We are planning a 7 day trip, probably to Ambergris Caye in late June 2001 (two couples and their best friend). We are all friendly, athletic non-smokers (but not non-drinkers). We want to pretty nice house where we can prepare meals or have them prepared for us (although we are not apposed to staying in a small hotel/B&B). A hot tub and pool would be a bonus.

We all want to get our diving certification and dive most mornings (we need a recommendation on SCUBA instructors).

Since some of us only vacation once a year or less, we want it to be a fabulous time. It would be nice to be close to some night life and shopping but proximity to a beautiful beach and snorkeliing/scuba is more important. I found over 500 listings in one web search. Can anyone steer us the right direction?

What's the difference between "North" and South"? Do we need to rent a car? What's the best way to get there from Belize City? What other questions should I be asking? Help!

Any help will be greatly appreciated and certainly reciprocated with advice for New Mexico travel or the Kodak Baloon Fiesta.