5 (March 8, 2014) Caye Caulker
We’ll take the lodge private transfer to reach Mundo Maya airport in
Flores on time to board in our flight to Belize City, which leaves at
All we have to do in Belize City is going to the
taxi terminal from the airport and get one to Caye Caulker in a ride
which takes less than one hour.
The rest of the day is for walking by the island
and enjoying the Caribbean environment there.
At 5:45 AM we’re at the entrance of Jaguar Inn
waiting for our transfer to the airport, which should be here at 6 AM.
It is dawning and the sounds from the jungle are coming clear to us. It
At 5:55 AM comes our car and at 7 AM we’re in the small
airport. Although it is an international flight, it’s too soon and
Tropic air desk – one of the four desks there- is closed. We’re taking
our breakfast in the small coffee place on the corner where we’re told
it’s still 30 minutes to open. At the other side of this hall there are
two more desks: one for immigration and another one for passport control.
The process is fat and it is understandable when knowing the
plane is half full: 6 persons for a capacity of 12. When checking in
we’re asked for paying 33 US$ per person as exit taxes that I thought
were included in the flight rate, but it is obviously not. The receipt
is shown in the immigration desk to get the exit stamp in the passport,
then, in the passport control they check everything is correct to let
us pass to the waiting hall, with just a few doors in a glass wall to
The flight is scheduled to leave at 8:30 AM, but
it is at this time when the Tropic Air plane arrives to the airport.
Somehow, we can see how our baggage is taken to the plane immediately
and some minutes later the three couples as passengers are out to walk
down to the plane. We get in by a pull-down stairs. We quickly choose
our seat by the window. We’re feeling like in a private flight. We can
even see the pilots in front of us with all their systems.
This flight is spectacular: it is flying low so we can have
incredible views from Lake Peten-Itza and the vast jungle until it
lands just at the moment we can see the sea.
The leaving from the plane and the airport is fast
and easy too. We take the door labeled as “Taxis” to the street and
find a man in a stand. We tell him we’re going to the water taxi
terminal and he answers it is 25 US$ to be paid to the driver.
We notice soon the name of the taxi driver is Luis Perez and
then we get in a Spanish conversation. He explains the most of
Belizeans speak Spanish and some other curiosities of this country.
When he asks me about the water taxi company we want to use I just
answer it is a matter of time: the one for the next trip to Caye
Caulker. He check the timetables he has
In the car and takes us to San Pedro Belize Express terminal, where we
pay 50 US$ by two tickets to Caye Caulker. I must pay attention to the
rates as I’ve just been cheated: there is a fix exchange rate 1 US$
-> 2 BLZ$ and, as I couldn’t get local money, I’m paying
everything with US dollars and I’m always getting the change in
Belizean dollars. I’ve been taken in US dollars what is in Belizean
Money stuff in this country is based on that, and when we
just arrive to Cay Caulker at 10:30 AM, after a one hour trip, we’re
offered taxi at the end of the pier. “Five Americans” we’re told as
rate. As there are no cars or scooters in this island, taxis are golf
carts. With the bicycles, they are all the vehicles in this place.
Barefoot Beach Hotel is in front of the sea, as cannot be
other way on this island. But it seems there are no beaches here and
all the hotels have a pier going to the sea with hammocks and stairs to
the warm water.
We go out immediately to explore the island, get some
lunch ad book the tour for tomorrow. We walk along Front Street and
breathe the bohemian air of this island, with the wood houses painted
with garish colors. In the horizontal streets one can see the sea at
both ends, and the one we’re walking through is full of restaurants and
tour agencies, with some supermarket, always ruled by Chinese people.
When we reach the spot we came in from the boat, we go upstairs to the
water taxi company office to get the tickets for Chetumal, in Mexico,
for the day after tomorrow. We pay 45 US$ per person for them.
We chose restaurant “Brisas del mar” for lunching. The
offer is a free mojito for every lunch and we take it on the tables
they have outside by the sea. The food takes some time but we have no
rushes and the shrimps with cocoa I’m eating are delicious. I wanted
locust, but it seems they’re out of season. We pay around 50 BZ$.
We’ve checked we can talk in Spanish almost everywhere
here, and we can do it again when choosing agency for tomorrow’s tour.
It seems all of them has the similar policies and rates: the manatee
tour needs a minimum of 4 people and, therefore, we end taking the half
day tour for snorkeling on three spots of the barrier reef by 35 US$
per person. We’ll do this with Mario’s tours.
We spend the rest of the day relaxing in the hammocks at hotel and enjoying the sea breeze.