Caye Caulker is a small rustic village located approximately 21 miles northeast of Belize City.
Its Spanish name is “Cayo Hicaco” which translates to Coco Plum Caye. Until recently, there was an abundance of coco-plum shrubs blanketing its shores. Caye Caulker is accessible by boat and by small airplanes. The time by boat from Belize City is approximately fifty minutes while by air around 10 minutes. The island is approximately 5 miles long and less than 1 mile wide. The Great Belize Barrier Reef lies about 1 mile to its east and can be readily seen from shore.
Caye Caulker was largely a Mestizo village, a mix of Spanish and Indians fleeing the Caste War in Mexico. The village today has a greater mix that includes Creoles, Garinagus, Chinese and foreign retirees. Its economy which was primarily fishing based has gradually transformed into a tourism based one.
Some attractions include a large underwater cave system, Shark Ray Alley, Tarpon cove and the Split. Its appeal is still it’s fairly laid back pace, friendly people and rustic appearance.