Located approximately 20 miles north-northeast of Belize City, Caye Caulker is a beautiful island made of limestone coral. Packed with a number of hotels, restaurants and shops, Caye Caulker has recently become quite popular among tourists and foreigners alike. It is called “the Island of the Cocoplum” in Spanish. Two theories support why Caye Caulker is named so; first theory is that sailors used to come here to replenish and cork their water bottles, while second theory says that sailors' boats were caulked in the protected La Ensenada Bay, leading to the name “Caulker.” Caye Caulker is divided into two parts by The Split Channel – more developed southern portion from the swampy mangrove area in the north side. There are so many things to do and see in this Caye which cannot be completed in one day. Here's what you have in Caye Caulker to make your next charter vacation a memorable one.
Things to do and see in Caye Caulker
• Tourist Attractions: Start your charter adventure with The Split. It is a narrow water channel that divides Caulker into north and south portions. The Split is free of seaweed and is regarded as the best swimming area. If you enjoy loud music and occasional visits to the bars on the beach, this is the perfect place for you to swim and relax. The 100-acre Caye Caulker Forest Reserve is a paradise for bird lovers. Visit this forest reserve and watch the tricolored heron, mangrove warbler, white-crowned pigeon, rufus-necked rail, black catbirds and more. You can spot boa constrictors, scaly tailed iguanas, and geckos. There is only one public beach in Caye Caulker, just before The Split. Enjoy the sun and the sounds of crystal clear Caribbean waters while sunbathing here. Hop on board your private yacht or catamaran charter and visit the 61-sq-mile Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, which is rich in colorful sea life. Snorkel or dive to see magnificent colorful sponges, blue-and-yellow queen angel fish, Christmas tree worms, redband parrotfish, yellow gorgonians and more. If you want to explore the Latin roots of this Caye, then visit Nuestra Señora de la Asunción church. Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary is a 9000 acres of sanctuary that features turtle grass-beds, which support West Indian manatees.
• Diving and Snorkeling: Caye Caulker offers an amazing snorkeling experience. All you have to do is take a short boat ride from the shore to reach the popular snorkeling sites. Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark-Sting Ray Alley are considered to be the best snorkeling destinations near Caye Caulker. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is a 5-square-mile underwater national park where you can expect to see groupers, nurse sharks, moray, eels, spadefish, schoolmasters and other fish. Shark-Sting Ray Alley is famous for sittings of nurse sharks and sting rays. These two snorkeling sites have good visibility at 50 to 60 feet or more. The diving sites around Caye Caulker are easily accessible via private yacht charter. Divers will enjoy the shallow dives where they can expect to see a good variety of marine life and coral varieties. You can use Caye Caulker as a base for your day trips to distant cayes and atolls for diving excursions. Diving around the atolls is mostly wall diving while diving around Caye Caulker is shallow with some deep canyons, swim-throughs and reefs. Visit Belize's three atolls - Turneffe Islands, Lighthouse Reef, Glover's and the famous Great Blue Hole during your diving expedition. The healthy mangrove and lagoons at Turneffe Atoll provide habitat to a variety of species such as fish, lobster, conch, and even saltwater crocodiles. The reefs at Glover's Reef are full of coral, rocky patches and various cayes filled with rich marine life. Lighthouse Reef Atoll is the most distant dive site from Caye Caulker. At Lighthouse Reef, you can see creole wrasse, blue chromis, yellowtail snapper, bluehead wrasse, royal gramma, sunshine chromis, and other marine creatures. The Great Blue Hole is about 130 feet deep, and you can see huge stalagtites hanging off the overhang and various marine life including reef sharks and an occasional bull shark.
• Fishing and other adventures: The presence of the Belizean Barrier Reef, submerged islands, little cays, precise water temperatures, and specific water depth – all together make Caye Caulker and its surrounding destinations famous for deep sea fishing and bottom fishing. Troll the waters for mahi-mahi, wahoo, sail fish, and black grouper to just mention a few. Cast your rods with bait and enjoy your refreshments while waiting for the catch, such as famous barracudas, jacks, yellow tail snappers, and mackerel. Give spear fishing a try at The Split under the guidance of your captain and fishing guide. While Caye Caulker is well known for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is full of other water sports activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding and more. Its laid back and slow pace both work together to maximize the enjoyment of sunbathing and beach combing. When you are done with the adventurous activities in and around Caye Caulker, you can go back to the Belize mainland and explore the Mayan ruins and jungles.
• Dining and Shopping: There are 25 restaurants and cafés at Caulker where you can enjoy Belizean dishes and international cuisines. From selection of outstanding classic Italian dishes to Belizean favorites such as curry shrimp, coconut red snapper and excellent conch, you will find a variety of different cuisines. Some of the popular restaurants include Amor Y Café, Rainbow Grill & Bar, Habaneros, Errolyn's House of Fry Jacks, Glenda's Café, Bambooze, Ana's Aladdin's Cuisine, and Little Kitchen Restaurant among others. From T-shirts to jewelry made by locals, expect to find a variation of little souvenirs in Caye Caulker. Some of the shopping destinations in Caye Caulker are Red Flower Gallery, Osprey Silver Jewelry & Boutique, Aria Kat Art, Little Blue Gift Shop, Michael's Blue Coral Gallery & Gifts, Lionfish Souvenirs, Adventures, and Aria Kat Art Gallery to name a few.
• Day Trips: When you're in Caye Caulker, do not forget to explore nearby Belizean atolls and cays including Ambergris Caye, Glover's Reef, Lighthouse Atoll and Turneffe Atoll. Each of these cays has unique characteristics. These small islands have everything you need for an enriching experience – beaches, diving sites, restaurants, and more. You can also take your private yacht or catamaran to Hopkins, Dangriga and even to Placencia and Stann Creek.
Set sail to Caye Caulker aboard your private luxury yacht or catamaran with us. At Belize Yacht Charters, we will help you make your next getaway to Belize the vacation of your dreams. Caye Caulker along with other Belizean atolls and cays has everything that you want from a dreamy vacation – diving spots, fishing sites, amazing restaurants, shops and great water activities to enjoy. Click on the Type of Yachts link provided here, and find out which yacht charter suits your vacation needs best. Start planning your yacht charter vacation now!