i've been reading through the forum and am getting some ideas but need some help pulling it all together. until recently i was going to be spending the holidays in cuba, but thanks to mexicana airlines going under, i'm now having to make some quick travel changes.
i arrive in cancun around 3pm on dec. 25 and figure i'd bus it down to chetumal and spend the night there. i would then pick up a bus in the morning to somewhere in belize - haven't figured this out yet - any suggestions?
so here are my questions:
1. any suggestions for an itinerary? my flight leaves cancun around 1:30pm on jan. 8, which i'm assuming would mean i'd have to be back in mexico on jan. 7. with this in mind, would love some ideas as to where to go from dec. 26-jan. 7. i went to the yucatan peninsula on my own years ago and covered cozumel, isla mujeres, playa del carmen and tulum - went from a palapa with no electricity on a beach to a regular hotel to a b&b...loved the diversity of this experience. i had a great time snorkeling (would love to do it in belize), chilling on the beach, and wandering around small towns. i love animals, so chances to see wildlife is a big plus.
i have to say that the cosiness of hickatee looks great, and i'm thinking it'd be worth going down to toledo for that. also like the idea of spending some time on a beach, and from what i've read i'm guessing caye caulker is more my speed than ambergris.
2. being a single female traveler, would there be any issue in renting a car (sounds like i'd need a 4x4) in terms of safety? i drove a 4x4 around the roads (sometimes that term was vague) of costa rica but i went with friends.
3. is it worth spending a little time to cross the border into guatemala to hang out in flores and see tikal?
hoping you guys can help...kind of scrambling last minute (as i know it's high season so have to get it all pulled together soon).