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Diving and Snorkeling in Belize's insider take:

Belize abuts 185 miles of the Americas' longest barrier reef, and the local diving and snorkeling are accordingly jaw-dropping. Many resorts run training programs that range from one-day familiarization courses to four-day PADI programs. Must-do dives include the Elbow (Turneffe Islands), Hol Chan Marine Reserve (off Ambergris Caye)—where the notorious Shark Ray Alley is typically swarming with nurse sharks and southern stingrays—and Half Moon Caye, home to the famed Blue Hole (at Lighthouse Reef). If your resort doesn't have its own dive shop, consider this one: the Belize Academy of Diving (Ambergris Caye; 501-226-2873;

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