quite a lot to do here, from swimming with sharks to skulling rum punch, here are all the things to do in Caye Caulker.
1. Eat All The Fry Jacks
If you’ve just landed on the islands one of the top things to do in Caye Caulker is to try a Fry Jack. Fry Jacks were my go-to breakfast while on the island. It’s a fried tortilla stuffed with your choice of naughty fillings like bacon, cheese, beans and rice. Yum! My favourite Fry Jack from Errolyn’s House (the best place to get them on the island and one of my favourite Caye Caulker restaurants) was chicken, cheese, beans and eggs. And the best thing about this Caye Caulker food? They are cheap as chips!
How To Get To Errolyn’s House: Errolyn’s is located on the corner of Avenida Langosta and Pasero Street.
Quick Facts: Cost: About $2USD | Time needed: 10 minutes | Verdict: This is definitely one of the best places to eat in Caye Caulker. A must-try.
2. Eat Fresh Lobster For $8
One of the best Caye Caulker things to do is eating some of the freshest lobster straight from the sea. I have to admit before I touched down on Caye Caulker I had never tried lobster. It’s too expensive, right? Wrong. On Caye Caulker a whole barbecued lobster with an amazing garlic butter sauce will set you back a mere $8USD. Tonnes of Caye Caulker restaurants around the island serve them at this price so you’re a fool if you miss out. My fave place for lobster was Mama Rose’s Grill and bar. It comes with unlimited rum punch so it was definitely one of the best places to eat in Caye Caulker.
How To Get To Rose’s Grill and Bar: Rose’s Grill and Bar restaurant Caye Caulker is located on Calle del Sol near the corner of Playa Asuncion.
Quick Facts: Cost: About $8USD | Time needed: 2 hours | Verdict: Definitely one of the best restaurants in Caye Caulker. So worth a try.
3. Do Happy Hour At The Split
Caye Caulker is all about stunning beaches, sunset and rum punch. Therefore one of the most common things to do in Caye Caulker is watching the sunset at The Split with an icy rum punch in your hand. They have games, drink specials and it’s a good mix of locals and tourists and one of my favourite Caye Caulker bars.. Therefore if you don’t spend a few hours at The Lazy Lizard Caye Caulker taking advantage of two-for-one cocktails while playing a game of corn hole have you even Caye Caulkered?
How To Get To The Split Caye Caulker: The Split is located at the most northern point of the Island. Just head all the way up Playa Asuncion and you will stumble upon one of my favourite Caye Caulker activities.
Quick Facts: Cost: $5USD+ | Time needed: An afternoon | Verdict: The view from The Split Caye Caulker is super fun. It’s a must-do if you want to experience some of the Caye Caulker nightlife (even if it does start at about 5 pm).
4. Spend A Day Snorkelling With Sharks And Stingrays
If you’re wondering what to do in Caye Caulker a day snorkelling with sharks and stingrays should be at the top of your list. Caye Caulker Belize is surrounded by a huge reef that’s home to sharks, stingrays, turtles and amazingly colourful fishes. Ragamuffin Caye Caulker Tours came highly recommended as the perfect day-long boat trip to explore the reef and try one of the local delicacies – unlimited rum punch. Our super fun day out on the water consisted of 4 stops. 1. Swimming with sharks, 2. Galavanting with rays, 3. Gliding with turtles, 4. Checking out the colourful fish and coral. Followed by the unofficial stop 5. ‘Rum Town’. If you love nature and rum, and looking for an awesome Caye Caulker Belize Snorkeling tour this trip is well worth it.
How To Get To Ragamuffin Tours Caye Caulker: Ragamuffin Tours is located on Playa Asuncion just opposite Lind’s Coral street.
Quick Facts: Cost: $70USD | Time needed: 10:30 – 5pm | Verdict: This was high on my list of the best things to do in Caye Caulker Belize. So the splurge is definitely worth it.
