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#21915 - 04/10/00 01:28 AM Single traveler?
Charlie Offline
Hi, I've enjoyed reading different posts about Belize and what to do and where to stay. I am thinking of going to Belize sometime this summer. What are your thoughts on traveling by myself? (I'm female, BTW) Will I be bored out of my mind? I don't dive, but I have snorkeled, although it's been quite awhile. I'm thinking specifically of Ambergris Caye. I want to relax, but I imagine at some point, I will want to do something other than hang out on the beach. I've traveled by myself before, and I know that most of your experience depends on what you put into it. However, I would appreciate any thoughts you have on doing this by myself - re: safety, places to stay, things to do, etc. Thanks a lot!
Charlie

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#21916 - 04/10/00 03:10 AM Re: Single traveler?
Marty Offline
I have met many gals traveling alone, staying for a couple weeks in San Pedro, and they were having a great time.

Snorkeling is great fun, i taught my kids in the hot tub the night before, then you are ready to roll. You'd pick it up right quick, it is nice to have a mask that fits your face precisely, though plenty of rentals are available.

I really enjoy kayaking the back side: http://AmbergrisCaye.com/seaduced/kayaking.html

and heading over to Lamanai: http://AmbergrisCaye.com/tanisha/lamanai.html

theres some great dancing at night downtown, its awesome to dance til ya sweat yer head off, then dive into the ocean, and come back in for more dancing. When I'm sweatin' to death on the dance floor here in Oregon, I always wish I could hit that water outside...

I love touring all the escellent craft shops also, Iguana Jacks, Katrina's Eden Art by the airport, Belizean Arts at Fidos, the jewelry shops, the local art is great.

And then just hanging out on the beach, keeping wet and enjoying some good weather, killer limeades and some good reading.

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#21917 - 04/10/00 03:27 AM Re: Single traveler?
Sandcrab Offline
Hi Charlie,

I think you will find plenty to do on Ambergris Caye. There are many fine eating places and lots of beach bars for good conversation, and in many cases entertainment almost every night. You will be as safe as anywhere and better as long as you use basic common sense. I have met people (male & female) who walked the roads late at night and had no problems. Most Belizeans are very friendly and only too glad to help if you ask.

If you want to have a quiet place to stay, I suggest you get away from town and find a good hotel or resort from a half mile to 2 miles south of town. Taxi fares are very reasonable on the island, and bicycles or golf carts are readily available.

There are many good resorts and hotels available in this area including the Belize Yacht Club, Coconuts Caribbean Hotel, Caribbean Villas, Villas at Banyan Bay, Tropica Resort, Banana Beach Resort, and Mata Rocks.

Most mainland tours and reef snorkeling trips are available through your hotel from the front desk staff and cost no more and sometimes less than setting it up yourself.

Enjoy your vacation. Belize is one of the most diverse countries in the world for things to do. If you are bored in Belize, it is no ones fault but the person you see in the mirror.
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#21918 - 04/10/00 01:51 PM Re: Single traveler?
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Charlie,

Not sure why, but Belize attracts quite a number of single female travelers. In fact, as I travel around Belize I usually see more single women travelers than men, and others have remarked about this, too.

Everyone I've talked with or heard from on this subject has said solo travel by women in Belize is no problem. Use common sense precautions, of course, but Belize does not have (at least to the same degree) the machismo mentality of much of Latin America, which can be a pain for single women.

I'm often in Belize alone, and I enjoy staying at hotels where there's an opportunity for guests to mix -- just for conversation over drinks or at dinner. There are a lot of jungle lodges where that's possible or even encouraged, but fewer opportunities for this on Ambergris Caye. I think it's because most of the hotels are a bit larger (though still small), and more like traditional motels or hotels than a lodge, and people tend to dine out rather eat at their hotel. Still, it's pretty easy to meet people, both other travelers and locals.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First Magazine http://www.turq.com/belizefirst/
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#21919 - 04/11/00 02:49 PM Re: Single traveler?
oldgator Offline
Charlie: On each of our stays we have met Single Women and Men. You might get some ideas by visiting my Web Site where I have in Parts 2 and 3 chronicled in text and pictures our visits. Go to http://oldgatorsnest.addr.com
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#21920 - 04/12/00 09:14 PM Re: Single traveler?
Cindy Offline
Charlie: Just returned last week from Belize. Spent 6 days at a Jungle Lodge in San Ignacio and 7 days at Ambergris Caye. I traveled solo and had a wonderful time. I met lots of interesting and friendly people who were traveling or worked at the places I stayed and visited. I was also the only female traveling alone that I met. I would highly recommend it. I visited ruins, went horsebackriding, canoeing, swimming in rivers and caves on the mainland, and snorkeling and relaxing on Ambergris Caye. Have a wonderful time.

Cindy

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#21921 - 04/13/00 02:27 AM Re: Single traveler?
Charlie Offline
Thanks, everyone for the great advice. I'm still not sure what I'm going to do. The other two options are a Maine Windjammer cruise or possibly Tahiti. Still thinking. But Belize does sound like a great possibility! Thanks again.

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