Caye Caulker - Beaches and Bars, Best Solo Traveler Vacation

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Caye Caulker – Beaches and Bars

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Belize is part of mainland Central America and has an archipelago. However, Belize is famous for its’ islands. One of the most famous islands in Belize is Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is a Solo Traveler Vacation destination, known for great beaches, bars, and fishing, the perfect single travel vacation.

As of 2017, Caye Caulker is half the size it used to be because of a hurricane. Because of the hurricane, the remaining land separated into many more small islands than before the hurricane.

A mission trip is never a vacation, and I was on a mission trip. This was our day off from the mission work. My time on Caye Caulker was a short part of my day trip, after snorkeling.

Caye Caulker, Solo Traveler Vacation

Caye Caulker is a relaxed hip island and a place that seems to be a favorite for spring break and party goers. In July, the weather is hot, humid and everything that comes with a sweltering tropical climate. Random rain storms happened regularly throughout our time in Belize. It didn’t rain every day, but when it did, it was something to behold. Storms in Belize are wild, with lightning, thunder and then clear skies and then more humidity than before the rain storm.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

July is probably the wrong time to go to Caye Caulker and Belize. Most tourists visit from November to February. Our trip’s timing was based on the need, purpose, and the staff’s availability. The community decided they needed to build a house for a woman with four children. So we went.

What Makes Belize Special

The country’s coral reef in the Caribbean Sea forms the Belize Barrier Reef system, the longest in the western hemisphere, approximately 322 km (200 mi). The reef and its islands are UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1996. Belize, in my opinion, is a great place to dive. However, I saw a lot of bleached coral. The government is taking steps to protect the Belize Barrier Reef, and I am delighted they are.

Dogs

There are dogs everywhere on the island and all over Belize. The locals sell the puppies to make some extra money. The puppies were adorable. Honestly, there are a lot of dogs running around, and many are sold to the tourist. Lots of people adopt dogs from Belize.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

Bugs

Belize has lots of flying bugs. They have tons of mosquitoes, flying cockroaches, and black flies. If you are going in July, the bugs come visiting even to the beach, so bring your Deet bug repellant. I hate to focus on a big negative right off the bat, but, the bugs were horrible.

I hate to focus on a big negative right off the bat, but, the bugs were horrible.

People on my team had horrible reactions to the bites, so it made their sacrifice even great because of these little pests! In case you are allergic to the bug bites, bring Benadryl.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

Beaches and the Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs draw the tourists to Belize, but the Blue Hole, the most famous, isn’t open for diving and is now closed by the government. You can see the Blue Hole but only by airplane.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

The Belize’s Coral Reefs are the country’s Statue of Liberty. When departing Belize at the airport, the airlines, customs, and security will ask if you have coral in your bag. Security scans your luggage and carry-on looking for coral.

Therefore, it’s not a good idea to take coral from Belize. It’s like taking a piece of the Statue of Liberty, and the coral won’t make it home. What’s the point?

Here is some more information about the best things to do when visiting, which I think is Belize Snorkel and Fishing.

Bars

Caye Caulker has bars. If you are into partying, drinking a lot or a little, this is the island for you. The island is hip, with charming tropical open air buildings and bars.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

Hotels

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

The island’s building style is flat standing structures and nothing more than three stories tall. Most have yellow, blues, pinks, and greens with painted wood siding. This seems to be the favorite paint colors for buildings. The many bars have beach seating, and some even have swings or hammocks. The restaurants, bars, and Caye Caulker citizens want you to have a relaxed, tropical paradise vacation. That is exactly what Caye Caulker delivers.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

All the bars have some restaurants. Fried food is a favorite in this idyllic haven like many other beach places. My favorite food on the island is fish. The lobster and fish sandwiches are my favorite.

Fishing

What is unique about tarpon?

Tarpon is a fish the lives in the waters of Belize and other places. Tarpon inhabits creeks, channels, and lagoons of the Atoll. Most tarpons weigh 60-90 pounds with some in the 100-150 pound range and monsters approaching 200 pounds. We went to a place and fed the tarpon. It is overwhelming to watch them jump out of the water to eat the food. I didn’t put my hand in the water, but other people did.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

Belize has lots of spiny lobsters and lobster fisherman.

Caye Caulker - Beaches, Bars, and Fishing Solo Travelers Vacation

A little octopus critter

Good Company

I took our boat drivers and guides to lunch. They taught me a lot and encouraged me to get certified as a diver. The guide said he could see; I loved the water. Yup, that is true. He asked, why I wasn’t certified to dive? I didn’t have a right’ answer. Now, I am motivated to become PADI certified. I have set the date to do it!

Good company to me is when I learn something about someone else and myself, and learn insiders information about a destination. At lunch, we had a lot of laughs, captured a yellow jacket, and our conversation never lapsed. They are two men that are good company.

For more insight on where to eat and drink in Caye Caulker, go here.

Final Thoughts

All and all, in the right season, Caye Caulker is a beautiful place to visit for a few days, as a solo traveler or if you are looking for a romantic holiday getaway. One of the people on our mission trip went to San Padro which is another island in Belize. She thought that Caye Caulker is better because it’s easier to get to, and closer to Belize City. She felt it didn’t offer anything more than Caye Caulker. Our tastes are the same, so if I go again, I will follow her recommendation.

Top Two Travel Tips

Travel Tip 1– Go to Belize and Caye Caulker in the high, tourist season which is the winter months. It will cost more, but well worth the price to go at the right time of year.

Travel Tip 2 – bring sun screen, bug repellant and drink plenty of water. The weather is hot and humid.

Last but not least, here is another destination I recommend for December travel.

December’s Wonderland Iceland

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Kate started traveling for work. Now with grown children, who are travelers, she travels for pleasure looking for great travel experiences. Currently, her home is in Bellevue, WA, and lives with her cat Angelina Jolie. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Studio Arts and Art History from the University of Colorado, an MBA and Master of Arts, Management. Her favorite things are exploring new cultures, traveling the world, creating a painting and sour or spicy foods.

2 Comments

  1. Jim Allen

    August 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    The fish sandwich…ever had a shark meat sandwich? Out of this world! I had these in 🇵🇦.

    Enjoyed reading the article Kate!

    • Kate

      August 24, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Hi there, can’t say I ever had a shark sandwich – but then again I haven’t been to Panama. I will try it if I see it… and take a photo!

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