Stunned On Caye Caulker, Belize – The North Side’s Biggest New Development

Last week, I visited Caye Caulker, Belize for the first time in months.  Only 25 minutes away by water taxi from my home of Ambergris Caye, each time I go I SWEAR I will visit more often.  Promises made, promises broken…strange how busy one can get…

I wrote a post about how gorgeous the island looked just a few days back

And one on the huge changes at the world famous Split!

2005

August 2016 After Hurricane Earl

April, 2017

And last week…

A HUGE expensive seawall, tons of sand (literally) and $7bzd Belikins!

Changes!  Yesterday, I returned on an AMAZING trip with Creative Tours – we boarded and were told “the boat is yours” – I came with the big picture:  Snorkeling, Manatee “hunting” and Caye Caulker and they filled in all the details and made it way better than I could have imagined.

But more on that tomorrow.

On our return to Ambergris Caye – after swimming and eating in Caye Caulker – we stopped at the new beach club/restaurant/lounge/bar and more on the North side of the island.  The side that until very recently was basically undeveloped, the side that only got electricity in the last year or two.

The new place is called Koko King.  And to stay that I was STUNNED is an understatement.

This patch of mangroves just a few hundred yards north of the split (on the calm leeward side of the island) has EXPLODED!  Last year in May, we stopped in to check out the progress

It was a great place to swim…but still quiet.  In fact, the sign was not up yet.  It was still being painted.

And here is what we enjoyed yesterday.  HOLY MOLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We pulled up on the southern dock…

There are now two.  One for the KokoKing boats and this cute little palapa…

Perhaps the most impressive thing to me is that THEY HAVE THEIR OWN WATER TAXI!  It picks people up every hour and a half in Caye Caulker town.  As long as you spend $10bzd at Koko King, it is free.

A WATER TAXI!

The view as you walk off the dock.

A pool!

Games, beds, hammocks, loungers, wait staff…

And then the next over the water structure is a restaurant, bar and lounge.  Two stories!

Some of the second floor…

And the amazing view.

Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  What a huge project…a giant idea…and one that seems to be working nicely so far.  Look at all the people at Koko King on a hazy afternoon in late July – the slow season.

Imagine how this place will be jumping in January!??!  Check out this fab video for an even better overview.

I need to go back – and try the food and spend the day.  I also need to hit the Full Moon Party!  Held monthly, the photos look SPECTACULAR!

From the Koko King Facebook page.  WOW!

Could this very spot, in my own back yard, become the Eastern hemisphere’s counter-part to Thailand’s MASSIVE Full Moon party on the small island of Ko Phan Ngan?  A party that attracts 15,000 – 30,000 travelers a month?

Here is our own Finn K. reporting from that very party in October 2015.

I have NO idea!  But based on some of the pictures, I think Koko King could be well on her way.

I’ll have to get the scoop 😉

 







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  • FJL

    Looks like another place to add to my agenda next visit. What caught my eye above is $7bzd for those great 11 oz. Belikins. Hope is isn’t the norm on any island now! 💰

    • northeasternuniversitytrack

      No, the $7 Belikins are only at the Lazy Lizard. And, yes, we boycott them because of that and the rest of their outlandish prices. I think they have dollar wings sometimes. ($1 BZD) Belikins are cheaper at Koko King. Koko King is very, VERY legit.

  • Billizer

    Does the water taxi go to San Pedro or Belize City?

    • northeasternuniversitytrack

      No, it only travels the five minutes or so back and forth from the South to the North. It leaves from the “back bridge,” which is where the barge comes in on the back side.

  • Debbie Griffith

    looks good