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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 3 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 : Robert's Grove Marina, Placencia

    Embark at Robert's Grove Marina in Placencia. Spend the afternoon provisioning your boat and exploring this popular resort peninsula.

    DAY 2 : Whipray Caye

    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!

    DAY 3 : South Water Caye

    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.

    DAY 4 : Coco Plum Caye

    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.

    DAY 5 : Lagoon Caye

    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

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

    DAY 7 : Lark Caye

    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.

    DAY 8 : Robert's Grove Marina, Placencia

    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.

"A very enjoyable and relaxing fortnight’s charter in the Abacos. A beautiful and tranquil archipelago of sand-fringed islands. Sailing was in the Sea of Abaco, a large lagoon, often with only 2m below our keels, so we were very glad that we had chosen a catamaran! We were very lucky in chartering Odin, a new Lagoon 42 Luxe. She was spacious and really well equipped, with several very useful mod cons such as air-con and a water-maker. A lovely catamaran! There were several picturesque and well sheltered harbours with a couple of restaurants, though we spent most nights in anchorages, often on our own. We only ate out 3 times, but those meals were good. The conch is the local speciality! On several of the Cays, golf buggies replaced cars and we had lots of offers of lifts from friendly residents. There were some good snorkelling spots and we had several close encounters with delightful turtles! All in all, a really good holiday! Thank you, Nautilus!"

Bahamas 2018 - V.M.

Belize Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Placencia Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2022 Prices EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red. Extra 5% discount for 2 weeks.

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Outboard included.

Extras payable on embarkation:

Refundable deposit €4000 - €8000. Non refundable deposit on request.


End cleaning: Catamarans: up to 40' €235, 41' to 45 €255, 46' to 49' €280, 50' and above €310.

Starter pack and fees: €80

Temporary Belize Skippers Certificate: €10 per charter

Mandatory Belize National Park fees: US$10 per day when in the park.

Mandatory 12.5% Belize taxes to be added to the above charter fees.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Kayak, SUP etc on request.

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). 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?

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.