Caye Caulker is the ultimate backpacker destination for 2011, with budget accommodation, beautiful beaches and enough marine life to entertain even the most advance divers.

Just 30 minutes from Belize City, this little island is packed full of character and is relatively untouched by tourism. Sand-swept streets give way to colourful market stalls, turquoise blue waters and palm-fringed beaches.

Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

Caye Caulker, Belize - Fabulous Travel Guide

Don’t be surprised to hear locals telling you to ‘go slow’ – on this island no one moves in a hurry. The only method of transport is by bike, canoe or boat – so go with the flow, sit back and let the reggae beats take over.

How to get there

Chetemal (Mexico) – Caye Caulker:  Take a taxi to the port (pay no more than 40 pesos per car and grab some other travellers to make it cheaper) and then a ferry to San Pedro. It takes 1 hour 30 mins and costs 500 Mexican pesos. You’ll then change to get a water taxi to Caye Caulker (30 mins).

Before you get on the boat you’ll need to go through passport control so have all the right documents ready and remember to keep hold of any forms you’re given and fill them out on the boat.

Belize City – Caye Caulker: Catch a boat from Belize City for around 25 Belize dollars. It takes around half an hour and will take you direct to the island.

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