It took two buses, a border crossing and a boat ride to reach the tiny Caribbean Island of Caye Caulker. Located off the coast of Belize, Caye Caulker is actually two islands since Hurricane Hattie split the island. Now “the split” has become the island’s most popular swimming spot and it’s where I sit now, under the shade of palm leaves, staring out into the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, the sounds of reggae music filling the air.
Caye Caulker is a small place, no more than two main sand covered streets. There are no cars and most people walk or bike. Due to it’s size, location and history Caye Caulker’s identity is a unique blend of race, culture and language. Most residents speak English, Spanish and Creole and in many cases switch between the three during the normal course of conversation. American culture and influence are strong here. I saw more than a few Philadelphia 76ers jerseys, and pictures of Barack Obama are everywhere.
A reoccurring theme on the island is “go slow” and you are reminded of this at every turn, from the signs along the paths to the laid-back easy going nature of the people who after only one day were recognizing us and stopping to say hello. After a couple of days I was really beginning to settle into the slow, easy-going pace of island life and ready for the next beachfront BBQ.