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Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world, Belize is still truly an unspoilt getaway.

Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of Central America, South of Mexico and offers superb calm water sailing, diving and snorkelling, Mayan ruins and more. With over 175 cayes to explore, Belize is truly an unspoilt sailing destination. Sail south along the reef which offers protection from ocean swells.

There are many deserted cayes throughout the sailing area providing complete tranquility or, if you prefer, visit one of the populated islands and experience a great meal ashore and replenish supplies. The possibilities on your yacht charters in Belize are endless. Dive into the pristine waters, sample fish and lobster caught fresh by local fishermen, and experience the protection of Belize’s famous barrier reef. This is Caribbean sailing at its best!

If you want to plan a longer holiday, why not combine your sailing with a week ashore to explore the Mayan ruins, tropical rain forests, jungle trekking, river rafting and cave exploring.

Belize Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Mayan ruins

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    Caye Caulker

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    Blue Hole

    Sailing holidays in Belize

    • Overnight stop in the US then flight to Belize City and short onward flight to Placencia
    • Stop for a few days in Belize city to explore Mayan ruins
    • Find your own slice of paradise on one of the many deserted cayes
    • Combine fantastic sailing with rainforests, jungle trekking & river rafting!
    • Average distances of 13nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average temperatures of around 30 degrees
    • Average winds force 3-4. Easy sailing but watch out for shallow coral
    • Flexible start and finish dates possible
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary in Belize

    DAY 1 : Whipray Caye (10nm)

    Embark at Laru Beya Marina, Placencia. After an easy two hour sail you will reach Whipray Caye for fantastic snorkelling on the reef and world class fishing.

    DAY 2 : Hideaway Caye (10nm)

    Head north to Hideaway Caye in the Pelican Caye range. This a tiny mangrove covered island where you can wander the wooden walkways to explore the mangrove trees. This truly is getting away from it all!

    DAY 3 : South Water Caye (10nm)

    Navigate along the reef to South Water Caye, keeping a careful eye out for coral patches. Some are worth a quick stop for a closer look with mask and snorkel. An idyllic island right on the reef, South Water Caye is host to three resorts: Blue Marlin Lodge, IZE (International Zoological Expeditions) and Pelican Beach Resort. Grab a mooring at Carrie Bow Caye where you will have three restaurants to choose from to sample fantastic local seafood.

    DAY 4 : Thatch Caye (10nm)

    An eco resort which is part of a marine park. Here you can relax on the pristine beaches whilst monkeys swing from the trees overhead. Explore the clear blue waters on kayaks, paddle boards or get your mask and fins on for some underwater delights!

    DAY 5 : Lagoon Caye (15nm)

    Today head back down south to Lagoon Caye, a private ring shaped island. Here you can kayak across the deep blue lagoon.

    DAY 6 : Hatchet Caye (10nm)

    A tiny island but a client favourite! An abundance of watersports to chose from as well as a diveshop and restaurant.

    DAY 7 : No Name Point (15nm)

    A safe and secure anchorage where you can visit one of the last Creole villages in Belize, Monkey River Town, and admire the fascinating wildlife including black howler monkeys.

    DAY 8 : Placencia Harbour (5nm)

    A short sail brings you back to the base at Placencia.

    Belize 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Belize

    Temperatures in Belize are around 30°C all year with short tropical rain showers, especially July to October. Trade winds at 20-25 knots during the peak winter months, north-easterly and lighter in the summer.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 3' (levels info).Take care with shallow coral.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Placencia, Belize

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016Flights to Belize require an overnight stop in USA with morning connecting flight to Belize City and short onward flight to Placencia. With a stopover in Belize City, why not add on a few days for a tour of Mayan ruins and jungle trekking in Belize before or after your charter.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday then Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.

"Our two weeks in the BVIs lived up to expectations and beyond, the wind was consistently 13-18 kts with the odd period in the 20s but the icing on the cake for all of us was the snorkelling which was diverse and absorbing with rays, turtles, squid and an array of fish to mesmerise. Thank you to your team for putting it all together for us."

BVI 2015 - J.W.

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Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.