Travel Guide

5 Days in San Pedro and Caye Caulker, Belize

By Angela Wu 6/29/2018 3 minutes

Previously, we posted a blog about spending 5 Days in Cayo, Belize; and, it's only fair that we do the same for those who love the sand, sun and sea. It's time to pull out those beach towels and flip flops and spend 5 Days in San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Here is 5 days in San Pedro and Caye Caulker in Belize:
  1. Snorkel/Diving/Snuba Diving
  2. Caye Caulker Catamaran Sail
  3. The Great Blue Hole
  4. Fishing
  5. Barbecue Catamaran & Sunset Sail

Day 1: Snorkel | Diving | Snuba Diving

Marine life in Belizean waters is simply stunning. As of June 26, 2018, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is officially off UNESCO's In Danger List. This barrier reef is the world's second largest living barrier reef coral system, which also provides homes to many species of aquatic animals. These would include nurse sharks, moray eels, sting rays, whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and many types and sizes of fish. There is so much to explore under these beautiful turquoise waters; and, a great way to do so is going snorkeling - or diving if you are a certified diver! If you can't choose between the two, then get the best of both worlds by going snuba diving!

A few of the most popular snorkeling and diving destinations in Belize are

the Split (Caye Caulker) and Caye Caulker Marine Reserve (Caye Caulker)
Be sure to take an underwater camera to capture the spectacular underwater views! Don't believe us? Check out our awesome video snorkeling at Coral Gardens and Shark Ray Alley! You can also read our Caye Caulker snorkeling adventure blog!

Day 2: Caye Caulker Catamaran Sail

If you are staying in San Pedro and would like to take a day trip to Caye Caulker, then you can do that with a catamaran sail to Caye Caulker. What's better than kicking back and enjoy the sea breeze on a catamaran? On your way to Caye Caulker, your tour provider can take you to snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve or another snorkeling destination. Once your boat docks at Caye Caulker, you can roam through the streets, shops and restaurants of the island for an hour or two before sailing back to San Pedro. This trip usually includes a booze cruise at the return journey along with great “bocas” such as ceviche and salsa.

Day 3: The Great Blue Hole

One of Belize's popular points of interests is the infamous Great Blue Hole. The Great Blue Hole, in aerial view, is a deep blue attraction off the coast of Belize. It is a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and one of seven wonders of Belize's World Heritage Sites. Going down four hundred feet deep, the sinkhole is adorned with giant stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns and drip stone sheets.
This massive submarine sinkhole is on any certified diver's must-dive bucket list. Dive excursions to the Blue Hole are full-day trips that usually include a dive in the Blue Hole and other nearby diving sites, along with an option to snorkel.

As well as snorkeling and diving at The Great Blue Hole, you can also fly over the Blue Hole! You can read our blog or watch our video about our cool experience flying over The Great Blue Hole with Belize Concierge Excellent!

Day 4: Fishing

Fishing trips can be half day or full day. After diving and snorkeling at the Great Blue Hole, you must be a bit tired and would like to take it easy. You can do so with a half day fishing trip and then spend the other half of the day relaxing on hammock by the beach or go exploring in the town. Just picture yourself in a fishing boat, surrounded by clear turquoise waters with the warm sun beaming above you while a light sea breeze blows by you, just anticipating a nibble on your hook. Overall, fishing is a fun activity by yourself, along with a guide, or as a small group of four. Just remember, fishing does not guarantee catching!
Belize’s Barrier Reef is home to many species of fish and other marine animals. You can conduct deep sea fishing, reef fishing, and flat/sport fishing.
  • Reef Fishing: Fishing within or near the reefs is a great family activity. Some of the fishes you can catch are yellowtail snappers, groupers, barracudas and mutton snappers.
  • Flat Fishing: This is conducted at the mangrove lines of lagoons and flats, which is to the back of the island. You will be fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit. Common catches are barracudas, common snooks and jack crevalle.
  • Deep Sea Fishing: If you want to reel in bigger game fishes, then you should try deep sea fishing in deeper waters. This is conducted outside of Belize’s Barrier Reef. You can catch wahoos, dorados, and billfishes.

