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Review of Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker
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Belize City to Caye Caulker Round Trip Boat Ride
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Hol Chan Marine Park, Shark Ray Alley and Caye Caulker Tour from Ambergris Caye
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We spent a few days in Caye Caulker, and had the experience of a lifetime with the tour from Roz Creek. His boat looks like something from a Johnny Depp movie, only the star is Roz! His funky, charming wooden cruiser is blinged up with palm fronds for the roof, colorful paint and pictures, there are sayings and painted slogans everywhere on railings, sides of the boat, and the posts...it is CHARMING! And the cool demeanor of Roz himself makes the whole trip and the experience...Un-Belize-able! Truly...we had Reggae music jamming while he motored us out to shark/sting ray alley. You have to bring your own drinks, so Rum Punch and cold beer suited us just fine. The comfortable, slow chug of the motor on the way out was so relaxing and calming. Once at stingray alley, we were blown away by the amount of sting rays present. We jumped into the turquoise chest-high waters, all the while sting rays swam past brushing you as they glided by. Roz found his baby and held her with both arms while calmly talking to the huge stingray. We all took turns holding the wild creatures, and what an amazing thing to experience! A short history of the corals and reef before snorkeling among the beautiful underwater garden. Nurse sharks abounded...ranging from babies to 7' long adults, all swimming around the snorkelers. Fresh conch ceviche was prepared from conch gathered while snorkeling, which was pure culinary pleasure. Captain Roz kindly showed me how to release the meat from the shell, then let me watch as he tenderized, chopped and seasoned the meat and vegetables. Fabulous flavor as we sat on deck eating the ceviche, sipping cold beers, and enjoying the gentle rocking of the sea. Fresh fish that was caught was skillfully prepared by Roz as he motored us around the island. Amazing freshness and flavors, with a beautiful Caribbean view. A laid back atmosphere that truly was the highlight of our trip to Caye Caulker. Roz Creek and his boat should be experienced by everyone. A truly amazing day, watching a sunset while motoring on the leeward side of the island. Please make an effort to do his tour when visiting Caye Caulker. It is FABULOUS!!

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We were on the fence about staying on Caye Caulker or Ambergris. So happy we chose this. We took one day to go over to Ambergris to check it out, because the beaches were supposedly better. We didn't think they were really much nicer (I guess there are technically more), and the downsides were huge. The island was much bigger, and in town there were cars and golf carts clogging the streets and it felt almost as dirty as Belize City.

Caulker on the other hand was laid back and serene. 100% dirt/sand roads, and you see maybe 5 golf carts in a day (there are 0 cars allowed on the island). Probably fair to say that there wasn't as much night life on Caulker, but we weren't looking for that anyway, and the restaurants we visited on Caye Caulker were great.

1  Thank astaplet82
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

This reminded me a bit of Isla Mujeres with the golf carts and no cars. People are nice. Food is fair. But I never had great food in Belize so I did not expect it. Many reviews say there is difficulty using credit cards. Hardly so. Almost every establishment other than small local ones take them. There is usually a 5% fee. There are no real beaches here but getting into the water is easy. Spent many hours in the water. A good place to get away for a few days. There is a lot of poverty just a block or so off the main street. And a lot of garbage. One gets used to it.

1  Thank painnurse
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

If you are looking for a barefoot, laid back escape, to chill out in a town with sand streets then look no further. Take your time and enjoy the sunsets, go for a swim and a drink or two....or three....at the spilt. Go for a walk or a bike ride. Have a delicious dinner and forget about the hustle bustle of golf carts in San Pedro.

1  Thank MsBonitaAalders
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

I have no idea why but this island is like taking a holistic version of Valium. The only really great thing are the fish in the crystal clear water but the people are tourist-friendly and the place just drains all your stress away. I wish I could have stayed a month and not just three days.

1  Thank ronaldfairbairn
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