Belize has a mix of rustic and boutique accommodation both on the cayes and on the mainland. There is a superb coral reef running the length of the country, though some of the best hideaway islands can be found on the Atolls further away
Hopkins is a small Garifuna fishing village of around 1000 villagers and is considered by many to be the cultural centre of the Garifuna population in Belize. Situated on the Caribbean coast it has sandy beaches with gently swaying coconut palms and is a great base from which to enjoy the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere offering some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling.
Placencia is a traditional Creole fishing village with an enviable location. Its brightly painted wooden shacks are found at the end of a palm-covered, 16-mile finger of sand on the south coast of Belize. The superb beaches of this sandy point are met by Caribbean rollers on one side while a sheltered lagoon lies on the other side.
The Belizean Cayes are a series of tiny islands off the Belizean coast with porcelain-white beaches and turquoise waters. With a concentration of over a hundred islands, two stunning atolls and miles of barrier reef, it is hard to find a better place!
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