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The beautiful aquamarine waters and the reef of Caye Caulker, Belize

The hikers’ haven of Belize is getting a serious injection of luxury – and yes, there will be overwater bungalows, writes Nikki Ekstein

For all of Belize’s cultural diversity – the country’s melting pot heritage is equal parts Mayan, Creole, Mestizo, Spanish, Lebanese, Chinese, British, Indian and Mennonite – its tourism scene is surprisingly one-note.

Nearly three-quarters of its 1.4 million annual visitors arrive by cruise ship, docking for just enough time to see the Altun Ha Mayan ruins, ride some zip lines, or go tubing through its famed Crystal Cave. And while a small clutch of luxury...

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