Looking for the best restaurants on Caye Caulker? Well, you’re in luck as I spent two weeks living the island life and searching for the best restaurants Caye Caulker has to offer.

I know, I know, tough job but someone has to do it. After snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef all day or swimming with stingrays, you’re bound to work up an appetite.

On Caye Caulker, it’s no surprise that seafood is the main cuisine served. No matter where you eat in Caye Caulker, each restaurant contributes to the laid-back atmosphere of this picture perfect small island.

Before we get to the nitty gritty details of where to find the best food in Caye Caulker, let’s go over some typical Belizean cuisine to try.

Best Restaurants on Caye Caulker

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Belizean cuisine is a flavorful blend of various cultural influences, including Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo, and Creole traditions. Here are ten traditional dishes that showcase the rich culinary diversity of Belize.

  • Rice and Beans with Stew Chicken: A staple of Belizean cuisine, this dish features red kidney beans and rice cooked in coconut milk, accompanied by a savory stewed chicken.
  • Fry Jacks: Deep-fried dough pockets that are often served with beans, eggs, cheese, or other savory or sweet fillings, making them a popular breakfast item.
  • Conch Soup: Conch shells, a marine mollusk, is used to prepare a flavorful and hearty soup.
  • Lobster: I’m assuming most of us are familiar with lobster, but in Caye Caulker its bountiful and relatively cheap.
  • Garnaches: A popular street food, garnaches are small corn tortillas topped with refried beans, cabbage, cheese, and sometimes meat.
  • Escabeche: Pickled onion dish often served as a condiment alongside meats.
  • Belizean Tamales: Tamales in Belize are often made with seasoned corn dough, filled with various ingredients such as chicken, pork, or beans, and then wrapped in plantain leaves before being steamed.
  • Belizean Johnny Cakes: These fried dough cakes are a popular side dish, often enjoyed with breakfast or as an accompaniment to stews or soups.
  • Fish: It’s no surprise fish is popular in most of Belize. In Caye Caulker you’ll find lots of snappers and Spanish mackerals.
  • Hudut: A traditional Garifuna dish, hudut is a fish soup made with coconut milk, served with mashed plantains and often accompanied by a side of fish.
fresh seafood on the grill in Caye Caulker

Things to Know about Restaurants in Caye Caulker Belize

Before you dine at any of these Caye Caulker Belize restaurants, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • 💴 Currency: In Belize, everything is quoted in Belize Dollars, but also accepts American Dollars 1 USD = 2 BZD. Many restaurants only accepts cash. If you do pay with credit card, expect an extra fee added to the bill.
  • 🦞 Lobster is fresh and plentiful. Lobster prices are inexpensive.
  • 🔥 Lots of Beach Side Grills and street vendors, so take a seat. take in the views, and savor a dish.
  • 🍔 There are no chain restaurants in Caye Caulker.
  • 🐚 You’ll ‘go slow’ – The islands motto applies to eating out too.
  • 💰$$$ It can be expensive – Caye Caulker isn’t a budget friendly backpacker island anyway, so this was not a surprise to me.
  • ⏰ It’s best to make reservations in advance at some of the restaurants in town if you are traveling to Belize during high season.
  • 📞 Opening hours differ from what you’ll find online. It’s easy to swing by in person or just refer to this article.
  • 🗣️ Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. This makes ordering food very easy
Blue Hole in Belize from Above
Im Jess Traveling in Caye Caulker Belize

Tipping in Belize

Do you tip in Belize? In Belize, it is customary and appreciated to leave a tip of around 10-15% of the bill in restaurants. Some restaurants automatically include a service charge, so make sure you check the bill before adding an additional tip.

Best Restaurants on Caye Caulker, Belize

These are the best restaurants in Caye Caulker. Below I linked each restaurant on google maps if you’re in a hurry.

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Yoga at Namaste Cafe, one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker Belize

Namaste Cafe

  • 💰 Price: $$
  • ⏰ Open: 7:30 am-2:30 pm & Closed on Sundays
  • 🤤 Must Try: Ham & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich on a Croissant

Starting off our best restaurants in Caye Caulker list is Namaste Cafe. This adorable cafe serves not only fresh coffee but tasty sandwiches and breakfast.

This is a good spot if you’re looking to grab something to go because it serves the best breakfast in Caye Caulker. We came here many times during our time in Belize and were never disappointed.

It’s definatley one of my favorite spots. I still day dream about the ham and cheese breakfast sandwich on a croissant. Seriously some tasty food.

