Belize Yacht Charter Guide
Discover Belize City, San Pedro, Placencia and the Magnificent Belize Coral Cayes on Your Luxury Yacht Charter in Belize
Belize offers an exotic brand of chartering, combining the amazing snorkelling and diving off the world's second-largest barrier reef, an archipelago with over 200 untouched rainforested islands and atolls, charming towns, friendly people and an Aztec influence. The experienced charterer will find a rustic brand of sailing that is not as developed as the BVI, with good easterly tradewinds of 15-22 knots and plenty of great destinations stretching from Mexico to Guatemala. All charterers will find plenty to do both at sea and on the shore.
Because of the marvellous snorkelling and scuba diving offered throughout Belize, it is perfectly suited for a catamaran charter. Of course, a motorboat or sailboat charter in Belize is absolutely possible, but the growing charter trade is investing heavily in catamarans because their shallow draft makes them ideal for sailing through the coral waters. The added comfort, closeness to the water and large sunning and social areas also make them a great choice for Belize charters.
Belize is a former Britsh colony in northern Central America. It is bordered to the north by Mexico and to the west and south by Guatemala. to the west is the amazing Mesoamerican Reef - the world's 2nd largest - that fronts nearly the entire Belizean coast. Within this reef are over 400 coral islands, which are locally called cayes (pronounced "kayes").
The magic of Belize emanates from the proximity of rain forest in the western mountains with the accessible reefs, bringing a stunning array of animal and plant life both above and below water. If you like wildlife, diving, and the relaxed Caribbean lifestyle, you'll love Belize. Belize is an area constantly undergoing development as it strives to reach the desirability of some of its rivals, but take it from us - these seas are filled with a relaxed lifestyle and plenty of amazing wildlife!
Charterers can cruise from the Mexican border on the Yucatan peninsula to the north all the way south to Guatemala, and even sail up the Rio Dulce river to see the gorges, castles and wildlife.
Getting to Belize
The wonderful irony of Belize is that one of the most accessible charter destinations in the Western Hemisphere is also one of the most remote and underdeveloped. Direct flights from many major US cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Chicago take between 4 and 5 hours and get you to the small and welcoming airport in Belize City. To find your perfect bareboat yacht, we would advise flying to Placencia to pick up your yacht. From there, it's a 20-minute drive - speaking to the driver in English - and you're on your crewed yacht!
Belize Charter Types and Options
Belize is primarily about sailing charters, there are very few if any luxury motor yacht charters in Belize. And most of the sailing charters are catamarans, for the simple reason that the coral waters are so shallow.
Although you can bareboat charter in Belize (most bareboats embark from Placencia, where the waters are a bit deeper), we strongly recommend a crewed catamaran charter. Your captain will know the best snorkelling and diving areas and is well trained to sail and anchor in the shallow waters without hitting or hurting the fragile coral. And you will be pampered with fantastic food, water sports, and local drinks. Please see our list of excellent crewed Belize catamarans.
If you choose a bareboat charter, we recommend you hire a skipper to help guide you through the cayes. As mentioned, most bareboats in Belize are catamarans - you can see our list of available Belize bareboats here.
Belize Yacht Charter - Next Steps
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