Honeymoon on Caye Caulker, Belize
Hello, hello and welcome to another day, another blog post. I’m jumping back on that wedding/honeymoon bandwagon and bringing you a detailed post all about our stay on Caye Caulker, in Belize. Tell me what you prefer- island life or deep in the jungle? We stayed in both locations during our honeymoon and I will be talking all about the latter in a little bit. I think overall, we really loved the vibe of the islands, but the adventure of the jungle. Too hard of a decision to pick just one! Alright, let’s jump right into today’s post. If you need to catch up on the wedding, click here. For other posts regarding our travels, click here. 🙂
How to Get There
Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of Belize and it is unlikely that you will be able to fly there from another country. We chose to take a ferry from Belize City. If you do this, you will take a taxi from the airport for a flat rate of $25. If you did not already purchase your tickets online (which I highly recommend), you will need to buy them at the docks prior to boarding.
Now, when you board your ferry, your luggage will be tagged and may be placed on a different boat. Don’t freak out! I was a little nervous about being separated from it, but everything arrived in one piece at the same time we did. Just be sure to keep your valuables and important documents on your person.
We used Belize Water Taxi and it cost approximately $30 per person roundtrip, for the 1 hour ride. Another alternative is flying from Belize City to Caye Caulker. You can take a quick, 15-minute flight with Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. However, when I was checking prices for this post, everything mentioned that the airstrip is temporarily closed… Keep this in mind when looking to book travel!
Where We Stayed: Barefoot Beach Belize
I LOVE TripAdvisor. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. If you have not read my post about websites you need to use for travel, check that out here. So, when looking to book accommodations, I always check TripAdvisor and rely heavily on their rating system. For the most part, I prefer to stay in hotels, resorts, inns, etc. that have a “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor. This helps narrow down the search, when it can be so daunting in larger destinations! Barefoot Beach Belize is an adorable collection of bungalows and homes, which we loved! We stayed in Sue-Casa, which is a two-story private home that overlooks the ocean. Jarrett and I really enjoyed staying here, however there are some drawbacks to the particular house in which we stayed.
First, it is a spiral staircase to get to each level. A very steep spiral staircase. So, if you are someone who has knee problems or thinks they may come home a little tipsy one night, you may want to pick a different room on this property. Haha! Also, there is a window-unit A/C in the bedroom, which is on the top floor. This was appreciated, but, the bedroom is not closed to the rest of the house. Therefore, the temperature really never dropped below 80 degrees. Hello, humidity. Keeping those things in mind though, it was amazing to have our own space and the views were beautiful! Plus, we had our own kitchen and chose to cook breakfast daily in order to save money.
Caye Caulker is small enough that you can walk the entire island, so I wouldn’t worry about location too much when choosing where to stay. Other hotels/accommodations that look great include Weezie’s Ocean Front Hotel, Island Magic Beach Resort, and Colinda Cabanas.
Accommodations on Caye Caulker are very affordable, especially if you go during off-season. You will not find luxury resorts here, so I would recommend staying on the neighboring island of Ambergris Caye, if that is what you prefer.
Where to Eat
We enjoyed a very nice dinner here one night on the island! If you sit at the far back of the restaurant (right by the ocean), the tables sit in sand and have swings for seats! I thought this was just so fun. Plus, the food was delicious! I ate my weight in seafood the 4 days we were on Caye Caulker, and the shrimp was amazing.
This restaurant is inside of Island Magic Beach Resort, so if you are entering from the main street, you head through the back patio. Or, you can just walk right up off the beach. We only had breakfast here, but there were a number of options, including healthy choices. I was craving fresh fruit and they had the best granola yogurt parfait!
If you are in the mood for a slightly fancier meal, or just need a break from rice & beans, I recommend you try Il Pellicano. Jarrett and I were both craving pizza one night, so we made our way to Pasero St. Let me mention this though- we asked a number of locals how to find this restaurant before one could finally point us in the right direction. It appears to be more of a tourist destination, and is definitely not on a main street. With that being said, we both enjoyed our meals! The pasta also looked divine!
Jarrett loved this restaurant! It sits all the way down the end of the island, towards the Lazy Lizard. Sip N Dip is built right over the ocean, so the views are incredible from every seat. Very affordable food and you can sit in inner tubes right in the water!
This woman is a legend on the island. Every day, you can find her setting up shop on Front Street, on the end towards the Lazy Lizard. I unfortunately do not remember her exact location, but trust me, seek her out! She bakes different flavors of cake and has them separated into plastic containers, just waiting to be enjoyed. We sampled chocolate with vanilla icing, chocolate caramel, and banana bread. Oh baby. They were all delicious and the perfect treat to enjoy while walking back to your hotel.
