After nearly five months of hearing about trips out to Lime Caye in the Sapodilla Cayes of Belize, we finally made the trip ourselves. Lime Caye lies approximately 35 nautical miles east of Punta Gorda, Belize in the Gulf of Honduras. The caye is one of the southernmost islands in the Sapodilla Caye island chain near the southern terminus of the Belize Barrier Reef. The island is just under the size of Tobacco Caye (about 200m long and 100m wide).
Lime Caye is privately owned by the Garbutts, a Belizean family based in Punta Gorda who runs a handful of cabanas and bunkhouse and a small restaurant on the island. They also run a lodge at their main Hopeville office (near PG) and offer a number of other water activities such as fishing and kayaking trips around Toledo District. The weekend was arranged as a package deal and all-inclusive (transport, lodging, meals and activities including reef fishing and snorkeling).
They also have a secure compound at their Hopeville lodge to keep your car while out on the island. Everyone we encountered at Garbutt’s was incredibly friendly, very professional and safety oriented.
To learn more, visit garbuttsfishinglodge.com or call them at (+501) 6043548 or (+501) 7220070.
Day 1: Arrival
We left Garbutt’s in Hopeville (near PG) just after 3pm and arrived on the island just before sunset. While the crossing was a bit rough, the weather was perfect. As we were with a large group, we all stayed in their newly constructed bunkhouse right on the beach, which has four beds (two bunks) to a room. Toilets and showers are about 100m away near the center of the island.
The rooms do not offer much in the way of privacy or security, but if you’re with a big group then either really don’t matter much. All of us kept the doors and windows opened 24/7 for ease of access and to keep the temperature down at night. The first night did get quite stuffy and we had significant issues with mosquitos/gnats as there are no screens or bug nets, but a nice wind kicked up the second night and we had none of these problems then. I would suggest sleeping with a healthy dose of DEET applied right before bedtime to ensure a good night’s rest. I must say though that falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves right outside the door was incredibly soothing both nights.
This evening’s sunset was kind of a big deal. Belize’s coastline runs north-south along the eastern edge of the Yucatan peninsula. As such, a sunset over the Caribbean is not something you catch from living on the mainland. Additionally, this being January, we really hadn’t seen many sunsets at all in Southern Belize—over land or sea—for a long time, thanks to the rains. Alright, enough about sunsets—looks like it’s Belikin Time.
I was up shortly after sunrise, but one of the last to awake since most of the group had gone off reef fishing on the boat. I couldn’t remember the last time I had the luxury of sleeping in a bit, so passed on the 5:45 wake-up.
After a refreshing outdoor shower across the way, I headed to Sandy’s to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy having the beach all to myself.
Day 3: Departure
Map of Lime Caye, Sapodilla Cayes, Belize.
High/Low Temperature (Average, Fahrenheit); Sea Surface Temperature (Average, Fahrenheit); Relative Humidity (Average, Percent).