Caye Caulker, Belize

What to Do

Fishing

Do It Yourself Fly Fishing for Bonefish on Caye Caulker
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago

I did not do a fly fishing tour from Caye Caulker, so I can't speak to how good the fishing is if you go with a pro. But, I did consistently spot bonefish along the east shorline of the island around town. The bones I saw where huge! My advice is to fish right at sunrise before the fish get spooky. Comb up and down the piers looking for submerged bones in the water. From the piers you'll be elevated enough to spot and cast to them without them having to be tailing.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Caye Caulker
by Thuan about 7 years ago

When the weather permits, you must go snorkeling at Caye Caulker. For 50 belizean you get to snorkel at 3 different places. The coolest spot is the shark and sting ray alley. You get to swim with sharks and sting rays. Totally safe and cool. A must do in Caye Caulker. I also heard the Hol Chan snorkeling tour is better.

Where to Stay

Backstreet

Cheapest accommodation on the island - Bella's
by Cameronjdaniel about 5 years ago

Cheap hostel with a great communal atmosphere amongst the younger-backpacker crowd. Dorm beds available, or pitch your tent for half the price (regardless of how many people sleep in it). Canoes available to paddle out into the bay. Hostel is on Crocodile Street, across the road from Dirty Mc'Nasty's, which is about a 5 minute walk from the ferry dock.

Feeling like a (party) family on Caye Caulker
by Sunspot about 7 years ago

This converted home in a central backstreet in Caye Caulker is well known by the guidebooks and backpackers, and rightly so. It's a true family affair, simple but loved for it. The ladies will find you during the day to receive payment for the night, the owner Jeff and his son will hang out all day and make you feel like you have a home in Caribbean. The communal kitchen (actually two of them) are well stoked, not luxury by any standard but do the job for making anything, plus the oven comes as a healthy treat for many backpackers (or BBQ if you feel up to it!). The main relaxing area is small but that is what brings everyone together to hang out as a family of friends with the great atmosphere it brings. Small word of warning - if you're not into drinking with friends and staying up past 11, give this place a miss! Sleep in the large but comfortable dorms (BZ$20), the 4.5th story lookout (BZ$50 for two), or on the boat (BZ$15), there are also private rooms available.

Docks

Book Ahead If You Want to Stay at Tina's (Yuma's)
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago

I was bummed that I couldn't stay at Tina's (also known as Yuma's) on Caye Caulker. If you want to stay here you have to book ahead. Up to a week ahead of time during high season and at least 2 or 3 days during low season. This place is the only hostel on the island that has a true backpacker vibe that most of us seek. They also run an extremely tight ship not letting any outsiders in under any circumstances.

Main Road

Yuma's House
Yuma's  House

This hostel is a really cool place, it's a little expensive but it's in a great location, the staff are awesome and you can pay by card which is very useful. The kitchen and wifi facilities are really good with the kitchen being cleaned every day with plenty to use to cook - which is useful as the restaurants can be quite expensive.

There are loads of hammocks and areas to relax in after a day snorkeling, wandering and or if you just wanna relax and read.

The owner is very nice and helpful, which includes the rest of her staff. We really enjoyed our 8 days there and we made to feel very welcome, a real home away from home.

Friendliest People on the Island are at Jeramiah's Guest House
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago
Friendliest People on the Island are at Jeramiah's Guest House

Jeramiah's is a basic guesthouse. Clean rooms with decent beds with a fan facing the beach. A great alternative for someone looking to get away from the party scene of the island and just chill for a bit. During the end of low season, we paid BZD$40 (USD$20) for a double with private bath. But what sets this place apart is the awesome people that run it. Jim is the main guy who is super-chill. His primary employee is Shehady, the nicest person I met on the island. Seriously, she is so nice! To get here, head north on Front Street (the main road along the water) and they will be on the left side of the street about 3 blocks before you get to the split.

What to Eat

Worth The Splurge

Rosa's Grill and Bar
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago

It can be challenging finding the right place to get your lobster fix on the island, but Rosa's does it right every time. The proprietor stands outside every night with his spread of live lobster, fresh fish of the day, snapper, crab, and kebabs. Lobster goes by size, starting at $30 Belize Dollars for a whole lobster and two sides. The 'free appetizer' is just garlic bread (bummer). Pretty much everyone in town knows where this place is, so you can ask literally anyone on the street and they can point you in the right direction. But in general, head south on front street and turn right on the 2nd street after dock street. Enjoy!

General Advice

Money and Banking

Caye Caulker on a budget
by Casey of lifebythefly.wordpress.com about 7 years ago

This amazing island is one that a young backpacker could set up shop and feel saddened to leave, but can also easily break your budgets. Here are some tips I've learned.

As far as June of 2012, and shopping around, I found the best hostel deal to be China town hotel. it is right next to the I&I reggae bar, which is the most "hopping" bar if you will. We are a group of 3, and spent $12US per night for a queen and a full bed. the hotel has a pool (which will save you on these melting hot days) and a communal kitchen.

go to a fishing shop that you can buy a spool of fishing line and a sinker/hook for a few bucks. Right by the Split (the very north end of the island) you can fish off the beach. We caught red snapper and cooked them for free at our kitchen. .50 cents US will get you a bag of rice. The fish and rice lasted us several meals, and was delicious and healthy.
all the happy hours are tempting but will drain you. If you wanna drink, you can buy a bottle of rum for $10US