Ahhh, Caye Caulker, Belize, the laid-back tropical paradise that calls to travelers with its turquoise waters, vibrant marine life, and an atmosphere that effortlessly slows down the pace of life. There are plenty of things to do in Caye Caulker, that its no wonder that people travel from all over the world to visit this tiny slice of paradise.

Accessible by water taxi from mainland Belize, this small coral island in the Caribbean Sea is a haven for sun-seekers, water enthusiasts, and those craving a genuine island escape. The absence of cars and the prevalence of sandy streets only contribute to the island’s charming simplicity.

The island’s Barrier Reef is a diver’s and snorkeler’s dream. While Caye Caulker’s “Go Slow” motto captures the easygoing vibe, encouraging travelers to unwind in beachfront hammocks, savor fresh seafood, and soak in the breathtaking sunsets over the Caribbean.

Joe and I came to Caye Caulker on a whim and it was one of the best last minute decisions we’ve made it a while. After spending 2 weeks in this tropical utopia, I’ve put together a list of all the best things to do on Caye Caulker.

In this article, I’ll go over what to do in Caye Caulker and at the end of the post list any tips to aid you in a trip to Belize. Whether it’s exploring under the sea, sipping seaside cocktails, or flying high over the big blue hole, Caye Caulker welcomes travelers with open arms, promising an unforgettable Caribbean island experience.

Best Things to do in Caye Caulker

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Sunset on Caye Caulker Belize
Caye Caulker from the air

Is Caye Caulker Worth Visiting?

First, let’s get the burning question is Caye Caulker worth visiting out of the way. Having lived on Maui for 12 years, I’d say that my island standards are set pretty high.

Having no idea what to expect before arriving in Caye Caulker, I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this island. The relaxed vibe, friendly locals, white sand beaches and dreamy, tropical waters make this a destination that is absolutely worth visiting.

Best Things to do on Caye Caulker

Best Things to do in Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker Snorkel Tour

Starting off our best things to do in Caye Caulker list is to go on a snorkel tour. Did you know that Belize has the second biggest barrier reef in the world? The Great Barrier Reef being the biggest of course.

This is why going on a snorkel tour in Caye Caulker is a must-do of all the Caye Caulker excursions. Not only do these snorkel tours take you to some of the most pristine snorkeling spots in the region, but you’ll also encounter colorful marine life, dazzling coral reefs, schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, stingrays and even sharks.

There are several companies that offer snorkel tours but without a doubt I recommend that you go with Carlos Snorkeling Tours. Not only is the boat a spacious catamaran (many of the snorkeling tours are on a monohull), but Carlos the owner and his crew were an absolute delight.

Unfortunately (fortunately), you can’t book Carlos’ Snorkeling Tours online as they don’t have much of an online presence. That’s how you know its gonna be an awesome tour, when all you need to rely on is word of mouth.

We traveled to Belize during high season of January and we lucked out and were able to score 2 spots on a tour. We had the gift of time and walked into Carlos’ shop to book a tour as soon as we arrived in Caye Caulker.

If you are traveling to Belize in the off or shoulder seasons, booking a tour shouldn’t be a problem. If you are traveling to Caye Caulker during high season, make sure you stop by the shop as soon as you arrive or give them a call to secure your spot.

If you’d prefer to have a tour booked before you go, I’ll link a few other tours that will take you to the same spots (Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley) as the tour I went on with Carlos.

🤿 Read Full Post: What To Expect on a Caye Caulker Snorkel Tour (Coming Soon)

Swim with Sharks

Although technically this Caye Caulker activity will be more than likely be enjoyed on a snorkel tour like the one I mentioned above, but I wanted to have swimming with sharks in Caye Caulker its own section because its pretty awesome.

Located near the Belize Barrier Reef, Shark Ray Alley is a renowned snorkeling site where snorkelers can swim with friendly nurse sharks and southern stingrays in their natural habitat. The boat companies feed the sharks here everyday so without fail, you will be swimming with these cute little guys.

Despite their intimidating appearance, nurse sharks and southern stingrays are docile and harmless to humans, making this a perfect excursion in Caye Caulker suitable for all skill levels.

Book a Tour to Swim with Sharks →

Feeding stingrays in Belize

Watch Sting Rays at Iguana Reef Inn

At first I was a bit hesitant to put this thing to do in a Caye Caulker on this list because I don’t agree with humans interfering with the natural way of things. It’s very obvious that these stingrays rely on people to feed them everyday in order to get food.

But with that being said, it was pretty cool to see, especially if you’ve never seen a stingray before. Everyday at 4 pm at Igunana Reef Hotel and Bar, travelers, pelicans, stingrays, and even seahorses gather around for the stingray feeding.

