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Belize is famous for its spectacular diving, pristine beaches and tropical ambiance. The famous director Francis Ford Coppola is so in love with Belize that he's been opening exclusive properties in the area, including a romantic beachfront hideaway Turtle Inn.

Belize is wonderful for couples who enjoy privacy and outdoor activities, but it is often overlooked. You can find great deals, spacious rooms on the beach and luxurious spas at these fabulous beach resorts.

Turtle Inn

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Turtle Inn is set on its own stretch of secluded beach. Francis Ford Coppola is behind this Balinese-inspired resort which has a host of amenities ranging from a five star spa to a PADI Dive Shop. Guest accommodations are surrounded by lush gardens and located just steps from the beach. Try one of the Honeymoon Cottages featuring Balinese hand-carved doors and decor, a private walled garden with outdoor shower, screened porch and a private bathroom with Japanese bath. Another favorite, Seafront Cottages are set right on the beach and offer a private garden with outdoor shower, screened porch and bathroom with Japanese bath. Cottages on the beach at Turtle Inn are priced from $299/night.

Las Terrazas in Ambergris Caye

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Guest accommodations at Las Terrazas are huge. Guests get to choose from 37 one- to three-bedroom layouts that range in size from 983 to 3,000 square feet. Book one of the Seahouses for quick access to the white sandy beach. Serenity Spa and Wellness Center at Ambergris Caye Resort offers unique treatments such as Belize-inspired facials, body masques and ultra-relaxing couples massages. One-bedroom town homes at Las Terrazas (lasterrazasresort.com) start from $300 per night.

Victoria House

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Victoria House offers 42 Casitas, Plantation rooms, Suites and Private Villas overlooking the reef and white sand beach. You will be surrounded by lush tropical gardens and enjoy plenty of privacy on your romantic getaway. The hotel has an on-site dive shop and a dedicated Activities Director who can help you plan your ultimate romantic activities. Choose from fishing, diving, snorkeling, birding and cave tubing. Book a thatch-roofed casita with a locally handcrafted mahogany bed and Caribbean views. Rates at Victoria House (victoria-house.com) start at $195 per night.

Cayo Espanto

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Cayo Espanto is the most pricey in our collection of best romantic Belize beach getaways, but it also offers the most privacy. This small private island off the coast of Belize has just 7 beach villas and 7 secluded sandy beaches. Each villa has a private pool and access to the ocean. You will feel completely removed from the rest of the world. Plan a honeymoon, romantic anniversary or get away "just because" to this amazing tropical island.

Custom Romantic Itineraries with Absolute Belize

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If you are looking for something unique for your romantic beach vacation, call Absolute Belize which offers tailor made itineraries, including private luxury catamaran cruises that let you explore some of the most hidden beaches and dive spots.

Honeymooners should ask about the Hammock Honeymoon package (from US $4,950 per person for 8 nights, all-inclusive) which includes several days aboard a luxury catamaran, followed by a stay at Turtle Inn (www.absolutebelize.com, 800-640-2182).