Why pick Belize as a single traveler - and tips on how to do it!
1.) Belize is very popular for adventurous, free spirits - it is not known for its luxurious all-inclusives - and although there is a lot that is romantic about Belize, this is not what it is best known for. Belize is known for being off the beaten path, full of adventure, the 2nd biggest reef in the world, Mayan ruins, cave tubing, and being a rustic paradise where you don't have to be fancy. Belize gets a LOT of single travelers because the adventures, while pretty sweet to experience with someone else, are not necessary to have with another, the way that an all inclusive on the beach would be.
2.) It is a destination for people to come when they are seeking out a place with more authentic, non-corporate experiences. While you can probably picture the whole vacation start to finish if you are headed down for a week to rent a beach house in Florida or Myrtle Beach (nothing against those places, it is just that you really know exactly what you are getting, no surprises, lots of chains, and sometimes this is just right!) The average traveler to Belize -- ALL over the map. Although there are plenty of families, this is not the most wonderful place on earth for a lot of kids (it is a do-it-yourself place, there isn't putt putt, wifi everywhere, water parks etc), and you will see a lot of free spirits on the plane to Belize. While the crowd headed to Cancun generally has its share of manicured nails and designer bags in line at the airport, you are more likely to see Tevas, backpacks, and generally more earthy-types (totally generalizing - however - check this out for yourself at the airport!)
Crab Races at Crazy Canuck's Paradise Guy's page - see below
5.) Many/most hotels are small/boutique in nature, and the excursion groups can be as small as 3-5. It is so easy to make fast friends here - you aren't a small fish in a large pond here, quite the opposite. People WILL talk to you if you are sitting alone and look reasonably friendly!
6.) You don't have to navigate public transportation or long drives by yourself - you can stay right in the village in Placencia, or right in the heart of town in San Pedro, Caye Caulker, or San Ignacio, for example, where everything you would want to do is steps away. You can be picked up right at your door for excursions. There will always be people around and you won't have any scary walking-by-yourself-at-night-in-the-dark moments. (This isn't recommended anywhere of course, even at home, but because Belize is so small, you can do everything on foot.)
The scene by Barefoot Bar
8.) Pick your hotel wisely. I do not recommend staying at a larger condo-type place - because these generally get more families, children, and groups who tend to be a bit less socially-motivated. The bigger the condo, the easier it is to get lost in the couch/TV comforts of home! You will notice when you go to these many condo type places - you may not see people socializing and interacting at the pool. Many may also have longer-term residents who have different energy than a traveler. You want to find a smaller hotel with common social areas, a pool, or close to the action, or a hostel-type hotel if that is your speed - because those truly are social havens, and Belize has many great ones in every town. You probably also want to stay away from romantic hotels that cater to honeymooners as a single traveler - for obvious reasons :)
Secret Beach-from Pinterest
10.)Here are some recommended hotels and activities in Placencia and San Pedro for some single traveler fun!
Bars- Thirsty Parrot (don't miss, most social warm place you'll find), Barefoot Bar, Tipsy Tuna, karaoke at J Dee's on Sundays
Activities - hang out at the pier beach and The Shak, swim around Barefoot, Cozy Corner or Sailfish during the day, set up a snorkel the first day you are there - you can easily find these by the chalkboards all through town. This is a sure way to meet people!
Hotels - Julia's Cabanas, Miramar, Sea Spray, Cozy Corner, Anda Di Hows, Lydia's Guest House are all casual, laid back social hotels.
Pic from Julia's Cabanas website
Bars- Palapa Bar, Sandy Toes, Wayo's, Melt, Sandbar, CocoLoco's, Crazy Canuck's
Activities - karaoke (check the link above!), Wahoo's chicken drop, crab races at Crazy Canuck's, swim at Palapa Bar, Secret Beach, YOLO boat outings, hang out at SandBar during the day. Also go to Caye Caulker and hang out at the Split for an afternoon.
Hotels - Sandbar for sure, this is modest but is truly your best chance of meeting others, Pedro's Inn for younger backbackers, Sun Breeze Inn, slightly more upscale but great social pool and bar attached -these are all right in the heart of town with social stuff going on all day long.
Pic from TripAdvisor....Sandbar