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Belize's largest island crowned best in world by tourists

Published on Mar 28, 2013 2:06 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, a popular destination for scuba divers, came at the top of a list of the world's 10 best islands in a survey of travellers released on Wednesday.

The western Caribbean nation, which boasts the second-largest coral reef in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef, beat another Caribbean destination, St John in the US Virgin Islands, to top the TripAdvisor survey. Third place went to Bora Bora in French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean, which is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and popular for its overwater bungalows.

"Ambergris Caye boasts spectacular caves, winding waterfalls, tropical rainforest and hundreds of limestone caves," TripAdvisor spokesman Emma Shaw said in a statement.

She said the TripAdvisor's inaugural list of the world's best islands was based on millions of reviews and ratings by international tourists on the travel website over the past year.

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