Apr 21, 2019 - Apr 22, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
This tiny Belizian island has really grown in popularity with travelers and tourists in recent years. The nearest international access is through Belize City's Sir Barry Bowen Municipal Airport, from which you can either fly out with a local pilot or take a water taxi.
Caye Caulker now has about three dozen lodging options directly on the island. The water taxi service from Belize City is very quick and relatively inexpensive (they're actually large speedboats), so staying closer to the airport is also a viable option.
Belize basically has two seasons: dry and wet. Naturally, you'll see more tourism (and usually higher hotel rates) during the dry season, which runs from November to April. The rest of the year is considered rainy season, but it is heaviest from July to September. Deals are the best during this period, and it's actually more common to see brief intermittent rain showers than for there to be sustained rain all day long.
Big annual events in the area include Carnaval in February, the Baron Bliss Day Festival in early March, the week around Easter weekend, the Caye Caulker Lobsterfest in June, the Belize Marketplace Expo and Carnival in September, and the Christmas parades.
Caye Caulker is long and narrow, with the inhabited area (and all of the available lodgings) concentrated near the southern end. You may as well just pick out the most appealing option or the best deal if you're staying on the island, as you'll be in roughly the same area (and within walking distance of everything you need) no matter where you stay.
If you plan to stay in Belize City and take the speedboats to and from, you'll find the launching point at the eastern tip of the city. A couple of hotels are within walking distance (the Radisson and the Great House Inn), but they tend to have the most expensive rooms in the city. A number of options are a slightly longer walk away such as the Coningsby Inn, Belcove Hotel and a handful of guest houses.
A number of resorts and higher-end rooms are located directly on Caye Caulker. These include the Colinda Cabanas, the Anchorage Resort and the Kokomo Beach Suites. Don't expect any five-star all-inclusive resort properties directly on the island; there simply isn't room. The best lodgings there will be roughly of three-star quality, and run around $75 to $100 USD most nights.
The big trade-off that luxury travelers have to decide on is whether to accept more limited accommodations to be directly on the island, or to stay on the mainland in a nicer room and take the boat out to Caye Caulker. High-end accommodations in Belize City include the Radisson, the Best Western Biltmore, the Villa Boscardi and the Great House Inn. The nicest place to stay in the area is arguably at the resorts on Royal Palm Island or St. George's Cay, however, which are just south of Caye Caulker and much closer to Belize City.
Another option is to stay to the north of Caye Caulker on Ambergris Caye, where there are quite a few higher-end beachside resorts like Las Terrazas and White Sands Cove.
Most of the lodgings on the island are on the basic side, and thus tend toward the budget end of the pricing spectrum. Most days you can drop in and find a decent hotel room with private bed and bath for around $25 to $35 USD per night.
A handful of similarly-priced options are scattered throughout Belize City, but generally you'll find the lowest prices out on Caye Caulker.
Caye Caulker was a must on our trip to Belize! Most people vacation on Ambergis Caye; but Caye Caulker offers a great, laid back vibe without the swarms of tourists. Lodging and food are reasonably priced and the locals are awesome!
'No Shirt, No Shoes…No Problem.' You'll see this sign everywhere in Belize, but no place is it more apt than Caye Caulker. Indeed, nothing seems to be a problem on this tiny island, where mangy dogs nap in the middle of the dirt road and suntanned cyclists pedal around them. The only traffic sign on the island instructs golf carts and bicycles to 'go slow,' a directive that is taken seriously.
Boat service ran from Belize City up north to the islands. I remember making a half day stop to check out Caye Caulker. Small island with white sand beaches, little bungalow type rooms for accommodation and many cozy seafood restaurants.
Caye Caulker is a wonderful little rastafari island off the coast of Belize. We rented a place on VRBO (Highly recommended). The people were very friendly and despite being a small island there were plenty of things to do as well as excursion outfitters. Would go to again!