Are you heading to Belize and wondering about the best Caye Caulker Hotels?
We’re diving into the best Caye Caulker hotels. Caye Caulker is a tropical paradise in between the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea. Whether you’re here for sun & beaches, snorkelling or the laid-back island life, one thing is sure. You’ll need somewhere to stay.
In this post, I’ll discuss many hotels and other types of accommodation. All are recommended for different reasons. I’ll consider the pricing, location, guest reviews and amenities.
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17 Best Caye Caulker Hotels
Caye Caulker is full of outstanding accommodations. It can be pretty overwhelming to pick one. I’ll help you by selecting my 17 favourite Caye Caulker hotels.
1. The Novelo
If peace is what you’re aiming for, The Novelo is the place to be. Located on the ‘far’ south of the island, this guesthouse is a hub for creative minds. Reviews talk about writers, artists, and musicians coming together for their stay.
If you’re not about socialising you can just relax at the pool, go for a swim in the sea, or head into town on a short bicycle ride. The town is a 20-minute walk away.
2. Blu Zen
An oasis of tranquillity in paradise. Blu Zen will make you feel like royalty. These apartments will make you want to never leave. Beachfront, beautiful, and calm. And even the cheapest apartment still has a sea view.
2-bed, 2-bath apartments with living room, kitchen, and balcony.
3. Bay Towers
Relax at Bay Towers, rated at 9.8! Nice and quiet, and located in the northern part of Caye Caulker. A fully equipped kitchen, balcony, air conditioning, and a private beach area.
This one often sells out, so be quick!
4. Costa Nube
This new off-grid, eco-friendly place is there for the environment. The location is perfect for stargazing.
Although fully solar, powered, you can still use air conditioning in the room when needed. And hot showers to rinse off from all your ocean adventures!
5. La Tortuga Azul
La Tortuga Azul means ‘The Blue Turtle’. A full home with a pool, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and air conditioning in the bedrooms.
A great central place to come back to after a day at the beach, or to relax on the pool deck. It has 3 full bedrooms and a loft with a one-person bed. So sleeps up to 7 people!
6. El Ben Cabañas
Great bungalows on the northern part of Caye Caulker. Rated an amazing 9.6 on Hotels.com!
The property looks amazing and comes with a pool and on-site restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bungalows look rustic, but come with modern amenities!
Best Downtown Caye Caulker Hotels
If you prefer not staying at your accommodation, but heading into town or going on day trips, these might be more your thing!
7. Sea n sun Guest House
Location, location, location! Overall rating of 9.3 and the location is rated a 9.9! You won’t find a location better than this. Sea n sun Guest House is near The Split. Free kayaks and bikes, air conditioning, and have I already said the location is amazing?
Not to mention, the accommodation has a private beach for guests. Pretty affordable too! Insanity.
8. Jan’s Hotel
This place is just incredible. One of the best locations on the island. Very close to The Split, and near bars, restaurants, and the beach.
It’s a little pricey, but you get what you pay for! You’ll get an entire apartment with a kitchen, patio, private bathroom, and all right on the beach!
9. Gumbo Limbo’s Dreaded Grape Cabana
Offering great value for money, this repurposed wine bar has pretty much all you need: AC, WiFi, a kitchen, and a private patio with chairs and a table.
It’s very close to the village, but far enough to have some peace time when you need it. Also only a few steps away from the beach!
10. Dream Cabanas
Another great option is Dream Cabanas. This set of 8 bungalows is close to the beach and offers all amenities you need on your Belize Holiday. It doesn’t have a kitchen, but the comfort and location make up for this.
11. Hummingbirds Cabins
Ok. I have said this before. But this one is INCREDIBLE! This villa is airconditioned, has a pool, is close to the beach, has free bikes, and scores a 9 on booking.com!
For what you get this place is highly affordable too. Two bedrooms so perfect for families or friends.
12. La Isla Resort
The highly rated La Isla Resort has some of the best rooms on the island. Its location is convenient, near the beach and bars and restaurants. After a whole day of baking in the sun, you can cool down in the pool! Trust me, Caye Caulker is hot!
The on-site restaurant is also well-rated and has a great menu. Which is a bonus!
13. Island Magic Beach Resort
As the name states this magical resort is right on the beach. But that’s not the only great feature!
It also has a pool, with a bar accessible from the water. They offer massages and have a restaurant. Plus, it comes with a private beach area, just for guests.
Best Pet-Friendly Hotels & Places To Stay In Caye Caulker
Travelling with your pet? No problem on Caye Caulker! The place is full of incredibly friendly strays who won’t cause any trouble. Most restaurants and bars allow them too!
14. The Lily Pad
A high-rated holiday home in the town of Caye Caulker. It offers a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, and two bedrooms. Great for a family and their pet!
15. Axios Sun Apartments
Within the town centre, with an on-site pizzeria and rum bar. Close to the beach, pet-friendly, and with a full kitchen. It’s all you and your pet could need! But maybe don’t feed them rum.
16. Barefoot Beach Belize
Cosy bungalows and suites in a convenient location if you want quietness, but still be close enough to the towns’ bars and restaurants.
Barefoot Beach Belize offers an outdoor pool, bar, and beach access. Some options even have a kitchen!
