Unspoiled and less crowded than other parts of the Caribbean, Belize is a laid-back paradise very similar to sailing in the South Pacific. Known for world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, amazing yachting in protected waters, and unparalleled natural beauty, a Belize sailing vacation is unique and special.
Belize is a small country in northern Central America just a bit larger than the U.S. state of Massachusetts. To the north is Mexico and to the west is Guatemala. The western Caribbean fronts the rest of Belize. One of its most remarkable features, making this destination splendid for a Belize cruising vacation, is the Mesoamerican Reef that stretches approximately 350 nautical miles from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down along most of the Belizean coast. Only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is larger. In Belize, the reef shelters more than 400 islands and cays. Most are fringed with additional reefs comprised of at least 50 species of hard and soft coral. Manatees, whale sharks, and roughly 500 species of tropical fish thrive in these waters, and all manner of seabirds are plentiful, including the Magnificent Frigate and the Brown Booby.
April 21-28, 2018
The Sailing Adventure
A Belize sailing vacation eases you into a world of natural wonders amid a series of marine preserves tucked behind the protective barrier reefs off the Belizean coast. The islands and cays are mostly uninhabited, fringed with swaying palms or lined with lush stands of mangroves. White-sand beaches front secluded anchorages with kaleidoscopic colors of brown, orange, green, and blue over the reefs.
Balmy trade winds blow steadily and sure, promising exquisite cruising as you explore the less traveled waters behind Belize’s barrier reef system. It’s one of the best in the world for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, or just relaxing aboard while you admire the setting sun.
Destination: Wippari Cay
Wippari Cay is located 4 miles northeast of Lark Cay. Just a five minute boat ride away is some of the best fishing you’ll find anywhere with tarpon, bonefish, snapper, grouper, and more. Whipray Caye Lodge’s open air Sea Urchin Bar and Restaurant serves up a variety of Belizean and American food, mostly fresh catches, and the fully stocked bar serves the coldest beer for miles around. Cruising in Wippari Cay waters is a delightful part of any cruise in Belize.
Destination: South Water Cay
Part of Belize’s World Heritage Site, South Water Cay is situated on the barrier reef on the north side of the quarter-mile-wide South Water Pass. Palms rise skyward from pristine beaches. On the east side of the cay, the barrier reef drop-off is close to the beach, providing an ideal location for some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Belize. South Water Cay is not to be missed!
Destination: Cocoa Plum Cay
Sailing in Cocoa Plum Cay waters brings you to the northern boundary of the protected South Water Marine Reserve, in the Coco Plum Range of islands. Scenic, remote, and breathtakingly beautiful, a visit to these waters is a highpoint of a cruise in Belize. The beaches are superb, and there’s a restaurant and two bars at Thatch Caye Resort, making a trip ashore even more appealing.
Destination: Lagoon Cay
Situated midway between Quamino Cay and the Slasher Sand Bore at the north end of Victoria Channel, the two cays that comprise Lagoon Cay are breathtakingly beautiful. The deep-water lagoon at the northernmost cay is quite scenic, enhancing your experience of yachting in Lagoon Cay waters.
Destination: Queen Cays
Sailing in Queen Cays waters brings you to three beautiful isles located a mile inside the barrier reef south of the Queen Cay Pass. The tiny isles boast shimmering white-sand beaches and stunning reefs with superb snorkeling. The reef in Queen Cay Pass offers good scuba diving.
Destination: Ranguana Cay
Situated on the barrier reef near Ranguana Pass, Ranguana Cay is the largest of several others that extend southward from Queen Cays. Sailing in Ranguana Cay waters is very scenic, simply lovely by any standards. The pristine white-sand beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. The tiny Ranguana Reef Resort is a favorite among eco-tourists interested in experiencing the natural beauty of a remote island on the Belizean coast.
Destination: No Name Point
Yachting in Placencia waters brings you to a delightfully picturesque village. A lovely, crescent-shaped beach lined with a long row of palms borders the small town. Beautiful flowers, thick stands of trees, and quaint framed houses on stilts add to the idyllic tropical setting. The people of Placencia are warm and friendly, making your visit even more pleasant.