If you’re into yoga, the top level of Namaste Cafe is a yoga studio and they offer weekday classes. It’s one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker.

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Pelicano Cucino Italiano in Caye Caulker Belize

Pelicano Cucino Italiano

  • 💰 Price: $$-$$$
  • ⏰ Open: Tuesday – Sunday 5-9:30 pm
  • 🤤 Must Try: Any Handmade Pasta Dish

If you craving pasta after snorkeling in Belize all day, the Pelicano Cucino Italiano restaurant is the place to eat in Caye Caulker. The menu consists of your classic Italian pasta dishes as well as wood-fired pizzas, antipasti, and quality wine.

We tried the a few of the handmade pasta dishes – chicken Alfredo and the Paccheri al profumo di tartufo. Paired with a bottle of valpolicella wine from Italy and it was the perfect meal. Molto delizioso!

The ambiance matches the menu with live music, in a cozy intimate setting with string lights that set the mood. The place packs full especially between 6:30-8 pm so come early to snag a table or make reservations in advance.

A taste of Italy in a tropical paradise. And if you love good food, don’t worry this is not the only Italian restaurant in Caye Caulker on this list.

Fresh Seafood in Caye Caulker Belize

Roy’s Blue Water Grill

  • 💰 Price: $-$$
  • ⏰ Open: Daily 4-9:30 pm
  • 🤤 Must Try: A Sizzling Plate

Roy’s is a great place to eat in Caye Caulker for a nice portion of protein straight from the grill. I try to avoid fried foods or should I say seed oils at all costs as they are so inflammatory, thus it was nice to see that most of the menu was cooked on the grill.

Basically choose between fresh fish, chicken, pork, lobster or steak and then pick a style – flavorful jerk, Thai, kebabs etc. served with rice and salad. They have an extensive menu but the prices are fair, the portions are nice and quality is spot on.

Smoothie on a Caye Caulker Beach

Ice and Beans

  • 💰 Price: $
  • ⏰ Open: Daily from 6:30 am–3:00 pm
  • 🤤 Must Try: Smoothies and the Famous Mini-Donuts

Ice and Beans is a go to spot for breakfast in Caye Caulker. You can’t go wrong with any of the smoothies, coffees, or acas bowls. And they have an all day breakfast menu and the best coffee.

This tiny cafe in Caye Caulker has the best outdoor seating, directly on the beach. Grab a coffee, hammock and a good book to spend a few hours of your afternoon in the shade of the palm trees.

Also if you have an early ferry ride and want one last meal at Ice and Beans, shoot them a message on WhatsApp, they take pre-orders for early departures the next day.

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    • 💰 Price: $
    • ⏰ Open: 5-10pm Daily
    • 🤤 Must Try: Jerk Chicken

    If you are looking for some traditional Belizean food, look no further than Reina’s. This charming restaurant, known for tasty cuisine, offers a delectable menu featuring fresh seafood and Belizean specialties.

    This place is rated number one on Tripadvisor, so just know that Reina’s gets crowded. If you don’t want to wait for a table, eat early around 5-6 pm or make reservations in advance. This is one of the best restaurants in Caye Caulker to eat traditional food in Belize on a budget.

    Curry at Chef Juans in Caye Caulker restaurant
    Chef Juan's Kitchen one of the best restaurants in Caye Caulker

    Chef Juan’s Kitchen

    • 💰 Price: $-$$
    • ⏰ Open: 8:00 am–8:30 pm daily except Friday
    • 🤤 Must Try: Green Curry

    Chef Juans Kitchen is a tiny joint and one of the best restaurants in Caye Caulker if you are traveling Belize on a budget. Tucked away on a side street, this place serves traditional Belizean food with a twist and some delicious curries. It’s a no frills type of place.

    If you’ve read any of my posts on Thailand, you’d know that we love green curry. Although it’s hard to compete with authentic green curry from Thailand, these curry dishes get the job done. Served with rice and coleslaw, it was the perfect dish with an island twist.

    Caye Caulker Bakery

    Caye Caulker Bakery

    • 💰 Price: $
    • ⏰ Open: Daily 7:30 am–11:30 am & 2:30 pm-7:00 pm | Closed on Sundays
    • 🤤 Must Try: Cinnamon Rolls

    This beloved bakery, is perfect for those seeking a taste of freshly baked goodness. Can we say breakfast snacks before going on a snorkel tour?

    The bakery is opens at 7:30 in the morning, closes for lunch and reopens in the afternoon at 2:30. From warm pastries to artisanal bread, each item reflects a commitment to quality and flavor. Don’t miss out on the cinnamon rolls, they’re everything you want them to be.

