I got back form AC on Feb. 2. I was staying at a place called the Cocotal Inn and Cabanas, right beside the White Sands. The Cocotal is a lovely small new place. While staying there we booked all of our tours through the White Sands, including Lamanai, snorkeling, and fishing. The island ferry also uses the White Sands pier as one of thier stops. The White Sands is also only 2 miles from town, only a 15 minute bike ride. The people at White Sands were excellent. They treated us as if we were one of their guests. We ended up meeting quite a few people that were staying at the White Sands and everyone loved the place. The White Sands and the Cocotal both have lovely sandy beaches. Some of the best I saw on AC(rememeber that there is alot of seagrass beyond the beach) The reef is not far away so we ended up renting a kayak from the White Sands($10/day) and rowed out to the reef to snorkel and fish. They also have a dive shop if you are into scuba. Hope this helps.