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Quirky Caye Caulker: Things to Do in Belize’s Offbeat Island Paradise

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Belize is unlike the rest of Latin America. It may as well be on a different continent for its cultural differences with the neighboring countries.

 

The culture is Afro-Caribbean, with some Mayan mixed in. The official language is English, though it's not unusual to hear their own distinct Creole with some English and even a little Spanish woven in.

 

In Caye Caulker, things to do are plentiful. This tiny island gets less tourism than it's bigger island neighbor - Ambergris Caye to the north, but enough to make the amenities, activities, and tours plentiful. 

 

caye caulker things to do

 

If you like learning about that crazy vibrant world underwater, this is the place to go. The barrier reef off the coast of this island is the second largest in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) and has an impressive amount of diversity. The best Caye Caulker things to do involve heading to this reef - diving and snorkeling being the most popular.

 

Besides that, enjoying the eclectic culture, eating local food, seeing the island by the most popular transit - bicycle, and learning to just "Go Slow" are some of the most popular Caye Caulker things to do.

 

Check out my guest post at Lost Tribe Magazine, for my top 5 Caye Caulker Things to Do, and lots of pictures of this quirky and fun Caribbean island.

 

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16 Responses

  1. Jenn and Ed Coleman
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    I sweat I stayed at those exact bungalows on your pinterest pin. I went in 2005 so that was more than 12 years ago. Glad to hear Caye Caulker is retaining its charm and easy going pace. The snorkeling through Ho Chal was something I will never forget. A truly beautiful place.

    • Susan Ripley
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      Haha, that’s so awesome! Glad to hear the island is staying true to itself and not changing too much 🙂 I found it to be a super charming place – really unique culturally. And yes, Hol Chan was stunning! Blew me away.

  2. Cat
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    I didn’t know that Caye Caulker has the second largest barrier reef in the world! This sparks my interest as I love scuba diving and seeing the underwater world. I might consider this as my travel destination for the second half of the year!

    • Susan Ripley
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      Yes! If you love scuba diving, you should definitely check out Belize. The reef there is pretty mind blowing! I saw so many amazing sea creatures. 🙂

  3. Cassandra Le
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    Belize looks absolutely beautiful! Snorkeling sounds like a lot of fun, even though I’m terrified of things like that! I’d love to travel slow and really learn about the culture here (:

    • Susan Ripley
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      I was kinda terrified too, but I’m really glad I did it! The snorkeling was really amazing and it’s always eye opening to see how much life is under the water!

  4. IVy
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    I miss the Belize Cayes so much! Wish we had stayed on Caulker for a night or two so we can dive from there- we stayed in San Pedro and heard terrible things about the dive operators there from our Airbnb host. Taking it slow is right! We loved biking around Caulker and stuffing our face with Errolyn’s!!

    • Susan Ripley
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      The fry jacks there are so good, right?! Greasy but delicious 🙂

  5. Julie
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    I haven’t actually heard of this place before so now I definitely want to put it on my list! It sounds awesome! I would love to dive in the area.

    • Susan Ripley
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      Hope you make it there soon! It’s such a unique place, and the diving/snorkeling is just incredible!

  6. Allison Wong
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    Looks like a lovely island paradise. Not a diver myself but I’d love to snorkel at the reef! Love the look of the white sandy beach too!

    • Susan Ripley
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      I’m not a diver either, but I do love snorkeling in beautiful places with tropical sealife. This is definitely a fantastic place to do that!

  7. I’ve seen this Mesoamerican Reef before, and it is quite astounding. Although I’d never seen the reef off of Belize, I can’t recommend seeing this natural wonder enough to anyone who might be interested!

    • Susan Ripley
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      It is so beautiful! Which part of the reef have you visited?

  8. Pamela Leon
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    Great ideas, will definitely take them into consideration when I go, thanks for sharing!

    • Susan Ripley
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      Glad it was helpful! 🙂

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