You can just show up at 4 pm to observe the stingrays get fed or join a guided tour to be able to participate in the fun. Feeding stingrays at Iguana Reef involves wading into shallow waters and the opportunity to hand-feed the stingrays small pieces of fish.

Scuba diving in Kaanapali Maui

Go Diving in Caye Caulker

If scuba diving is your thing then you can’t miss going for a dive while you are exploring Belize. Caye Caulker is a diver’s paradise boasting an abundance of dive sites suitable for all levels of experience.

Caye Caulker offers an unforgettable diving adventure for enthusiasts seeking to explore the wonders of Belize’s underwater world. If you’re an experienced diver, you can’t miss out on scuba diving the big blue hole. Here are a few things divers can expect on a scuba tour.

  • Dive into one of the largest reefs in the Nothern and Western Hemisphere.
  • Spot nurse sharks, turtles, eels, octopuses, and other aquatic life.
  • Enjoy hours of scuba diving, including a surface break.
  • Scuba dive one of the most iconic dive sights in the world, the Big Blue Hole

Book a Scuba Tour →

Big Blue Hole in Belize
Flight over the Caribbean in Belize
Flying over the Blue Hole

Take a Scenic Flight over the Great Blue Hole (Bucket List Moment)

Taking a flight over the Blue Hole in Belize offers an insane aerial perspective of one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders. This is a bucket list activity for sure, I know if was for me, and by far one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker,

Located off the coast of Belize, the Blue Hole is a massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by a ring of coral reef. From the air, the Caye Caulker Blue Hole appears as a perfect circular formation of deep blue water contrasting against the lighter hues of the surrounding Caribbean Sea.

There are only two companies that offer scenic flights over the Blue Hole are Maya Island Air & Tropic Air. Flying over the Blue Hole is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you can read all about my experience, what to expect, and what company to go with in the post linked below.

🛩️ Read Full Post: Bucket List Flight Over the Blue Hole in Belize (Coming Soon)

The split on Caye Caulker
at the split
Best Bars in Caye Caulker Belize

Hang out on the Split | One of the Best Things to do in Caye Caulker

Of course one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker is to hang out at the Split. Located on the northern tip of the island, the Split is a natural channel that separates Caye Caulker into two halves.

Here, vacationers can soak up the sun, unwind at beachside bars, and enjoy refreshing drinks. The Lazy Lizard Bar is the most popular bar at the Split and always has a group of party-going backpackers.

With its epic views and fun atmosphere, the Split is a favorite hangout spot for both locals and tourists. Can we say live reggae music? Don’t leave without trying the Lazy Lizard’s most iconic drink, Lizard Juice.

Sip n’ Dip is another fun bar to spend an afternoon lounging in the hammocks and enjoy the island vibe, as spending time at the Split is an essential part of any Caye Caulker experience.

Biking around Caye Caulker

Explore the Island by Bike

When you arrive in Caye Caulker, you’ll quickly realize that one of the most popular ways to explore the island is on a bicycle. Caye Caulker is a tiny island, with its compact size and flat terrain, Caye Caulker is perfectly suited for cycling, allowing visitors to navigate the island’s sandy streets and sandy paths with ease.

Renting a bicycle from one of the local rental shops is straightforward and affordable. A bicycle rental cost about 5 BZD for one hour,  20 BZD for the whole day, or 90 BZD for the whole week.

Fishing at sunset in Caye Caulker Belize
Sunset on Caye Caulker

Watch Sunset

Sunsets hit a little differently at the beach and on Caye Caulker, there’s no exception. Make sure you head to the west side of the island.

Salty’s Bar has excellent views and this is one of the best free things to do in Caye Caulker (minus the cost of drinks). Watch the sun dip below the horizon with a drink in hand. Come early to snag a seat and enjoy happy hour.

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

Wake up Yoga at Namaste Cafe

Namaste Cafe is a cute coffee shop/yoga studio located directly across the street from Enjoy Hotel. Besides tasty breakfast sandwiches and great coffee, they offer weekday yoga classes.

Monday-Friday at 8am and 9:30am plus on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays they offer an afternoon class at 4. Mats will be provided and it cost $20 BZE so roughly $10USD. If you’re on an extended stay in Caye Caulker, a 10 day pass cost $100BZE or 30 days unlimited for $200BZE.

If yoga isn’t your thing, I’d still make sure to pop into the cafe for an all day breakfast sandwich, it’s that good. It’s one of the best places to eat in Caye Caulker.

Hardwood gym in Caye Caulker

Workout at Hardwood Gym

If keeping up with your workout routine is a priority for you when you’re traveling then you must check out the Hardwood Gym. This recently opened, outdoor gym has exercise equipment that is mostly made out of wood.

