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What Makes the Great Appeal of Caye Caulker, Belize

 

 

Caye Caulker is part of the lovely Belize islands, and its appeal is well known worldwide, although the little island houses no more than 1,200 inhabitants. It is conveniently located, just a short ride by car from Belize City, and from San Pedro, so access to the island is fairly easy. This resort like island offers the best for tourists looking for a nice place to relax and enjoy the lazy beach life at its best. Accommodations offered are a warrant of a comfortable sleep, the white beaches are poster like, and the clear water just calls you to dive in. This heavenly picture is completed by the palatable seafood offered to guests, and by the locals’ friendliness.

This little coral island is a natural wonder. Although it is only 5 miles long, and has no more than 1.2 miles in width, you can go nature watching, as various habitats are exhibited here in all their glory. If you take a trip to the north, you will see how mangrove vegetation is covering the entire coast. Because of its richness, part of the mangrove area was declared forest reserve and it is protected by law. If bird watching is your thing, just take a pair of binoculars with you and have a blast, as there are over one hundred types of birds living here, in this particular habitat. However, keep in mind that this Belize island is often struck by hurricanes, which is why even important changes take place on the local topography. For instance, a place used by locals and tourists for swimming, called “The Split”, appeared as the result of the action of the powerful Hurricane Hattie, back in 1961. In time, water contributed to the erosion of the said split, making it wider.

Once you get to Belize City, you only need to embark on a boat to get to Caye Caulker, as the trip will take you under one hour. You can also get there by plane, but check before you go, to find out if the airstrip is in renovation or not. What makes the island’s appeal is strongly represented by the locals’ way of living that is still preserved. The inhabitants are mostly involved in catching lobsters, which they sell to fine restaurants, and building ships, which is a very old activity. Tourism has flourished over the last years, but the island successfully manages to keep its native appeal. If you go there, don’t forget to take part in local celebrations, such as Lobster Fest. During this event, you will get the chance to taste some of the many lobster specialties people here love to cook.

The location is also great for diving, as the Barrier Reef is no further than 1 one mile from Caye Caulker. Other interesting activities you can try are snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, fishing, and windsurfing. So, if you do not want to just bathe in the sun and catch some tan, the adventurous part of you will not be disappointed.

 



 

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