Belize is a small country on the Caribbean coast of Central America.
Located next to Guatemala and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Belize offers a combination of beautiful tropical splendor and access to places rich in ancient Mayan and Aztec history.
With the whole Caribbean stretching out in front of it, Belize is the perfect place for a sailing holiday.
Due to its small size, the number of marinas in Belize is limited. You will set sail from the Belize Yacht Club Marina in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, and another marina is available on the mainland in Belize City, at Cucumber Beach Marina. There are also some ports and harbors, including Belize Harbour near Belize City and Port Honduras in south Belize, near Payne’s Creek National Park. Besides marinas and harbors, you can drop anchor along the cayes and islands off of Belize’s shores, as well as by the mainland beaches. Provisioning is usually done at San Pedro or Placencia, and small additional provisions can be obtained at Caye Caulker, Amergris Caye, and north Coco Plum on Thatch Caye in southern Belize. A few cayes that feature restaurants are South Water Caye, Tobacco Caye, Thatch Caye, and Isla Marisol on Southwest Caye. For spontaneous provisioning and eating, the aforementioned locations are best; other cayes primarily plan to feed those booked at their resorts, and don’t have extras for walk-ins. To restock drinking water on your boat, Thatch Caye and South Water Caye in the south both sell fill ups. Thatch Caye also offers other products, such as mosquito repellant, toilet paper, and ice, and fishermen on smaller cayes will often sell you parts of their catch so you can make a scrumptious seafood meal right on the waters it came from.
Belize is a wonderful place to start a sailing holiday because of the diversity of what it offers. You can sail along its coast and islands, seeing immense beauty and never setting foot on another country, and never feel like you’ve missed out on anything. The opportunity to see some of the ancient ruins of the Mayan people is also possible in Belize at Cerros, the site of their coastal trading center. Cerros is in the north, near Corozal Bay, a charming, relaxed old town that often goes undiscovered by tourists, making it all the more enjoyable to visit. However, the country is also perfectly located for a sailing trip of epic proportions. There are so many places you can sail to from Belize, such as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Grenada, and more. Depending on your timeframe and how much water you want to cover, these other countries are definite sailing possibilities from Belize, and create an island-hopping vacation in which you will get to relax, enjoy the open waters, and experience the food and cultures of several Caribbean countries.
Belize Yacht Club Marina in San Pedro Cucumber Beach Marina in Belize City Belize Harbour near Belize City Port Honduras in south Belize
Belize is a country blessed – both because of the beauty in and around it, and because of its wonderful climate. With its coldest minimum temperature at about 67ºF (19ºC) in January and highest highs of the year around 88ºF (32ºC) in August, there is no bad time to visit this country for a sailing holiday. The water temperatures are similarly lovely and consistent, ranging from a low of 77ºF (25ºC) in January to a high of 85ºF (29ºC) in August. Though every month could host a wonderful sailing holiday around Belize, February through May have the least precipitation and may therefore be the most enjoyable. If you are coming from the northern hemisphere, you also may most appreciate Belize’s warm temperatures in these months, after a long winter and before summer has kicked in in your home country. The trade winds in Belize are at 10-20 knots throughout the year, just varying in direction – east from February through April, southeast from May through October, and northeast from November through January – creating ideal sailing conditions. If you stay inside the main barrier reef, you will also have excellent shelter while sailing by some amazing land- and seascapes.