The Belizian island of Caye Caulker (pronounced “key”) is known for its slow-paced lifestyle and no-worries attitude with a gorgeous Caribbean backdrop.

One lazy Sunday morning, we rose early (two hours earlier than we thought, come to find out!) to go to church, and after finding the church was still closed, we decided to take a leisurely stroll around this tiny, sandy island. Although we spent five full days on the island, it was during our walk that morning that we were able to breathe in the atmosphere of the island without the sounds of other tourists and backpackers crowding out its charm (they were all still sleeping off the night before!).

Start by walking down the sand-covered “Front Street,” home to street vendors and sea-view restaurants. Stop by the Split for a quick swim and to get a look at the beautiful marine life that frequents the area. In the afternoon, be sure to grab a freshly prepared dessert from the Cake Lady and drop by Jolly Roger’s Grill for a lobster lunch (you may be able to negotiate a good price and even pick out your own lobster!). After lunch, head back down to the Split for some time in the sun and sand while enjoying a few drinks from the Lazy Lizard bar. In the evening, head to the opposite side of the island, parallel to Front Street, to soak in the sunset. After that, head into town for dinner. We recommend grabbing a pizza from Pizza Caulker and then heading to one of the docks for a picnic under the stars.

However you choose to explore the island, keep in mind the local mantra: Go Slow. This is a place to be savored.

Here’s a quick photo tour of the island:

For more views of Caye Caulker, check out our YouTube video “Gettin’ lazy on Caye Caulker.”

However you choose to explore the island, keep in mind the local mantra: Go Slow. This is a place to be savored.