There are so many safe solo female travel destinations that every travel blogger has dedicated space to the topic, and each list varies depending on who you ask. My contribution to the cause is below highlighting some of my favorite places. I’m a sun worshiper, so my theme revolves around sun and sand. Here’s my working list as I explore new destinations…
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9Turks and Caicos Islands
If you haven’t been to Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean yet, what are you waiting for? Not only should you make your way over now, take advantage of the insanely low airfares while they last. As a solo traveler, Turks and Caicos was a great destination to visit and forget about the troubles of the world. The pristine beaches and soft white sand is enough to reset your bliss meter. For an in-depth look at things to do and see while vacationing in Turks and Caicos, check out my road map of suggested activities in my blog post: Turks and Caicos: Best of Providenciales. Not sure where to stay? Check out my hotel review of Ports of Call which was a great place to stay for solo female travelers. Tip: rent a car and explore the island!
8Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is solo female traveler approved! It’s a laid-back island great for just relaxing. There’s not much to see, and you can easily stay at your resort and still have a blissful and relaxing vacation. If you decide to venture out, you’ll find a reasonably safe road ahead. Many tourists are in the Dominican Republic, and you’re likely to run into neighbors at every turn, I did. The locals suggest you avoid renting a car because people drive a bit crazy. If that doesn’t bother you, go for it. A lot of people also rent bikes, but I found it easy enough to use the shuttle services provided by the resort to get anywhere I needed to be or a taxi. I felt safe roaming around solo in Punta Cana and found the men to be overly helpful. It helps to know a bit of Spanish. Tip: invest in traveler’s insurance, take something for traveler’s diarrhea, and use bottled water even for brushing.
More than a tax haven. Cayman remains at the top of my list. This lush tropical escape is excellent for those looking to relax. The crystal clear waters will captivate you along with the soft white sand. The famous Seven Mile Beach (which isn’t seven miles) is a must see while in town. Catch your conch or pick a turtle for your stew. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in the Cayman Islands. The Caymanians are friendly people. I’ve traveled here many times alone and found the island to be extremely safe. Tip: watch out for men looking for Green cards and beware of intentions in case someone offers to help you get your groove back.
The quick trip from New York to Nassau puts the Bahamas on the list every time! A few days here will satisfy any sun and sand crave. If you can find a private beach, do it. Otherwise, you can settle for the likes of Junkanoo Beach which is a central attraction in the heart of downtown. Or, venture out to Jaws Beach which is the best during the week. If you nail down the time, you’ll have this lovely beach practically to yourself. The pristine clear waters and colorful fish make this the best public beach in Nassau. For the best private beach, pop over to the One & Only Ocean Club. Check out the spa while you’re there too. It’s magical. Atlantis is a bit commercialized and crowded, but it’s worth checking out. I found the best time to do so was after 2:00 AM. If you need budget-friendly hotel accommodation, stay at Hilton (use your points)! Tip: make sure you negotiate everything and stay alert.
All the way over in the Cyclades you’ll find the tranquil islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Both islands are great for strolling around as a solo female traveler. It’s safe throughout and very easy to get around. The men are fresh and forward but weren’t aggressive. No safety concerns come to mind. I slept with my french doors open throughout my stay in Mykonos. Tip: take your sanitary products as options are few.
Don’t allow people to scare you off with stories of the cartel. Cartagena is not only a hot spot, but it is also SAFE! The locals were friendly, and Cartagena guarded. You’ll find police and military presence throughout the streets, and the hotels are equally secured and clean (contingent upon where you stay). I’m a beach snob and felt the beaches left much to be desired. However, I’d recommend everyone visit Colombia and hang out in the Walled City of Cartagena. I’ve already gone back a few times. The first was with a group, and subsequent trips have been as a solo female traveler. Make sure you know a few phrases in Spanish. You’ll need it as most people don’t speak a ton, if any, English. Need a budget-friendly hotel? Stay at Hampton by Hilton. Activities? Check out the Top Things to do in Cartagena. Tip: do NOT be afraid to say no! Otherwise, panhandlers (men & women) will take advantage of you and the people are very touchy-feely, maintain discretion and be aware of your surroundings when pulling out money.
3Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay reminded me a bit of Nigeria. The overall aesthetic and the massive police/military presence and machine guns drove that visual. Having stepped up my travel game, the military presence is familiar around the world. While in Jamaica, check out Ocho Rios and Negril too. The Jamaican people were mostly friendly. Having lived in Brooklyn for ten years, I felt right at home. I stayed at the Hyatt Rose Hall Resort (now Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall) and loved it! Tip: maintain discretion and be aware of your surroundings when pulling out money, don’t tell men you’re alone unless you want the extra attention, and make friends (if it makes sense) with your airport taxi driver who can often chauffeur you around later for less.
2Pacific Palisades, California
It never rains in Southern California! I love the weather in Cali. It’s the only thing that keeps me going back. Over the summer I ran off to look at property for my winter home and found myself on top of this mountain overlooking the coastline. The whole area is great for solo female travelers. You can see the beach, yoga, and nightlife in a pretty laid-back atmosphere. Serenity awaits you! Tip: don’t be afraid to pull off the road and take in the fresh air and unbelievable views.
1US Virgin Islands
The US Virgin Islands are so chill. Escape it all in this tropical paradise not too far away from home. Both St. Croix and St. Thomas was easy to get around and very safe. The people are friendly, and there’s plenty to see and do. Tip: pack light!