Next stop on our Central America trip was Caye Caulker in Belize. Come here to eat fantastic seafood, snorkel in the crystal clear waters and drink rum on this chilled-out Caribbean island.
We stayed at two, equally good guesthouses which were both near the main stretch of restaurants and bars. We had a private room and communal bathroom at the charming and brightly coloured Sea N Sun Guesthouse, which was perfect for relaxing in the hammock on our veranda. The accommodation also came with free Wi-Fi and beach towels, and bicycles and snorkelling equipment when available.
The second accommodation, Blue Wave Guesthouse, was was slightly cheaper. It was not as quaint as Sea N Sun, but did have a private bathroom and air con. The downside is that the room we stayed in was very bright as it didn’t have any curtains.
A lot of people we met raved about a sunbathing spot and bar called The Lazy Lizard at The Split (named aptly because a hurricane split the island in two, in 1961) but we found it to be over-hyped and crowded. Instead, some quieter pontoons round the corner on the East side of the island, where we spent our days playing beer and cards. Technically, the pontoons are for hotel guests only but no one ever came to check.
Caye Caulker is renowned for its snorkelling and you will not be disappointed! We went on a one day trip with Ragamuffins Tours to the barrier reef, which is the second largest in the world. For £65pp, our trip included four stops and we were lucky enough to swim with turtles, stingrays and nurse sharks. The price also included a basic lunch and rum punch. Make sure you bring a hat as there wasn’t much shade on the boat. Ragamuffins also do a three-day, two-day boat trip, which sounded amazing but wasn’t cheap.
For drinks, head to the Sports Bar, where it can get pretty lively!