Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker is one of the bigger cayes (islands) of Belize and situated right north of the largest caye of Belize, Ambergris Caye. On the east side of Caye Caulker at a distance of 1 mile the Belize Barrier Reef is situated. Caye Caulker is approximately 5 miles long and between 0.15 and 1.2 miles width.


Caye Caulker, part of Belize district, has a total of 1,300 residents of Mestizos, Garifunas and Creole people in combination with tourists and some retirees and expats who are living here. Caye Caulker is less expensive to live in comparison to Ambergris Caye
 
The island is also known as Cay Corker on older maps. There are three stories about the origin of the name of Caye Caulker or Cay Corker. A story is that this island was a favourite stop for sailors to replenish and cork water bottles with the fresh water of La Aguada. Caye Caulker is in Spanish called Cayo Hicaco, which means "the island of the cocoplum". The story is that Caye Caulker is a more anglicized pronunciation of the Spanish name of the island. And the last story is that boats were caulked in La Ensenada, the protected bay at the western side of the island, which is leading to the Caulker part of Caye Caulker. 
 
For Caye Caulker the important industries were fishing and coconuts, as well for selling as for the coconut oil. Also Caye Caulker is known for the tradition of ship building, which is still done today and also made Caye Caulker the boat racing center of Belize. Since the 1960's and 1970' tourism is also more and more important for the island.