Lets face it, travel can be really hard. With so many places to see and constant stress on our bank accounts and calendars, sometimes you need to stop and do absolutely nothing. Caye Caulker, Belize is the perfect place for nothing.
This tiny island made the perfect recharge zone for us after running around Mexico for 7 weeks. Although, it was quite strange to hear English again after becoming so accustomed to Spanish. We had heard that Belize was rather expensive, but managed to stay on budget without issue (which we can’t say about parts of Mexico). Caye Caulker also had some of the best seafood of my life and I got to try a few new dishes including barracuda and conch.
Should you feel inclined to experience some of what Belize has to offer (after being fully revitalized, of course), the snorkeling and scuba trips are fantastic. With so much wildlife and crystal clear water, we highly recommend a trip. Once properly scuba certified, we’ll totally be back for the Blue Hole too.
There isn’t much of a night life on the island, so most people just hang out at the bar next to the “split” (a channel caused by a hurricane) until it closes. This is also the best swimming beach as well. The bar has something they call the “lizard juice challenge”. The challenge is to finish 4 of their potently rummy, green cocktails. To sweeten the deal, if you finish 3 they’ll give you the 4th for free. At $10 Belize ($5 US), it is quite the bang for your buck. However, be advised- everyone we’ve spoken to who attempted it blacked out. Also, do not mock the drink or talk about what a high alcohol tolerance you have near the bartenders. They will make sure that the Belizean rum puts you in your place, painfully if necessary.
While we stuck to Caye Caulker, a quick stop in San Pedro for customs/immigration was enough to see a few obvious differences between the islands. Just a quick glance at the luggage people were carrying was enough to tell which island they came from. Backpacks? Caye Caulker. Rolling suitcases? San Pedro. So depending on which type of travel luggage you prefer, there is an island for you. While pricing will likely be drastically different, I’m willing to bet that they’re equally good at doing nothing.
So, next time you feel like dying after a hellish travel day; remember this post and do nothing.
I did space out and enjoy myself for the 6 days we were there. Here are a few gems – enjoy!