It’s a great place perfect for functional training. There are battle ropes, TRX straps and other useful exercise machines. Never underestimate the power of sunshine and sea views.

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Go on a Sunset Tiki Cruise

Looking for a unique way to catch sunset? Hop on the Sunset Tiki Bar Cruise which takes you out on the water to see dolphins, turtles, birds, and maybe even manatees. You can’t beat the views of sunset from the water and did we mention the free rum punch?

Book a Tiki Bar Cruise →

Visit the Seahorse Reserve

Have you ever seen a seahorse before? Well me either until this trip to Caye Caulker. Located on the western side of the island at the dock next to the Iguana Reef is the Seahorse Reserve in Caye Caulker.

This is another free thing to do in Caye Caulker as the reserve is very small but it is also included on some tours. The Seahorse Reserve is a designated area where seahorses thrive amidst the seagrass beds and mangrove roots.

The seahorses are extremely small and sometimes hard to spot You more than likely won’t be at the reserve by yourself as this is a popular spot for tourists to hang out, so talk with your neighbors to find out where these littles guys are hanging out.

Go Searching for Manatees

If you are traveling to Belize during the summer, one of the best things to do in Caye Caulker is to search for manatees. During the summer months, which coincide with the warmer waters of the Caribbean, manatees are known to frequent the coastal areas around Caye Caulker in search for food and shelter.

In the winter months, the manatees go somewhere warmer and with shallower waters. To have a chance to spot these gentle giants in their natural habitat, you’ll have to join a guided tour.

Book a Tour →

Split by Split ferry

Visit Caye Caulker’s North Island

Did you know that Caye Caulker used to be one Long Island until it was destroyed by Hurricane Hattie in 1961? This is how the Split became the Split, which is now a narrow channel.

From the Split, you can take the Split-to-Split ferry to the north island or you can rent a kayak and paddle yourself there. This is what to do in Caye Caulker if you are looking to get a bit off-the-beaten path.

There isn’t much to do on the North side as the South Island gets all the tourism but if you enjoy empty beaches, crystal clear waters, and views for days then make your way to the North Island. These are the best things to see.

  • Northside Beach Club (formerly Koko King) – Beautiful hotel & property featuring a restaurant and lounge. Water activities, full moon parties, water trampoline, and private cabanas. It’s awesome.
  • Bliss Beach Lounge and Beach Bar – Caye Caulker’s newest cocktail bar and beach lounge.
  • Caye Caulker Forest Reserve – 100 acre reserve that protects many birds particularly wading birds and songbirds.
  • Pineapple Shaped House – Looks like a pineapple, acts like a pineapple, but does it taste like a pineapple?
Caye Caulker boats

Kayak or SUP

On an island surrounded by water, renting a kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board to explore the waters around the shores should definitely be on your Caye Caulker itinerary.

You can even combine this thing to do in Caye Caulker as a way to explore the North island. Cruise by the split, work on your tan, all while getting a small workout on. I’d like to add that it’s not wise to mix kayaking with Lizard Juice.

Many places to stay in Caye Caulker have kayaks, bicycles, or SUP’s available to use free of charge, so make sure you ask your receptionist when you arrive. If not, there are several rental shops on island where you can rent a kayak and set off on your own adventure.

Hand Feed Tarpons

Another fun thing to do in Caye Caulker that has to do with the animals is hand feeding tarpons. Tarpons are large fish found in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

These fish are known for their distinctive appearance and deeply forked tails. Tarpons are pretty cool fish when you learn that they have the ability to breathe air. And they are really fast.

On the west side of the island near the Iguana Reef, you can buy a bucket of sardines for a couple Belizean dollars and feed the local tarpons. All I have to say is that fish are so wild.

Book a Tour with Tarpon Feeding →

Try Kitesurfing

If you’re an adrenalin junkie, Caye Caulker provides the perfect conditions for kite surfing adventures. There are only a couple shops on Caye Caulker that rent out kitesurfing gear and give lessons.

I personally have never tried this activity out myself. Surfing is more my thing. I use to sit and watch the kitesurfer daily when I lived on Maui. So entertaining and fun to see.

Book a Kitesurfing Lesson →

fresh seafood on the grill in Caye Caulker

Attend the Lobster Fest

If you happen to visiting Belize during the month of June, don’t miss out on one of the tastiest things to do in Caye Caulker, the Lobster Fest. This is an annual celebration that brings together locals and visitors to indulge in an abundance of lobster dishes and festivities.

Throughout the festival, participating restaurants and street vendors showcase their creative culinary skills by offering a variety of lobster-inspired dishes, ranging from gilled lobster tails to lobster ceviche and everything in between.

Stroll along the streets lined with food stalls, enjoy live music, performances, and street parades as you sample the island’s freshest seafood delights.

