CAYE CAULKER Belize
The other Caribbean.
A scuba and suntan haven by day, dinky Caye Caulker has Belize’s best beach scene. But even the world’s ultimate slacker isle—there’s a reason the phones almost never ring here—gets up and throws down after midnight. Bronzed tourist girls and bootylicious locals (an African-Maya-Creole-pirate mix) take off even more clothing at the island’s only decent nightclub (just ask for “the disco”), among the coastal Caribbean’s most reliable pickup spots.
On Caye Caulker, not having an open Belikin beer in hand after 9 A.M. is just rude. Later, hit I&I Bar, a lazy tree house with hammocks and the kind of kick-back atmosphere you and your buds crave whenever Peter Tosh comes on the stereo.
Deep in the nearby Guatemalan jungle, the Mayan ruins of Tikal are tucked away more secretly than your ex’s phone number. Hop a 45-minute flight from Caye Caulker to Tikal base camp, Flores, and it’ll be you and 2,600-year-old pyramids, temples, and howler monkeys. Tropic Air flights leave daily (800-422-3435). Bunk at the Jungle Lodge (call Belize Explorer Travel, 011-501-824-3740) to catch sunrise before the “They filmed Survivor here” day-trippers move in.