‘The sunny place for shady people’: Belize’s Lazy Lizard

The Split
Caye Caulker, Belize
No phone, no website

The Pitch Thirty-two kilometres northeast of Belize City lies a series of Caribbean islands that are easily accessible by water taxi. A backpacker’s daydream destination after a long-haul flight, among these islands is a laid-back sand bar that meets a lagoon bordering the Belize Barrier Reef. The sand bar, better known on a map as the town of Caye Caulker — the slogan of which is “No shoes, No Shirt, No problem,” ideal for those who no longer have clean clothes in their rucksack — boasts the best watering hole around. The Lazy Lizard, coined “The sunny place for shady people” located at The Split, is a tiki bar that delivers on the universal list of vacation essentials: clear water, rum punch, sun for days, and reggae on repeat.

What We Love The Split, where a land mass was actually divided creating separate islands, is said to be the result of 1961’s Hurricane Hattie. Whether this is a myth and The Split was actually made by hand is still a topic of debate, but what is certain is the beauty of this waterway. Surrounded by a crystal clear, blue sea that’s decorated with tropical fish, swim-up tables and hammocks, The Lazy Lizard is a place that encourages guests to be just that. The hours of R&R here are endless: Little movement is required to partake in a watersport — you can pretty much just throw on a scuba mask, dunk your head and call it a productive afternoon of snorkelling. For those that need a little more stimulation than a colourful cocktail and fish of similar hues circling your ankles, swimming off the bar’s dock is also an option.

Don’t Miss The sunset. It’s highly unlikely that you will miss the sky at dusk because it’s next to impossible to convince yourself it’s time to leave this bar, but there’s nothing more beautiful than enjoying the setting sun with your feet in the water and another colourful cocktail in your hand. Once you’ve returned to the road — and reality — with your 60-litre bag strapped to your back, you’ll be thankful you spent a few days doing absolutely nothing but soaking your toes and sipping rum punch at this sunny place for shady people.

Drinks from Bz$2.50

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