Where to Stay in Caye Caulker Belize

Day Trip to Ambergris Caye

If you have ample time, then take a day trip to the small island of Ambergris Caye. There is a water taxi service that operates between the two islands. The journey takes about 25 minutes. Once on Ambergris Caye, head to the charming town of San Pedro, the island’s main hub.

Pelican in Caye Caulker

Live the Island’s Motto and Go Slow

Finishing off our best things to do in Caye Caulker list is to go slow. The motto “Go Slow” encapsulates the laid back and relaxed atmosphere of Caye Caulker, emphasizing a slower pace of life that encourages travelers and locals to unwind, enjoy the moment, and embrace the islands easy going vibe.

Caye Caulker Travel Tips

Caye Caulker Tips

Before I go over a few tips to know before you go, you may be wondering, is Caye Caulker safe? Caye Caulker is generally considered safe for travelers, but like any destination, it’s important to exercise common sense and take precautions to ensure a smooth trip.

⚠️ Be cautious when swimming or snorkeling, especially if you’re not a strong swimmer. Pay attention to warning signs, currents, and weather conditions, and avoid swimming alone in remote areas.

Also, stay hydrated and sun protected. The tropical climate in Caye Caulker can be hot and sunny, so be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and seek shade during the hottest part of the day to avoid heat-related illnesses.

🚰 Can you drink the water in Caye Caulker? In general, the tap water in Belize is potable but I would not drink from the tap. Stick to bottled water, purified water from your hotel, or use a Lifestraw Water Bottle. This helps me save a little money on buying water and keeps you stocked with clean drinking water.

  • 🗣️ Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the main language. 
  • 🐢 Go Slow, you’re on island time.
  • ⛑️ There are no hospitals on Caye Caulker.
  • 💵 Cash is King. While there are ATM’s on the island, they may run out of cash during peak times. It’s wise to carry enough cash for your stay, especially for smaller purchases and transactions.
  • 🧴 Sunscreen – This is my go to reef safe sunscreen I use daily and this tinted sunscreen to add some color to my face.
  • 🤿 If you plan on snorkeling or diving, consider bringing your own equipment if possible. Rental snorkel gear is available, but bringing your own can save you time and ensure a better fit.
  • 🪸 Caye Caulker is known for its pristine natural beauty. Help preserve the island’s delicate ecosystem by avoiding single-use plastics, recycling when possible, and being mindful of your environmental impact.

🛵 Read Next: Border Crossing Guatemala to Caye Caulker (Coming Soon)

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Where to Stay in Caye Caulker

There are plenty of places to stay in Caye Caulker ranging from backpacker hostels to relaxing resorts. These are the top Caye Caulker accommodation options for every budget.

Scenic flight over the blue hole Belize

Best Time to Visit Caye Caulker

The best time to visit Caye Caulker is during the dry season, which typically spans from late November to mid-April. This period offers pleasant weather with lower chances of rainfall.

This means ideal conditions for outdoor actives like snorkeling, diving, and exploring the island’s charm. While the dry season is the peak tourist season, prices are slightly inflated during this time and accommodations fill up fast.

For those seeking a quieter experiences and willing to tolerate some occasional rainfall, the shoulder season of late April to early June or September to early November will be able to find the perfect balance between good weather and fewer crowds.

Ferry Terminal

How to Get to Caye Caulker

Reaching Caye Caulker from Belize City is very straightforward and you have a few options – Water Taxi, Private Water Taxi, or Fly. From the airport, it will cost abut $30 USD to reach the ferry terminal.

The most common way to reach Caye Caulker from Belize City is by water taxi. There are two main water taxi companies operating from Belize City to Caye Caulker.

Water taxis depart regularly from the port, typically every hour or so during daylight hours. The journey takes about a 45 minutes to an hour.

Tickets can easily be purchased at the ferry terminal for $20-30 depending on if you are buying single rides or round trip. I would recommend to buy round trip ferry tickets to save time and a few bucks.

Another option is to take a domestic flight from Belize City to Caye Caulker. Maya Island Air and Tropic Air operate regular flights between Belize City Municipal Airport and Caye Caulker Airstrip. The flight takes about 10-15 minutes.

Im Jess Traveling in Caye Caulker Belize
Things to do In Caye Caulker

How to Get Around

There are no cars on the island so your choices are simple on foot, by bicycle or in a golf cart. Embrace the island’s relaxed pace and enjoy leisurely walks along sandy paths or barefoot beach strolls.

Rent a Golf Cart →

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Final Thoughts on Best Things to do in Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker is a laid back island, where you can have bucket list adventures or take it as slow as you want. If you found this Caye Caulker travel guide useful, let fellow travelers know in the comments below 👇.

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