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  • Nick and Dariece | March 10, 2015 3:11 PM ET

    'Go Slow! This is Caye Caulker'

    'Go Slow! This is Caye Caulker'

    "Man, Go Slow, this is Caye Caulker!" This is what we were told as we stepped off the ferry-boat from Mexico and arrived at this little limestone atoll located off the northeastern coast of Belize. This small, idyllic island is popular with those wanting a relaxing holiday, as well as many expats looking for a more chilled out way of life.

    Located in the Caribbean Sea and at only 8 kilometers by 1.6 kilometers, there's really no need for a car, or any mode of transportation here! Although, some locals prefer to get around by bicycle or golf cart on the dirt roads.

    The island exudes happiness and tranquility. The people are friendly and the pace is very chilled out. "Go Slow" truly is the perfect motto for the island. The colorful buildings, Creole flavours, Rastafarian people and blue waters really make you feel like you're in the Caribbean, rather than Central America. The food here is amazing with BBQs popping up all over the streets in the evenings and fresh seafood being sold at various restaurants along the water.

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    To pass the time, most travelers love to hang out at "the Split," which is a narrow waterway that divides the island into two parts. Some people say that a hurricane caused this divide; however, many locals claim that this was a man-made trench, created to make crossing the island by dugout canoe much easier, and faster!

    Over the years, the split has expanded and now large boats can pass through. Whatever the truth may be, the fact remains that the soft sandbanks of the island are under threat.

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    Caye Caulker is a great jumping-off point for visiting the famous Blue Hole. Scuba divers get your gear ready, the diving off of Caye Caulker and surrounding islands is fabulous. If you're not into diving, snorkeling is also a great way to see the underwater life. The 300-kilometer portion of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (The Belize Barrier Reef) runs along the coast of Belize and is home to over 500 species of fish and over 100 species of coral. Keep your eyes peeled for sharks, rays, eels and more.

    In the evenings, make sure to head to the western side of the island to see some stunning sunsets. There are a few bars and restaurants here, so grab a beer and enjoy the end to the day. Nightlife isn't very prominent on the island, but there are a few restaurants that stay open late.

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    There are numerous hotels and guest houses to choose from as well, for all budgets. Some have sea views, while others are further inland. Many of the hotels offer docks and chairs for their customers to use, which is a perfect place to swim and read a book during the day.

    Caye Caulker is a true gem. With many hippies, backpackers and expats having already discovered the island long ago, it may not be the hidden paradise you were looking for, but it's popular for good reason. Outside of the high season (November to February), the streets are virtually empty. If you're planning a trip for 2015, consider this funky island in Belize.

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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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