Tobacco Caye

Tobacco Caye is a tiny island off the coast of Belize, popular with budget travelers. Hammocks, novels, group meals and a healthy dose of snorkeling are likely to fill your day, on one of the few islands that won't break the bank in a country that normally excels at doing so.

At only about 200 feet wide and 400 feet long, the atmosphere is intimate and social, but relaxing and friendly you can circle the island in less than 5 minutes. About 20 Belizeans reside here permanently, but there's no school, so children spend the week on a nearby island, and come home only on the weekends to stay with their families.

Far from deserted, there's very little space on the island that isn't occupied by something. Hurricane Mitch leveled most of the island in 1998, pretty much everything you see now has been rebuilt since then.