Hundreds of cayes dot the shimmering aquamarine waters off the coast of Belize, some uninhabited and others, such as Ambergris Caye, laced with small communities, cosy restaurants and lovely boutique hotels. The atmosphere is decidedly laid back and perfect for some barefoot beach time after an extended Belize trip. For the ultimate island experience, there are plenty of private islands too.
Belize is renowned for its world-class diving, fishing and snorkeling, with miles of coral reef to be found in its Caribbean waters, as well as the iconic Blue Hole. Many hotels off Ambergris Caye have their own PADI dive centers, and islands like Turneffe even offer full, week-long dive packages for real enthusiasts. This is a paradise for lovers of marine life and the great blue ocean, and the powdery beaches add another dimension.