Rainy Weekend on Caye Caulker + A Devastating Fire

I love Caye Caulker. Located just about 10 miles (ish) from my home of Ambergris Caye, I take the water taxi over every single time a friend visits me in Belize. I recommend Caye Caulker – a day trip at the very least – to anyone who visits Ambergris Caye.

Our Island Wishlist sign on Caye Caulker
I love this sign

I love to show off Caye Caulker’s beauty, shop, eat, and swim, and enjoy this beautiful, very walkable island just 25 minutes away from San Pedro by boat. And every single time I leave, I declare that: I MUST come back more often. But then real life creeps in…

Cute pastel house in Caye Caulker
Pretty wooden home on Caye Caulker side street in pastel colors

I headed over this weekend for a meeting and…it was raining for much of my time there. It is November after all…but I still took a bunch of photos to share. Especially of the heartbreaking fire that started Friday morning and destroyed 2 very popular businesses on the island – Barrier Reef Sports Bar and La Cubana Restaurant. (San Pedro Sun article: Morning fire destroys two popular beach establishments in Caye Caulker)

La Cubana Restaurant totally burned
La Cubana Restaurant the day of the fire

For pictures of Caye Caulker at her usual sunny best and lots of info & tips about the island, see my Guide to Caye Caulker.

Looking towards Caye Caulker as I boarded the water taxi in San Pedro. Rain for sure!

Menacing clouds south of Ambergris Caye
Menacing clouds from water taxi dock

25 minutes later, we unloaded at the water taxi dock in Caye Caulker. A few steps to see the devastating fire that took place only a few hours before. (You can see my visit to a 2013 Jam Session at The Barrier Reef Sports Bar here.)

Both businesses – have been entirely destroyed.

Sports bar Destroyed
Barrier Reef Sports Bar from beach side
Barrier Reef Sports Bar destroyed
Sports Bar from the roadside
Barrier Reef destroyed from Roadside

And La Cubana Restaurant…I’d never been there but always took pictures of the very cute signs.

Totally burned out La Cubana

The police station – in yellow and green – is just next door and was saved. As was Bamboozle Restaurant on the other side.

Police Station
Awful fire on caye caulker

By Saturday morning, a huge team of people were cleaning everything up. So heartbreaking. To find out how you can help, see the Caye Caulker VIllage Council’s Facebook page.

I have no good transition to my other photos…I’ll just show them.

Cat snoozing on a porch in Caye Caulker

A delicious lunch of Stewed Meatballs at a tiny lunch stall with no name.

Stewed Meatballs
Onion Sauce (onion, habanero and acid – lime or vinegar) makes everything taste better
Pretty plumeria
Blooming plumeria – frangipani
Little Blue Store
Cute art and souvenir shop
No golf cart sign
Auntie's Fried Chicken
Back from snorkeling, right into the fryer 🙂
Roy's Sign in Caye Caulker

I especially love that Caye Caulker has great, simple, locally-owned guesthouses where you can stay. We booked Maxhapan Cabanas thru AirBNB and it was just perfect. AC/big room/big property and lovely owner, Ms Louise.

I will stay there again. The price was less than $60US a night.

Maxhapan Cabanas Caye Caulker

The name Maxhapan means breadfruit – and there is a HUGE beautiful breadfruit tree in the yard.

The view at night of the common area/palapa.

Palapa at night at Maxhapan Cabanas

That’s all for now. I promise to get back there in the next month on a gorgeous day to take 1000 more photos. I’m inspired again. I need to get to Caye Caulker more often!

Sign on the beach

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  1. HARPO ZANEIS on November 13th, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Keep the pictures coming/don’t always commit but enjoy them all

  2. Frank J on November 13th, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Sad about the fire. I believe the bar is where a handful of locals played cards and smoked cigars at a round table. Hoping for a quick rebuild before my next visit in Feb. Never met a bad person on the island.

  3. David Martin on November 14th, 2023 at 12:26 am

    Blooming Plumeria – a glorious example of the Fibonacci Golden Rule…

    • David Martin on November 14th, 2023 at 10:16 am

      …silly me: I meant the Fibonacci Golden Ratio. Although living by the Golden Rule is certainly admirable.

  4. SPmQQseBZ on November 16th, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    but….. how about showing the concrete vomit being allowed on the north side….?

    • San Pedro Scoop on November 21st, 2023 at 4:53 pm

      I’m going to need more info…there are so many ridiculous buildings going up!

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