Belize Solo Travel Destinations & Ideas
Solo travelers love having complete control over everything they do, from crafting their own itineraries without getting someone else’s input to changing course on the fly should something more interesting comes along. Solo has become one of the trendiest ways to travel of late, and not just for men. According to a survey conducted by TravelPulse.com, one in five Millennial women travel alone internationally.
Ready to set off on your own solo adventure? There’s a way to get your overseas travel fix that’s close to home: Visit Belize. This country’s range of diverse adventures, activities and educational opportunities are limitless, and since everyone speaks English, you can remove “translation app” from your list of packables right now!
9 Things to do in Belize that are unforgettable
1. Visit the seaside village of Hopkins, an epicenter of Garifuna culture. You won’t meet friendlier people. The town gives solo visitors a lavish buffet of entertainments, explorations and adventures that include proximity to fascinating Maya sites – both above ground and beneath it. Solo travelers feel perfectly comfortable exploring Garifuna society, indulging in exotic foods and taking drumming and dancing lessons. Garifuna Settlement Day is celebrated on November 19th, so if you love a good party, Hopkins won’t disappoint.
2. Discover the Placencia Peninsula. Can one area be all things to all solo travelers? It can for singles who like visiting the current “trend capital” of a nation. Home to everything from luxury resorts to the best beaches in the nation, Placencia’s gourmet eateries are legendary and travelers enjoy close access to the Belize Barrier Reef where snorkeling, diving, fishing and sailing are world-class.
3. Relax on Caye Caulker. Diving, snorkeling, visiting the Belize Barrier Reef and experiencing “the split” at the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve are mandatory when solo travelers aren’t strolling 100 lush acres of forest where myriad bird species fly overhead. Spot manatees and visit Shark Ray Alley. July is Lobsterfest. If you’re a fan, pack your bib and get thee down to Caye Caulker.
4. Party on Ambergris Caye. Singles flock here for the non-stop food and music scenes and the party that never stops, but just because the town of San Pedro is the heart of the largest island off the Belize mainland, that doesn’t mean you’ll get short shrift when it comes to aquatic diversity. Ambergris’ proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the world-famous Great Blue Hole contribute to this area’s charm, which is why singles flock there year-round.
5. See San Ignacio Town. San Ignacio Town in the Cayo District is gaining a reputation for being the next San Pedro, which is why solo travelers find the town delightful. Even folks who don’t frequent markets are fascinated by the town’s market. Vast arrays of crafts, artworks, produce and treasures are rarely found in one place. Once you’ve shopped, add the medicinal jungle trail, Green Iguana Exhibit, Belize Botanic Gardens, Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and The San Ignacio House of Culture to your itinerary so you can say you’ve seen it all.
6. Tour ancient Maya cities. Maya sites are architecturally intriguing, mysterious, fascinating and often breathtaking. There are more than 900 ruins in Belize and nobody expects you to visit all of them, but don’t miss ruins include Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, Cerros, El Pilar, Lamanai, Lubaantun and Xuantunich where you must climb El Castillo for the spectacular view.
7. Go caving! You can walk, wade and tube into Belize caves, but the ultimate rush is being tethered to repelling gear and lowered down from above. While ATM and Barton Creek caves are highly recommended, this Belize Hub list makes a valuable resource if you prefer fewer crowds. Cave tours require a licensed guide for myriad reasons, the most important being your safety.
8. Experience the birding capital of Central America. Thank the Belize government for filling the skies with exotic birds due to their efforts to protect jungles and forests rather than developing every inch of the nation’s green landscape. An official bird count taken in 2020 estimates 608 identified species, but avid birders swear there are more.
9. Scuba dive or snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef. Belize’s coastal areas are awash in guides specializing in Belize Barrier Reef tours or book an excursion through your resort or hotel host. Either way, there is no greater thrill than visiting the second longest reef in the world and encountering its vast bounty of marine life. You don’t have to drag your gear. Rent whatever you need in Belize so you don’t have to arrive looking like a Sherpa.
Who needs a travel companion when all of this awaits solo visitors to Belize? Not you. Forge your own path. Go off on flights of fancy. Not only will you satisfy your wanderlust and imagination, but you never know who you’ll meet along the way during your Belize sojourn.