While you are on Caye Caulker there are a few foods you must not miss out on. The fresh fish was just amazing, we loved eating jerk chicken and conch curry, plantain was wonderful, and a morning without fry jacks would have been a crime!
Here is a quick guide to eating in Caye Caulker.
Breakfast: at least once while you are on the island you have to try the local breakfast delicacy, Fry Jacks. These are made from a dough that is filled with any combination of ham, chicken, eggs, beans, and cheese, deep fried. They are amazing!
The best place in town to buy fry jacks is Errolyns House of Fry Jacks on Middle street. Errolyn’s opens from 6am til 2pm.
Errolyn’s House Of Fry Jacks on Caye Caulker
It’s always full of locals, as well as tourists in the know, lining up to get breakfast to go. Fry Jacks cost between $2 and $5 BZN, so between $1 and $2.50 US.
The Rainbow Grill, Caye Caulker
Lunch: sit out on the covered patio at Rainbow Bar and Grill and enjoy ocean breezes and staggeringly gorgeous ocean views while you enjoy a local rum punch and any of their fish dishes.
the patio at the Rainbow Grill on Caye Caulker
Rum Punch wiith a view at the Rainbow Grill on Caye Caulker
the view from the patio at the Rainbow Grill, Caye Caulker
I had fresh snapper cooked in a ginger sauce, and it was fantastic.
One of the highlights of our trip to Caye Caulker was taking a day trip to Goff’s Caye with a local company called Anda de Wata.
Lunch on the beach at Goff’s caye, Belize
Our boat crew cooked us an absolute feast on the beach, rice, vegetables, plantain, and fish. It was my favorite meal while we were away.
Dinner: you cannot beat the food at Wish Willy.
We ate there several times, and each time was fantastic. Maurice cooks fish and chicken and veges outside on the grill, and you eat under the trees. Wish Willy oozes island ambience, has really great food and a really cool chef. (Who was also our landlord while we were on the island!)
We just had a fantastic trip to Caye Caulker in Belize. I was there to do makeup for a destination wedding, but managed to have a few days vacation built around it.
Caye Caulker is teeny tiny,very rustic, and quite beautiful. There are no cars on the island, just golf carts. The roads aren’t paved, instead looking beach perfect with their white sandy dirt. You can walk or ride a bike pretty much anywhere in 10 minutes. The people are really friendly, the food is fantastic, and everyone knows everyone.
Here are 9 things to do on Caye Caulker:
Rent a bike.Caye Caulker’s motto is “Go Slow”, making leisurely bike rides the perfect way to explore!
Rent a paddle board . The ocean is pretty calm and shallow around the island, especially of off front street, making it a great place to try paddle boarding if you are new to it, and fun to mess around if you’ve done it before.
Go snorkeling. The world’s second largest barrier reef is off the coast of Caye Caulker making for some fabulous snorkeling opportunities. Whether you are staying inside the harbor, going out to the reef, or heading to one of the other islands snorkeling is a must.
A word to the wise – use the highest number SPF you can find, and keep reapplying! The sun is ferocious this close to the equator, and the water magnifies it. We all got burned.
Take a day trip on a boat. We went to a tiny private island called Goffs Caye with a company called Anda De Wata. It was amazing!
Snorkeling, swimming, boating and lunching on the beach, this was perhaps my favorite day of my trip. Goffs Caye is spectacularly, ridiculously beautiful, so much so that you can’t quite believe what you are seeing. And there was no one there, just us.
Everything I had read said that the Split was the place to be, but I wasn’t so taken with it. It doesn’t actually have a beach, and the food and drink options were crazy expensive. From the back street side of the island you can catch a free boat to the other side of the split to Koko beach, a new resort style man made beach.
The sand is soft, there are lounge chairs, water hammocks, thatched roof docks, one of which has swings that let you swing out over the ocean. They play island music, have drink and food service, and it’s a great place to spend some island time.
Eat at Wish Willy. This is a cool, vibey joint just before the split, where you eat outside under the trees. The food is amazing. Everyone knows Wish Willy – you will have no problem finding it.
Go Kitesurfing. I didn’t get time for it this trip but next time I will for sure. The bay breezes that hit the inner harbor each day make for some good kitesurfing.
