You can’t go wrong with the cayes of Belize (pronounced “keys”), but you can potentially go wrong when choosing between San Pedro and Caye Caulker. They’re both super popular destinations for American beach-goers, but they have distinctly different vibes.
To be completely honest, my husband Billy came up with the idea to create a quiz that helps people choose where to go. But these five questions will easily help you decide whether San Pedro or Caye Caulker is a better fit.
They both have beautiful beaches, rum drinks as far as the eye can see, and easy access to snorkeling (an absolute must do if you go to Belize). San Pedro is slightly closer to Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley, but Caye Caulker is probably only another 10 minutes away. I won’t go into too much detail on snorkeling in this post, because I assume if you’re reading this you’re either my parents or pretty far into your Belize research.
Without further ado, here are five easy questions to answer to help you decide where to book your Belizean beach vacation.
1. When you’re on vacation, you want to:
A) Go slow.
B) Hustle and bustle.
2. To get around, you prefer:
A) Walking or riding a bike.
3. An hour-long, off-road drive to a beach sounds:
A) Potentially overrated.
B) Like a fun adventure worthy of exploring.
4. When it comes to dining out, you need:
A) Just a few tasty, local spots.
B) A new place to try every night.
5. Your lodging must be:
A) Affordable and cool.
B) A luxury resort.
If you answered mostly A’s:
Caye Caulker it is! This sleepy beach town is the ultimate chill beach vacation spot. The island’s motto of, “Go slow” permeates everyone there, local or tourist. If you want to spend as much time as possible in a hammock with a rum drink, you’ll be right at home.
Jaw-dropping teal water beaches are a 10-minute water taxi ride away at Koko King, you can walk or bike anywhere, there are delicious local spots to eat, and affordable lodging abounds in this backpacker’s paradise. Don’t worry, if you want a step up from a hostel, there are plenty of other options that won’t break the bank.
If you answered mostly B’s:
San Pedro is the place for you. This small, but bustling city is a 20-minute plane ride from Belize City. San Pedro still gives you a touch of island life (although it’s technically a peninsula, don’t get me started) but you certainly won’t feel like you’re in a remote location. You’ll like San Pedro if you want the beach, but you also want a little hustle-bustle.
There are dozens of dining and nightlife options if you like to try a new place each night. Taking on the streets of San Pedro as a pedestrian alone could satisfy your sense of adventure, but you’ll find the off-road drive to Secret Beach a worthy journey.
Spoiler alert: I loved Caye Caulker and could have skipped San Pedro.
Still have questions? I can answer them! Let me know in the comments what you’re trying to decide on.
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