Lots of questions about tour destinations while on vacation in Belize, and of course, where best to stay. Loaded questions, believe me!!! The entire country has its merits, but I believe that "see and sea" is just about the best plan. Stay in Belize City (lots of great hotels, including Biltmore Best Western, Radisson, Princess). Fan out from there to Maya sites such as Lamanai (with jungle river tour), Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Xunantunich. Do Cave Tubing/Zipline/Zoo as a triple combination tour in one day from Belize City (those three are within the areas of Miles 31 to 37 from the city - excellent paved highways). Then, hit the "sea" scene either in Caye Caulker or down south in fabulous Placencia - GREAT BEACHES, excellent snorkeling (laughing bird caye, etc), and especially the really "Indiana Jones" Maya site of Mayflower and the only jaguar sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere in Maya Mountain Cockscomb Basin. In a week, you can truly see some of the best of this amazing little country. But you have to plan right and take advantage of good timings on your tours. Operators do an "all inclusive" on those tours - transportation, entrance fees, lunch/sodas/juices/bottled water, guides, etc). And yes, a map of Belize is a good idea - it's available in shops at about $20 and has great and exact details (a Canadian group produces the best map).