Caulker Cay is a 5-mile (8 km) island with 1,300 residents. It is located just 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Belize City and is located directly south of Ambergris Caye.
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Caulker Cay is a 5-mile (8 km) island with 1,300 residents. It is located just 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Belize City and is located directly south of Ambergris Caye. Without vehicles or paved roads, the quiet streets of Cayo Caulker are occupied only by golf carts, beach bikes and pedestrians. Travelers come here to relax and enjoy the tranquility of life on the beach, whether rocking in a hammock facing the sea, kayaking in the calm waters around the islands and mangroves or sunbathing in a famous place called ' Split ', a channel that separates the north and the south half of the island. Like Ambergris Caye, the island is located just one mile west of the Belize Barrier Reef, offering easy access to the best snorkeling and diving activities in the area.
North of Split, the mangrove islands are currently undeveloped, despite the arrival of infrastructure and accommodation in the north of Caye Caulker.
The Split is a place very frequented and occupied by locals and tourists. On the banks of the canal is a two-story bar with two piers around it that attract large groups of bathers. The docks in the Split offer the best place to swim on the island, since the water is deep and there are bleachers, facilitating access to exit. It is possible to swim through the canal and explore the northern part of Caye Caulker on foot, but be careful of strong currents and mosquitoes. Depending on the weather and the time of year, the Split is one of the best places on the island to watch the sunset in Belize.
Heading south of Split, the main street facing the sea called “Calle del Frente” is full of small boutique hotels, guest houses, some hostels, restaurants with fresh grilled seafood, water sports shops and stalls with coconut sales frescoes, local jewelry and crafts. Compared to Ambergris Caye, Caulker Cay gives a slightly more hippie feel, where the entire developed part of the island can be explored on foot in less than an hour or two. For those looking for a quieter stay they should consider staying south of the main ferry dock.
A paradise on earth
South of the developed part of Caye Caulker, the coastal landscape is surrounded by mangroves. A bicycle lane surrounds a large part of the southern tip of the island and is an ideal way to explore the less traveled part of Caye Caulker. However, this road should be avoided after heavy rains due to mud, mosquitoes and occasional crocodiles.
Snorkeling directly from the island leaves something to be desired. For the best visualization of marine life, a boat trip is recommended. Popular excursions include stops at the Hole Chan Marine Reserve, a protected marine area where divers can swim with turtles, colorful reef fish among others. This is often combined with a stop at Shark Ray Alley, where divers can closely appreciate the large population of sharks in the area and stingrays. Further south on the reef of the Cayo Swalow Marine Reserve, the manatee refuge is located, where visitors can observe these gentile creatures in their natural habitat. Several sailboat companies in Caye Caulker offer multi-day itineraries that stop on remote islands along the entire coral reef of Belize.
Flights and ferries to Caulker Cay leave daily from Belize City, Ambergris Caye and other centers in the country. The express ferry from Belize City takes approximately 45 minutes, while a flight from the international or municipal airport in Belize City takes less than 15 minutes. Once on the island, taxi golf carts await you both at the ferry dock and at the airport to transfer you to your accommodation.