For the past three years, I have always gone on Seaduced trips. They have a great catamaran, the staff is fun, knowledgeable and you can tell they’ve been doing this for a while. They also make a great rum punch and insure that your glass is never empty. Be careful…this stuff can kick your butt especially when you are getting this much sun.
First stop is Ramon’s Village. The catamaran is parked on the dock and they have the snorkel gear that you will need for Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark/Ray Alley.
We got a pre-snorkel briefing from our captain Manuel who also guided the snorkel trip out to the reef.
Food is served throughout the morning. First fresh fruit…watermelon and pineapple. And then fresh salsa and chips. Everyone on our boat was eating as if it was his last meal on earth. Swimming makes you very hungry apparently.
We arrived in Caye Caulker around 12.30pm…with 2 hours on the island. I always recommend Rainbow Restaurant (it is right where we dock, over the water, the food is great and the service is relatively quick for Caye Caulker. Do not expect it to be “fast food”…just relax and have a few drinks. Don’t worry. You will have enough time to explore the island.)
After we finished our chicken sandwiches, Belikins and shrimp burritos, we headed out to explore the town. Ran into this guy, Charles, who had some delicious Lobster Curry for sale for only $10bzd. Next time…two lunches in one hour would be a bit much, even for me.
Caye Caulker, in my opinion, is a better place to shop for souvenirs than San Pedro if you are not an avid shopper. The selection is much smaller and there are lots of handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry. I always do my shopping over there.
The road ends at the Split. (Hurricane Hattie in 1961 not only virtually wiped out Belize City but it split Caye Caulker in half). Now there is a VERY popular bar, the Lazy Lizard, where everyone congregates during the day.
Let me repeat myself if I was not clear. TAKE THIS TRIP. It is the best thing you can do when you visit San Pedro.