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.
Embark at Robert's Grove Marina in Placencia. Spend the afternoon provisioning your boat and exploring this popular resort peninsula.
After an easy two hour sail you will reach Whipray Caye for fantastic snorkelling on the reef and world class fishing. This island is known as 'paradise surrounded by fish'. If fishing is your thing, then head to Whipray Cay Fishing Lodge where you can do some fly fishing in the best salt water flats in the world!
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. South Water Caye is an idyllic island right on the reef with palm fringed beaches and fantastic snorkelling. Make a reservation in advance and dine at Blue Marlin Lodge or Pelican Beach Resort.
A small number of moorings are available here. Snorkel with barracudas, eagle rays and starfish, kayak through the mangroves and explore underwater caves. Keen divers can also join organised dives from here to the Atolls or Blue Hole. Take a walk through the ocean to the nearby private island of Thatch Caye.
Today head back down south to Lagoon Caye, a private ring shaped island. Here you can kayak across the deep blue lagoon.
A tiny island but a client favourite! An abundance of watersports to chose from as well as a diveshop and restaurant.
Stop off at Ranguana Caye for a real desert island feel and enjoy some food and cocktails at the beach bar. Sail onwards to Lark Caye, an undeveloped island where you can swim in the natural pool and stroll along private beaches.
A short sail brings you back to the base at Placencia.
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.
Flights 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.
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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). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. 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?
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.
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.
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.