From the pristine swimming holes to the abundant fresh seafood, consider me enamored with this adorable island! Caye Caulker’s culture just invites you to unwind and take it easy. After just a few days here, I can feel the stress, tension and distraction of life just float away, leaving me supremely happy and relaxed.
Caye Caulker feels more Carribean than Tulum did, with most of the local people speaking a combination of Creole, English and Spanish. I would describe the culture as very laid-back with strong hints of Rasta. Their town motto is actually “Go Slow” and many people walk shoeless with their long dreadlocks flowing. Local people are super friendly and totally willing to help or chat with you. Again, the whole “Go Slow” thing makes conversations flow easily. The sense of time just sort of slips away as your soak in the beach and island culture.
We spent our first full day on the island exploring by foot. Caye Caulker is easily walkable, but a lot of people ride bicycles too. The main drag is called Front Street which runs parallel and directly next to the shore. It is lined with restaurants, shops and tour agencies along about a 1 mile stretch. There’s lots of quirky little spots, so we had fun just bobbing in and out of various shops. A few favorites of mine include Little Blue Shop, Caribbean Colors Cafe and Ice & Beans.
Just steps away from our AirBnb on the north end of the island is the Split. The island was actually ripped in two from a strong hurricane in the 1960s, and is now divided by a small ocean channel, called the Split. Conveniently, a bar and restaurant has been built along the channel, making for an ideal swimming, drinking and sunset watching location. It’s crowded most of the day, but it’s a friendly crowded so don’t let it scare you away. We had a ton of fun drinking their Coconut mojitos and walking on the sand bar.
My favorite part of the Split was the over-the-water hammocks. INGENIOUS! How have I never experienced this before. The hammocks hang off the dock with a post in the water and are just low enough so your butt sags in the water to cool you off. This is an amazing place to relax in the sun with a refreshing drink & good book!