Belize is really two countries, and I have always recommended that the best way to “do” Belize is by spending a week on the water, and a week inland (or half & half of whatever the length your trip). Firstly, it helps if you have a clear idea of whether you’d prefer the beach only, the mainland only, or just want to enjoy all we have to offer. Every region of the country has numerous facilities, offering a wide range of comfort levels. For the best Belize all inclusive vacations visit this website.
Of the cayes, Ambergris is by far the largest and most developed for tourism. It has well over 50 lodging facilities, and San Pedro Town has plenty of restaurants, and some night life. Rooms run from US$25 to $250, and more. It is very close to the reef, so if you plan to spend most of your time on, in or under the water, this is a prime consideration, since other cayes or coastal areas can require up to 45 minutes’ boat ride each way. Nearby Caye Caulker is fast developing into a mini-Ambergris, with several tourist facilities already in operation. Although there is not much of a town yet, the caye does have a bit of a “party life” reputation. Cayo Espanto, off the southern tip of Ambergris, is a resort that encompasses an entire small island, and is very exclusive.
The Placencia peninsula in the Stann Creek District, is the mainland equivalent of San Pedro, although on a smaller scale. With over 30 hotels/resorts, and more on the way, there is also the full price range available. Almost all of these are on the beach. Luba Hati is a lovely, Mediterranean style hotel with seven elegant rooms, and a fine Italian restaurant. Green Parrot Beach Houses is a group of six wooden houses on stilts, each housing up to four adults at one price. They also have two rustically romantic, thatched cabañas, ideal for couples, and a lovely stretch of beach. There are two villages on the peninsula, Seine Bight and Placencia, which give the area its local flavor. Alternatively, you can try Maruba Resort.
You can swim from the beach at all of these areas, but the best snorkeling is always found off shore around the reef and small cayes. There are plenty of fishing guides offering their services at these locations. Your hotel can also help arrange your activities. For folks who want only to dive, fish and eat, Turneffe Island Lodge is an all-inclusive facility (bar, equipment and service, extra), way out on Turneffe Atoll. It has recently undergone extensive refurbishing and offers comfortable accommodation. Their boat will pick you up in Belize City and transport you to this relaxed, isolated paradise. They offer dive, fish, and dive/fish packages; plus a special, do-nothing, “beachcombers” rate.