Belize is a beautiful small country about the size of Rhode Island bordering Guatemala and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Its ideal climate, warm Caribbean waters, and kind, easy-going people, make Belize the perfect destination for solo travel.
This article will be mostly geared toward English speaking women living in the United States but many of these reasons apply to other genders, nationalities and languages. I love Belize and would encourage anyone and everyone to visit this miniature paradise.
As well as its beauty, Belize is also very safe and convenient for the solo traveler. With lots of accommodation options, public transit and taxi system. The official language is also English, making Belize easy to navigate, and your solo trip easy breezy!
If you haven’t considered solo travel in Belize, read on to learn why you should change that ASAP.
1. It’s close. Very close.
If you live on the East Coast of the US, like I do, flights are under 5 hours. From anywhere else in the US, it’s not much longer.
Even with a layover, you’ll still manage to get there quickly so you can dive right in to your paradise adventure.
2. No jet lag.
Jet lag is a bitch. There, I said it. And it hits some harder than others and for travel pros or people who have a significant amount of time, jet lag is a minimal problem to deal with.
But if you’re a beginner traveler just trying to get the hang of things or if you’re short on time, eliminating jet lag is a HUGE plus.
If you haven’t traveled alone before, considering a shorter trip is a great idea to test the waters and see how you like it. Belize is a great candidate for this since you can get there relatively quickly and won’t have jet lag eating in to your time to enjoy yourself.
3. It’s cheap.
While in Belize, a typical rum cocktail (or even just straight rum since it’s local and delicious) was less than $2 USD and you can get a typical Belizean meal for about $5-8. I “splurged” on a lobster dinner that set me back a whopping $15.
Accommodations were also rather cheap…
Get here while you can though because Belize isn’t the hidden gem it used to be. As more and more tourists discover its beauty and affordability, prices will continue to rise.
If you’re looking for budget accommodations, I would highly recommend Lower Dover outside of San Ignacio. A friend and I enjoyed our stay there so much that we both still agree that it’s our favorite hostel we’ve EVER stayed in.
RELATED: Read more about my experience at Lower Dover and the itinerary I followed while traveling in Belize for 1 week.
4. Easy conversion rate.
Since the Belizean Dollar is tied to the US Dollar, the conversion is always the same 2 BZD to 1 USD. So if the price is in BZD, just divide it in half to figure out the cost in US Dollars. (Most places also accept USD so you probably won’t need a whole lot of BZD in cash, but have some just in case–For small local vendors and markets.)
While this obviously doesn’t help conversion for other countries, there is a plus—at certain times. If the Dollar is down and your currency is up, you’ll get even more bang for your buck. A few years ago, travelers from the UK practically made money while traveling in Belize since the conversion rate was so great.
5. It’s safe.
I felt very safe in Belize and had no issues exploring alone. Like traveling most other places, I would say the biggest concern is petty theft. Stay aware and protect your belongings by keeping your valuables secure and locked up at your hostel and use either a backpack or crossbody.
There is a certain machismo culture in The Americas that shouldn’t go unmentioned though. I would call it a mentality of ownership over women or not fully acknowledging that we have our own autonomy. Cat calling is something I experienced rather frequently but thankfully nothing vile or violent. There were a few men that hit on me that had a hard time taking ‘NO’ for an answer but this is all something I’ve experienced in Costa Rica and the United States regularly.
6. English is the official language.
Spanish is not spoken in Belize but it is across the border in Guatemala so I would suggest brushing up if you plan on hopping across the border like we did.
If you go out to the islands, Creole is spoken by some locals but they all speak English as well. You’ll have no issues communicating with anyone while traveling here!
7. There’s something for everybody!
Whether you’re someone who prefers adventure travel to get your heart racing, or doing nothing but lounging on the beach for 7 days straight, Belize has what you need.
Caving, sky diving, parasailing, scuba, snorkel, boat tours, archaeology… The list is endless of the activities to enjoy in Belize.
Solo travel in Belize is highly recommended whether you’ve never traveled alone, or if you prefer it. The country lends itself well to solo female travelers that don’t want to overwhelm themselves on their first trip. If you’re planning a shorter trip, this tiny Caribbean country is a perfect pick with a short flight, no jet lag, and plentiful accommodation options. You won’t have to worry about your safety, converting your money, learning a new language or running out of things to do.
So get your passport and suitcase ready and get your beautiful self down to this incredible country.