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Outdoor Activities on Caye Caulker

By Viator, October 2012

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Smaller than neighboring Ambergris Caye, but with equally flat waters, a nearby reef, a lagoon and mangrove side and constant trade winds, there’s plenty to do on Caye Caulker for nature enthusiasts and water aficionados.

1) Wind and water sports:

Kayaking is easy on the island’s leeward side, away from the Split and where there is more open space and less boat activity. Kayaks are cheap and easily rented, and water sports companies offer introductory lessons in kite surfing, paddle boarding or hobie cat sailing.

2) Biking:

Most Hicaqueños use a bicycle to get around the island’s sandy streets. It’s the best and cheapest way to explore under the hot sun and make stops along your route. Bike rentals can be found at many of the stores in town.

3) Snorkeling, swimming and “going slow” at the Split:

The Split is the island’s most social corner, where one can swim, sun, snorkel and relax while indulging in at the on site restaurant the Lazy Lizard. There’s no other place in Belize like the Split, and it attracts locals as well as tourists. Schools of fish can be spotted right off the Split; just beware of the current as well as boat activity because there have been serious accidents in the past.

4) Snorkel the local marine reserve:

The Caye Caulker Marine Reserve is just a half-mile from shore and well worth the boat excursion. There are stingrays, nurse sharks, colorful corals and fewer crowds than at Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

5) Birding and touring the BTIA forest reserve:

Over 200 species of birds have been spotted on Caye Caulker, particularly around the northern mangrove areas as well as the BTIA Forest Reserve located near the airstrip.   

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