There are many bars on the island of Caye Caulker in Belize, a lot of them have swings instead of chairs which I thought was absolutely brilliant. But there are 3 particular bars that stand out when it comes to drinking AND being able to enjoy the surroundings and Caribbean sea!
The Lazy Lizard
I found out about The Lazy Lizard years ago and it was one of those places that I thought would be really cool to visit. Why? Because they had benches in the sea so you could enjoy the sea AND a drink at the same time.
It’s located right on the tip of South Island, at the ‘Split’. It is said that the Split was created by Hurricane Hatti that hit Belize in 1961, it was a shallow divide that people could then walk across to reach North Island. The locals started dredging it so they could transport things across in boats instead. Belize was then hit by Hurricane Earl in 2016, washing away parts of The Lazy Lizard.
They are now in the process of redeveloping the area. They have created a brand new sea wall, added permanent benches with umbrellas that are sunk in the sea and there’s even a diving platform.
There’s plenty of deck chairs, beach games and is a popular place on the island to watch the sunset.
During Happy Hour you can get 2 mixed drinks for $8BZD/$4USD. Coconut rum and pineapple is a good way of getting something resembling a cocktail during happy hour!
Sip N Dip
Just before you reach The Lazy Lizard, you’ll go past the Sip N Dip. It’s a big green wooden building located on a pier. Its ‘beer garden’ is what makes this bar special! There are tubes/rubber rings, a swing set and hammocks all IN the water!
This area is an adults only area, however they do have some play equipment on land for children!
The swings are slippery so I wouldn’t advise trying to jump up on them while holding a drink, but the hammocks and tubes are nice places to relax! The bar can even provide a mini rubber ring for a bucket of beers so they can float alongside you too!
Cocktails are around $12BZD/$6USD.
The Sip N Dip has the shortest opening hours out of these 3 bars. They open from 10am – 6pm and are closed on Mondays.
Koko King is one of the newest bars in Caye Caulker and is actually located on the less inhabited North Island. A shuttle boat runs every 30 minutes between 10.30am – 2am from the dock on the opposite side of the island from the Ocean Ferry dock (if you come off an Ocean Ferry and walk in a straight line, you can’t go wrong!)
TIP – Everywhere says the shuttle is free…HOWEVER when you arrive on the other island there is a big sign that says unless you buy a drink AND food, you’ll be charged $10BZD/$5USD on return. Before I knew this, my plan was to go over and have lunch there, but to be honest if I wasn’t planning on buying food, I’d have felt a bit mugged off that I’d been ‘sold’ something that was free when in fact it isn’t. I was given a wristband after I bought my meal but I never actually saw the rule being enforced.
Koko King is home to what I think is the best beach in Caye Caulker. There are deckchairs, sun loungers and hammocks that are free to use and covered swinging beds that can be hired for a fee. There are swings on the boat dock, tubes that are free to use, a volleyball net and a netted platform that are both mounted in the sea.
There’s also an infinity pool BUT a day pass is $35BZD/$17.50USD. I was a little bit shocked at the price. I just couldn’t warrant spending $17USD (around £15) to use a pool that had nothing special…(putting this into perspective, on the way to Chicago airport, I stopped at a water park in Rockford, IL for the day and the ticket cost $12USD). When the sea is free, warm and clear, the pool didn’t even tempt me.
The food is reasonably priced compared to some of the other restaurants in Caye Caulker. I had chicken nuggets (10!!!!) and chips/fries and was impressed by the size of the meal. A small ‘Mermaid Water ‘cocktail cost $8BZD.
I was told by several people that Koko King is the only bar in Caye Caulker that has a bonfire every night. There’s always music and they host events regularly.
There’s not much else on North Island, it’s mainly a forest reserve.
The local Belikin beer averages at around $4BZD/$2USD at all the bars.