Where to Eat in Caye Caulker

  1. Namaste Café

This place is owned and operated by a yoga-teaching ex-patfrom Indiana. Jessie, the owner, led us in an awesome rooftop yoga practice onemorning while we stayed on the island. After yoga, we went downstairs and enjoyed breakfast. I had a deliciousbagel with peanut butter, banana, and honey drizzled over the top. I washed itall down with their homemade hibiscus-honey kombucha. The café also has a widevariety of coffee drinks and sandwiches. While you’re there, pick up a copy ofJessie’s children book, Island Boy. She was thrilled to sign the copies Ibought for our nieces and nephew.

  • Il Pelicano

Located a few doors down from the Iguana Reef Inn, this place reminded me most of a restaurant back home. To be honest, it’s why it wasn’t my favorite! That being said, the food was terrific and we ate there twice. I had the branzino both times, and it was really delicious. It is more moderately-priced than some of the other spots with entrees costing around $25BE.  There is outdoor seating and a small bar. What I loved about it was the live entertainment both nights we were there. A girl was playing her guitar and singing. It made for a very relaxing dinner. 

  • Island Magic Restaurant

This ties for first place as one of my favorite spots to eaton the island. It is in a very quiet spot on the island and was about a fifteenminute walk from the Iguana Reef Inn, which is where we stayed. We sat in thebeach section of the restaurant. All of the tables in this section hang from acanopy. The seats are swings that hang from the same canopy. It was such a coolway to eat dinner. I had red snapper cooked in a coconut curry sauce. It wasabsolutely delicious! Caution- it gets very windy at night- so bring a sweater.

  • Suggestion Gourmet

Suggestion Gourmet ties for first place on my list. In theambiance department, it wins by a landslide. The restaurant is set far backfrom the road underneath an incredibly gorgeous canopy of trees and bistrolights. It is a tiny place that serves pizza and two dinner options daily. Ihad really good Thai lettuce wraps when we ate there. They were fresh anddelicious. It is a very small place, and it was hard for them to accommodateour group of 16 despite having a reservation. It wasn’t for lack of trying,because the wait staff and owner were all incredible and working their tailsoff to get our meals out to us in a timely fashion. That being said, if you aredining with a small group, there shouldn’t be any sort of problem. I highlyrecommend sitting outside and try the dessert! The owner is from France andmakes fresh eclairs and macaroons daily.

  • Sports Bar

This place is the definition of ‘dive bar.’ You walk in and question whether you should touch anything in the place besides your beer bottle. That being said, it has one of the coolest vibes on the island. You walk out the backdoor and the sea is about five yards in front of you. One of the nights we were there, they had live drummers singing and performing. Everyone in the place was dancing and having a blast. Sports Bar has special events during the week; including karaoke and trivia. What more could you want?

Why I Went Back to Belize

So, there is the obvious answer- one of my very best friends had her wedding down here and asked me to be her Maid of Honor.  But, when I found out I would be going back to Belize, I was excited for more than just the wedding, and God knows I was pretty pumped for that.

Belize is a small Central American country wedged beneath Mexico and beside Guatemala. Only about 300,000 people live in the entire country. A country that has stretches of jungle, beach, and city. Belize became an independent country in 1981, and English is the official language. It is a great destination for anyone look for a barefoot adventure where you will soak up lots of sun and delicious local food.

I came back to Caye Caulker, Belize to interact with the people, because they are incredibly friendly and accommodating to tourists. They love nothing more than to share their culture, and tiny piece of paradise. There was Kenny who runs the Caye Caulker animal shelter. He wanted nothing more than to talk to us and share about the work he does with the several dozen animals he tends to at his shelter. There was Gian, a snorkel-guide who was born and raised on the island. He seemed surprised to know I’d be interested in feeding the sharks and not too grossed out to break up the raw sardines with my bare hands. When in Rome, right? There was Jessie, the ex-pat from Indiana who started a small café and donations-only yoga studio on the island. There was Charlene, formerly a Los Angeles girl, now living the island-life. She took my friend and her family out on an informal spear-fishing adventure. We grilled the fish back at the inn where we stayed. She cooked up all the sides and ate, drank, and talked with us until late into the night. There was Rachel, my friend’s amazing wedding planner who made sure her day was nothing short of perfect. Rachel runs her business, Signature Belize Weddings, and WOW can that girl plan a terrific event. There was the man who played several different instruments during the wedding ceremony. No jokes, this man went from conch shell to flute to guitar.  There was DJ Chris who spun a ridiculously eclectic bunch of music during the wedding reception. There was the guy who helped us carry a 65lbs bag of dog food from the market to the animal shelter on the opposite side of the island. There were the countless people we passed on the street who smiled and waved each day as we wandered around the island.

I came back to Belize for the animals- the seahorses, swimming with the sharks, the sting-rays, the tropical toucans, and even the crocodile that lived in the waters not too far from where we swam. Don’t even get me started on the stray cats and dogs. They are everywhere, and the happiest strays I’ve ever seen. Well-fed and tended to by the locals.

I came back to Belize for the food. Every meal was authentic and delicious- from the whole grilled snapper I devoured to the fryjacks I inhaled  as a snack. The food on Caye Caulker has Carribbean influence with its own unique twist.

I came back to Belize, because I could truly unplug from the world for a few days, and that was really nice. (Don’t worry, there was WiFi nearly everywhere we went.) Nothing beats watching the sunset with a Belikin in hand and your friends swimming by your side.

Kenny runs the Caye Caulker Animal Shelter
Lindsay and John’s amazing ceremony site- the Altun Ha Mayan Ruins (about an hour and half north of Belize City)