Stay: Maya Beach Hotel is 3 miles from Seine Bight Village and 8 from the Creole village of Placencia at the end of the peninsula (www.placencia.com). On site is a popular bistro. Accommodations range from basic ($316 for four nights) to a two-level apartment with a small kitchen ($556 for four nights). Mile marker 15, 501-533-8040, www.mayabeachhotel.com.
Eat: Take a free five-minute shuttle ride to Tranquilo on Placencia Caye for a sunset and the freshest fish; $5-$20. Try an ancestral Garifuna dish, rich with seafood and coconut milk. 501-620-7763, www.facebook.com/TranquiloPlacenciaCaye.
Experience: Enjoy a full day snorkeling among giant rays, squid and tropical fish at the exquisite Belizean Barrier Reef, the second longest in the world. Destinations include Frigate Caye ($50), Laughing Bird Caye ($75) or Ranguana Caye ($80). Prices include island lunch and all gear. Main Road near Wendy's Restaurant in Placencia Village, 501-523-3363, www.oceanmotionplacencia.com/ocean_motion_tours.html.
Stay: Caye Casa is a short walk from the hustle of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye (http://ambergriscaye.com). Peaceful accommodations range from rooms (from $110) and casitas (from $165) to one- and two-bedroom villas (from $250). All are situated on a private sandy beach. On site is a fresh water plunge pool. The hosts can arrange any type of tour. Beach Front, San Pedro, 1-800-936-3433, www.cayecasa.com.
Eat: The Hidden Treasure Restaurant is set in a residential neighborhood south of San Pedro Town but offers free shuttle service for most island guests. The setting is dreamy under an open-air wood beamed structure with white tablecloths, candles, twinkling lights and fine Latin American cuisine; $14.50-$34. Escalante Subdivision, 501-226-4111, http://hiddentreasurebelize.com.
Experience: The "all-in-one" catamaran tour (noon-7 p.m.) combines snorkeling (two stops), sailing, Caye Caulker (one hour free time), a Belizean buffet lunch, open bar and sunset cruise; $114 includes park entrance and snorkel gear. Barrier Reef Drive at Central Park, San Pedro, 501-621-7245, www.catamaranbelize.com.
Stay: Francis Ford Coppola purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge and created a tropical paradise under a rain forest canopy in the Maya Mountains of the Cayo District (85 miles from Belize International). A four-night package includes stays in a riverfront cabana with wraparound walkway, all meals (no beverages), a full-day four-wheel drive excursion to the Mayan citadel of Caracol and Rio Frio Cave, a canoe adventure to Barton Creek Cave, horseback adventure to Big Rock Falls and round-trip airport transfers; $3,454 per couple through Dec. 17. Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Cayo District, 1-888-861-7336, www.coppolaresorts.com/blancaneaux.
Eat: Cenaida's is a humble local spot serving authentic Belizean dishes from breakfast through the late night. Stop in for an ice-cold Belikin, the national beer; a Pineapple Rum Delight or coconut fish; $5-$16. 16 Bullet Tree Road, San Ignacio, 501-631-2526, www.facebook.com/pages/Cenaidas-Belizean-Food/140073342685533.
Experience: Take a four-hour horse riding adventure to the Mayan site of Xunantunich ("shoo-nahn-too-nitch"), the largest ceremonial center in the Belize River Valley. A hand-cranked ferry carries visitors across the Mopan River, about a mile from the site; $85 (depart/return to San Ignacio; tour code: 9165P1). www.viator.com.