Ramons Village

Your very first look at Ramon's Village on Belize's dive-world-famous Ambergris Caye is enough to convince you that you have arrived at a very special place, a water-sports resort with a firm grasp on its own heritage and identity. It starts with the traditional Mayan thatched roofs of the resort's 61 air-conditioned cabanas and continues with the 80-foot lagoon-style pool overseen by the 12-foot carved rock mask of "Rey Ramon." And it's all tied neatly together by Ramon himself, a resort host whom thousands of seasoned dive travelers have come to know and trust as a lifelong friend.

You say you want to dive on your vacation, but you don't want to spend a long time getting to or from the sites? At Ramon's Village, the Great Maya Reef — the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere — is so close that the resort's boats (either Miss Gina, a Pro-42, or any of four 34-foot fast boats) can have you on a dive site in less than a minute. Or, if you've got the time to venture further afield, Ambergris Caye is perfectly situated as the jumping-off spot for one of the seven wonders of the ocean world, the 400-foot-deep and nearly perfectly circular Belize Blue Hole.

The Hol Chan Marine Preserve with its nurse-shark-populated Amigos del Mar wreck and the legendary Shark Ray Alley is also within easy striking distance of Ramon Village's dock. Divers looking to expand their educational or professional horizons can also do it here in style; Ramon's Village is a PADI Gold Palm IDC, which means they can train you all the way up to and including Open Water Instructor.

Yet, there's plenty to do here even if you're not a diver, whether it's lounging by the postcard-perfect pool, enjoying water sports that range from kayaking and windsurfing to snorkeling and deep-sea fishing, enjoying a drink at the Purple Parrot or a fine meal amid the carved-wood bas-reliefs of Ramon's Restaurant, or strolling and shopping in the quaint fishing village of San Pedro. Ramon's Village is the sort of resort where your vacation can be as active or as tranquilo as your heart desires.

Accommodations: 61 cabanas in three levels of luxury: beachfront, seaside and garden-view; plus three premium suites: Honeymoon, International and Presidential Amenities: PADI Gold Palm Instructor Development Center; 80-foot free-form pool Contact Information: Toll-free: 800-MAGIC-15; tel.: 601-649-1990; fax: 601649-1996; website: ramons.com; e-mail: [email protected]

1. International Suite 2. Manicured beach 3. Lagoon-style pool 4. On-site dive center 5. The Miss Gina 6. The restaurant

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