Pastel-hued, car-free Caye Caulker has always been a great place for solo travelers thanks to its compact size and easy-going, backpacker-friendly vibe, which draws a relaxed, international crowd in search of a less commercialized slice of paradise.
It’s easy to lose days lounging at The Split, the island’s premier beach, but there are plenty of other activities on offer, from snorkeling and diving on teeming reefs to kayaking to lesser-visited parts of the island while keeping a beady eye out for crocodiles.
Join other travelers at local reggae bars during the afternoon happy hour before sampling Creole-style street food come nightfall. You don’t have to share your shrimp and swordfish dinner!
Solo travel experience: Snorkeling or diving in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, which teems with turtles and small sharks.