Greetings from Cayo Espanto

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ISLANDS Editorial Director Ty Sawyer recently returned from this private Caribbean island off Belize. Here's the postcard -- and his tips:

  • Snorkel among sea turtles, elegant spotted eagle rays and playful nurse sharks at nearby Hol Chan Marine Park.
  • Walk into the silky Caribbean water just off the deck of your own private villa.
  • Feel the electric moment when a bonefish hits the lure and bends the rod. The flats teem with game fish.
  • Escape into your exclusive haven and have a candlelit dinner at the end of your private dock under a ceiling of stars.
  • Organize a jungle excursion for two to the Maya ruins at Lamanai on the Belize mainland.
  • Indulge in that most precious of luxuries: time. Do nothing but enjoy the soft breeze off the sea and the splendid feeling of absolute privacy.
  • Explore your options and whims at aprivateisland.com.