Good grief - just when I thought I had my mind made up to stay in Placencia for 7 nights at the end of April 05...I saw some pics that made the town look kinda "dowdy" - but maybe they were crap photographers. I Then fell upon info/pics for Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker...they look unexpectedly cool for a beach getaway.
So I'm more or less at an impasse. If I was willing to jump from place to place, I'd just do all three. But I want to settle in and really get to know the people/area in which I'm staying.
Priorities - stay on the Beach (tourquoise water/white sand beach a plus), cool laid-back atmosphere, friendly people, safe for solo woman traveler, no Miami Beach-like tourist madness....I have no need for crazy nightlife, but I do want some good cute shops to poke through and a good place to stay on the beach.
Here's what I think I know: Placencia is super-friendly & laid-back. Ambergris has the tourquoise water, a cool-looking downtown area, but is pretty touristy (I don't want Americanized culture!). Caye Caulker...I don't know much about.
Million dollar question - what are the pros/cons of these places? So many choices... =( If you have traveled to any or all of these places, PLEASE HELP. I need to reserve this trip soon!