Caye Caulker Belize
About 20 miles north/northeast of Belize City in the Caribbean Sea lies the small limestone coral island of Caye Caulker. The island measures about five miles long by about one mile wide.
There are about 1200 permanent residents living on the island. It can be reached by small planes and high speed water taxis. There is a small airstrip on the island with several flights a day from Belize City and Ambergris, it's neighboring island, about 11 miles away.
The tiny island has over 30 small hotels as well as restaurants and shopping.
Hotel rooms start around US$10 per night for the very basic places, and go way up from there.
Food and drinks will be cheaper than almost anywhere in the United States, but more expensive than most of the rest of Central America. Dinner at one of the popular tourist restaurants will cost US$7 and up, although the local beers can be found for around US$2.
Some of the best scuba diving in the world is found here, with internationally famous dive sites such as Blue Hole, Eagle Ray Canyon, and Cypress Tunnel.
Caye Caulker's north and south halves are separated by a small channel of water called the "split". In 1961, Hurricane Hattie created a split several inches wide, which was then hand dug by locals to a width of several feet. Erosion has continued to widen the gap, which is now large enough to accomodate smaller boats. The southern part of the island is the area where business and lodging is available, while the northern portion is now mostly a marine preserve.
The climate is tropical, warm and humid, with temperatures usually hovering in the 80's, sometimes reaching the 90's. The rainy season is June to November, and the island does experience the occasional hurricane.
Most people travel to Caye Caulker for the spectacular scuba diving, and the relaxing atmosphere.
Caye Caulker is an extremely relaxed Caribbean island. Travelers who are used to resort towns in Mexico or islands in the West Indies are often quite surprised at just how laid back the atmospher on Caye Caulker really is. There are no paved roads in Caye Caulker, and there are actually only two real streets at all, conveniently named Front Street (along the sea) and Back Street (closer to the mainland).
Many foreigners dream of buying real estate on Caye Caulker. It certainly costs less than you would pay in the U.S., but can still be fairly pricey. Even modest houses cost US$100,000 and up, and nicer custom-built homes can be many times that.
Caye Caulker is certainly a stunning and comfortable place to retire or relocate, and is also a convivial place for a slow and ultra-relaxing vacation.
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