La Isla Bonita does it again. Every year for their World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. T+L readers then rate islands according to activities and sights, natural attractions and beaches, food, friendliness, and overall value. Picture-perfect beaches, otherworldly snorkeling and diving, and exceptionally warm and friendly locals — it’s not a mystery why travelers across the globe flock to the best islands in Mexico and Central and South America year after year. And of those, Ambergris Caye ranked on top, coming in No. 2 on the World’s Best Awards survey for best islands in Mexico and Central and South America! This one’s for blissed-out honeymooners looking to canoodle in the sand, adventurers chasing the next big thrill, or a family with diverse interests.
WBA Hall of Fame honoree: Ambergris Caye voted No.2 in ‘Best Islands In Central & South America’ by Travel + Leisure
Ambergris Caye, in Belize, made this year’s rankings at No. 2! Measuring about 25 miles in length, its white sandy beaches melts into an eclectic yet vibrant island vibe; resorts line its shores, while the second largest barrier reef in the world sits off Ambergris Caye’s east coast. Travel and Leisure share the win alongside, “The long, narrow barrier island is known as the place to see the Great Blue Hole — a 406-foot-deep, 1,000-foot-wide marine sinkhole that looks like an enormous blue circle that can be seen from space. Scientists predict it won’t be around forever, so diving enthusiasts would do well to visit sooner rather than later.”
Belize is home to over 450 individual islands, known as cayes. Ambergris Caye is the most-visited destination in the country, known for a quintessentially Caribbean island vibe, with humming golf carts—the main method of transportation—plus great snorkeling and diving.