A Sunny Place For Shady People
The place to be on Caye Caulker is at “The Split” which takes its name from the narrow channel that literally splits the island. You’ll find some of the clearest, prettiest turquoise water you’ve ever seen here.
There’s a tiny beach-like area here for swimming. Lounge on the crumbling cement pier which must have been destroyed in a hurricane, then jump in the water and soak up the sun while you enjoy a rum punch or Belikan beer.
At the Split sits the Lazy Lizard outdoor bar and grill where you can grab a drink, hang out and listen to some reggae beats.
One of the things I liked about this funky spot was that everyone who visits must sign the wall, or beams which hold the small structure together. The Creole bartender handed me this marker and as you see below, I signed the web address for this blog (yes I had it back in 2004), which used to reside at DamanBeatty.com.
(DamanBeatty.com signed on the wall at Lazy Lizard, Caye Caulker)
(The view from the Lazy Lizard at the Split, Caye Caulker)
Update: Cousin Liam visits Caye Caulker in 2013
Last year on his way to New Zealand, my cousin and a best man at my wedding, Liam Bissell stopped off at Caye Caulker and promised to visit the Lazy Lizard, sign the wall and drink a Belikan beer for me.
(Liam signs the beam and drinks a Belikan beer for me in 2013)
(Liam and Daman in 2016? Absolutely buddy, we gotta go back!)
All these photos were taken on the enormous brick of a 5 Megapixel digital Canon camera I bought in the year 2000. It cost $1,200! It was my first digital. Digital cameras were still in their commercial infancy back then. I bought a professional Canon EOS 20D SLR for the same amount in 2005 and didn’t upgrade until last month – nearly 10 years later. Canon rocks.
Watch [VIDEO] Belize Vacation Ten Year Anniversary
I also recorded most of these adventures on a huge clunky Digital-8 Cassette Video Camcorder which I carried around back then (I bought that at a pawn shop in 2003). You can see me wearing it in some of my pics. I have edited the footage into the compilation below. The soundtrack includes popular songs from 2004, which played a lot on the radio in Belize.
Belize Vacation Ten Year Anniversary Series
Belize 2004, Part 1 – Arrival in Central America
Belize 2004, Part 2 – Underground Mayan Waterways: The Caves of Barton Creek
Belize 2004, Part 3 – San Ignacio, Cayo District
Belize 2004, Part 4 – Maya Pyramids, Tikal, Guatemala
Belize 2004, Part 5 – The Coral Island of Caye Caulker
Belize 2004, Part 6 – Juni’s Sail & Snorkel Trips in Caye Caulker
Belize 2004, Part 7 – Lazy Lizard Bar & Grill at the Split, Caye Caulker