Caye Caulker

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Caye Caulker

Post by ceylon_tea » Tue May 15, 2018 5:14 pm

Booked 8 nights in a whim. Looks like there's not much beach to hangout and read a book. I'll do a dive or two.

Anyone been? What was it like?

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Post by Shavenhead » Tue May 15, 2018 5:35 pm

I went there in a previous life.

All I can vaguely remember was Iguanas walking around in the street, and smoking shed loads of ganja at a place called the "Eye & eye bar" which seemed to be a kind of tower with various levels which seemed to be made out of palm stems.

There was also a guy called Kamuza who gave me a bottle of Cane Juice called "Night Train".

Oh, and crocodiles eating garbage at the back of the island in the mangroves.
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Re: Caye Caulker

Post by lolasf » Tue May 15, 2018 6:40 pm

I've been, though it was like 10+ years ago. Definitely a drink/read/hang out kinda place. I don't remember beaches being very good, but resorts probably have their own that are nicer than I was dealing with on my backpacker budget.
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Post by muthafunky » Tue May 15, 2018 6:45 pm

I went in 2004 or so. No beach except that little bit at the north end of the island where they have the bar. Excellent snorkeling and diving. A few bars and restaurants and guys selling their catch on little bbqs. Eight days feels like a lot to me, I like to chill but at least want a nice place to go swimming and preferably someone to fetch me drinks. You could day trip to San Pedro or further afield though.

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Post by Moethebartender » Tue May 15, 2018 7:45 pm

I spent a couple of nights and that was more than enough for me. No beach to speak of when I was there. I've heard that they have since dredged the bit Mutha mentioned and apparently there is a decent chunk of sand there at least there was as of early 2017. Not sure how things are there currently. There's really not much to do there.
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Post by 5waldos » Tue May 15, 2018 7:54 pm

Seems to be a popular place to have visited years back. We spent a week there years ago. The kids enjoyed it.

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Post by Moethebartender » Tue May 15, 2018 8:56 pm

A couple of pics from Caye Caulker:

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Post by truenic » Wed May 16, 2018 3:23 pm

Loved it, but for me, 8 days would be too long there. I think we spent 3 nights and were dying to move on.
Not that it doesn't have value in it's own right, you can just tour the main island in about 30 minutes and you're done.

If you've booked dives, could you maybe add on the sailing trip to Placenia as well (which is beautiful).

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Re: Caye Caulker

Post by lolasf » Wed May 16, 2018 9:23 pm

muthafunky wrote:
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I went in 2004 or so. No beach except that little bit at the north end of the island where they have the bar.
The Shady Lizard? The Lazy Iguana? Something like that. It was a total dive when I was there, I quite liked it.
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Post by Moethebartender » Wed May 16, 2018 9:46 pm

Close. It's the Lazy Lizard.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Wed May 16, 2018 11:20 pm

Horrendous place. I'd skip it and head down to Dangriga, that place was really cool.

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Post by lolasf » Thu May 17, 2018 5:24 am

I got eaten alive by sand fleas in Dangriga. Then it rained through my uncovered window (yeah, we were sleeping cheap on the beach) and my ex and I ended up sharing a damp top bunk bed. Sad days.
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Post by lolasf » Thu May 17, 2018 5:25 am

I did love the market in Dangriga, the World's Best Hammock came from there for like $10.
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Post by strife » Thu May 17, 2018 8:08 am

section8 and I hung out there over New Year's Eve, 2005-6. It's not unpleasant, but I'm not a big fan of Belize in general. It has nothing that neighboring countries don't have better, and is overpriced. Diving is good, but three times as much as on the same barrier reef, in Honduras. Culture is kind of interesting - British-Caribbean, with lots of Chinese and Indians. Eight days is too much though. Head inland and check out the Maya ruins, and San Ignacio, aka Cayo. If you're ambitious, you could even make it to Tikal, by far the most magnificent Maya site. It's about two hours west of the border, which you cross near Cayo.

Beach on Caye Caulker isn't much. There's a split in the island (called The Split) that's infested with bull sharks. It's a good place to chill and drink rum and a base for diving, but a bit dull otherwise. I passed out in a kayak there.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu May 17, 2018 12:00 pm

The Split, just outside the Shady Iguana. Wouldn't be a bad place for a pissup, other than that, not very interesting.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu May 17, 2018 3:02 pm

Caye Caulker is an artificial construct designed for tourists. Dangriga is an authentic Garifuna town which can be appreciated by real travelers.

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Post by truenic » Thu May 17, 2018 3:15 pm

Placencia:
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Post by strife » Thu May 17, 2018 3:32 pm

Tulum beats anything in Belize.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu May 17, 2018 3:42 pm

I went to Placencia in 1974 when it was a fishing village/coconut plantation.

