From the airstrip, head straight to the eastern coast. Kick off your shoes before walking north along the shoreline – it’s mandatory. Although Caye Caulker doesn’t possess the same soft beaches as its larger neighbor, Ambergris Caye, or the even softer shores of the outlying Cayes, the sands are still ideal for barefoot strolling. However, watch out for the vicious little sand flies that attack on the calmest days. Locals swear by Vicks Vapor Rub, but the smell sure won’t make you popular at beach parties.
One of the first places you’ll pass is the resource center of the CCBTIA, short for the Caye Caulker branch of the Belize Tourism Industry Association. Besides providing information to visitors, CCBTIA is a local conservation watchdog, helping protect the region’s superlative natural environment. The island is full of helpful reminders, like this sign in lively Caribbean English.
For more amusing Belize signs and storefronts, check out our Lost in Translation photo gallery.