For the longest time, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker have reigned supreme in the solo travel and backpacker community. The island pair have nailed down the safe and hassle-free way of getting to know Belize’s down to a T. As we gradually return to the globetrotting scene, however, there’s an inland district that’s becoming hot contender for solo travel, especially for women: Cayo.
For friends, you haven’t yet met
Traipsing amidst the stalls at San Ignacio’s farmer’s market, a medley of smells envelops the air. From the region-defining barbecue to the fresh scent of organic produce, the market on Saturday mornings is ideal for some casual strolling and light grocery shopping. Here, you’ll come across people from all walks of life making their livelihoods at cultural Meccas such as these. The hospitality radiating from Cayo locals is unparalleled, making you feel right at home. You’ll find a friend in almost every person.
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Friends you might end up sharing a drink with at nearby Guava Limb or joining them at a local nightclub for some late-night dancing. Experiences like these put a strain on the term solo-travel, for it ever rarely feels that way when exploring the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio.
Top all-inclusive resorts
Traveling alone as a woman to a completely new country can be intimidating, but Cayo is chock-full of luxury resorts where you won’t even need to leave your comfort bubble. Top-tier resorts such as San Ignacio Resort Hotel or Ka’ana Resort are boutique hotels specializing in intimacy and luxury, without sacrificing adventurous needs. If for some incomprehensible reason you get tired of private pool villas and farm-to-table cuisine, you can book tours directly from these resorts.
As the eco-tourism central of the country, Cayo boasts a plethora of adventure activities. Join your hotel’s cave tubing tour and meet other like-minded travelers, or make the trek to Mountain Pine Ridge and inhale the crisp Wi-Fi–free air (a rarity in these times.)
With resorts cutting the work out for you by booking all the tours and guides, you can travel easily knowing you’re in good hands.
You’ll never get bored
As mentioned, Cayo is a vast district offering more than meets the eye. Hiking trails are a stone’s throw away from most major resorts. Tours such as Maya cooking classes, authentic chocolate making, or wine tasting were made for solo travel as you aim to diversify your palate. You could choose to spend half your vacation relaxing and re-energizing by a pool, and the next half becoming familiar with Cayo’s many underground cave systems.
Besides, if the past year has taught us anything is that not only can we survive with our own company, but when in the proper setting, we can also thrive.