Going Slow in Caye Caulker

Life goes by at a slower pace in Caye Caulker. Having gone above and below the Yucatan peninsula and explored its limestone wonders, we took it down a notch and decided to relax in Belize. Getting to Caye Caulker was a breeze: after taking an ADO bus to Chetumal, we hopped on a water taxi and in a little more than two hours were getting our passports stamped by the Belizean authorities.

The trip was relatively smooth and we were presented with a slice of local humor, courtesy of the surprise film on board. After a short stop in San Pedro, in the bigger island of Ambergris Caye, we eventually made landing in Caye Caulker. The first impression was one of minuteness. It doesn’t look very big, and we later found out it really isn’t.

We walked towards Middle Street and asked around for directions to our booked accommodation, the Barefoot Beach Belize/Seaview Hotel. Located right in front of the sea and a short walk from the main area of Caye Caulker, our little seaside cottage provided a good base from which to enjoy the delights of the island. Also, it has a couple of very photogenic hammocks swaying in the breeze at the end of a small pier. The wind was picking up during our first night, but we did take advantage of them later on.

Caye Caulker Barefoot Beach Belize

Although the island is easily explored by foot, we got a couple of bikes from our hotel and rode around under the sun. There aren’t many proper beaches to speak of, but a nice swim can be had by The Split, where tourists and locals alike find some solace from the often scorching heat. It was quite easy to differentiate between tourists and locals, since the latter preferred to lounge about in the sea fully clothed.

Caye Caulker the Split Belize

The whole island can be seen in 30 minutes by golf cart, which seems to be the preferred means of transportation. Bikes are also popular, and we found them more to our taste. Cycling around, we took in the sights, stopped to visit the odd supermarket (seemingly all Chinese-owned) or a trinket shop, and even inquired about the logistics of seeing the famous Great Blue Hole. Eventually, we opted out, and remained firmly on sandy ground for the duration of our stay.

Caye Caulker Belize

The author loses at cards yet again…

Our days were spent cycling around, having scrumptious breakfasts at Amor y Cafe, playing cards in the shade, jumping into the sea with local kids and choosing where the next meal would be. The food was much like the island itself: laid-back, affordable and thoroughly enjoyable.

Caye Caulker sunset Belize

Still on a bike, we managed to cover all streets in Caye Caulker: Front Street, Middle Street and Back Street. Yes, all three of them. Most human activity can be observed along Front Street, since it stretches almost parallel to the ocean and is lined by restaurants, food stalls and several shops of varying sizes and assorted colors.

Having fully embraced the island’s motto of “Go Slow” during our stay, we finally left Caye Caulker with a heavy heart. Walking back to the water taxi which would take us back to Chetumal, we waved it not a goodbye but a ’till the next time.

Caye Caulker Belize

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10 Responses

  1. Syd says:

    Everything about this looks amazing. The sunset picture….whoa. Also, the last sign is hysterical.

  2. I love these pictures though it’s a big tease right now when you are in freezing weather here in the States! Would love to head over there and experience Belize for ourselves at some point. Always been interested to see what it is like to get through passport control through countries like that though.

    • FW North says:

      Hola Chris! Apologies for the tease 🙂 Passport control was quite straightforward, if I remember correctly. We crossed the Mexican border at Chetumal, got our passports stamped at the harbor, hopped on a water taxi and voilá: sea and sunshine! Thank you for visiting and good luck!

  3. hahaha that last sign! It’s morbid but funny. Gorgeous sunset!

  4. I’m in love with these photos but I agree with Chris that you’re teasing us! Not fair at all…

  5. Travis says:

    Caye Caulker is one of my favourite places. I spent a few weeks there with my girlfriend and a couple other friends after finishing a research project in the rainforests of Belize. It might be one of the best places to relax, slow down, and just enjoy life! Plus the snorkeling is fantastic. Great photos!

    • FW North says:

      Hola Travis! We really enjoyed Caye Caulker as well. You’re right, it’s great for some relaxing times… Thanks a lot and good luck!

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