Useful Information for Your Vacation in Caye Caulker, Belize
Language: English is the official language in Belize but you will hear all kinds of other ones too. Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna, Creole, to name but a few. Again, www.gocayecaulker.com has more info on this.
Money: We have the Belize Dollar. BZD$. It is pegged to the US dollar at 2BZD:1USD. There is one ATM on Caye Caulker, which accepts foreign cards. US currency is widely accepted and your change will come back in BZD dollars. Travellers checks are also a good idea and easy to use. www.atlabank.com.
Post/Internet: There are two internet cafe's on Front Street Just ask anyone! The Caye Caulker Post Office is on Estrella Street, just off Front Street or Hicaco Drive.
Getting Around Caye Caulker
Taxi from the Airport to the Water Taxi Terminal: If you let me know when your flight arrives at the airport I can set up a driver to meet your flight and take you to the water taxi. It is a 20 min journey (there is no bus or other options - except walking!) and the standard posted rate is $US25 for a couple and $US7 per extra person. My driver charges the same, but you have the comfort of being met by a reliable driver who also lives here on the island and knows the water taxi drivers etc, so can answer any of your questions. My driver will call me so that I can meet your boat at this end. There is also a taxi rank there at the airport if you feel more comfortable doing that.
Water Taxi - is the traditional way of getting around. The round trip from Belize City to Caye Caulker is $US15. It takes 50 mins between Caye Caulker and Belize City and 30 mins between Caye Caulker and San Pedro. For more information go to www.cayecaulkerwatertaxi.com or www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com
Things to Do in Caye Caulker
Snorkeling: lots of shops up and down Front Street, all good, check them out and see who YOU like best! None really have websites.
Fishing: big fishing destination. for the fly fisherman, there is permit, tarpon and bonefish, for the reef fisherman there is grouper, snapper, barracuda, tuna. For the deep sea fisherman there is sailfish, marlin, dorada and many more!! I have a list of great fishing guides, so just ask!
Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing and Kite Surfing: http://www.tropical-paradise-kitesurfing.com/belize-kitesurfing-school-caye-caulker-beach-kitexplorer.html (the last usually just from Dec - April).
Tours: Mayan ruins, Belize Zoo, zip-lining, cave tubing, butterfly farms, waterfalls, horseback riding and lots more. Look up the www.gocayecaulker.com site and click on the map of SERVICES and see who does what! Anwar Tours www.anwartours.page.tl and Tsunami Adventures www.tsunamiadventures.com are both good tour operators for these kind of activities.
Massage: Eva by the Sandbox Restaurant at Healing Touch. www.healingtouchbelize.com.
There are no cars here on the island. There are golf carts and bikes and legs. Bikes are cheap at US$5 per day. The golf cart rentals are more expensive at around US$300 per week. M and N Rental on 226 0229. Caye Caulker is small for the most part though and walking is possible all over the place! Renting a car on the mainland? Crystal Autos are great - www.crystal-belize.com.
What to Pack for Your Vacation
Flip flops and closed toe shoes, for trekking
if you plan to do that.
Beach Towel / Sarong - we supply bath towels but not beach
Sunglasses - always a good idea!
Hat - same!
Rain proof gear - if you don't it WILL rain on you!
Insect Repellent - can get it here, but expensive.
Sun-Block - as above!
Mask / Snorkel - especially if you have had problems getting a good fitting one before.
Jacket / Sweater - for planes, boats and cooler temps!
Good books and a deck of cards! There are book swaps around, no actual book shops.
Coffee if you have a particular brand you like. Also Wine is expensive here - so bring if you like!