If you’re looking for a place to hang loose, go barefoot and let the world go by, you couldn’t find a much better place than Caye Caulker, Belize.
This small island off the coast of Belize is a little bit of the Caribbean in Central America — a place where the sun shines bright, rasta men sell their wares on the dusty main street and the golf cart is the fanciest mode of transportation.
Of course, transportation really isn’t needed unless you have mobility problems. The whole island isn’t much more than a brisk 20-minute walk from end to end, and the south end is pretty much a tangle of cypress trees.
There’s lots to do here if you’re ambitious, of course. Tour companies will run you out to the best spots to snorkel and dive with sharks and stingrays and a thousand varieties of tropical fish. You can even go looking for the elusive manatees that live in these waters.
But for those of us just looking for a little break, it’s enough to swing in a hammock and read a book, or have a Belikin beer or two in the restaurants that line the beach (or more accurately, the shore — the few feet of sand that line these shores don’t really rate beach status).
There’s La Cubana, which specializes in Cuban roast pig, the Happy Lobster, which serves up the favourite local crustacean, or the sports bar that shows games and matches from around the world for the Canadians, Americans and Brits who flock here.
Some prefer the brighter lights of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker’s bigger neighbour. But development has reared its ugly head there. If you’re looking for a place where life is just the sun, the sea and a cold drink, Caye Caulker, Belize may be the place.