Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker?

{Context}

Before I go into the heart of what I want to share in this article, I should tell you that I wrote this article before actually going to Belize. I wanted to share my decision making activities and criterion because I’m making a decision without the benefit of having gone there!

I’ll follow up with a part 2 after I get back in January, 2018. By the way, there aren’t any photos in the article because I haven’t gone yet!

{Decision Making Activities}

I Googled, “Ambergris Caye vs. Caye Caulker”. The majority of the posts said pretty much the same two things: Caye Caulker is a lot smaller than Ambergris and the Caye has its very own “Pura Vida” which is “Go Slow”.

But I wanted to know more, in order to make my selection. So I kept digging for info online and I bought the Belize Lonely Planet. I also reached out to the few friends I have that have been, but with low expectations as their travel styles are different than mine. I also reached out to the people at Anywhere.com who were really helpful.

{What I Learned}

  • Both islands are very touristy.
  • Supposedly Ambergeris Caye is more expensive than Caye Caulker, therefore there tend to be more backpacks on Caye Caulker.
  • Head to Ambergris for diving and fishing. Head to Caye Caulker for snorkeling. But both offer lots of activities.
  • It’s about 30 minutes (each way) by water taxi to go from Caye to Caye.
  • Caye Caulker is slightly closer to the Blue Hole, but Ambergris is bigger, with more dive shops so there are more trips and more often too.
  • The airstrip on Caye Caulker is under repair (as of October 2017) and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of info as to when it will be done. So that means to get to Caye Caulker from Belize City, you have to first stop on Ambergris.
  • Cars are not allowed on Caye Caulker

{Decision}

We decided to go to Caye Caulker. We wanted to try out a place with a slower pace and no cars as that’s the exact opposite of our life in Silicon Valley. Additionally, while we are very excited to go, this is not one of the holidays where my husband and I want to splurge. We’re saving splurging for Eastern Africa (next year hopefully!).

After all my research I concluded that you can’t really go wrong in either place. I’ll do a follow up post when we get back in January!

 

 

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