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Long Caye at Glover’s Reef, Belize

The facilities at Long Caye are designed to compliment the rustic atmosphere we have created on the island. There is no other private island vacation that can rival the experience of spending a week on this remote and comfortable set-up. Although the primary focus of Slickrock’s program on Long Caye are the water sports we enjoy everyday, guests always comment about the many wonderful amenities that made their island stay so memorable.

hammock palapa

Long Caye hammock palapa
Claudia Methvin

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Dining Hall

Our kitchen and dining hall, with open-air views of the lagoon and a neighboring island, become the center of island life, complete with solar-powered lights and refrigerators (cold beer and soda!), propane stoves and our ever-growing library and game selection.

There is no dress code, and you don’t have to wipe your feet! (The floor is coral sand.)

We spend hours in the dining hall; all meals are served here buffet-style (see our island menu). Nightly talks on coral reef, fish identification, tropical weather, pirates of the Caribbean, and other topics also take place here. At night we play games and listen to island music before retiring to our private cabanas.

View of neighboring island, Long Caye at Glover's Reef dining hall
Lane Windsor
Amazing Belize meals with new friends!
Steve Hulsey

Sea Kayak Palapa

A large, private beach serves as our kayak and windsurfing staging area. We have over 40 seats available in our kayak fleet. Single and double decked boats, sit-on-top kayaks, we have it all. Everyone gets their choice of boat since there are more boats than paddlers. And if you want to try several boats, that’s no problem. It’s a great place to try out different models.

We also have sea kayaks for specific body types. Some fit small women and older children, and some are for particularly tall people. We make sure that each person finds the boat that fits them. No other company in Belize can come close to the quality of our fleet of sea kayaks. Our sea kayak equipment list can be found elsewhere on our site.

Our kayak garage
Kathe O’Donnelly
Our kayak and surf palapas on Long Caye
Lucy Wallingford

Surf Palapa

Our surf and windsurf palapa houses most of our collection of windsurfers, surf boards, paddleboards, and surf kayaks.

Our surf kayaks are high-performance sit-on-tops with planing hulls, fins, and molded seats. These boats are specifically designed for surfing and provide exhilarating rides on our point break, which is just out in front of our Dining Hall. We also have upwards of twenty paddleboards, some for the flat water of our lagoon, and others designed to be taken out into the surf as well.

A complete selection of windsurf boards and sails is also housed here. A full range of sail sizes is always rigged and ready to go, and whatever your level of expertise, we have the perfect board for you.

All of this equipment is two steps away from the water, ready to go at anytime. For more information on kayak surfing, windsurfing, surfing, or paddleboarding, see our pages that cover these sports at length.

Our surf palapa, this equipment is rigged and ready to use at any time
Cully Erdman
Some of our paddleboard gear in Belize
Cully Erdman

Windsurf Land Trainer

We have a great program for teaching windsurfing. Our trainer is set up on the beach, right next to the surf palapa. The trainer allows the student to practice basic skills and sail handling before entering the water, greatly accelerating the learning curve and enjoyment of this challenging sport.

Guides stand right next to you, giving instructions. Guests who have never windsurfed before, after a few minutes on the trainer and using our wide-style, beginner boards, commonly begin sailing during their first session.

Once you have completed this training session you can practice anytime. All you need is a buddy on the beach keeping an eye on you, making sure you don’t blow away.

Windsurf lessons are easy with the trainer
Lucy Wallingford
Windsurf lessons with professional instructors
Allen Gurney

Kiteboard and Windsurf Center

We offer advanced windsurfing and advanced kiteboarding, as well as beginner and intermediate levels in each sport.

These windsurfing sails are for experts only. Guests who qualify to use this gear must first talk to staff on the island to get cleared to use it.

The advanced kitesurfing equipment is available to students taking lessons only, see our Belize kitesurfing lessons page for more info on lessons.

If you don’t need lessons, bring your own kites, lines, harnesses, etc. We will loan you a kiteboard.

