No place is more apt than Caye Caulker. Indeed, nothing seems to be a problem on this tiny island, where mangy dogs nap in the middle of the dirt road and suntanned cyclists pedal around them. The only traffic sign on the island instructs golf carts and bicycles to ‘go slow,’ a directive that is taken seriously.
The thousand or so residents have traditionally made their living from the sea, specifically from the spiny lobsters and red snappers that inhabit its warm waters. On Caye Caulker, there are no cars, no fumes and no hassles, just white sandy beaches, balmy breezes, fresh seafood, azure waters and a fantastic barrier reef at its doorstep.
Here there aren’t really any proper beaches to speak of, but plenty of docks are spread around the island where you can pull up a plastic chair and get your sun on, hang out at one of the ocean front restaurants or walk down to “The Split”, which is a popular swimming area, and if you’re feeling a bit thirsty, The Lazy Lizard Bar is just a couple steps away from the water.
The diving is incredible, a whole world awaits you. Local tour guides can arrange trips to see manatees or jungle trips up the rivers of the mainland, where you will see orchids, bromeliads, cactus, and a variety of birds, monkeys, bats and other wildlife.
The beauty, peace and romance remain… So kick off your shoes and relax in a beach chair or hammock.