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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu May 17, 2018 3:45 pm

strife wrote:
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I'm not a big fan of Belize in general. It has nothing that neighboring countries don't have better
Belize is quirky as hell. I like it.

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Post by strife » Thu May 17, 2018 4:22 pm

Steve_in_Exile wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 3:45 pm
strife wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:08 am
I'm not a big fan of Belize in general. It has nothing that neighboring countries don't have better
Belize is quirky as hell. I like it.
I do like that there are Chinese and Indian restaurants everywhere.
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Re: Caye Caulker

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strife wrote:
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Tulum beats anything in Belize.
Really? I hated Tulum. Maybe not hate, but strongly disliked. Perfectly manicured ruins, with fences and mowed lawns and a billion people. If there was a heart to that town, I didn't find it. I did have fun shopping for a padlock there with my limited spanish.
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Post by Scrubb » Fri May 18, 2018 7:10 am

Haven't been to Caye Caulker but have heard wonderful things about Placencia. I really enjoyed inland (Cayo) and spent a pleasant day in Dangriga waiting for my suitcase to show up. Enjoyed Coxcomb Jaguar Reserve (accessible via Dangriga) a lot.

Bought some head scarfs at the Dangriga market and the one I use ALL THE TIME when running is wearing out badly - full of holes. After I spent a whole dollar on it in 2008!
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Post by truenic » Fri May 18, 2018 4:45 pm

<-also not a fan of Tulum. I went over Xmas last year because my husband made me. He regretted it once we had spent about 15 minutes there and I was like a pouty child (not my proudest moment).

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Post by strife » Fri May 18, 2018 5:36 pm

It's been a while so nice I've been to Tulum. I've heard that Brooklyn hipsters are overrunning it.

I used to have a routine Minneapolis-Tulum run. Early-morning Sun Country flight to Cancun, airport bus to PdC, then another to Tulum town. If things lined up right, I'd be there before noon.
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Post by Lincoln » Fri May 18, 2018 6:18 pm

Steve_in_Exile wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 3:45 pm
strife wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:08 am
I'm not a big fan of Belize in general. It has nothing that neighboring countries don't have better
Belize is quirky as hell. I like it.
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The stock answer from travellers is that Belize is boring and there's nothing to do there....they couldn't be more wrong.

Belize is diverse and fascinating if you make an effort...The Garuifuna settlement down in Hopkins are awesome as are the Menonites in Orange Town...we had a month there and were never bored...not for a second.

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Post by Moethebartender » Fri May 18, 2018 6:40 pm

Belize. Where they speak English and even a dimwitted cunt like Lincoln can easily score mota. What's not to like?
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Post by ceylon_tea » Wed May 23, 2018 5:26 pm

ok reduced our stay to 5 nights in caye caulker. added more days in hopkins.

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Post by section8 » Wed May 23, 2018 9:09 pm

I took a very basic sailing charter from Caye Caulker to Placencia. It was 3-4 nights and we stopped at tiny atolls to camp. The boat guys caught fish and lobster for us. It was quite rustic but right up my alley and cheap.
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Post by ceylon_tea » Fri May 25, 2018 11:09 pm

section8 wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 9:09 pm
I took a very basic sailing charter from Caye Caulker to Placencia. It was 3-4 nights and we stopped at tiny atolls to camp. The boat guys caught fish and lobster for us. It was quite rustic but right up my alley and cheap.
Ooh nice. Trunic mentioned that too. I have been researching. Is that with raggamafin or another company?

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Post by truenic » Fri May 25, 2018 11:29 pm

I think the one we saw (but didn't go on) was with raggamuffin. The only reason we didn't do it was timing.

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Post by sodelicious » Fri May 25, 2018 11:57 pm

truenic wrote:
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Placencia:
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That pick looks like the old Corona commercial. If that's what you two were trying to do, well played.
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Post by section8 » Sat May 26, 2018 12:09 am

Raggamuffin sounds familiar.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Sat May 26, 2018 5:35 pm

section8 wrote:
Wed May 23, 2018 9:09 pm
I took a very basic sailing charter from Caye Caulker to Placencia. It was 3-4 nights and we stopped at tiny atolls to camp. The boat guys caught fish and lobster for us. It was quite rustic but right up my alley and cheap.
I got to fly down there with my kayak one of these days.

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Post by veronica_inheels » Mon May 28, 2018 6:22 am

I went there 18 years ago. Really good pot. Lobsters. Small place. I went on a boat to some marine park. I think 3 days tops. Then we went on our way to Livingstone Guatemala, we stayed overnight in some other place, where they sang all night and had some voodoo rituals.
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Post by avalon_ » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:28 am

Now here's a place I haven't thought about in a long time. I went in 1993. We had a lot of fun there, but obviously that was a lifetime ago.

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