Wealthy tourists in Belize travel to Amergris Caye, but backpackers? They visit Caye Caulker.
This was the next stop on my Central American trip. A chicken bus from San Ignacio took us to Belize City, and then it was a short boat ride to Caye Caulker.
This island is a jump off point for scuba diving, snorkeling and just simply lazing around doing nothing. There isn’t actually a proper beach, but there are a few swimming spots around the island. It’s a really laid back place, people are very relaxed and don’t exactly do things quickly. Don’t expect flashy facilities – it’s a sand road type of place.
We stayed at the China Town Hotel, which had air conditioning, a pool and TV in the room. Actually both hotels in Belize had cable TV with a huge number of channels, which our guide said was probably pirated from somewhere else. At least I got to keep up with the Kardashians the whole time I was there. Anyway, the China Town Hotel has terrible reviews on Tripadvisor, and I was a little worried before we stayed there. But it was fine, although very basic. We kept our bags locked, tried not to spend too long in the smoke filled lobby and spent most of our time in other parts of the island anyway. I probably wouldn’t stay here again.
You can’t visit Caye Caulker without going out on the water, so we spent a day on a boat snorkeling at various spots. Everyone does this, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by other boats at the prime snorkeling locations. They gave us lunch, and then tipped all the leftovers into the water… I didn’t know how to feel about this but they said the fish ate it all. Anyway the snorkeling is really good once you jump off the boat, you just need to keep an eye on your guides as they will swim around trying to find the best things to see. The coral reef is one of the best in the world, and there are heaps of fish, rays and even sea turtles. The trip lasted the whole day, and of course we all got sunburnt. Remember to bring some sunscreen.
Since I was there mid-week and in the off season there wasn’t exactly a lot of nightlife. This can be a bit of a party island, but it definitely was no going off while we were there. What they do have is a lot of restaurants serving seafood, including lobster. There’s probably nothing better than eating seafood on a hot night looking out at the water.
After three nights it was time to move off again… next up Mexico!