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If you’re looking for the best cheap restaurants in Caye Caulker, you’ve come to the right place.
Like most of Central America, Belize is surprisingly expensive and you may get sticker shock at restaurant and drink prices when you first arrive.
But don’t worry.
You don’t need to order 30 bzd / 15 usd lobsters for every meal (I mean, I wouldn’t blame you if you did though) because there are plenty of cheap Caye Caulker restaurants for every budget and taste.
This list includes:
- Stew chicken
- Jerk chicken
- Pulled pork
- Street food
- Cinnamon rolls
- And much more!
So, if you’ve got big hunger but little bucks (we’ve all been there) check out my favorite cheap restaurants on Caye Caulker to stretch your budget and fill up for less!
Chicken, egg, and bean breakfast burrito from Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks
1. Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks
Eat: the massive chicken burritos for 6 bzd / 3 usd
Errolyn’s House of Fry Jacks is one of the best cheap Caye Caulker restaurants for breakfast because it’s impossible to leave this place unsatisfied or unstuffed.
My go-to order every morning was a chicken, egg, and bean burrito on the homemade tortilla that was honestly the size of my forearm. My mouth is watering just writing about it because the chicken was so moist and flavorful.
Errolyn’s also serves up smaller fry jacks (fried dough folded in half over the filling) for 3 to 4 bzd / 1.50 to 2 usd each.
Fry jacks are a traditional Belizean food and you should definitely try them once, but I personally prefer the burritos because nothing on earth is better than a fresh, homemade flour tortilla.
Jenny’s is another popular fry jack and burrito stand on Caye Caulker that’s good as well, but I slightly prefer Errolyn’s because the burritos were bigger and they have seating and shade, unlike Jenny’s.
Stew chicken with rice and beans from Martinez
Eat: the stew chicken with rice, beans, and coleslaw for only 5 bzd / 2.50 usd
Our Airbnb owner is Belizean and has lived on the island for years, and he insisted we get lunch at Martinez fast food because it’s one of his favorite spots on the island.
It’s also crazy cheap.
The stew chicken meal with rice and beans and coleslaw is only 5 bzd / 2.50 usd for the small portion (picture above) that was plenty of food for me on a super hot day. If you want more, they also serve up a bigger size for 8 bzd / 4 usd.
Martinez is one of the best cheap restaurants on Caye Caulker because it’s about as laid back as it gets and only a few steps away from my favorite beach bar on the island so that’s a total win.
Stew chicken is a classic Belizean dish and Martinez serves it up to perfection with tender meat that falls off the bone.
I’m pretty sure this spot doesn’t even have a menu, but the stew chicken is definitely the move here so you won’t need one anyway!
Pulled pork sandwich from Chef Juan’s – Image courtesy of Chef Juan’s
3. Chef Juan’s Kitchen and Pastries
Eat: multiple meals for 10 bzd / 5 usd like a pulled pork sandwich or chili in a bread bowl
Chef Juan’s is a lowkey spot near the split with a window to order at and a few picnic tables to enjoy your food.
They serve up a few meals for only 10 bzd / 5 usd and it’s a great place for a change of pace if the typical island eats like seafood and jerk chicken are getting old.
The chili in a bread bowl, pulled pork sandwich, and chicken fingers and fries are all 10 bzd and if you go for lunch you may be able to snag the daily special – stew chicken with two sides – for only 8 bzd / 4 usd as well before they sell out for the day.
They also have french toast, omelettes, fruit bowls, and other breakfast dishes for 10 bzd or less in the mornings if another heavy burrito or fry jack doesn’t quite appeal to you.
4. Street Food Stands like…
Eat: the garnaches and salbutes for 2 bz / 1 usd each
Street food is a classic when it comes to cheap eats on Caye Caulker.
But, what should you order, and where should you get it?
I recommend starting with garnaches and salbutes for a true taste of traditional Belizean flavors. Dan ate these little pieces of fried goodness when he was teaching in mainland Belize many years ago, and he was excited to try them again.
So, we hit up a small orange stand that has no online presence (always a good sign), possibly no name, and a menu written in permanent marker to try some of these fast food dishes Dan was going on and on about.
It’s across from the Chicken Depot so plug that into Google Maps to find it.
Both are fried – the garnache is kind of like a fry jack with beans while the salbutes are fried disks with chicken, beans, cheese, and other assorted toppings. Although they’re cheap, they’re super filling and you can easily fill up for 4 bzd.
Dan says the gambaches and salbutes were, and I quote, ‘for sure legit,’ and tasted just like he remembered.
Fresh baked cinnamon rolls from the Caye Caulker Bakery – Image courtesy of Caye Caulker Bakery
5. Caye Caulker Bakery
Eat: the massive cinnamon rolls for 2 bzd / 1 usd each
I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but to be honest, I just don’t really like cinnamon rolls.
They just don’t do it for me.
But, they say opposites attract and they must be right because I married a man who’s obsessed with them.
When we saw the sign at Caye Caulker Bakery announcing their famous cinnamon rolls, Dan became a man on a mission to eat at least one before the trip ended. I’m happy to say he completed it in a timely manner, and he’s happy to say the cinnamon rolls lived up to the hype.
They’re huge and you can get them with icing or without (obviously with icing is superior) and start your say on a sugary sweet high. The bakery also serves up other goods – mostly sweet, but a few savory – to tempt your palate as well.
6. Enjoy Restaurant and Bar
Eat: the jerk chicken plus 3 sides for 15 bzd / 7.50 usd
Every meal on the menu at Enjoy Bar and Restaurant comes with coconut rice, veggies, and garlic bread.
On the day we went they had a special with the jerk chicken for only 12 bzd / 6 usd and I’m sure that’s probably a rotating deal. Jerk chicken is an island specialty that you need to try before you leave.
Here, you can choose either the breast or leg (our waitress recommended the breast and it was excellent) and the chicken was huge, spicy and delicious.
To save a few more bucks, they also have chicken burgers for 12 bzd / 6 usd and a few other meals for 15 bzd like chicken coconut curry, chicken chow mein, and more.
Map of the 6 Best Cheap Caye Caulker Restaurants
Just to make your search a little easier, I’ve even included a map of the six cheap restaurants on Caye Caulker listed above.
So, bookmark this article for your trip and pull it up any time to easily find your next stop for a tasty and filling cheap eats on Caye Caulker!
Ready to go? Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to the island and then browse the best Airbnb options (like our cozy tiny home with a private dock) or hotels on Caye Caulker to book your stay!
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