In Caye Caulker, the sand is white, the water is crystal clear and the streets are multicoloured. Whole lobsters are grilled to your taste on the roadside and the locals always have a smile (well, living here why wouldn’t they).
Snorkelling and diving. This coast is home to the second largest reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It’s UNESCO protected but currently in listed as in danger, so may not even be around for future generations to explore. The waters are so clear that not even storms seem to affect the visibility. A question mark remains in my mind as to whether they should limit visitor numbers to the reef more than they currently do.
A day’s snorkelling tour with Ragamuffin Tours delivered the goods. Amid a few unfortunate days of rain on the island, I managed to bag a blue sky morning, close encounters with nurse sharks and a rum punch sunset on the way back to the Caye. I also loved the grilled seafood that you can find in pretty much every restaurant on the strip, but the Porgi at Rosie’s Grill beat them all.
Honestly, I would have spent longer here. Not only is the return water taxi ticket valid for three months, but basic dorm accomodation is also cheap and you’re more guaranteed a few days of brilliant sunshine if you allow more time on the island (as well as accomodating for the inevitable post-snorkelling rum punch hangover!).