No advance water taxi reservations are necessary. Just show up at the dock on Ambergris at the last minute, buy a ticket, and board the next boat. Our timing was perfect. The next boat to Caye Caulker was loading as we bought the tickets, and the same thing happened on the return trip. I think that's called dumb luck because we didn't have a schedule or a watch!
Backpacker arriving on Caye Caulker dock.
Loaded Caye Caulker trike.
Shopping mall Caye Caulker style.
I'm fairly certain shoppers don't pay less since grocery prices on Ambergris and Caye Caulker are steep in relation to what we pay here in the U.S. For example, a regular size bag of Lay's potato chips could run $10.95 B.Z. Local staples are reasonable, but anything imported is expensive! Looks like Payless is popular with the local kids!
The flip flop shop.
Typical Belizean clapboard construction.
Palm trees substitute for street signs.
Dock in need of repair. Notice the sticks in the water for tying up? The boat captain on the way to Lamanai told us with the consistency of the mucky sand, locals can plant sticks and they'll stay in the same place for years. His tour operator had placed sticks as markers in the water to guide tour boats on the way to Belize City.
We didn't try the shrimp sticks, but $5.00 B.Z. translates to $2.50 U.S.
Local sports bar!
The hammock store.
All day Happy Hour! What's not to love!
One of many places on Caye Caulker to get quick grub.
A woman on Ambergris told me that Caye Caulker's cheaper on pricing for snorkeling tours, fishing trips, trips to the mainland, rentals, etc.... I didn't check while we were there, but I do remember reading that in guide books. Caye Caulker might be a convenient place to stay for a few nights!
Colorful little beach grill!