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A private tent on a beach in Belize can be romantic.

The question: Every five years I like to surprise my wife with a fun trip and 20 years is coming up this March. We'd like to spend a week at the same place, a bit of a splurge and somewhere Caribbean or Central/South America that is easy to fly to from Tampa, Fla., where we'll leave our teenagers with grandparents. Interests include: great food and wine, beaches, diving and adventure.

TRAVEL CONCIERGE: Wow, another anniversary question - where are all these men planning romantic getaways? I'm going to start a Facebook fan page: Men Who Plan (Yes, Plan!) Holidays.

With your many interests, Central America's Belize strikes the right note. Here in this rain-forest-and-ocean nation, you can hike, paddle, dive, the list goes on.

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And since "pamper" seems to be the subtext to your list, consider one of the upscale resorts along the white-sand beaches of Placencia, says Megan Sullivan, from Belize Tourism ( travelbelize.org). These include The Placencia (theplacencia.com), Chabil Mar Villas ( chabilmarvillas.com) and Francis Ford Coppola's Turtle Inn ( coppolaresorts.com). Two-hour direct flights are available between Miami and Belize City; from there to Placencia, it's a 40-minute regional flight.

If you're looking for something more castaway to refresh your vows, consider one of the trips from Island Expeditions Co. ( islandexpeditions.com). Its seven-day Lighthouse Reef Adventure, for instance, motors you almost 100 kilometres offshore to camp out in private wall tents on a coral atoll near the famous Blue Hole. By day, snorkel, dive and kayak. By night, swing in a hammock and sip beer cooled by a solar-powered fridge.

"These are truly extraordinary locations to experience the beauty and wonder of the tropical seas," says Tim Boys, who founded the B.C.-based company 25 years ago after falling for the nation's rich seascape.



E-mail your travel questions to concierge@globeandmail.com.

Karan Smith is a former Globe Travel editor. Special to The Globe and Mail

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