Day 5: Barbecue Catamaran & Sunset Sail

On your last day of you should experience the beautiful Caribbean Sea one more time before you depart. We know, it's sad that you must leave paradise. But don't worry, at least you'll have a fun and memorable ending. On a barbecue catamaran sail, you'll get to go snorkeling, fishing, sun bathing and enjoy some finger-licking fish barbecue and ceviche with an ice-cold beer on the side. But don't drink too much beers just yet! There's a sunset cruise where you can enjoy even more ceviche, beers, sodas, and rum punch. Relish the beautiful beams of sunlight in the twilight sky. When dusk breaks in, be the first to spot a night star.


In addition to these activities on the islands, you can also relax under the sun and enjoy the great ambiance of the beach. The great thing about traveling in Belize is the versitility of the country that can cater to all your vacation needs.

How to get to San Pedro and Caye Caulker?

You can get to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, or Caye Caulker with these transportation options:
  • Aircraft via Maya Island Maya Air or Tropic Air
  • Water Taxi via San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi or Ocean Ferry Water Taxi
Read more about how to get around Belize in our transportation in Belize blog.

If you would like to know some of the best eats and stays in Caye Caulker and San Pedro, here are some suggestions:

Places to eat in San Pedro: 

Places to stay in San Pedro:

Places to eat in Caye Caulker:

Places to stay in Caye Caulker:

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Events
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Caye Caulker Lobster Fest The Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is the original Lobster Fest of Belize, boasting 18 and counting, that started in July of 1994 by the Islanders Veterans Football ... moreClub. The event is held annually to commemorate all the fishermen who have made Caye Caulker to what it is today. During the three days, you can expect full days of activities like greasy poles, drinking games and competitions, musical performances, educational and promotional boots and raves that will be an experience of a lifetime!
2019 Caye Caulker Lobster Fest The events happening at the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest will be epic! On Friday, June 28, there will the Miss Lobster Fest Pageant 2019 where contestants will compete for the coveted title of the 2019 Miss Lobster Fest. After the crowning of the winner, there will be an After Party Dance that will feature some of the best DJs and entertainment such as DJ Khris, Youth Connection Band and Evolution Sounds. On Saturday, June 29, there will be a beach party bright and early at 10:00 a.m., a bartending competition at 3:00 p.m., and a Dancing Under the Influence Bash later in the night. For the last day of the entire 2019 Lobster Festival, the beach parties and excitement continues with much music, entertainment and family games!
Why should you attend the 2019 Caye Caulker Lobster Fest? The 2019 Caye Caulker Lobster Festival will start from June 28 until June 30, lasting three days. During these three days, there will be loads of activities, parties and entertainment at Palapa Gardens. There will be plenty of food, drinks, and entertainment for everyone. If you are looking for an affordable and enjoyable experience at one of Belize’s Lobster Fests, then Caye Caulker is the place for you! Let's go Belizing at the 2019 Caye Caulker Lobster Fest!
How to get to the 2019 Caye Caulker Lobster Fest? You can get to Caye Caulker by water taxi with San Pedro Belize Express or Ocean Ferry, or you can get there by flight with Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. If you are already on the island, then you can move around in a golf cart rental.
Entrance Fee:
Free
Venue:
Palapa Gardens
Address:
Caye Caulker, Belize
Start Date:
Sunday, 28 Jun, 2020Annually
District:
Island
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San Pedro Lobster Fest Lobster Fest officially kicks off in San Pedro around mid-June to the end of the month, San Pedro hosts a week-long event that ranges from live concerts, block ... moreparties, food tastings, and other activities. The Lobster Fest in San Pedro is the largest celebration for Lobster Fest.

