Going to the cayes can be expensive but you don't have to shell out money to watch a stunning sunset or swim at a nice beach.

Here are some activities that cost you zero dollars at Caye Caulker

Swim at the split

The split is a division of caye said to have been created by a hurricane. Sadly this is just a popular story tour guides and locals tell foreigners because it sounds like a legendary tale. A hurricane splitting a caye in half with 100 mph winds (160 kmh) sounds a lot more exciting. The Split was actually a man-made drench created to provide passage for canoes which grew through natural erosion. Now it's a popular spot with clear blue and green waters perfect for swimming.

beautiful woman in shallow water
Photo of Caye Caulker Split

Tip: Avoid spending money at the beachside bars like Lazy Lizard. They are grossly overpriced because of their location. Take your beer and beverage and chill.

Walk the entire caye

Sometimes I think you don't even need a guide for a place like Caye Caulker. It's a couple of streets with water surrounding it. But, Walking the entire caye, meeting locals, looking at unique wooden houses, mangroves, and birds is an experience in itself. It's a free walking tour. My partner and I took a simple route. We merely walked from the split all the way down the caye till we couldn't walk anymore.

rastafari fence on a street side
Photo of Rastafari Flag and Fence

Tip: Wear sunscreen if you love your skin. The white sands means the sun hits twice: directly on your face and from the reflective ground. Don't forget to take bug repellent. The mangrove is home to a lot of mosquitos.

Watch stunning sunsets

One of the magical things about cayes is that it's the only place in Belize where you can watch the most perfectly undisturbed sunset ever. Cayes are special because there are no buildings or mountains to get in the way of the sunset. The last time I was there, I watched it from the Iguana Reef Inn dock, and it was stunning.

sun setting on a caye
Photo of Caye Caulker sunset

Do yoga at the dock

What's better than a caye sunset? An caye sunrise of course. All the colors are stunning on the caye and doing sunrise yoga on a dock is next level. I even managed to squeeze in a workout, completely undisturbed. You'll find many of the locals running their dogs too. And if you like doing yoga with people, Namaste Cafe offers classes by donation, so you can go in for free if you want to.

  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Choose any open dock
woman doing yoga on a dock at sunrise
Photo of yogi at sunrise

Paid activities can be fun too. Here's my opinion on some popular activities.

Everyone has a different travel style. Some people like doing the whole bucket list thing, but sadly the experiences aren't always what you expect. In this section, I'll give you my opinion about some popular paid activities I've seen in mainstream blogs. I'll be brutally honest as always.

Rent a bike & cruise

Should you rent a bike or not? I think you should. Riding on a caye where there are mostly golf carts, is a special experience. Add the cool sea breeze, and you can get lost in complete freedom and relaxation. Squeeze in a beer after sundown and you'll be riding in the clouds haha. Remember to keep tabs of curfew in case corona season is around.

man and woman biking through sandy road
Photo of travelers biking through Caye Caulker

Bikes can be rented at any Chinese store, but I recommend supporting local vendors. West Coast Tours was quick and accommodating. Try them out if you'd like. The popular beach cruiser bikes even have a front basket for your bag.

Tip: Book a hostel that offers complimentary bikes. You can save ($15.00 BZD) $7.50 USD on a 24-hour bike rental.

Visit the north side

The north side of the caye is undergoing development at the moment, so it's somewhat of the wild side of Caye Caulker. In my recent trip to the caye, I visited the area on bike with my partner and a friend we met on the caye.

man bringing bike in canoe to caye
Photo of Belizean caye transportation

To be 100% transparent, I enjoyed the adventure of getting to the north side of the caye and exploring it, but there's not much on this side at the time. There's a handful of interesting locals living there along with a couple of small resorts and hotels.

The real reason I personally didn't enjoy the north side of the caye was because of all the garbage washed up at the shoreline. I took a picture to show you the reality of the garbage situation we're facing. Other blogs don't show you the dirty side of travel sadly.

garbage in northern caye caulker shoreline
Photo of garbage at the northern side of Caye Caulker

Remember throwing garbage out doesn't mean it poofs into thin air. It's stays on the planet and eventually comes back full circle straight to our doorstep.

Snorkel at the reef

I've snorkeled at the reef a couple of times now, and I never really appreciated marine life until I had a guide explain to me how everything in the sea is a living breathing rainforest. Knowing how to swim and free dive makes exploring the beautiful underwater mazes so much more enjoyable. I felt like I was hovering through a blue rainforest.

  • Cost: $45 USD per person (Half day tour)
  • Location: Choose any tour company
man snorkeling at belize reef
Photo of traveler snorkeling at the Belize Reef

Tip: If you have a buddy that's going scuba diving, tag along and only pay an extra $10.00 USD park fee and ask for a snorkel/mask and a pair of fins. Now you're snorkeling for almost free.

Go Scubadiving

I watched my partner go through her scuba diving refresher course in Belize, and it strikes me as a beautifully complex leisure activity. She went scuba diving at the Barrier Reef, but my friends told me that one of their favorite places was Lighthouse Reef.

women getting ready to scuba dive on boat
Photo of traveler getting ready to scuba dive at the Belize Reef

The Great Blue Hole, a sinkhole, has also been declared as one of the top five scuba diving sites in the world. I'm sure it's a special place since it was an old cave system but, my friends claimed diving at the blue hole was mostly dark.

Alternatively, you can ask your guide to take you to swim with manatees. We weren't lucky enough to spot any but I would have loved the experience. To have a connection with something so massive and peaceful would bring me so much peace.

And that's it! Go enjoy Caye Caulker now.

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