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Xanadu Island Resort
Xanadu is located on Ambergris Caye island. It has 19 condominium suites with fully equipped kitchens, living/dining areas, and a choice of studio, loft and one-, two- or three-bedroom accommodations. Complimentary bicycles and kayaks are available for guests to explore the island. Scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing or guided eco-tours to the rain forest jungle or Mayan ruins can be arranged through a full service tour desk. The dive and tour boats collect and return guests to the resort’s private pier.

The Phoenix Resort
Phoenix is located in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. It has 30 condominium suites ranging from one to three bedrooms. Amenities include two pools, spa and a fitness center. Dining is available at The Red Ginger.

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
This recreational resort near Dangriga, which is a 20-minute flight from Belize International Airport in Belize City, offers five accommodation choices -- Deluxe Treehouse, Honeymoon Suite, Treehouses, Beachfront Deluxe and beachfront rooms. The resort has various sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling options. Land excursions include a jungle and waterfall hike, a cave and jungle hike, canoing and kayaking, and a wildlife sanctuary.

Coco Beach Resort
Coco Beach is 3.5 miles north of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Guests stay in 25 two-bedroom suites, five one-bedroom casitas or 17 hotel rooms.

Pelican Reef Villas Resort
Guests at this Ambergris Caye resort, located 2.5 miles south of San Pedro, can choose a two- or three-bedroom villa. The resort offers a number of recreational packages including scuba diving for an additional fee.

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Belize Resort
This all-inclusive resort has 1,300 feet of private beach and 300 acres of property. Accommodations consist of 25 individual thatched-roof cabanas. Amenities include sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, birding and river canoing. The resort is located near Dangriga and is a 20-minute flight from Belize City.

Las Terrazas Resort
Las Terrazas on the island of Ambergris Caye provides town homes with fully-equipped kitchen; options range from one to three bedrooms. Amenities include spa and fitness center, lap pool and dive shop, kayaks and Hobie Cats. Guests who want a break from cooking their meals in the town homes can visit the O Restaurant.

Coco Plum Island Resort
Coco Plum has 10 individual cabanas with verandas and hammocks. All-inclusive packages offer kayaks, meals and drinks, daily housekeeping, complimentary snorkeling trips and inland tours.

Chaa Creek
Chaa Creek is a 365-acre nature reserve with its own natural history center and butterfly farm. It is located on the Macal River near the Maya Mountains. The jungle lodge has 23 palm-thatched cottage rooms including garden suites, tree top Jacuzzi suites, an Orchard and Spa Villa and a Macal Cottage with Jacuzzi. Dining is available at the Chaa Creek Restaurant. Amenities range from exploring the river, miles of forest trails and Maya temple sites to hiking, canoing, horseback riding, mountain biking and bird watching.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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December 15, 2008

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