While planning a vacation to Belize Cayes I didn't know what to choose: Caye Ambergris or Caye Caulker. I decided on Caye Caulker and I am SO happy I did. I spend 3 days there and took a water taxi to San Pedro just to check it out. Caye Caulker is laid back, quite, genuine, and so charming, no cars, just golf carts and bikes. I loved its "quant village" feel. I got to San Pedro at 9 am and couldn't wait until the next boat (11:30) to return. San Pedro is super busy, cars everywhere, honking, loud, fake, I felt like in a meat grinder.
One drawback on Caye Caulker - lack of a "beach" in its conventional meaning. You are surrounded by water but you can't swim in it, there is either sea weed, piers, boats tie-downs, or shallow ankle deep waters. Most of the ocean that you see on the hotel pictures on Caye Caulker is not a beach at all, rather shallow waters with sea weed growing unsuitable for swimming. There is a "public beach" at the Split surrounded by a disintegrating half-fallen into the ocean concrete wall. Bottles and bottle caps occasionally are seen on the sea floor. It's a tiny area cleared of sea weed with the depth ranging from knee to waist deep. If you'd like to swim, you need to get a snorkeling tour to the reef (there are many operators in the area, I chose E-Z Boys)
There are tons of restaurants offering abundance of unusual seafood items, such as conch ceviche (Rainbow Bar and Grill has the best), lobster (in season), Cuban food, Creole dishes, and such.
Under the Starz movie theater (Lot 82) has shows 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri), very romantic.
I truly enjoyed Caye Caulker for it's relaxed atmosphere and unforgettable charm.
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