Exploring Caye Caulker’s quiet side

Not too many people branch out off the main drag of Caye Caulker, but biking the south end of the island makes for an excellent change of pace. We rented bikes ($5Bz for one hour, 10Bz all afternoon) from the shop just to the right of Cayeboard Connection on Front Street. They were the highest quality rental bikes I have seen in Central America. Full tires, a smooth ride, and my handle bars were tipped by metallic skulls with flaming red eyes. Sweet.

Off we go.

Tyler brought along a portable speaker, popped it in his basket with an iPhone, and played us a chill island soundtrack. We took a gentle path past the airport down to the south end of the island. Past a few beautiful secluded homes we found beautiful inlets, crab colonies, rickety docks, and beautifully blue yet far too shallow water. Conch shells littered people’s yards, making for prettier debris than old tires perhaps but with a more pungent smell.

“I think something died back here…”
On the side of the road. Who could be on the other end?
The 1:30pm flight from Belize City coming in for a landing.
 Kickin’ back on docks, blue as far as the eye can see.

Getting to the end doesn’t take as long as you would think; we made the whole loop in just over an hour and road down every path possible. On the way back to town we headed through the more populated back side of the island through local neighborhoods where chocolate bananas were sold from porches and there was a surprising amount of construction happening. I think Caye Caulker is on the rise…

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