Usually, you are given a Lobster Crawl Passport that outlines the full schedule of events that will happen. Using this, you will be collecting stamps from each event and participate in a raffle to win prizes. The passport should be submitted at the block party happening at Barrier Reef Drive.
2019 San Pedro Lobster Fest The 2019 San Pedro Lobster Fest is the first segment of the nationwide Lobster Festival that is held annually in Belize to open the lobster season. This year’s grand prize for this raffle is yet to be announced.
Why should you attend the 2019 Lobster Fest in San Pedro? The 2019 San Pedro Lobster Fest hosts a full week of daytime and nightime events that lead up to a massive block party by the beach! Twenty great activities, lobster-themed foods, live entertainment and hype parties will be happening! Join us and celebrate all the festivities that San Pedro has to offer at the 2018 Lobster Fest in San Pedro!
How to get to the 2019 San Pedro Lobster Fest? You can get to Caye Caulker by water taxi with San Pedro Belize Express or Ocean Ferry, or you can get there by flight with Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. If you are already on the island, then you can move around in a golf cart rental.
Entrance Fee:
Free
Venue:
Central Park, San Pedro
Address:
Central Park, San Pedro
Start Date:
Saturday, 13 Jun, 2020Annually
District:
Island
Tours/Activities
$
550
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Snorkeling at Hol Chan, visiting the nurse sharks and the stingrays, snorkeling with the manatees, feeding the tarpons and visiting the seahorses definitely needs a whole day. This ... moreis a full day full of Fun!
Pick up time can either be 8:00 am or 8:30 - you decide. The first stop is at Hol Chan - "Little Channel". That is our first snorkeling stop. Once completed, less than 3 minutes boat ride we get to Shark and Ray Alley. Here you can either stay on the boat and snap pictures or go in the water to SWIM with the marine species like nurse sharks, stingrays, horse-eye jacks and much more fish. We bring sardine to feed them...
After that, we move towards our sister island Caye Caulker. We head to the Northern Channel where we go look out for the manatees. Once spotted, you get on your snorkeling gears and go in to snorkel with them. So Marvelous!

We then go to the island and visit the famous "Split" which divides the island into two parts that were caused in 1961 by hurricane Hattie. On the leeward part of the island, we go to feed the big tarpons from the boat - if you are brave enough! Lol. Not too far we have the seahorse city reserve. You get to look at them. Once all of this is done, normally around 12:30 pm we go to the island to walk and find a restaurant of your choice where you will have lunch. We depart from Caye Caulker to San Pedro around 3:00 pm.
$
350
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
The Half Day Reef Fishing starts at either 8:00 am or 8:30 am. It is a 4 hours tour. We pick you up at your resort/hotel's dock and we move on to our special fishing spots to the reef. ... moreWe provide you with live bait, make the fishing more excited and more fun. We also include the rods and hooks with weights.
We fish for a total of 3 1/2 to 4 hours meanwhile we can have some music and also refreshments. It's lots of fun. I am in charge of cutting and hooking bait on your hooks.
On the way back to your dock, I clean all the catch and fillet it for you to keep. You can make a delicious food after!
$
600
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Our Full Day fishing with Private Beach Barbeque usually starts at 8:00 am. We do provide everything needed for the tour. We fish for some hours until we catch enough fish to eat, ... morethen we go snorkeling and at the same time, we dive for Lobsters and Conchs (Seasonal). We then proceed to a private sandy beach where you can enjoy the nice breeze while you take some refreshments like sodas, waters or beers along with a delicious conch ceviche. After that comes the lunch and we return pretty much to your hotel or resort around 4:00 pm.
$
210
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Wake up to the sunrise and join us at 9 am, or Sleep in, have lunch and join us for this awesome 1 tank dive at 2 pm. All we know is you will be happy you did, especially after our ... morePADI certified Divemaster’s lead you through an epic swim through’s and point out magnificent Eels, nurse sharks and if your lucky dolphins.

