Lush rain forests, ancient Mayan ruins, jaguars, howler monkeys, and the infamous Blue Hole. Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a small country that packs a lot of eco-star power into its borders. Flanked by the second largest barrier reef in the world, a Belize yacht charter is a snorkeler's and scuba diver's dream. Nearly 50 species of coral, 500 species of tropical fish, manatees, migrating whale sharks, and rays - oh my!
More than 400 islands and cays are scattered along the reef - a few resorts, some charming local villages, and many totally uninhabited isletd with powder white beaches slipping into azure seas. A perfect laid back destination for leisurely island hopping - maybe landing a big fish along the way.
The official language is English, and it's only about 2 hours from Miami. An average temperature of 84 degrees throughout the year and warm water year round makes this a yachting destination that is hard to beat.
Placencia is the ideal place to cast off on your Belize yacht charter.
Day 1 – Placencia to South Water Cay This is all part of the Belize Marine Reserve. There are three restaurants on the cay. Guides can also be arranged for flats fishing.
Day 2 – Turneffe Atoll Through the South Water Cut and set sail to Turneffe Atoll. We can make the most of this big trip by fishing along the way. Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Tuna are possible catches. There is good snorkelling at Turneffe Atoll and exploring the waterways throughout the atoll with a dinghy or kayak is very interesting.
Day 3 to 6 – We continue on to Lighthouse Reef and drop anchor on the west side of Long Cay. Arriving at Lighthouse Reef early in the week will allow us to spend up to 3 days at this amazing atoll. Take advantage of the fabulous rendezvous diving opportunities along the Lighthouse Wall. Advanced divers can arrange to dive the Blue Hole. Another option is to take a shore excursion to Halfmoon Cay to see the Bird Sanctuary. The wall at Halfmoon Cay also offers beautiful diving and snorkeling.
Day 7 – A downwind sail from Lighthouse to the barrier reef. Anchor just inside the reef at Tobacco Cay.
Day 8 – Our final morning will be a sail back to The Placencia Marina.
INNER BARRIER REEF AND CAYES ITINERARY
Day 1 – Depart The Placencia Marina on a reach to Rendezvous Island. Great place to snorkel and anchor for the first night.
Day 2 – Sail up the inner channel to Blue Ground Range. Then work our way east through patch reefs to anchor for the night just inside the barrier reef at South Water Cay. Great snorkeling and rendezvous diving opportunities here as well as just north at Tobacco Cay and near Carrie Bow Cay. This is all part of the Belize Marine Reserve. There are three restaurants on the cay. Guides can also be arranged for flats fishing.
Day 3 – Through the cut in the barrier reef for a down wind sail along the reef to Gladden Cut. Fish along the way for a chance to catch Mahi Mahi, Wahoo or Tuna. Anchor inside the reef at Gladden Cut.
Day 4 – Sail to Ranguana Cay where there is more snorkeling and an opportunity for a rendezvous dive.
Day 5 – A sail north on the inside of the reef will bring us to the Queen Cays (also known as Silk Cays). There are restaurants on both Ranguana Cay and Hatchet Cay (near the Queen Cays)
Day 6 – A day exploring the local cayes with more snorkeling.
Day 7 – After a morning snorkel or rendezvous dive we can sail to Placencia Village where guests can go ashore and experience a bit of village life. Placencia’s famous “Main Road” is a 3 foot wide concrete path meandering through the sand, passing lots of little local shops and restaurants. A few minutes spent on this “Road” and you will probably meet everyone in Placencia!
Day 8 – The final morning is a short sail to The Placencia Marina.