5. Drink All The Rum Punch
Caye Caulker is famous for its rum punch – a mixture of juice, coconut rum and grenadine. It’s sweet, highly alcoholic and you can’t leave the island without trying a glass or six. Whether it’s at Rose’s Bar and Grill or at The Splut, swilling rum punch is one of the top things to do in Caye Caulker.
Quick Facts: Cost: $2USD+ | Time Needed: 2 minutes | Verdict: If you like rum or drinking or generally having fun, this one’s for you.
6. Dive Or Fly Over The Blue Hole Caye Caulker
According to all the guidebooks, diving the blue hole is one of the top Caye Caulker things to do. Now, full disclosure here, I can’t actually dive, so I didn’t do this. But an inside source tells me that flying over the blue hole is actually so much more impressive. Because when you’re diving you can’t actually appreciate the scale of it. So if you’ve got the money, I’d definitely recommend the flight – or better yet, do both!
Quick Facts: Cost: Flight about $200USD. Diving $300USD | Time needed: Half day | Verdict: If you’ve got the cash diving the Caye Caulker Blue hole or flying over it, is a once in a lifetime experience.
7. Take A Sunset Cruise And Hand feed Giant Fish
One of the great things to do in Caye Caulker is to swim with manatees, which is exactly what we planned to do when hired a boat for one afternoon. Unfortunately, 3 hours into our Caye Caulker Manatee tour we still hadn’t seen so much as a splash. So we gave up. ‘No manatees today’. However, our captain felt so bad that he offered to take us on a sunset cruise around the island. The views by boat were spectacular and he even took us to the Caye Caulker marine reserve where we fed giant catfish by hand. While it was a little terrifying to have a catfish jump out of the water and suck on your finger in order to take the bait, it was absolutely hilarious and one of my favourite Caye Caulker excursions.
Quick Facts: Cost: $20USD+ | Time needed: An afternoon | Verdict: A lovely way to spend sunset if you’ve got the time.
Where To Stay in Caye Caulker Belize
As it’s such a small island there aren’t too many Caye Caulker Belize hotels and hostels. However I’ve done my research and here are the best places to stay in Caye Caulker.
Go Slow Guesthouse Caye Caulker Hostel
The Novelo Hotel Caye Caulker
Weezie’s Ocean Front Hotel and Garden Cottages
Island Magic Beach Resort Caye Caulker
How To Get To Caye Caulker Belize
There are two main ways of getting to Caye Caulker and most take you through Belize City. The first is the Caye Caulker water taxi from Belize City and the 2nd is by taking one of the sporadic flights to Caye Caulker from Belize City. If you’re coming from Mexico you can also take a water taxi service to Caye Caulker from San Pedro Belize or Chetumal Mexico, which saves going all the way to Belize City. If you’re trying to scrimp the getting overland to either Belize City or San Pedro is the most affordable way.
Flights To Caye Caulker
Tropic Air and Viva Air fly from Belize airport to Caye Caulker a few times a week. Flights start at about $75 USD for one way and take around 10 minutes. I like to compare flights with Kiwi.com as they have a great little tool that allows you to do a radius search. Which is great for trying to find the cheapest airports to fly into near your destination. Compare flights here.
How To Get From Belize City To Caye Caulker Via Water Taxi
How To Get From San Pedro Belize To Caye Caulker Via Water Taxi
How To Get From Chetumal Mexico To Caye Caulker Via Water Taxi
Belize Water Jets offer Caye Caulker water taxis from Chetumal across the Mexican border once a day at 3 pm for $130 USD.
Daily Budget For Caye Caulker
While accommodation and daily expenses in Caye Caulker aren’t that pricy it’s the activities that will get you. I’d allow for around for the following if you’re trying to budget:
- $20 USD per night for Caye Caulker accommodation
- For food you’re looking at $20 per day
- $20 USD for alcohol (because you will be drinking rum punch)
- $50 – $100 a day for activities
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