For the budget traveler
Tobacco Caye is 10 miles (16 km) east of Dangriga. It is a tiny egg shaped island with a permanent population of about 20, and sees a regular stream of travelers thanks to several small lodges on the island. It is believed to have been named for cultivation of tobacco on the island. The earliest known European chart to indicate Tobacco Caye was by the British geographer J. Speer in 1771.
Tobacco Caye lies within the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, part of Belize’s national system of protected waters, with restrictions on fishing. It was ravaged by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, but has since been rebuilt.
It is ideal for the budget traveler, with a boat to Tobacco Caye every morning from Dangriga, at about 9 am, for $30 per person. There are several lodges/guest houses on the island. Snorkeling, diving, hanging out at the Tobacco Caye Lodge bar in the evening and and chilling out in a hammock are the things to do.
- At Tobacco Caye Marine Station. $15 per hour using their pc. $10 per hour using your own.
- Tobacco Caye Lodge (north-east). +501 520 5033. The best overall value, with several bungalows facing the sea. Good food. Single $90, double $160.
- Reef’s End Lodge (south tip). +501 522 2419. The most expensive place. $130, Cabanas $150.
- Gaviotas. A decent cheap option, run by Belizeans. $50.
- Tobacco Caye Paradise (north tip). A cheap place with good food and a few very rustic cabins built right over the water. $50.
- Lana’s on the Reef (west side). Small rooms, good food. From $80.
- Fairweather Place (west side). A small two-story place, with a room or two on the upper floor, above the owners house.