Caye Caulker (CUK)
The quaint island village of Caye Caulker is perfect for travelers seeking tranquil days spent lounging beside the sea, sipping a tropical drink or chatting with locals and backpackers from around the world. With a population of about 1000 people, Caye Caulker has recently become a Mecca for budget travelers. But the villagers are sure to remind travelers of the village's easygoing roots; the only local traffic sign instructs bikers and pedestrians to simply "go slow."
Leave traffic, crowds and smog behind as you soak up the view of the Caribbean waves on the 15 minute flight to Caye Caulker, because upon arrival you'll quickly see that the island is entirely free of hustle and bustle. Instead, you'll find sandy beaches, crystal clear water and an easily accessible barrier reef.
During the day, visitors can rent bikes and get to know the little island, drift in and out of local shops or dine at a variety of Belizean restaurants and food carts. The sleepy village once thrived primarily on lobster fishing, which is a must for seafood lovers. Snorkeling and diving tours are easy to find throughout the day. Kayakers will find a wide array of birdlife along the northern side of the island.
The island owes its mellow feel partially to a Rastafarian culture- so be sure not to move too quick, because the locals will freely remind you of the laws of the land: go slow and leave your shoes at home. If swaying in a hammock in the breeze drifting off the azure Caribbean water sounds perfect to you, a stop at quirky, unforgettable Caye Caulker is a must.