Things To Do In Caye Caulker, Belize

Jen Morilla
January 16, 2024

You know you’ve come to a good place when you look out onto the beach from your hotel, look out to the beach and see blue skies, white sand beaches, girls in bikinis, kids playing in the sand, colorful sails of windsurfers, and boats in the water.

You can fish, dive, snorkel, windsurf, and do so much more in Caye Caulker, a small island in Belize that has no cars.


Anybody want some tarpon?

Caye Caulker is known for fly-fish, bonefish, barracuda trolling and grouper just inside the reef. 

There are also many charter companies to choose from, which can get a little pricey, but if you’re more of a do-it yourself type, you can fish off the pier. Just go to a local fishing shop, rent a rod and buy some bait! 

You do need a license to go fishing in Belize though. Usually your hotel or local fishing shop can help you get one easily.



Go sailing for a day! Sailing is a great way to see islands from a far, go swimming in the ocean and even see some marine life. It’s also a great way to get a tan too. 

Not many sailing boats offer sailing and snorkeling at the same time but some do. One company we recommend is Raggamuffin Tours since they offer multi-day combos of sailing and snorkeling.

Manatee Spotting

In Belize, manatee are called, “gentle sea cows". If you’re on a boat off shore of Belize you might be lucky enough to spot some West Indian manatees. 

There is also a wildlife sanctuary that is about 9,000 acres called, the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary, and it's home to many of these endangered mammals. 

It’s illegal to get in and swim with these guys, but it isn’t illegal to watch. For just $10 admission into the sanctuary you can check them out. Some tours do offer a day trip of snorkeling and manatee watching too.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Getting up close with some nurse sharks.

Want to see nurse sharks, stingrays, and hundreds of other tropical fish? 

Check out Hol Chan Marine Reserve at the southern tip of Ambergris Caye--it’s the most popular location for snorkeling and diving trips from Caye Caulker. 

On your way (by boat), you’ll probably come across some dolphins. Also, there are larger boats that go from Caye Caulker to the famous Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole which are some great spots to snorkel in too.

Windsurfing & Kitesurfing

Windsurfing in Belize!

If you’ve got strong upper body strength this is your game! 

Caye Caulker is one of Belize’s premier centers for windsurfing. The island usually gets over 12 knots on most days between November through July. Whereas, in the winter months you’ll get 20 knots or higher! 

The best time of day to windsurf is early mornings and afternoons around high tide.

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Jen Morilla
Jen is a travel blogger and founder of, The Social Girl Traveler. She quit her New York City corporate job in February of 2015 for a budget and backpack and hasn’t looked back since. She aims to travel with a purpose and inspire people to do the same! Jen travels with clean water filters in backpack. She’s been to 33 countries on 6 continents and isn’t stopping anytime soon!


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