White dive tanks serving as fence posts and a rusty anchor from an 18th-century British warship set the tone at this remote upscale resort offering fishing, diving, beachcombing, and more, including a spa. This was Turneffe Atoll's first dive lodge, and it bagged the best spot a few hundred yards from the legendary Elbow. If you came to Belize for the diving, this is an ideal base. The rooms, in palm-shaded, white cottages with sea views, have been refurbished without spoiling the cozy feeling created by the varnished hardwood fittings. Eight beachfront cabañas are solid mahogany inside. The two-story colonial-style house holds the bar and the dining room. The resort isn't for penny-pinchers: a weekly fishing package with loding and meals is almost BZ$19,000 for two, not including bar tab, tips, or tours. A week's dive package in a private cottage is around BZ$18,000 for two. Transportation to the island from Belize City is included, but not airfare to Belize.
Coco Tree Caye, Turneffe Atoll, Belize