The waters surrounding Caye Caulker are a mecca for marine life. Spend time exploring the coral reefs, seagrass beds, and shark habitats of Hol Chan Marine Reserve on a half-day tour from either Belize City or Caye Caulker, which typically includes hotel pickup and drop-off and a barbecue lunch accompanied by rum-based drinks. To see more marine life, take a boat trip to the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, home to rescued manatees.
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Things to Know Before You Go
A must-visit for relaxed travelers looking for top snorkeling and diving opportunities.
Bring cash to Caye Caulker. Although there are several ATMs on the island, these machines may not always function.
Accommodation options are budget to mid-range, and do not include any luxury hotels.
Front, Middle, and Back streets are the only ones on the island. Front Street is the main street for restaurants and bars.
How to Get There
The easiest way to get to Caye Caulker is by water taxi from Belize City; the ride takes about 45 minutes and then continues to San Pedro, located on neighboring Ambergris Caye. Taxis leave daily on a frequent schedule, and round-trip tickets are available. From the Belize City bus station, the port is a 5-minute drive.
When to Get There
The dry season in Belize runs from late November to mid-April, making it the best time to visit the Caribbean country. The clear skies and comfortable temperatures during this season make it well worth the crowds, but advance booking for accommodation and activities is recommended.
The Great Blue Hole
Within day-tripping distance of Caye Caulker is the Great Blue Hole. As well as being an emblem of Belize, the circular sinkhole is considered to be one of the greatest scuba diving sites in the world. Diving the Blue Hole requires absolute buoyancy control and intermediate to advanced diving skills.
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