Caye Caulker Tourist Attractions
Lying15mi/24km south of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker has earned a reputation as a haven for budget travelers. The small island is about 4mi/6.5km long and measures approximately 650yd/600m in width at its widest point. About 750 people of the Creole, Mestizo and Garifuna cultures inhabit Caye Caulker, and coconut palms and mangroves are found along most of the island's shores. Iguanas and several bird species are commonly spotted.In 1961, Hurricane Hattie actually split the island in two, creating an area called the Split. Most of the land north of the Split is largely undeveloped. Caye Caulker has a relaxing atmosphere with white sand streets and golf carts for transportation. Guesthouses are rather basic, but the pleasant climate and numerous water sports opportunities continue to draw several visitors each year.In the 1700s, British buccaneers (Baymen) frequented Caye Caulker as a place to repair their boats and restock their fresh water supply. The island's population grew when Mexico's War of the Castes forced Mestizos onto Caye Caulker, and Mestizos still represent the largest bulk of Caulker's population. Luciano Reyes purchased the island in 1870 and then divided the land among several families. Caye Caulker has always been a fishing settlement and remains one today, however tourism is a rapidly growing industry.
Diving & Snorkeling from Caye Caulker
Several island tour operators offer excursions to numerous snorkeling and scuba diving sites within close proximity to Caye Caulker. Many sites feature canyons or cuts; large grooves cut into the coral reef by the surf, as well as caverns and tunnels that form when corals on either side of the canyon grow together. Marine life that can be spotted on such excursions include large schools of fish, several varieties of coral, turtles, as well as nurse and reef sharks.
Caye Caulker Forest Reserve
The Caye Caulker Forest Reserve was declared in 1998 and covers the northernmost 100ac/40ha of the island. Development is continuing on a trail system throughout the reserve habitat of littoral forest and mangrove lagoons. Wetland creatures such as the iguana and American crocodile are protected, and numerous species of birds and small lizards can be spotted.
The Split is a watery passage created by Hurricane Hattie in 1961 that splits the north and south ends of Caye Caulker. Now the island's small public beach, the Split is a good place to meet local residents.
Caye Caulker Mini-Reserve & Resource Center
The Caye Caulker Mini-Reserve & Resource Center features nature trails with labeled flora and fauna. Guided tours are available.
Opening hours: 8am-12pm, 7pm-9pm
Always opened on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Baron Bliss Day - Belize (Mar 9), Commonwealth Day - Belize (May 25), Independence Day - Belize (Sep 21), National Day - Belize (Sep 10), Pan American Day - Belize (Oct 12), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Easter - Christian
Useful tips: Tourist information is available here. In the village of Caye Caulker's. E-mail services and internet are available here.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
A handful of sailboats offer daily tours to various sites from Caye Caulker, offering a relaxing day at sea. Guests bring their own food and drinks.
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