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Thatch Caye

Photo by Michael Hanson / Aurora Photos

Thatch Caye

Dangriga, Belize

Who needs a stuffy hotel when you can stay in an open-air thatch cave on the edge of the Caribbean Sea? Surround yourself with salt water, sun, and bliss as you doze off to serene tropical breezes, the gentle crashing of waves, and other perks of a life aquatic.


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