17. Tropical Paradise Hotel
Last but not least! This hotel is located just outside of the busy area. This means only a few minutes on foot to get to where it’s happening, but far enough for it to be quiet.
The accommodation itself looks great. Bright colours, neat rooms, and right next to the beach.
Best Things To Do In Caye Caulker
After picking and booking accommodation, you’ll probably want to do stuff. Right? Let me give you a few of my recommendations for activities!
You’ve got the opportunity to swim with turtles, nurse sharks, and if you’re lucky, even manatees! It was incredible, and I recommend everyone to do this when on Caye Caulker.
2. Head to the Lazy Lizard for a lazy afternoon
Be careful here. This is the ultimate island feeling. You may never want to leave again. We thought we’d spend a couple of hours here, but ended up staying all day.
The Lazy Lizard is at the Split, which divides Caye Caulker into two separate islands. This wasn’t always the case: the Split was created by a hurricane back in 1961.
Nowadays it’s one of Caye Caulkers’ main attractions. A great place to swim, relax, drink cocktails and Belkin beers, and take in the island life as it is meant to be. The Lazy Lizard is the most popular bar in the area.
Try some frozen Lizard Juice if you dare. It’s supposed to be a great cocktail, but the name is not that appealing.
3. Find the seahorses at Iguana Reef Inn
This hotel has created a seahorse sanctuary. Seahorses are a bit silly and occasionally get washed away. Which means they want something to hold on to.
Iguana Reef Inn has created a great place for them to stay. With ropes and other things for them to hold on to. They’re not being fed and weren’t caught to put in the sanctuary, so it’s all good! They just really enjoy the area.
They’re quite hard to spot though, so it might take a few moments to find one. Once you know what you’re looking for, you’ll see plenty of them! Oh, and it’s free to visit, which is great!
Caye Caulker: How to Get To The Island
Getting to Caye Caulker, or its neighbour, Ambergris Caye, is pretty straightforward. Here’s how:
Make your way to Belize City
Often mistaken as the capital city, Belize City is the biggest city in Belize. And where you’ll head to Caye Caulker from. Getting to Belize City is easy: It has an international airport.
If you’re a backpacker like me, the other way of doing so is by tourist shuttle. There is one from Flores in Guatemala, or from San Ignacio in Belize. Most companies combine the two, so it’s the same shuttle with a stop in San Ignacio. The cheapest way however is by chicken bus.
Head to the ferry port
Once you’re in Belize City, make your way to the ferry port. We did this by taxi and it’s by far the easiest way. Just ask for the ferry to Caye Caulker. From the airport, this should cost about $25 USD. Or, from the bus terminal, we paid $5 USD.
We booked our tickets at the port. They’ll most likely have space. But you can also book them online here. Keep in mind that if your flight to Belize City is delayed, you might miss your ferry.
We didn’t know how we were going to get to the city, so we opted for buying them on the spot for $58,50 Belizean dollars. Which is $29,25 USD. So buying in advance is definitely cheaper!
TIP: Buying a return ferry ticket is the most cost-efficient. You can take ANY ferry back, at any date or time, so this is definitely the best option.
Enjoy the ride!
Board your ferry, and off you go! First stop: Caye Caulker. Some people might want to head to the next one over, Ambergris Caye, so that’ll be the second stop.
Visiting Caye Caulker: FAQs
Accommodation and things to do probably aren’t the only things on your mind. Let me answer some questions you might have.
Is Caye Caulker worth visiting?
Absolutely! Caye Caulker is one of our favourite places in all of Central America. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a typical Caribbean island. Laid-back, sunny, beautiful, and full of reggae.
It’s a great addition to your Belize itinerary.
What is Caye Caulker famous for?
Caye Caulker is famous for its Caribbean island lifestyle. It’s so relaxed, you’ll forget all of your troubles.
Other than that, it’s right next to the second biggest barrier reef. Which makes it a very popular destination for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts!
How many days do you need in Caye Caulker?
5 days (so 3 full days) is enough to experience the best of Caye Caulker. You’ll have plenty of time to go to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, try out the local food, and relax on the beach.
However, 5 is not the limit! Caye Caulker is great for longer holidays too. But if you’re on a full Central America trip and just passing through like us, 5 days is plenty.
Is Caye Caulker Belize Expensive?
Yes and no. Caye Caulker was one of the most expensive destinations on our Central America trip. But compared to back home, it wasn’t expensive at all. Accommodation will cost the most, so if you’re tight on money, that’s the easiest to save on.
Food wasn’t expensive, especially compared to the US or Western Europe. We spent about $15 USD per meal in restaurants. But we did go for the slightly cheaper places.
How long is the boat ride from Belize City to Caye Caulker?
The boat ride only takes about 45 minutes, depending on weather conditions. Overall we found it to be a very smooth ride. Despite my being prone to seasickness, I had no trouble at all.
Can you swim in the split Caye Caulker?
Absolutely! It’s one of the best places to relax and go for a swim. The water is calm, has a nice temperature, and you can chill at the Lazy Lizard and get some refreshments.
We loved it there!
Final Thoughts – Best Caye Caulker Hotels
There is a lot to choose from when it comes to accommodation in Caye Caulker. By giving my recommendations, I hope I helped you in your search for your perfect Caye Caulker hotel.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!