and starting bases In Belize
Ambergris Cay is one of the most perfect places in
to begin your yacht charter. The town of
has long been the tourist capital of
with the main attraction being diving and water sports. San Pedro is a very laid back fishing village with sand streets and a population of about 4,000. There are more golf carts than cars, and a plenitude of restaurants, bars, dive shops and souvenir shops. As you sail south, Caye Caulker is the last island with any real dining choices. This is also the last place to buy ice, drinks and food (except seafood from a passing fisherman). Water filling only in Ambergris Cay or Placencia.
In Placencia, the main street is a three-mile stretch of sidewalk in which there are a few local services, including a laundry service and small grocery. If you are planning to start from Placencia, it is a wise idea to have provisions planned in advance. This is not an active spot for nightlife and restaurant dinners. This is paradise on earth, very tranquil and serene.I
A relaxed fishing village with many choices for less expensive dining. It's a great stop for a fun night out and is home to several dive shops. Heading south, it offers a last chance to provision.
This privately owned island has a fine marina and clubhouse with a pool and caters to the rich & famous. An ideal location if you want to golf on vacation.
St. George's Caye
The east side provides a great anchorage behind the sand flats. Dining out is still possible at the only public restaurant, surprisingly called 'Cottage Colony'.
Goff's is a tiny island on the reef just north of our main shipping channel,
. Boasting good snorkeling and a beautiful beach.
A lighthouse marks the south side of English Channel, where this island offers superb snorkeling 1000 feet south on a huge coral patch.
This is a jewel of an island also located right on the reef. Another beautiful beach with excellent snorkeling all around, this is also a good location for scuba diving on the 60 foot outside wall. Not a safe overnight anchorage, however, with it's coral all around. This is a 'must see' day stop.
Providing a safe 'lagoon style' anchorage, the two fish camps usually offer a choice of fresh seafood for dinner.
Another safe anchorage with several fish camps, the Colson Cayes offer a shallow lagoon to explore by dinghy, with plenty of coral nearby for snorkeling.
A fine overnight anchorage (unless in a northerly wind), you have several choices for basic meals and a few bars on the island. There's a dive shop for those who enjoy scuba diving and plenty of good snorkeling
South Water Caye
This is as far south as one would go in a week from San Pedro and as far north as you would travel from Placencia in a week. An idyllic retirement island right on the reef South Water Caye is host to three resorts:
Laughing Bird Caye
A marine reserve Laughing Bird offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving you'll find inside the barrier reef.
Buttonwood & Little Water Caye
Both cayes offer a fine lee shore for anchoring in any wind.
Located quite close to the reef, these three tiny coral islands offer great snorkeling
Ranguana & Tom Owens Caye
Both right on the reef, these islands offer good anchorages for a few boats per night and more superb snorkeling all around.
The Sapodilla Cayes
At the south end of the second largest Barrier reef in the world you'll find a string of palm covered islands. Lime Caye is a campground for several fishermen who keep a meal or two available in live traps for your dining pleasure.
Just 25 short miles south of the Sapodilla Cayes lies the
where you are required to check in and out of
. A local restaurant provides a great stop along the way where they'll pull your choice of fresh fish out of the live trap at the dock.
Diving and Fishing
is renowned for its excellent diving. For optimum safety and specific locations, we encourage you to dive with the local dive shops along the way. Most dives need to be booked a day ahead as all diving is weather dependent. Snorkelling equipment is provided on each yacht.
You do not need a license. Trolling while sailing is most popular, but you can also toss a line just about anywhere and catch a fish or two. Most people catch jacks and barracuda while trolling inside the reef, but you might also catch a small snapper while at anchor.
Airport in Belize
Philip Goldson International Airport
(BZE) just 2.5 hours flight via US gateway cities such as
Miami , Houston or Dallas
will take you to Belize City.
Once at Belize International, a 15 minute commuter
plane with Tropic Air takes you to Ambergris Cay.
English is the official language and is widely spoken, as is Spanish. Other languages include Creole, German, Mayan and Garifuna.
Belize's climate is temperate and marked by two distinct seasons, the rainy and dry
. Most of the year's rainfall occurs during the period June to November, that is, the rainy season. The mean temperature varies from 81°F/ 27°C along the coast to 69°F/21°C in the hills. The coldest month is January while the highest temperatures are experienced during the month of May.
Yacht Charter Belize Tax
A tax of $15.00 US is charged when leaving
; this must be paid in cash or travellers' checks (credit cards not accepted for departure tax.)
Visas/Passports for Belize:
A passport and return ticket is required to enter
. No visas are required for citizens of the
nations or European Union countries .
The unit of currency is the Belize Dollar (BZD), which is fixed against the US$ as BZ$2 = US$1. Most tourist resorts, hotels, restaurants and tour operators accept US currency and travellers cheques. Major credit cards may be accepted in hotels, restaurants and some shops.
Bareboat Exp. Level
From 1 - easy to 5 - very experienced = 5. Again, bareboating outside the reef is not allowed