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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 free & cheap activities you can enjoy at Caye Caulker.
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.
- Cost: $7.50 USD for 24 hours
- Location: West Coast Tours
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.
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.
There are two ways to cross the Caye Caulker Split:
Go by canoe - there are some rasta looking men that own canoes and they charge you $2.50 USD ($5.00 BZD) to get across. You can find them at the split. Don't let them scam you please. One of the guys tried scamming me and I immediately told him not to do that to locals nor foreigners.
Take a free boat ride - a resort called North Side Beach Club (Previously Koko King) has a free ferry service for those that buy something at their bar. It's a short 2-minute boat ride and they move as soon as they have enough people on the boat.
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 but I will.
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.
The Split is a division made to Caye Caulker that is said to have been created by a hurricane. Unfortunately, this is not true. It was actually a man-made drench created to provide passage for canoes which grew through natural erosion. Not quite as exciting as a hurricane splitting a caye in half right?
- Cost: Free
- Location: The Split
Caye Caulker is so tiny. It's literally four streets with water surrounding it. But if you walk them all you get to meet locals, look at unique wooden houses, mangroves, and even some birds.
- Cost: Free
- Location: End of the road
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.
- Cost: Free
- Location: Iguana Reef Inn
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. If you like doing yoga with people, Namaste Cafe offers classes by donation, so you can go in for free.
- Cost: Free
- Location: Choose any open dock
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. It felt like I was hovering through a blue rainforest.
- Cost: $45 USD per person (Half day tour)
- Location: Choose any tour company
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 Belize Barrier Reef, but my friends told me that one of their favorite places to scubadive is Lighthouse Reef.
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