If you have ever wanted to cruise and explore a large barrier reef, Belize is for you. The longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, the second-longest in the world, Belize offers protected sailing, world-class diving, snorkeling, fishing and kayaking, and is easily accessible via regular flights from Houston and Miami.
This destination is considered best for more experienced cruisers and charterers, as once you leave the base you will be primarily on your own. With too many islands and cays to count, most of which are uninhabited, this remote cruising area provides almost unlimited cruising options starting from either San Pedro on Ambergis Cay in the North or Placencia on the mainland in the South. Because the water is fairly shallow, catamarans are the norm here but there are a few monohulls as well. Enjoy balmy trade winds, short passages, and line-of-sight sailing.
The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is a UNESCO World Heritage protected scuba and snorkeling destination. Swim among sharks, manta rays, dolphins and more than 500 species of exotic fish.
Belizeans are well known for being very friendly and peace-loving, but like most areas of the Caribbean don’t expect speedy service as everything moves at a slower pace here. Once your charter is over, you should consider some shore-based activity where you can paddle a canoe down a jungle river, explore Mayan ruins, hike in the mountains, or stroll along the trails at the world’s only Jaguar preserve? Belize is truly an unspoiled and unique getaway.