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Blue Wave Guest House

Email:
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Tel: +(501) 206-0114

Location:
Front street, Avenida Hicaco
Caye Caulker Village,
Belize District, Belize C.A.
www.bluewaveguesthouse.com

ABOUT CAYE CAULKER

img1On Caye Caulker, the pace is as slow as the waves.

The island’s motto is GO SLOW, as the residents and visitors are undeniably laid back.  Caye Caulker has only a few trucks for deliveries, and the main modes of transportation are feet, old fashioned one speed bikes and golf carts. 

Caye Caulker is still a peaceful fishing village dominated by clapboard houses but progress has found our little haven and larger hotels and condos are starting to spring up. The northern and southern ends of the Caye are sparsely populated so they're natural sanctuaries for the 150 species of birds that inhabit the island. Take a walk north along the beach to the "Split", a watery passage that divides Caye Caulker, to spend a day relaxing in the sunshine and sipping a tropical beverage.

Many Restaurants and Bars are at ones disposal, most only footsteps away. In Caye Caulker you have a choice of indoor or outdoor, some with a lovely view of the barrier reef itself. If you are staying at a Hotel like Blue Wave Guest House that has an outdoor kitchen for Guests, then you may opt to cook your own meal, if that is the case,  A wide variety of grocery stores are available on the island including two major supermarkets and a few fruit and vegetable stands. Need Cash? An international Bank with a 24 Hour ATM is also within reach.

Caye Caulker has a population of about 1,500-2,000. As with most of Belize, Caye Caulker has a diversity of cultures, made up primarily of a combination of Creole, Garifuna and Mestizo, and even Chinese. Despite its growth over the years, Caye Caulker remains a small village with a distinct cultural flavor.  The residents focus primarily on the preservation of the natural environment, and are careful not to encourage large-scale development that will cause negative environmental impact.

At Caye Caulker, you can walk the island where pirates once roamed because of its availability of freshwater. The treasure that they never discovered is here. The beauty, peace and romance remains...so kick off your shoes and relax in a beach chair or hammock.  We look forward to welcoming you Here at Blue Wave Guest House.

 

HISTORY

img1Recent history of Caye Caulker began when Mestizo refugees from the Mexican Caste Wars arrived. The area that became the village on Caye Caulker was formally purchased by Luciano Reyes around 1870. Lots were sold to other families, most of which still have descendants on the island today. The influence of these families is still very apparent.

As for the Name, There are several theories on how Caye Caulker got it.  Caye Caulker was known earlier on by its Spanish name, Cayo Hicaco, meaning “island of the cocoplum”.  This name may have eventually evolved to what it is today.

Some maps had the island’s name spelled “Cay Corker”, possibly because of its reputation for having a plentiful supply of fresh water.  It was likely a good spot for sailors or “pirates” to refill and cork water bottles, another possibility of how the island may have gotten its name.

The island was also known for its boat-building in the earlier days (talented and skilled shipwrights still design and construct boats today).  In the protected bay on the west side of the island, the wooden boats were caulked in order to make them watertight.  This practice, or a combination of the theories above, may have lead to the name “Caye Caulker”.

Fishing, including lobster fishing, has been a longtime source of income for the island.  While this is still the case, the island’s economy is based more and more upon the growing tourism industry.

 

HOW TO GET HERE

The two modes of Transporation to the Island are either by Water Taxi or Air. Regular boats and flights Depart Belize City on a daily basis. If you want to relax and take in the beautiful scene with breeze blowing in your hair and tasting the salt air,  we recommend you take a Water Taxi ride that lasts roughly around 45-50 minutes. If you are in a hurry and just want to get to our lovely island as fast as you possibly can, then you may take a plane ride that only lasts between 10-15 minutes and Enjoy the view of the Worlds second largest Barrier Reef from high up in the air!

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