Every year for their World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure Magazine asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Belize once again shines in the 2016 awards with top destinations like Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Placencia showing a strong presence in the top lists.
The top five resort hotels in Central America include Matachica Resort & Spa in Belize, where it says T +L readers could see the barrier reef from their thatched-roof casitas or the private hot tub outside their villas. Mata Chica Resort tied at the #3 spot while the Turtle Inn, Placencia made it to the #5 spot.
Matachica Resort Top Five hotels in Central America
Turtle Inn, Placencia Top Five hotels in Central America
T + L readers also rated islands around the world on their natural attractions and beaches, activities and sights, food, friendliness, and overall value. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker still reign supreme as top island destination in the world. Ambergris Caye scored the #4 spot on the Top 5 Best Islands in Mexico, Central America & South America, while its neighboring island of Caye Caulker paced at #5.
Ambergris Caye, Belize Travel Leisure Top 5 Best Islands
Caye Caulker, on the other hand, is also considered one of the Best Secret Islands on the planet according to Travel + Leisure readers. “Though it’s only a 15-minute flight from the country's main airport, it’s easy to feel as though this is your very own private five-mile stretch of land.” - posts T + L.
Caye Caulker Top 5 Islands & Best Secret Island on the Planet