28 June, 2007

Caye Caulker - Just a Tad Too Sleepy

Tuesday morning, we arrived at the Water Taxi Terminal, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Ready to charge ahead and see what the day had to bring.

What it had to bring was a quaint, extremely sleepy little island. Caye Caulker is much, much smaller than San Pedro, and so sleepy, you almost have to fall asleep as you step off the taxi.
Riding the Water Taxi to Caye Caulker
Heading up the pier to Caye Caulker, you realize the difference in attitude and the speed of life in general on the Caye.
Walking up the Pier
At the head of the pier, there is the coolest mosaic tile piece done in the cement. "Go Slow" is the island's motto - about the most fitting one I've ever seen.
Go Slow
As we stroll up the Front Street of Caye Caulker, it is readily apparent just how different life is on the two cayes.

Caye Caulker is small, rustic and very laid-back. If you're looking to get away, and to get away from everything, then Caye Caulker is your place to be.
Elsie Pointing out the Sights to Dianna
Dianna purchased a small hand-made wicker bowl from a very nice and polite young boy who had come over for the day to sell his mother's and aunt's creations.
Checking the Goods
I took this shot simply because it looked like a good composition.
Mebbe so, Mebbe no
Home of Raggamuffin Tours ( Elsie told us about their three-day, two-night sail down to Placentia from Caye Caulker. Sounds like an absolute blast. We are going to do it. Seem like really nice folks, if you don't mind dreads and reggae music.
Raggamuffin Tours Sign Out Front
Home of Raggamuffin Tours
Just thought you'd like to know that there's even a place for the dedicated fisherman among you to be able to get gear, advice, and accessories - even on Caye Caulker.
Angler's Abroad in Caye Caulker
Near the north end of the island is a natural split, caused by the last major hurricane to pass through. At the south end of the split is Lazy Lizards. They're not real big on furnishings or window treatments, but they do have a couple of way cool murals on the side of their building.
Lazy Lizard
Lazy Lizard Again
Right at Lazy Lizards is this Rasta party boat that we actually saw underway later in the day - crowded with tourists (of course, who else would be caught dead on it?).
Partay, partay
We saw this dad and his two little ones, trying to stay on the bike. I think it was a real chore, but, I guess it beat walking.
Help Me, I'm Falling
These are the first iguanas I've seen since we've been here. Corozal is supposed to have them as well. The one on the left was about 2' to 2.5' long and liked to pose majestically. the one on the right wasn't too sure about sticking around for me to shoot.
Iguanas - Bad Boys of the Caye
Another Bad Boy of the Caye
Here's Caye Caulker's fire truck - well, more properly a pumper, as Dianna pointed out. Quite the rig. Lights, siren, generator, pumps, hoses, nozzles, etc. All on a tiny little chassis. Really cute!
Caye Caulker Fire Truck
Somebody's got big ideas for Caye Caulker. Will it ever pan out? Who knows. I shot the picture to get the floor plans - we might be able to make use of them in designing our place.
Caye Caulker Dream time
On our way back to the taxi pier, we came across this guy (a local of probably English descent) who had just sold his bucket of lobster and was busily trimming the meat from a conch.
Good Eatin' Ahead - The Day's Catch
Good Eatin' Ahead - A Good Bucket-full
And so ends our adventure on Caye Caulker. Nice, clean, and very sleepy place to visit. We'll be back, but probably only to go aboard the Raggamuffin sailboat. There is such a thing as too laid back.
Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association Boat Underway

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do you have an active email account? Miss you at work. We're hiring a replacment for you on August 6th. Programmer that use to work for Microsoft. Still looking to visit in February 2008.