Home of the motto "Go Slow", Caye Caulker is the perfect Caribbean island. The relaxed atmosphere, beautiful ocean, and excellent ocean-front restaurants and bars make it one of the best places to visit in Belize.
In addition to lounging on the docks, the most popular Caye Caulker activities are snorkeling and diving. Explore the beautiful reefs either independently or with one of the many excellent tour groups. Most tour companies offer both half-day and full-day snorkeling tours, highlighting the Coral Garden, Shark and Ray Alley, and the local reef.
Another way to get to know the local sea creatures of Caye Caulker is by visiting the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, an incredible manatee reserve. Tours are operated daily to visit this incredible haven.
Review by Bart Ray, October 2011
A must if you travel to Belize City, in the distance you can see the reef, walking the town is stepping back in time, loved the visit but doubt I'd want to live that slow a life.
If you'd rather spend time on the water instead of in the water, look into renting a sea kayak and get incredible views of the coastline as well as the mangrove forest. The forest reserve covers about 100 acres of the island, and is a heaven for bird-watchers.
The easiest way to get to Caye Caulker is by water taxi out of Belize City. The ride takes about 45 minutes, and then continues on to San Pedro. Taxis leave daily very frequently, and it is possible to buy roundtrip tickets.
As for getting around Caye Caulker, walking is the way to go. There are only three streets on the island: Front Street, Middle Street, and Back Street, Front Street being the main street for restaurants and other businesses. Very few cars are allowed on the island, but you can rent a golf cart or a bicycle to take you around the island.