Belize kiteboard and windsurf center
Cully Erdman
Kiteboards are available to loan out
Gillian Douglas

Surf Dock

We have constructed a dock off the front side of the island that nearly reaches the surf line of our right-point surf break. All surf lessons start here. This platform is also a very-popular location to hang out and watch the surfers ripping up the waves. In fact, watching the surf “carnage” is often claimed to be a sport in itself!

Find out more about our wave on our surfing page.

And, it’s also a fantastic place for watching the sunrise.

 

Watching the surf on Long Caye in Belize
Susan Mack
Our surf dock, a great place to watch the sunrise
Chip Marvin

Volleyball Court

The island volleyball court is often the focus of the late afternoon happy hour crowd’s entertainment. Our large sand court is located right behind the Dining Hall, where you can watch the action if you are not participating yourself. Raucous contests often go on until after dark and everyone is invited to participate to try and match their skills with our local staff. Jungle rules apply!

Games continue until dark some days
Lucy Wallingford

Hammock Palapa

One of the favored spots on the island, our hammock palapa is usually full after lunch. Situated to catch all breezes, it’s a great place for an afternoon siesta before going out for another surf session.

This just might become your favorite spot on the island
Suzanne Stensaas
Long Caye, Belize hammock palapa
Kerry Morgan

Beach Chairs

Don’t worry about bringing your beach towel, we have beach chairs over the island.

There is always a lot going on at one time
Lucy Wallingford

Island Showers

We bathe with well water pumped by the sun (not heated, the showers are about 75 degrees). The shower stalls are completely private, and although they are located in a spot near all of the cabanas, there are no showers attached to any of the cabanas.

Long Caye shower complex
Kerry Morgan
Shower stall interior
Cully Erdman

Restrooms

Pictured here is our women’s restroom.

Pictured next is our shaving and wash station, supplied with fresh, running rainwater, all powered by solar power. Here we also have a facility where you can do laundry (by hand) if you want to.

Composting toilets complete our ecologically friendly set-up. Our composting toilet building was featured on the cover of Outside Magazine! As an eco-resort, we flush nothing into the sea. You might be familiar with composting toilets from your local state or national parks.

Please note the bathroom facilities at our island require a walk of at least 50 feet from your cabana to the bathrooms.

Women's restroom on Long Caye
Kerry Morgan
Island wash station
Carole Sternkopf
Long Caye, Belize restroom
Carole Sternkopf

Renewable Power System

We employ solar and wind-powered systems to supply all of our electrical needs.

Several solar battery stations are found throughout the island which power our lights, water pumps, music, refrigeration, and communications. Our wind generator supplements the greater demands of the Dining Hall system.

Renewable power supply on Long Caye
Allen Gurney
We have two wind generators on our Belize island
Lucy Wallingford

Jogging and Nature Trail

Our island loop path is enormously popular with joggers. One lap is about 2/3 of a mile.

Our nature trail will teach you about the natural state of Belize islands. Covering native island plants, wildlife, erosion and storms, our osprey nest, the highest spot on the island (9.2 feet!), and our recycling program, it is a wonderful way to spend a lazy late afternoon.

You can see the trail from the aerial photo of Long Caye.

Even joggers can pursue their favorite sport
Eric Sanford
Long Caye at Glover's Reef, Belize
Wes Bader

Private Shuttle Boat

Batfish, Slickrock’s 41′ power boat, runs the 130-mile round trip to and from our island each Saturday and Wednesday. Powered by three new 200 hp engines, and fully-covered for our guests’ protection when crossing the open sea section of the run, Batfish makes the shuttle comfortable in all weather conditions.

One cannot over-emphasize the importance of this aspect of our operation. Our captains are among the best in Belize. A bathroom is available on board.

View this page on our site for more information on transport to Glover’s Reef, Belize.

Private shuttle boat to Glover's Reef, Belize
Bernice Notemboom