This place actually FEELS like an island - quiet, mellow, slow-paced, and surrounded by the most gorgeous, clear blue water. Another huge plus is that there's almost NO sea grass along the coastline, just some roclks and shells to walk over.
It only takes about 10 minutes to walk around the entire perimeter of the island... being only 200 feet wide and 400 feet long.
Not many people live here full time, since there isn't much space or many job options. One bar tender told me that there are maybe 20 adults living there permanently. If they have kids, the kids live on another nearby island during the week so they can attend school and come home on weekends and in the summer time.
Tobacco Caye Bar
Interior of the island
It's easy to get to and only about a 30 minute boat ride from Dangriga. All you have to do is show up to the Riverside Cafe around 8 in the morning and ask the guys hanging around outside who can take you. (They all leave from the dock right across from the Riverside Cafe) They can charge whatever they want, but somewhere around $80bz (per person) round trip is a good area to negotiate.
Staying here is pretty cheap, too, compared to other islands - I found prices ranging from $25us to $90us and, even though I didn't get to see any of the cabanas for myself, I was told that the more expensive ones weren't really worth the extra money.
It's nesting season!
I'll be paying attention to the weather forecast more often now - I need another Tobacco Caye day!!
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