    Auntie's Take Out Food
    Auntie's Take Out Food
    one of the best restaurants in Caye Caulker Belize

    Auntie’s Take Out Food

    • 💰 Price: $
    • ⏰ Open: 7am-9 pm Daily | But don’t be surprised if they’re closed
    • 🤤 Must Try: BBQ Ribs & Rice and Beans

    Aunties Take Out Food was my partner, Joe’s favorite meal! He ate here at least 4 separate times. The is a classic plate lunch, quick order turnaround spot where you can order ribs, bbq chicken etc and it’s served with rice, beans or cole slaw.

    This place to eat in Caye Caulker serves your basic Belizean take away food. This place was always packed with locals and a few tourists. This is where to eat if you are looking for affordable take away food on the island.

    Fryjacks, a typical Belizean cuisine to try

    Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks

    • 💰 Price: $
    • ⏰ Open: 6:30 am–11:00 am daily except Mondays
    • 🤤 Must Try: Fry Jack’s

    Another must try Caye Caulker restaurant is Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks. This is a cozy establishment on a road perpendicular to the main street is renowned for its mastery in crafting fry jacks – golden pockets of fried dough.

    Whether filled with eggs, beans, and/or cheese, I promise each bite will be a delight. There’s a debate on the island on which restaurant in Caye Caulker serves the best fry jack and Errolyn’s is at the top of the list. Make sure not to miss this journey into the heart of Belizean comfort food.

    Pasta Per Caso Anna & Armando the best restaurant Caye Caulker

    Pasta Per Caso Anna & Armando

    • 💰 Price: $$
    • ⏰ Open: 5:30-9 pm | Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
    • 🤤 Must Try: Pasta of Course

    This has to be my favorite restaurant in Caye Caulker and possibly the best restaurant in Caye Caulker. It combines the warmth of Italian hospitality with the laid-back Caribbean atmosphere.

    Every night this charming eatery serves two homemade pastas of the day for 36 BZD a piece. When the menu only consists of two appetizers, two main dishes and one dessert, It’s going to be the perfect place for delicious food.

    The owners are from Italy so you won’t be disappointed with the pasta at this charming spot. It’s a family style seating, so be prepared to share your table. There are two different seatings per night, so it is best to make your reservations in advance.

    fresh seafood in Caye Caulker Belize

    Chick’s Backyard

    • 💰 Price: $
    • ⏰ Open: Nightly
    • 🤤 Must Try: Fresh Crab

    Finishing off our best Caye Caulker restaurants list is Chick’s Backyard. This tiny joint is located on a side street and is the spot for fresh seafood.

    The chef, whom sold us on his spot was knowledgeable, happy and a master on the grill. A lot of places I’ve read about eating grilled fish in Caye Caulker recommends Steve’s but I found this place to be much nicer and much cheaper.

    We ordered the fresh lobster and kebabs, and we were happy customers. Plus they had an all day happy hour, where we enjoyed $2 rum.

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    Best Bars in Caye Caulker Belize
    Best Bars in Caye Caulker Belize

    Best Bars in Caye Caulker

    Now that we’ve covered the best restaurants Caye Caulker has to offer, let’s go over the best bars in Caye Caulker

    Pelican Sunset Bar – is a great beach bar for cocktails at sunset, located on the sunset side of Caye Caulker. Happy hour is from 4-5 but I’d get here earlier if you want to snag a seat as its a great spot.

    Lazy Lizard – The Lazy Lizard Bar is the most popular bar at the split. There’s a platform that you can jump off into the water and various hang out areas. The atmosphere here always seems to be on a higher vibration.

    Iguana Reef – This is a popular spot to hang at, especially around 4 pm as this is when they feed the stingrays. There’s also 4 hammocks and a few swings in the water, which make for an easy way to spend an afternoon.

    Sip N’ Dip – another bar on the split by the Lazy Lizard is Sip N’ Dip. This is a wonderful place to grab some drinks and hang out in the hammocks in the water.

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    Best Ice cream in Caye Caulker Belize

    Best Cafe Restaurants in Caye Caulker

    • Amor Y Cafe – Great breakfast and always packed in the mornings.
    • Namaste Cafe – As I already mentioned earlier, great breakfast sandwiches, coffee and yoga.
    • Sunshine Cafe – Cute cafe on the beach.
    • Ice and Beans – Tons of hammocks, chairs and picnic tables being shaded by palm trees.
    • Nicco’s – The best ice cream I’ve ever had. I kid you not. The best ice cream in Caye Caulker.
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