One of my favorite winter getaways is Belize. In particular I fell in love with Ambergris Caye - there was nothing I didn't like.
It is an eco-friendly bird and wildlife watcher's paradise and with the second largest coral barrier reef in the world is a great place to engage in one of my favorite activities - snorkeling.
Numerous species of coral including this brain coral and of course colorful tropical fish.
Brain Coral Coffee Mug by VickiSims
Create a unique personalize coffee mug from zazzle.com
We earned bragging rights snorkeling with sharks and rays Hol Chan Marine Preserve.
The island is a few miles offshore from the mainland of Belize has a very relaxed retro feeling. No big chain hotels and no building taller than 3 stories. Even in the town of San Pedro the main methods of transportation and the mostly sand streets are walking, boats, bikes and golf carts. To get there you either board a water taxi or a small plane. We arrived by plane on Tropic Air - the smallest plane I'd ever flown on.