Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the 35 best islands in the world outside the U.S. in the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards survey; from far-flung stunners in Southeast Asia to volcanic outcrops in the Mediterranean. For their 33rd annual survey—yes, more than three decades—a record 600,000 registered voters weighed in. This year, they’ve been broken down by region, and Belize’s very own Ambergris Caye takes No. 4 for the Best Islands in Central America! Besides, as you continue to travel, Condé Nast continues to listen: Here’s all the reasons why Condé Nast readers loves the 25-mile island of Ambergris Caye off Belize’s coast.
Belize is home to over 450 individual islands, known as cayes. Ambergris Caye is the most-visited destination in the country, known for a quintessential Caribbean island vibe, with humming golf carts—the main method of transportation—plus great snorkeling and diving. Not to mention, it is locally known as “La Isla Bonita,” as many believe that Madonna’s 1986 song by the same name was inspired by it. Whether it actually was or not, it certainly lives up to the title. 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.
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