Cool Off With Coconut. Stroll along front street and you will find tons of vendors selling icy cold coconuts. There is quite honestly nothing more refreshing!
Do Nothing. There are hammocks everywhere on Caye Caulker. Grab a coconut, get comfy in a hammock under a tree, take in the view of the ocean, and do absolutely nothing at all.
Next week I’m heading down to Belize for a few days. I love it when makeup jobs fly me off to cool destinations! I’ve never been to Belize before, so not only is this totally cool, but we are going to be on an island called Caye Caulker, with palm trees, white sand beaches and an endless ocean. I can barely wait!
I will have some down time while I’m there, and fully plan to not only get well acquainted with the beaches but also to do some snorkeling. The world’s second largest barrier reef is off the coast of Belize. The last time I went snorkeling I was on the world’s largest barrier reef off the coast of Far Northern Queensland in Australia, so this is going to be incredible!
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At the beginning of each quarter they send you a gorgeously curated box of fabulous things that you need to be chic for the season ahead. In my spring 2017 box there was this cool Gypsy Roundy, a round cloth that you can use as a beach blanket or picnic blanket, a table cloth, a wall hanging – tons of uses. Mine came in the tie dyed looking blue and white print, which is pretty cool for beaching it, don’t you think? This is it below with my beauty products sitting on top.
I also received this cool Milly Zippered Pouch, which you can use as a clutch, a travel makeup bag or as I plan to use it, a beach bag. It’s water proof inside so you can throw in a wet bikini, but I’m using it to store my beach skin and makeup needs.
I am obsessed with sun protection for my face and neck. I use a regular Coppertone or Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen on my body, normally an SPF 30 or 50, but on my face I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 100, I either pick it up at the store or add it to whatever I’m ordering at Amazon.com
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied during the day, but I hate getting gritty sand on my hands and in my sunscreen and roughing up my skin, so for years and years now I have been using ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF 50. This is genius because you can reapply it over your makeup and not mess everything up, and if you are feeling a little more glowy than you want, the powder formula can matte you down too. It’s fantastic!
A few years ago a client gave me a tube of Nars Lipstick in Roman Holiday to take with me to Italy. It has become my default travel lipstick – I just love it. I always take a bold color lip and a soft, glossy color lip with me when I travel, and Roman Holiday is my soft glossy. It has Vitamin E in it which keeps your lips feeling soft and stops them from drying out, and the color is the perfect blue based pink (good for cool toned girls). Most blue pinks have that tired out Barbie vibe, but this one is fresh and perfect and makes your teeth look super white. You can order it online at Sephora.com
When the beaching is done and everyone is heading out for dinner or drinks and there’s not time to go home and get showered I like to clean my face with Skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths and then use a refreshing facial mist to both sooth and hydrate my skin without having to deal with gooey moisturizers. Sephora has tons to choose from.
One of the best ways to look fab after the beach, especially if you are a little more red than planned, is to neutralize your complexion with a little bronze. Powder bronzers can get too grabby on your skin and look weird, and most powder bronzers have too many glittery, flickery particles in them, which makes your entire bronzer game look ridiculous. I prefer to use a gel bronzer, and my favorite is Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Gel Bronzer. I typically can’t find this product in stores so I always order it on Stila.com)After a day on the beach just tapping a little gel bronzer along your cheek bones and a little at the edges of your forehead can make your skin glow, and knock down any excess redness.
In general I don’t take perfume to the beach, but if I have a little travel sized bottle I slip it in my bag. Perfumes aren’t supposed to hang out in the heat as this can ruin them, so don’t bring a big bottle!
I’m naturally curly, and although most of my life is lived with my hair smoothed out, I don’t even consider it when beaching. Left to it’s own devices my hair will look like a cross between a really bad home perm that went drastically wrong and an afro. For a quick hair repair I spritz in Ouidad’s Botanical Boost Refreshing Spray which I get in the travel size, and I normally rake and shake a little of their Heat and Humidity Gel through as well. I also buy that in travel size and am waiting for my order to arrive, so it’s not pictured here.
Last but not least if my hair is collapsing at the roots, which happens all the time, I spritz a little Oribe Dry Texturing spray. I order all my travel sized Oribe products from SpaceNK.com Sometimes I use a dry shampoo, but I find a dry texture spray has a few more uses and is therefore a better travel companion. And it smells amazing!