Caye Caulker, Belize
Paradise doesn’t come much closer than this. With “Go Slow” as its motto, snorkelling to rival none and seafood fresh from the ocean, Caye Caulker is a place to come for a few days and stay a week.
The locals are extremely friendly, you can swim at the Split while watching men free dive for lobsters to sell to local restaurants – or dive the Blue Hole. This island has it all. With lobster costing 25 to 35 Belizian dollars (US$12-16), you can eat like a King every night.
The one day snorkel trip is not to be missed. We snorkel with a dozen reef sharks along with stingrays, turtles and eels in 30 metre visibility water.
Locals offer fishing trips and restaurants will cook the catch for the price of a side dish. Kite surfing, canoeing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding can all help fill the chilled out days here. While the water is crystal clear and ideal for snorkelling, this island doesn’t have a beach and swimming is off the jetty at the Split.
Snorkelling: Ragamuffin, 140 Belize for a full day snorkel trip and includes lunch and rum punch.
Accommodation: Yuma’s house. Ocean views, super clean, modern, no nonsense accommodation. Cold water only, no breakfast and don’t expect any non guests to be permitted to visit. Bookings essential as this books out every day.
Food: Wish Willies and the restaurant nearby on the west side of the island.
Transport: Water taxis run from Chetumal in southern Mexico (one per day) and from Belize City (hourly).