12. Thatch Caye, Belize
Step outside on the deck of your bungalow, 1 of 5 overwater accommodations on this private island that’s a quick jaunt from the U.S., and you’ll quickly realize that the spot to be for the duration of this vacation is that Mayan hammock swaying in the breeze. So it’s only a matter of calling dibs before your travel partner does. Or, you can play nice and alternate days. When you’re not on hammock duty, practice floating in the clear Belizean water like you were 5-years-old in guppy class again, or convince your companion to go on a little adventure.
River tubing 2 miles through a nearby 5-cave chain is one for the bucket list. However you spend your day, it’ll end much the same way: with a belly full of fresh fish and local Belikin beer. INSIDER TIP: To mix things up, head over to nearby Coco Plum Resort for lunch one day (the water is shallow enough to wade, or you can kayak or paddle board). Room rates from $295.