Belize: A Solo Travel Destination

by McNab Editorial Team

Wondering if Belize is a great destination for traveling solo? The answer is yes!

In this small country, you will find countless amazing adventures and friendly welcomes. There are endless opportunities to create lifelong memories. Whether you are looking to relax, meet new people, go on amazing adventures Belize has it all.

Top Areas to Visit as Solo Traveler

The Northern Islands – Caye Caulker and San Pedro

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Caye Caulker and San Pedro are two great bases for solo travel.  Roughly a 10 – 15 minute by flight from the Belize International airport or a quick and easy ferry ride away these are places easy to get to and are also popular places for other tourists to venture to.

San Pedro, larger compared to Caye Caulker, has become a major magnet for tourists with the Belize Barrier Reef close by for amazing marine adventures. Additionally, San Pedro is known as Belize’s “party town.” It’s a lively town with a good mix of beach bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.  Its popularity as a tourist destination means you’ll find many dining and lodging options to fit within any budget.  Caye Caulker, on the other hand, is a small island, with a more laid back rustic vibe. This tiny island is known for its “Go Slow” motto.  Caye Caulker has gorgeous beaches, quirky stores, outstanding seafood and a good selection of places to eat, drink and party.

Caye Caulker is more affordable than Ambergris Caye. As a favorite among backpackers, divers, and eco-travelers, Caye Caulker has a mix of beach hotels and friendly, low-cost options including hostels. You’re likely to see young cost-conscious travelers here.

Cayo District

The Cayo district is a great base for solo travelers looking to enjoy jungle adventures. The Cayo district acts as the hub for the majority of the jungle adventures in Belize. Easy access to amazing caves, waterfalls, sacred Maya sites, nature trails, birding and wildlife it’s the best place to stay for all your jungle adventures.

Similar to the islands, Cayo has a range of accommodation options to fit within your budget. As a solo traveler, you can stay central at hotels like San Ignacio Hotel  Resort, Cahal Pech Resort, and Falling Leaves Lodge or venture to a remote jungle lodge such as Chaa Creek Resort, Mystic River, or Table Rock. It may be a little harder meeting people at jungle lodge but if you are looking to immerse yourself in nature, a jungle lodge would be the place to stay. When it comes to nightlife in Cayo, nights are lively, with outdoor restaurants and nightclubs where you can dance and hob-nob with visitors at local bars, enjoying a healthy, happy slice of Belize country living.

Make Friends on Tours

One of the easiest ways to make friends is on tours. On the island be sure to make the Caribbean Sea your playground. From the island, you can enjoy amazing fishing, diving, and snorkeling. A popular day out from both Caye Caulker and San Pedro is a catamaran sailing and snorkel trip. Spend the day at sea with other likeminded travelers snorkeling the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef. When not on tour on these islands explore the sandy streets by foot, bike or golf cart. Getting around is pretty simple, another great reason to visit as a solo traveler.

As a solo traveler, traveling solo can become costly when trying to get around. When heading inland to the Cayo District, you can get from place to place with shared transport or public transport, which are all relatively affordable. When in Cayo be sure to book yourself on a group tour. You will not only get to enjoy the amazing jungle adventures Belize has to offer but you will also get the chance to enjoy the adventure with others. Top must do’s are visiting a Maya site like Xunantunich or Cahal Pech. Explore Belize’s Cave system by going on a tour to the ATM cave or Barton Creek Cave. Or enjoy other jungle adventures such as birding, horseback riding, ziplining, and cave tubing.

3 Practical Travel Tips

Many of you may wonder if Belize is a safe place to travel? While there is crime in some parts of the country, Belize is a safe country to visit. No matter when you go, it’s important you travel responsibly to avoid any danger. Here are a few tips to consider.

  • Plan ahead. Do some research on the places you are going beforehand
  • Allow for spontaneity but travel smart and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Don’t draw unnecessary attention

All in all, while traveling solo can be sometimes intimidating as it forces you to open up to others meet likeminded people. Belize, being not your ordinary travel destination offering authentic and adventurous travel experience, you will be sure to have an amazing time vacationing solo.

Looking to plan the best solo trip before the year-end? You can jump on an all-inclusive vacation package to Belize or if looking for some flexibility travel concierge’s like ROEming Belize can help you plan a customized Belize itinerary.

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