Caye Caulker- tiny, charming, go slow

For what Caye Caulker lacks in size it more than makes up for in charm.

Caulker is tiny but there is an abundance of beautiful hand painted signs, artists and craftsmen, restaurants and food carts, palm trees on white sand, laid back bars, sun bathing iguanas and wandering chickens.

tamale cart- Real Life Recess

Caye Caulker street signs- Real Life Recess

iguana in net

There is a school and a couple grocery stores and a bunch of guest houses and small hotels.  I don’t know what it would be like to live full time on such a tiny island but Caulker has me wanting to try it out.  You don’t even need a bicycle to fully explore the town- the whole south caye is less than 2 miles long.


Caye Caulker cart- Real Life Recess

Dirty McNasty Hostel Caye Caulker- Real Life Recess

Chicken Depot Caye Caulker - Real Life Recess

88 West at Caye Caulker- Real Life Recess

There are no cars and few golf carts; the island’s main mode of transportation is the flip flop.  Caulker is really pretty and unpretentious, an alluring combination- like a beautiful, beer-drinking tomboy that likes football and is an excellent cook.  My favorite spot on Caulker is The Split.

Caulker is actually 2 islands because of a 20 foot channel that runs through it.  This is the island’s most popular swimming and sun bathing spot.

Lazy Lizard and the Split at Caye Caulker- Real Life Recess

Lazy Lizard and the Split at Caye Caulker- Real Life Recess

Grab a Belikin at the Lazy Lizard Bar and spread your towel out on their dock or the packed sand lot to the side of the bar.  The current can be a bit strong depending on the time of day or tide but the little bit of effort is worth it.  There is a small ship wreck steps from the bar and less than 15 feet under plus plenty of curious and colorful fish.

Fish at  the Split at Caye Caulker- Real Life Recess

You can easily swim across the channel to the north caye but it’s mostly uninhabited and there were biting flies on the trail that leads in to the island so I didn’t explore.

look across the Split at Caye Caulker- Real Life Recess

Fun at the Split Cay Caulker - Real Life Recess



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Megan Rodden

never met a vacation she didn't like. Megan is a self-centered, snarky, unambitious derelict... like most of her peers.


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  • We stayed in Caye Caulker for a few days before we headed inland and then over to Guatemala to visit Tikal. You are right, it’s a nice relaxing chill compared to other Cayes. If only there were less mosquitos at the time…

    • Rabbit poop, yuck Ty, that must have been really smelly. No wonder they tortured you with that water and smelly stuff. But you look very handsome all clean and belfituua.

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