What to Do
Happy Hour at the Lazy Lizard
Happy hour, in general, is amazing on Caye Caulker. Typically, between 4-8ish, you can find a drink special in almost every restaurant or bar along Front Street. Now, the Lazy Lizard is where we spent a lot of our time while on Caye Caulker. It is a beach bar, with tables in the sand or in the water, so you can choose whatever spot floats your boat. It sits at the end of the island, at The Split, which makes it the perfect spot for people-watching and observing all of the boats that pass through the small canal. From 5-6pm, the Lazy Lizard offers 2 for 1 specials on mixed drinks, including panty rippers, the drink of choice on the island. It is a delicious mix of pineapple juice and rum, and it is not to be missed. Sit back, relax, and watch the sun set with a drink (or two) in your hand.
Caveman Tours: All Day Snorkel
This tour group was highly recommended on TripAdvisor! Jarrett cannot swim and is very uncomfortable in open water, so I wanted to make sure we found a tour that would help him out. I can’t say enough about the guys we had on our snorkel excursion! First of all, there were only 7 of us on the all-day snorkel tour, with two guides. At our first stop, one of the guides got in the water and stayed with Jarrett until he was comfortable. That one-on-one attention was amazing and helped him really enjoy the experience that may have otherwise been frightening! We made 5-6 snorkel stops, including a ship wreck, Hol Chan Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, Coral Gardens, and a manatee spot! We were able to see everything, from sea turtles to eels, gigantic fish to tiny seahorses. I would 100% recommend Caveman Tours if you want to snorkel while staying on Caye Caulker.
Wander on foot or by bike
The island does not allow cars, so you will see the majority of people walking or riding bikes. There are golf carts available for rent if you are unable or unwilling to hoof it on foot. Caye Caulker is only about 1.5 miles long, so it is easy to explore the entire island in a day. Meander down side streets, stop in for a bite, and just enjoy the fact that your wifi may not work. 🙂
Take a ferry to the neighboring island of Ambergris Caye
The big debate for people traveling to Belize, is whether they will stay on Caye Caulker or on Ambergris Caye. The neighboring island is larger and boasts the city of San Pedro. If you are looking for an upscale resort, fancier dining options, or nightlife, I recommend you stay on Ambergris Caye. Jarrett and I were looking for a more relaxed vacation, since we were coming off the chaos of our wedding weekend. We are both so happy that we chose Caye Caulker over Ambergris, however we did want to explore the island while in Belize. It was a 45 minute ferry over to San Pedro, leaving us to spend an afternoon wandering the busy streets. If you choose to do this, I would highly recommend the following: Belize Chocolate Company: Delicious little goodies! I had a dark chocolate marshmallow and a caramel, and both were amazing. They offer chocolate making/history classes, as well.
Blue Water Grill: We had brunch here and it was amazing! Make sure at some point during your stay in Belize, that you try fry jacks. They are a mix between pancakes and fried dough, and are delicious smothered in jam.
Palapa Bar and Grill: We stumbled upon this American sports bar while wandering Ambergris and loved it! There is a large bar, with plenty of seating. The menu was expansive and not overly expensive. If we return, I will definitely plan to bring a swimsuit to this bar! They have seating and floats in the water, and will gladly bring you buckets of beer to enjoy.
Trivia Night at Barrier Reef Sports Bar
Stop into this bar on Thursday night for trivia! The atmosphere is fun and rowdy, with shots being handed out for free if you stand on your chair. Haha! Drinks were cheap and Jarrett was able to order a Belikin stout in a pint glass, which was easily the best drink deal on the island as far as alcohol.
The motto on Caye Caulker is “go slow” and the locals certainly embody that! If you are rushing around, you are missing the point of island life and I can almost guarantee someone will tell you to walk a little slower. Ha! Take your time, enjoy the sights, and relax in a hammock with a drink in your hand.
Other Things to Know
Caye (pronounced “key”) Caulker is also called Caye Corker. Ambergris Caye is known as San Pedro.
On Caye Caulker, the large majority of people speak English. Otherwise, they speak Kriol. It was very easy to communicate with everyone we encountered and it was an incredibly friendly country!
Belize accepts the American dollar, in a very easy 2 BZD to 1 USD conversion. We didn’t convert any money, but you will receive change in BZD. I would recommend having a credit card without international fees as well, but a lot of places prefer and accept cash.
You will likely be offered drugs of some sort. A number of people asked us if we wanted “party supplies” or “420” and they were not the most subtle about it. They were not aggressive at all and I never felt unsafe, but just be aware you may be offered something to spice up your extracurriculars.
Belikin in the local beer and your least expensive option. Jarrett enjoyed the regular and stout more than he expected. Just be aware that the bottles are smaller than in the States. Rum punches are your other local specialties and very inexpensive.