Insider's Guide to Caye Caulker

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

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Located on the north tip of the island, the Split is the best swimming and beach area on the island, as well as its best social corner. Still called “the cut” by some locals as it was formerly known, the legend is that the Split was formed when Hurricane Hattie hit Belize in 1961, separating the island from its north end and dividing it into two, leaving nothing but concrete slabs behind. While the hurricane created a small split, it was later enlarged to allow larger boats to pass, for a convenient shortcut around the island.

Today, the Split is the most fun place to spend an afternoon on Caye Caulker. With an on site two-story open air bar and restaurant, “The Lazy Lizard,” this is where tourists and locals can sun themselves on the old concrete slabs and swim all day to the sound of reggae music.

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