Before ending up on the Placencia Peninsula, Maya Beach Bistro owners John and Ellen Lee (he's Australian, she's American, he's the executive chef, she meets and greets) traveled the world and worked in 20 countries. They obviously figured out what travelers love, because their bistro by the beach is one of the best restaurants in all of Belize. It has won "Restaurant of the Year" honors from the Belize Tourism Board more than once. The setting, in a covered patio by the swimming pool with breezes from the sea, which is just a few yards away, is everything you come to the Caribbean to enjoy. The menu changes regularly, but among the standards you'll go gaga over are nut-encrusted snapper and cocoa-dusted pork chop on a risotto cake. There also are nightly seafood specials. The bistro has a selection of small plates and appetizers including fish cakes, baked garlic (wonderful spread on fresh-made crackers with chutney) coconut shrimp, and honey-coconut ribs. No matter what you choose, you'll find the flavors and presentation interesting and creatively inspired. At breakfast, don't miss the fresh-made bagels or the cinnamon roll—it's big enough for Godzilla.