A network of 450 isolated cays sit off the coast of Belize, which borders the topical Caribbean Sea, Mexico and Guatemala. With its roots in ancient civilization, Belize is famous for having the world’s second longest unbroken barrier reef, deep sinkholes, extensive cave network, historic Mayan ruins and a diverse underwater ecosystem. Sail Belize and enjoy its calm waters and favorable trade winds.Read more
The country’s 300km-long Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is UNESCO World Heritage protected and a renowned snorkeling and scuba destination. Sailing Belize includes the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, South Water Caye Marine Reserve and the Blue Hole Natural Monument, an impressive 1,000ft-wide sinkhole ringed with coral.
You can also visit the three atolls, including Glover’s Reef, Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe. Explore this rich marine paradise and swim with 500 species of fish, 100 types of coral, sharks, eagle and manta rays, as well as dolphins.
The sailing ground off the coast of Placencia is bursting with sandy low lying cays where you can immerse yourself in beautiful, undeveloped and peaceful surroundings and some of the best snorkeling in Belize. Charter highlights include Cocoa Plum Cay, Wippari Cay, Lark Cay, South Water Cay, Lagoon Cay and Hatchet Cay. There are three coral atolls outside of the reef, and a local skipper is required if you sail the open water.
On land, spend time discovering the Maya mountains and nearby Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the first jaguar sanctuary. Meet the locals who speak English and a local dialect called Belizean Creole. The nation’s multi-cultural influences are everywhere, including the Mexican/Jamaican fusion cuisine and punta afro-Caribbean music.
Dream Yacht Charter in Belize: We offer catamaran or monohull bareboat charters from our base in Robert Grove Marina, Placencia. If you need help planning your charter, check out our inspirational itineraries or get in touch with our team to find out more.
The time difference in the Belize is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) -6 hours. US citizens need a passport valid beyond their departure date. A visa isn’t required for visits less than 30 days but you may need to show return flight tickets and that you have sufficient funds for your stay. Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.
English is the local language and it is easy to get around. You can ride the public bus between towns, which is a cheap way to travel, but it is easier to rent a car to explore the jungle or Mayan ruins. Bus schedules and operation can be a little unreliable. There isn’t any public transport to the airport, so talk to us about arranging transfers on your behalf.
For specific information about restrictions, visit the customs department website.
The currency is the Belize dollar. Visa and MasterCard are accepted in the main tourist areas but not in rural locations. Some ATMs accept foreign credit cards, although they will dispense Belize dollars. Banks are open Monday to Saturday (8am to 3pm) and some open slightly later on Wednesdays until 4:30pm.
Access to the internet has improved but it is expensive. You will find Wi-Fi hotspots in bars and restaurants, but expect it to be very slow, or try local internet cafes.
Temperatures in Belize are sub-tropical and warm year-round averaging 80ºF. January is the coolest month and May is the hottest, although the trade winds temper the humidity. The best time to visit Belize is in the dry season between November and mid-April. The wettest season is between June and November, particularly in the jungle. Visiting Belize between late May and early June means you can avoid the crowds and the rainy season is only just starting.
Sailing conditions in Belize benefit from southeast trade winds averaging 10-13 knots, with minimal waves inside the barrier reef. There are nearby islands to explore if you want to experience open water sailing outside the reef, check out our Inspirational Itineraries section. Avoid Tom Owens Island as there are too many difficult reefs to navigate.
Plan your Belize island hopping experience, from historic Mayan ruins to endangered jaguars and sandy beaches on deserted cays, we have you covered…
Day 1: Arrive at Robert’s Grove Marina, Placencia, in the afternoon to provision and acquaint yourself with the boat. Placencia has established itself as a popular resort peninsula with its nearby mountains, ancient Mayan ruins, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary for Jaguars and lush rainforests providing plenty to see inland. Make time in your itinerary to delve into the culture and natural wonders of Belize.