Traveling Cheap: Belize on a Budget
When Mark and I got married, we knew we wanted to travel, and we like going to places that not everyone is frequenting (or at least not everyone from our hometown). It’s why we went to St. Thomas for our honeymoon (comment if you want me to do a guide for there!) and it’s why we chose Belize for our 2nd honeymoon. Yes, we are calling all of our travels honeymoons. #milkingthenewlywed
Last October we traveled to Caye Caulker, Belize and it was AMAZING! Not only that, but it is a completely do-able trip for young couples or adventures, especially with some planning and saving. Here are the things you need to know!
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About Caye Caulker
This would be a massively long post if I tried to talk about ALL the amazing aspects of Caye Caulker. So I am just going to highlight some things you should know! Caye Caulker gets a lot of tourists, yet is somehow manages to keep away that “tourist village” feel. You know what I am talking about, those places you go where the only locals you see are those working at your resort. But don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re roughing it either!
- Caye Caulker is a very small but amazing Island in Belize
- You won’t need to rent a car (which saves major $$) because there are no motorized vehicles on the Island. You WILL need to rent a bike though.
- Also on the subject of saving money (since that’s what you are reading this for), the Belizian dollar is pegged to the US 2-to-1. Meaning your $1 US equals $2 Belizian, so your cash goes far on this little island.
- There are no “beaches” in the technical sense of the word, but lots of piers that go out over the water. A quick look on Instagram under “Caye caulker” can give you a good idea as to what to expect.
- Their motto is “Go Slow, ” and the locals will hold you to that!
- The water is like bath water, and the food is TO DIE FOR
- If for a week you want to feel like you live on an Island, this is the place for you.
Belize is a beautiful country between Mexico and Guatemala. So obviously depending on where you live in the world, that will dictate how much your plane tickets are. We were able to travel rather cheaply, $800ish total for two of us (yay, that’s round trip too!). I attribute this amazing price to the use of Skyscanner.
Skyscanner is an amazing app that allows you to search for the cheapest flights; I love that you can look at the whole month to find the cheapest flight! It will then generate a list and compare all of the search results. Then you can click directly on the flights, and Skyscanner will bring you to where the deal is being offered. Best part, it’s free, and Skyscanner doesn’t take a cut or charge a fee! I don’t know how they do it!
Here’s their website!:Compare airlines, dates and prices all in one place with Skyscanner
With the use of Skyscanner, (and looking at when Mark was done with harvest) we determined October was the cheapest for us to fly there. You will fly into BZE and from there need to take both a taxi as well as a water taxi to get to Caye Caulker (btw it’s pronounced like “key” Caulker). The airport is about 20 minutes from the water taxi port.
I suggest going with San Pedro Belize Water Express Taxi, and to avoid the headache of getting to the right place, choose this option. This ticket buys you transportation from the airport to the port, a water taxi ride, and then a taxi ride to your hotel. This leads to my next topic…
Where to Stay
Hands down, 100%, without question you need to stay at Weezie’s BeachFront. If you use my Airbnb link, you get money off!!! I booked our stay at Weezie’s through Airbnb and got a STEAL (like$89 dollars a night!), and I didn’t have an awesome money saving link to use at the time, but you do! We stayed in one of their small studios, and it was seriously perfect, and you are staying somewhere beautiful, even for that price. That’s our super cute place on the bottom left!
At Weezie’s you can rent bikes (they are about $50 US for 2 for a full week), they have a private pool, a private pier with lounge chairs, complimentary SUP boards, kayaks, snorkel gear and $2 Belikin! (the only beer in Belize haha). Kiki is awesome too!
Where To Eat
There is such good food on the Island, and it is all fairly inexpensive. So here is what you need to know.
- Yelp and TripAdvisor are your best friend! They have great reviews on places to eat. This is how we found most of ours.(thank you free hotel wifi)
- Definitely, have coffee and breakfast at Axios Coffee. The fry Jacks are great! It’s located on Front street near Amor Y Cafe. (The main streets are Front Street, Middle Street, and Playa Asuncion. You will pick this up real quick)
- Go and eat at Ana’s Aladdin. It’s down near the Lazy Lizzard tucked away a bit.
- Visit the sports bar at night; it’s a great environment!
- The biggest tip I have is, find somewhere to eat BEFORE you get hungry. Everyone cooks from scratch, so you will have to wait a bit for food, but it’s worth it!
What To Do
Really, being there is all about slowing down and relaxing. We didn’t travel with an agenda, just kept our days open and free.
- I do suggest you ride around the island and stop and eat anywhere that looks good.
- Do take advantage of the complimentary equipment at Weezie’s.
- Socialize! We got to meet and know so many wonderful people from all over. Just start a conversation with them.
- Take a snorkel tour with Carlos’ Tours, you can find him by Amor Y Cafe. This will be more of a splurge at about $200 for two, But it’s totally worth it! Phone: 501.600.1654 Email: Carlosaya@gmail.com
What To Bring
So you have decided to go to Caye Caulker, and now you want to know what to bring. Well, I have got you covered! I only brought a carry-on and a backpack for a personal item. Which, I highly recommend packing this light. The island is very casual (and humid) so you will more than likely be spending all your time in swimsuits and casual clothes.
Unfortunately, there are some not so great people out in the world, and you have to protect yourself against them. For example, the jerks who electronically stole our credit card information at the airport and tried to go on an Addidas shopping spree. Luckily I caught it super fast, and we have an awesome bank. But I am going to help you avoid this by linking a great RFID blocking wallet. This will help ensure no bad guys snatch your information.
Also, you will want to choose a backpack like this one. It is great to travel with because it features a secure place for electronics (plus a charger!), an area for a water bottle, and plenty of space for more goodies (like food). I found a backpack was better than a purse while riding around on bikes all day.
On the subject of water bottles, bring along an insulated water bottle. It is humid on Caye Caulker, and you’re going to want to stay hydrated. An insulated water bottle can keep your water cold during the day. Here a great option: Affordable Insulated Water bottle
So, my husband had no problem with this at all, but I got EATEN ALIVE by buggies at night. So I suggest bringing along some bug spray. Here are some other staple items you will want.
- Sunscreen (duh)
- Aloe (in case the sunscreen doesn’t work 100%)
- A good book or Kindle
- a hat you don’t mind messing up like this one: Pineapple baseball hat
- a t-shirt dress (I lived in mine)
- A GoPro or waterproof case for your phone. These are super cool!
- I also always travel with some Tums, Advil, and tampons. Just in case.
I hope you found this little guide helpful! But if you find that you still have questions, please let me know! I would love to answer them for you.