Our group sizes are always kept for 8 or less.
$
115
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Shark ray alley has dozens of stingrays and nurse sharks. Be sure to bring your camera along or rent a GoPro in our shop, the natural light makes for epic memorable photo’s. Coral ... moreGarden’s is plentiful in marine life and a snorkeler's dream.
$
105
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
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Six miles north of San Pedro Town in North Ambergris Caye, you will find one of the most beautiful snorkel sites known as Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos. Unlike many of the snorkeling ... morespots in Belize that are right on the barrier reef, Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is a star coral patch that is located in the shallow waters midway between the great barrier reef and the island of Ambergris Caye.

Mexico Rocks are known for many conches, banded shrimps, arrow crab, grunts, yellowtail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish. Tres Cocos is named after three tall coconut trees on shore used to locate the site. The reef here gets as shallow as four feet. Here you will find the most beautiful corals, colorful species of both large and small fishes, shrimp, parrotfish, fairy basslet, sea urchins, spider crabs, lobster and many other small critters of the sea. You will also see magnificent elk horns, sea whips and sea rods that make good protection for the juvenile fishes. The highlights of this trip are the mountains of brain coral, which grow up to 20 feet. On the sandy seabed, you might even see stingrays, eagle rays, and peacock flounder. The nurse shark is common sites as well.

Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners. Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close. Water visibility in this area of the crystal clear the Caribbean Sea is about 50 feet or more.
$
275
-
$
550
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Half day Reef Fishing. Join us for a half day of reef fishing--we will provide fishing gear, bait, and beverages of choice. We can't guarantee you'll catch anything, but we can guarantee ... moreyou'll have a great time. No need to book individually as the $250 fee includes 4 guests--additional guests are $30 per person.

Full day Reef Fishing.

When a half day on the barrier reef just won't do...
The full day of fishing includes all fishing gear, bait, drinks of choice, and a lot of suns. The $400 fee is for up to 4 people, additional guests can be booked for $50 per person.

Full Day Reef Fishing, Snorkeling, & Beach BBQ: $450 USD

Of course, we can add a beach BBQ.

We will provide fishing gear, bait, rum punch, water, and experienced guides. We can’t guarantee you’ll catch anything, but we can guarantee you’ll have a great time and possibly some great stories.
$
450
-
$
900
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Half Day Deep Sea Fishing This 4-hour fishing trip includes all fishing gear, bait, beverages of choice, and the opportunity to try your hand at deep sea fishing. The $450 fee includes ... more4 people, each additional person is $50.

Full Day Deep Sea Fishing

Double your time, double your chances of a big catch. This full-day tour includes all bait, fishing gear, lunch, beverages of choice, and the opportunity to tell a new story about the one that got away. 
The $900 fee is for 4 people, additional guests can be added for $50 each.
$
100
/ Person
$
600
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
Begin your day by sailing to Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley. You will enjoy a guided snorkel through the Marine Reserve and neighboring Shark Ray Alley. Once back on ... moreboard you can rinse off with fresh water and settle in for the sail to Caye Caulker. When you reach Caye Caulker you will have time to have lunch on your own & explore our quaint sister island. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely sail back to San Pedro. Includes Beer, soda, rum punch, bottled water, shrimp cocktail & fresh fruit.
$
55
/ Person
$
440
/ Group
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Provider:
The owners of Blue Tang Inn wanted a traditional sailboat for their guests that modeled the typical fishing boats in Belize. The 40 foot “Blue Mermaid” is made out of hardwoods found ... morein Belize, including Santa Maria, Bullet, and Mahogany. The traditional style and quality craftsmanship were maintained but we have added a diesel inboard engine, bathroom and plumbing fixtures and modern window hardware and lighting. The boat has a very unique style with its cabin shape and wide beam. It's a perfect boat for an awesome sunset sail.

Angela Wu

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