Belize, the small country that lies just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, borders Guatemala, and has a long Caribbean coastline is attracting honeymoon couples and others who want a romantic getaway in an exotic place with good hotels and resorts. A magnet to swimmers, snorkelers, and skin divers, Belize's barrier reef is the world's second-largest coral reef system. Inland, the tropical jungle is a model of biodiversity. Belize's hotels and resorts on this list provide couples with comfortable perches to unwind from their land and underwater adventures.
One of Belize's best, Robert's Grove is located on Placencia Peninsula and offers direct access to the barrier reef. For couples who want a truly remote and romantic experience, this hotel features a choice of two private islands where you can spend the night.
Small and family owned, San Ignacio Resort Hotel reserves the best of its 24 rooms for lovers. The master suite occupies the entire second floor and is the only one to offer butler service. Its balcony, with jacuzzi, overlooks the pool and Macal River Valley; clever angling protects cavorting couples from onlookers below.
One of the most expensive romantic resorts in Central America, Cayo Espanto is located on a private island off the coast of San Pedro. Offering all-inclusive pricing, this Belize hideaway draws celebrities and well-heeled travelers who appreciate luxury, superior service, and miles of pristine beach.
7. Kanantik Resort (Placencia)
Kanantik is a dream resort — secluded, quiet (no phones, no TV), good food, soft sand, calm waters and safe swimming. This romantic Belize hideaway is clean, beautiful, attentively staffed and impeccably maintained.
8. Victoria House (San Pedro, Ambergris Caye)
Victoria House is one of those hotels that's a true gem. It features a romantic honeymoon suite right on the beach. The staff makes guests feels as if they're within the embrace of a warm family. Highly rated by top travel magazines, Victoria House provides a safe outpost from somewhat scruffy San Pedro, and without a drop of pretense.
9. Blancaneaux Lodge (San Ignacio)
A tranquil retreat in the Maya Mountains created by the film director Francis Ford Coppola. Here every detail in this 20-room jungle resort is as carefully tended to as the backgrounds in his Oscar-winning movies.
An eco lodge, Five Sisters Resort uses hydropower for electricity and to run a funicular from the hilltop to valley bottom. There is no generator hum. The loudest sounds you hear during a romantic stay are cascading waterfalls and the call of tropical birds.
Close to the Mexican border and inside Bacalar Chico National Park, Tranquility Bay is an ideal beach resort for couples who love to swim, snorkel, and skin dive.