It is a pretty far piece to the reef in Placencia. So snorkelling takes about a forty minute boat ride. As Barb said the sights to are a bit spread out so my choice is Ambergris/San Pedro where you can be snorkelling in 15 minutes and have a wide variety of shops and restaurants to choose from. Also the bugs are much less on the island. I would look into Banana Beach if you want a nice affordable 1 bedroom with kitchen, and pool. It isn't the Victoria House, but it won't bust the budget either and is very nice. John in denver