Caye Caulker, like Ambergris Caye, has been severely affected by the pandemic because these island towns are highly dependent on tourism. Since the beginning of the year and more so in February, cancelations were swift and furious with international tourists cutting short their vacations and returning to their respective countries. With the reopening of the international airport pushed back even further, hotels remain closed, restaurants are empty and tour guides are still out of jobs. The economic impact on Caye Caulker has been devastating. Chairlady Seleny Villanueva-Pott says that money is really tight for people on the island.

Seleny Villanueva-Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker Village Council


“It has been really, really slow on the island. Once the state of emergency was lifted, we saw a lot of Belizean local tourism, specifically on the weekends. We were very grateful for that, but really what’s hurting us is the fact that we can’t get the international airport open and foreign exchange is not circulating in our economic zone. The restaurants, the hotels are still closed; a lot of people are still without jobs. The first time around, a lot of people shut down, some never opened back—some are still shut down. We are in the second phase and I guess it will be a while before we resume to normal because we don’t know how long we will be seeing cases. We kinda have to prepare for the worst. Financially the entire island of Caye Caulker is feeling the impact of it though; that is no doubt.”

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