The serene, island village of Caye Caulker was first inhabited by the Mestizos fleeing the Caste Wars in Mexico. The settlers found this island paradise a haven for fishing and coconut farming (Cocals) and were the first to form the country’s (Northern) Fisherman’s Cooperative, today one of the country’s largest exporting industries.
While coconut plantations are now rare, the extraction of coconut oils and the baking of coconut breads and pies still exist on a small scale. In the evenings, as you wander back from your day’s tour, you will find many children with baskets selling an assortment of hot, fresh, home-baked coconut breads, pies and cakes.
As the new century emerges, however, one can notably see that Caye Caulker’s focus is turning more and more towards tourism. The main street, known as “Front Street” is dotted with small businesses, dive & snorkel shops, restaurants, and gift shops, mostly locally owned, casual in appearance and atmosphere.
Locals welcome the avid listener to tales of island myths, stories of life past, when open-aired outhouses dotted the tips of piers, kerosene lanterns lit houses and bathing was done in the street next to the water well. Enthusiastic listeners themselves, they too lend keen ears to new ideas, lifestyles, experiences, embracing the exotic blends of international cultures.
Pull up a chair next to an island native and have a splendid evening of chitchat, share a little something, experience life through the eyes of a local, see the world from a new perspective... Take a bit of Belize with you - it’s people, it’s culture!
CAYO, SAN IGNACIO
Mainland Cayo is the largest and one of the most beautiful districts in the country of Belize. Its lush jungle is laden with Mayan ruins, mountains, winding rivers, cave systems, waterfalls and wildlife. As if these are not exciting enough, Cayo is also home to butterfly farms, medicine trails, horseback riding, river tubing or canoeing and much more...
In the center of town, there is a small, but constant humming of people ~ tourists exchanging adventure stories, tips, or in-transit to their next exotic destination, locals hurrying back and forth to work, street side vendors selling their ware of mostly fresh fruits and vegetables...
No other mainland destination in Belize holds an exciting and adventurous charm quite like this one!
The tiny country of Belize (8,867 sq. miles / population 200,000) is strategically located on the coast of Central America; making it a unique part of the Caribbean as well as Central America.
Once a British Colony, Belize is the only English speaking country in the region. Still a part of the Commonwealth, Belize has more in common with its Caribbean counterparts than its Central American neighbours.
The people are friendly and festive in nature. It is not uncommon for you to come across a small congregation beating drums or turtle shells, singing and dancing to their heart’s content.
Belize enjoys summer all year long and is well known for its natural environs, its abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna. There is much yet undiscovered in Belize. Come join the adventure!