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Caye Caulker beach

Caye Caulker beach

Irene Miller,Lazy Iguana B&B, www.lazyiguana.net

Caye Caulker is a small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea measuring about 5 miles (North to South) by less than 1 mile (East to West). The island gets its name from the practice of caulking or sealing the seams in wooden boats to make them watertight, due to the high number of shipwrights on the island. ("Caye Corker"; the alternative spelling of the name used by British cartographers has largely fallen into disuse).

Caye Caulker is located approximately 20 miles north of Belize City and is accessible by high-speed water taxi or small plane. In recent years the island has become a popular destination for backpackers and other tourists. The Belize Barrier Reef, the second longest reef in the world,  located to the east provides excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.

The laid back atmosphere of Caye Caulker is something you must see to appreciate. There are over 50 hotels, and many restaurants and shops, but Caye Caulker remains friendly and easy-going, avoiding the commercialism of other destinations. Shoes are a no no, and the golf cart mode of transportation is unique and fun. You can get all over the island very easily by boat, golf cart, or bike.

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October 29, 2004 change by tygertyger

February 21, 2006 change by giorgio

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