St. George's Caye, Belize's first capital in the 1700s.
St. George's Caye is an island in the Caribbean Sea, nine miles east of Belize City. It is part of the Belize District of Belize, Central America. The village on the island is also known as St. George's Caye. As of 2000, St. George's Caye had a permanent population of about 20 people. There is maybe 30 people now.
It's a special place where time has seemingly stood still. There is no electricity and no cars. Daily living is basic and relaxing and rewarding. Sleep late, go fishing or diving or snorkeling or sailing, or read a book, in a hammock. Fry up some fish or lobster or conch, then take a nap. In the afternoon go for a walk or swim, or visit the Sand Bar, St. George's Caye swimming pool in the Caribbean Sea. This is not Caye Caulker or San Pedro. There are no restaurants, no grocery shops, no mall. Good cell phone service and internet is available if you need to keep in touch with the world via Wi-Fi. If these are things you seek, then you should visit St. George's Caye. The St. George's Caye Village Council seeks to preserve this special place for generations to come.
Saint Georges Caye lodge an all Inclusive Resort is on the East side and there are 3 other resorts within 1/2 mile
In 1798 a battle for what is now Belize ensued between the English and Spanish and took place at St. George's Caye. Who won? The English and the Baymen of course, because today Belize is the only English speaking country in Latin America. Some skeptics disagree that a battle took place, but if there was no battle of St George's Caye, why did the Spanish discontinue their attacks on the settlement? It is this very battle that was pivotal in securing the area into what is today Belize. The event has been well documented in historical reports and has become an important part of the annual September Celebrations in Belize.
Since 2009 the opening of the September Celebrations has take place on Historic St George's Caye, the official Battle of St George's Caye ceremony is held in Belize City on the 10th, and the Sep 21st Independence Day celebrations takes place in Belmopan. This symbolizes the three capitals Belize has had - St George's Caye, Belize City and Belmopan.