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Belize

Belize Yacht Charter & Sailing Holiday

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Belize one-week bareboat

Exotic and alluring coastline

Cruise the coastal delights of Belize on a bareboat charter holiday. With one foot in the Central American jungle and the other dipped in the tropical Caribbean, Belize is a unique sailing paradise. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, Belize’s alluring coastline is a mosaic of coral reefs, pristine white sand beaches and lush rainforests. Explore spectacular marine life or head inland to enjoy a slower way of life. With balmy trade winds and easy line-of-sight sailing, Belize’s exotic coastline makes for an unbeatable Caribbean sailing holiday.

Highlights

  • Creole villages
  • World-class fishing
  • Kayak deep blue lagoons and rivers
  • Pristine beaches and lush rainforests
  • Snorkel world’s second largest barrier reef
  • Balmy trade winds and line-of-sight sailing
Where is the best place to sail from Belize?

Belize offers fantastic opportunities for sailing, with its stunning coastline, crystal-clear waters, and numerous cays and islands. One of the best places to sail in Belize is the Placencia Peninsula. Placencia is located in the southern part of Belize and is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant local culture, and proximity to the Belize Barrier Reef.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

For Families

For families looking to enjoy a Belize sailing holiday, the Placencia Peninsula is often considered an excellent starting point due to its calmer waters, variety of family-friendly activities, beautiful beaches, and access to the Belize Barrier Reef.

For Couples

A yacht charter around Belize offers a romantic paradise with turquoise waters, secluded cays, and breathtaking coral reefs. From serene Placencia to vibrant Ambergris Caye, the diverse coastline creates an intimate setting. Enjoy sunset cruises, private anchorages, and the charm of Belizean culture, creating an unforgettable sailing experience for couples.

For First-Time Sailors

Belize is a level 3 charter destination, meaning it has some tricky currents and poor anchorage and mooring options. To sail in Belize without a skipper, you must apply for a temporary Certificate of Competency, which is issued by the Belizean Port Authorities. Level 3 experienced sailors will have 20 days or 400 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht as well as the appropriate RYA certificates. If you are looking to increase your sailing time and experience before setting off on a Belize yacht charter, you can do so with the Sunsail Sailing School.

If you have little to no experience sailing but still dream of experiencing a yacht charter around Belize Barrier Reef and spectacular coastline? Fear Not! We offer Skippered charters around Belize, meaning you do not need to worry about manning the Yacht itself. Read more on our Belize Sailing Holiday page.

For Large Group’s

A Belize sailing holiday is a popular choice for larger parties, such as family anniversaries, birthdays, hen and stag do’s. Belize’s lively atmosphere, diverse islands, and vibrant coastal towns, like Placencia and Caye Caulker, set the stage for unforgettable wedding parties. With dynamic sailing services, water adventures, and lively nightlife, Belize ensures a celebratory nautical experience.

What are the best things to do in Belize?

Belize is a palm-fringed paradise known for its rainforests, soft, sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Belize is known for its fresh seafood and Belizean specialties such as lobster, rice and beans, fry jacks, and tamales. Discover ancient Mayan temples, epic Beach Bars and magical snorkelling experiences on your Belize yacht charter. We’ve compiled some of the best things to do and see, below.

Relaxing

On the western side of the Placencia Peninsula, you’ll find the Placencia Lagoon, a calm and shallow body of water ideal for sailing. The lagoon is surrounded by mangroves and provides a peaceful sailing experience.

Exploring

The region around Placencia is dotted with numerous islands and cays, such as Ranguana Caye, Laughing Bird Caye, and Silk Cayes. These islands offer secluded anchorages, pristine beaches, and excellent snorkelling and diving spots.

Eating and Drinking

A yacht charter around Belize offers the opportunity to try some of the best food in the country. Authentic Belize cuisine is a fusion of Central American, Caribbean and Mayan flavours. Our top spots to dine and drink include: 

  • Martha’s Cafe – Central American Cuisine rated #1 on TripAdvisor with vegetarian, vegan and health food options.
  • Elvi’s Kitchen in Ambergris Caye, a hotspot for live music, beachside Margharita’s and fresh tortillas.
  • The Lazy Lizard Bar and Grill, on the Beach with Oceanside Pools, Cabanas and Live music – the perfect spot for fresh foods and drinks whilst watching the sun set on Caye Caulker.
  • Thongs Cafe: A casual, colourful beachside eatery in Hopkins known for its delicious seafood dishes and friendly atmosphere

Underwater Adventures

Belize Barrier Reef. Placencia is close to the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world. The reef provides excellent opportunities for snorkelling, diving, and sailing. You can explore the diverse marine life, coral formations, and enjoy the clear blue waters.

History and Culture

Placencia itself is a charming coastal village with a laid-back atmosphere. You can explore the local culture, enjoy delicious Belizean cuisine, and interact with friendly locals.

When is the best time to visit Belize?

The best time to visit Belize is between November to April.

When planning a sailing trip to Belize, it’s important to consider the weather and sailing conditions. 

The dry season, typically from November to April, is the best time for sailing in Belize, as the weather is generally clear, and the sea conditions are more predictable. With this being said, our Belize base is open year-round.

What are the sailing conditions in Belize like?

Belize offers favourable sailing conditions with steady trade winds, mainly from the east-northeast, providing consistent breezes. 

The waters are generally calm, especially within the protected cayes and atolls. Navigating the Belize Barrier Reef demands caution, but the diverse coastline and clear seas create an inviting and picturesque sailing environment.

How much does it cost to charter a yacht from Belize?

As with any yacht charter, there are many variables and additions that change the price of a Belize yacht charter and at Sunsail, we know that there’s not just one way to enjoy a holiday. 

Out of season, a 7-day Belize yacht charter for 2 people starts from £4,300.

During peak season, a 7-day Belize sailing holiday for 2 people starts from £6,000.

We offer a bespoke holiday experience, so other costs that may cause fluctuations in the cost of your holiday, include:

  • The dates of your holiday
  • How long you set sail around Belize
  • Your yacht charter type (bareboat, skippered)
  • Your itinerary
  • Any Extras you wish to add

To work out the cost of your dream holiday in Belize, decide on each of these factors and build a quote today.

How much are the moorings fees in Belize?

Marine park fees are now applicable in extensive sections of our cruising areas, with a standard rate of $10 USD per person per day enforced across all locations, Laughing Bird Caye included.

If you’re looking to dock at Ray Cay or selected other locations, Mooring fees increase to $15 USD.

How long does it take to sail around Belize?

At Sunsail, we offer Belize yacht charters with pre-planned itineraries from 5 nights – 14 nights. 

As a first time experience, we recommend no less than 7 nights sailing Belize so that you are able to really explore and absorb all that Belize has to offer. However, your itineraries can be fully customised and you are also able to create bespoke holidays for longer than 14 nights – just speak with one of our Sunsail holiday planners for more details. 

If you’re looking to explore beyond Belize, we recommend travelling up to Belize City, Lighthouse Reef and Hicks Cay.

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