Caye Caulker Journals

Creole Anyone?

A June 2005 trip to Caye Caulker by coloradowanderer

Caye Caulker Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize More Photos
Quote: This tiny island is a haven of relaxation, with an underwater wonderland at your doorstep. Leave your worries and fast-paced life at home. Swim, dive, snorkel, fish, and just chill, mon.

Creole Anyone?

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Overview

Caye Caulker Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Caye Caulker, not a hot bed of activity, has plenty to offer for couples or singles. The best sights are not found on land. The nearby reef provides a glimpse into amazing ocean life. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing trips are offered. You can rent fishing poles or a bike for a tour around the island. Have a pina colada or a coke with the local rum and just laze around on the beach. Watch the nightly basketball game or weekly boxing match. I got a kick out of chatting with people mentioned in the Lonely Planet guidebooks all along my trip. Chocolate and his wife were the highlight. He was the first to start tours to see the manatees and now encourages responsible viewing of these gen...Read More

Tropics

Hotel

Tropics Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Arriving on the island without Belizean dollars and with the sun setting, I checked into the first hotel accepting credit cards. This is located on the beach to the right of the landing pier. The room was large, with two double beds, a cable TV, and a ceiling fan. The bathroom and shower were decent, with the ever-present smell of collected rainwater for showers and seawater for the toilets, typical of the island. This hotel is a decent option for budget travelers for BZ$50, which equals US$25.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Tropics
Front Street
Caye Caulker, Belize
(501) 226-0374

Sand Box

Restaurant

Sand Box Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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The Sand Box was the first restaurant named by all tourists I spoke with about great food on the island. It is famous for fresh seafood, decent prices, and sand on the floor. Tempted by the lobster omelette, I went for breakfast one rainy Sunday morning. There are only a few tables, and most were filled with tourists. I managed one between the bar and window. This definitely seemed like the place for locals to be on a lazy morning. The bar was filled with chatting and joking over coffee or beers, Belikins, of course. The staff meanders around to reggae music, never in a rush but attentive. I chose to try fry-jacks, a fried dough puff, instead of toast. A local explained that you rip them o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Sand Box
Front St.
Caye Caulker, Belize

Herbal Tribe

Restaurant

Herbal Tribe Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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My first meal on the island happened after the sun had set and without the benefit of a guidebook. Luckily, the first restaurant I came upon was a mellow, outdoor Rastafarian delight. There were a variety of wooden seating choices under the lantern-lit, small palapa; painted picnic tables; slabs; or carved chairs. Choosing a fruity, local rum drink was easy. Deciding on dinner from the extensive menu of burritos, sandwiches, vegetarian and meat kabobs, seafood, and curry entrées was not. The coconut shrimp curry with saffron rice was a fantastic meld of spicy and sweet. This delicious meal was complemented by the owner and his sons providing an island vibe with live drumming. After dinner, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Herbal Tribe

Caye Caulker, Belize

Monche's

Restaurant

Monche's Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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Monche's serves up great food from its limited menu at unbeatable prices compared to the beachfront restaurants. Many of the other smaller cafés were closed in the afternoon or did not offer many seafood or veggie choices. Here I found a lobster burrito for BZ$4, which equals US$2. Wrapped in thick flatbread, breaded and lightly fried lobster chunks with shredded cabbage, onions, and carrots were smothered with a thin, spicy bean sauce. It is a somewhat odd combination that combines into one awesome burrito.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Monche's
Middle Street
Caye Caulker, Belize

Rasta Pasta

Restaurant

Rasta Pasta Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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As soon as I saw the sign, I knew I could not pass up Rasta Pasta. There is a restaurant by the same name in my hometown and in Breckenridge. I popped in to ask about the owners and was directed to speak with their daughter. I asked where she was from, and before I could tell her where I was from, she said "Colorado!" Obviously I was not the first Coloradoan there. Returning for a late lunch, most of the plastic tables were empty but since I was traveling alone I chose to take a seat at the bar. The bartender was friendly in explaining about the menu while he mixed up a sweet Panty Ripper of coconut rum, orange juice and grenadine. I pursed the pages of creative recipes deciding between p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2005

Rasta Pasta
Front street
Caye Caulker, Belize

E-Z Boy Tours

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Attraction | "E-Z Boy"

E-Z Boy Tours Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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E-Z Boy Tours offers trips to Hol-Chan or 3 hours of snorkeling around the island. I opted for the weekend special price of US$17.50 to explore the reef close to Caye Caulker. Luckily, I went on the one morning when the clouds held onto the rain until the end of the trip. Our laid-back, friendly, and knowledgeable guide, Ian, got down to business once we were loaded on the motorboat. He explained about the first stop, cultivated by locals to attract rays and nurse sharks, and quickly we arrived in shallow water. Immediately the boat was surrounded by large grey bodies. Our eyes grew huge, and several ladies did not want to get in the water. Ian jokingly calmed us, while feeding fish parts to th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

E-Z Boy Tours
Front Street
Caye Caulker, Belize

The Split

Attraction | "Swimming"

The Split Photo, Caye Caulker, Belize
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As a result of past hurricanes, a bridge was destroyed and the island was split in two. Swimming in this area can be dangerous due to the strong current and concrete underwater. It's best to stay in the swallow water close to the small beach. Fish, crab, and starfish can be found close to shore.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

The Split
Divides the north and south ends of the island
Caye Caulker, Belize