Solo: Caye Caulker, Belize
Getting to the small island of Caye Caulker was way easier then I anticipated. Caye Caulker is an island located 20 miles off the coast of Belize, where the only way to get there is either by taking a ferry or flying to the island. Thanks to my amazing taxi driver Rob, who picked me up from the airport I was able to get to the San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi where I bought my Round Trip ticket from Belize City to Caye Caulker. The Round Trip ticket allows you up to 3 months to make the return trip, the ferry ride makes 2 stops, one at Caye Caulker and another at San Pedro. The ride to Caye Caulker is about 45 mins long, keep in mind that you are on a speed boat and you will get a little wet, even though they try their best to keep everyone dry.
Thanks to my wonderful Airbnb host Millie who provided me with a map, I was able to navigate through the island with ease. Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize with an estimated population of 2000 people. The island is so small that the only methods of transportation are by golf cart, bike or by foot.
During my 3 nights in Caye Caulker, I stayed at the Dream Cabanas. I give Dream Cabanas a 10/10 for accommodations, click here and save $38 on your next Airbnb Stay or Airbnb Experience. If you're looking for a place that is safe, clean and has a great host, I would highly recommend you to stay here. Millie is actually the one who booked Rob to be my taxi driver, she was great at communicating and answering all my questions before I reached and during my stay in Caye Caulker.
Thanks to the guide book that was in my hotel room, I spent my first night Eating a delicious Ceviche appetizer and a plate of Garlic Shrimp with White Rice and Veggies at Reina's, along with Belize's local beer the Belkin. Like most islands, seafood is the main source of food in Caye Caulker and all the dishes they make are made from fresh fish caught that day. Everything is fresh and well seasoned.
Day 2 in Caye Caulker, I set out to discover the island and take as many pictures I possibly could. I mean who doesn't love to live it up on the gram, plus I love taking beautiful scenic photos, especially of countries I've never been too. While looking for a place to eat, I ended up at Errolyns House of Fry Jacks; Fry Jacks are a traditional Belizean breakfast meal, its a deep fried pizza pocket shaped dough that is filled either with cheese, refried beans, egg and ham or cheese and ham. While at Errolyns I met two girls who were also visiting Caye Caulker solo, so we decided to spend the day together. We ended up spending our day lounging at the Lazy Lizard bar, which wasn't serving alcoholic drinks at the time since there was a nationwide election going on that day and there was a curfew on alcohol until 6 pm, so we just spent the day swimming and sunbathing by The Split. The Split is where the island of Caye Caulker is split in half where the South-side is inhabited, while the North-side is an uninhabited mangrove. Later that night we went out looking for dinner and discovered Dee D's Waterside Grill. I ordered the Jerk Snapper with Rice n Peas, Plantain and Coleslaw. We were able to pick our own fish and watch the chef grill it on the BBQ, like all the places I've eaten at in Belize, Dee D's did not disappoint.
Day 3, On my last full day in Caye Caulker I decided to book a full day snorkeling tour and venture out for breakfast. I saw this really cute yoga studio that also served breakfast, so I decided to check it out. Namaste Cafe is an American style brunch restaurant that also offers morning yoga classes for free, but making a donation is recommended. Since I knew snorkeling was gonna take a lot of energy out of me, I chose to have their Big Breakfast. The breakfast came with an oven-baked omelet, toast, fresh fruits, tea or coffee and fresh juice. You pay for your food, choose a mug from their collection and pick where you want to sit and they bring it to you once it's ready. The food was very filling and yummy, plus I got a great view of the town and was able to people watch while I enjoyed my breakfast. After enjoying my breakfast, the hunt for a good snorkeling tour was on, I ended up choosing Caveman Snorkeling Tours. On the tour, we got to see Sea Turtles, feed Nurse Sharks, a Coral Garden, Sea Horses and feed Tarpon fish, unfortunately, we didn't see any Manatee's while we were out there. As a first-time snorkeler, I would recommend Caveman Snorkeling Tours, Caveman is very knowledgeable about marine life and he and his crew try their best to be environmentally friendly and respect the sea and the sea animals. The tour includes fresh fruit as a snack and a lunch meal and drink. The snorkeling tour was a great way to end my stay in Caye Caulker.
As someone who isn't a fan of overly populated tourist destinations, visiting Belize in May was perfect timing. The island had just finished hosting their Kite Surfing festival and was gearing up for the Lobster season. For my first solo trip, Caye Caulker was the perfect destination. Because the island is so small and most of the people you see walking around are tourists, I never once felt unsafe. I mean I take my precautions and only walk in the main roads during the night and not too far from my Airbnb, but not once did I feel like I was in danger while staying on the island. Please be mindful that you are in the Caribbean, where men catcalling at you is common but other than that no one ever approached me unwantedly or tried to touch or grab me.
I will definitely be going back to Belize but with friends next time. Next time I want to check out more of the mainland, especially their Ancient Mayan Ruins and to learn more about the history of Belize, and their other island San Pedro.