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How to do the best of Belize in 6 nights?

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My husband and I are planning a Belize trip in mid-March. Nothing is booked yet, so we have flexibility. What we are NOT flexible on is the lenght of our trip due to my husband's job. We will be arriving on a mid-day Monday and leaving mid-day Sunday. Times seem to be pretty consistant no matter what week we leave.
We have been on rainforest hikes in the past, and snorkled in heavier currents. My husband would like to experience a little "jungle" on our trip, and I would like to have an amazing snorkling experience.
We have our own snorkling gear, so we wouldn't need a tour that provided equipment. I was a little spoiled on our last snorkle trip where we saw puffer fish, eels, sting rays, lobster, crabs, and lion fish quite frequently. I would like to see something other than just tropical fish. One spot that has caught my eye is Shark Ray Alley/ Raggamuffin tour. Seeing nurse sharks would be amazing! It would also be great if we got to see any whale sharks, dolphins, or sea turtles. Are any of these common sightings? It seems like the nurse sharks are pretty easy to find? Anyone have any information on this, such as where we would go to set up a tour/ what's included, where the best places to go would be to see any of these creatures?
At first we were looking at staying in the Placencia area. The beaches there seem like an amazing sight to wake up to in the morning, plus would give us access to ATM and the jaguar reserve, which are other things that we would really love to do. Alot of the hotels say you could see dolphins playing along the shore, but I get the feeling this is very rare. One place we came across included kayaks as part of the room so we could grab our gear and paddle somewhere, but it sounds like there may not be good snorkling spots near by? I'm also seeing that alot of these places want a 5 night minimum stay, which limits us on splitting our trip.
I saw a brief mention somewhere about a wreck site. Does anyone have info on this? I got the impression it was northern, like the nurse sharks.

I would also like to see at least one Maya Ruins while we are in Belize. It sounds like our best bet would be Xunantunich or Lamani. I would love to see Tikal, but this sounds really confusing, because of crossing the border. I have no idea how this would work, with country entry/exit fees and everything else. Any advise on this?

We don't have any "must do" destinations in mind yet. If there was any way to combine awesome snorkling with ruins and a southern jungle trip, that would be great. I don't want to stay in a different place every night, but I don't have a problem with splitting the trip. My husband would love to see some monkeys, he always got a kick out of that in the past. I would love to see some jungle cats. Are they a common site at the jaguar reserve, or is this a spot to skip? It seems like the monkey/baboon sanctuary would be interesting. It looks as if the monkeys will come right up to you?

Any advise on what is a must do, or what we should skip is greatly appreciated. I am not opposed to cutting snorkling out of the trip if most advise tells me that the only way to experience everything else is to let the northern spots go. I want to have a little beach on my vacation but I'm not in love with swimming if there isn't much to see snorkling. We are also curious about transportation. We rented a car on our last vacation and it was nice to have the freedom to drive. Is there a big worry about break-ins if we rent a vehicle and leave Belize City?
I plan to order a few travel books (fodors, lonely planet snorkling/diving and the new frommers pre-release)

Thank you so much for any help you can offer!

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