Sailing in Belize

Looking for fun things to do on your Belize vacation? Why not try a little Belize sailing? Ah, the smell of the fresh, sea air as you navigate your way about turquoise waters. It's enough to make you want to drop your everyday life to become a full-time sailor. Belize sailing charters are growing in popularity as more and more tourists come seeking ways to enjoy the warm Caribbean waters found here. Belize boasts numerous sailing opportunities around the hundreds of cayes and islands that are found relatively close to the mainland, and since the country is so small, you can get to the water at the drop of the hat. If you are researching Belize vacation packages, you'll find some that include a day or more of sailing on their itineraries, and many an extended Belize sailing excursion can certainly be organized if you want to stay at sea for more than just a few hours. Whether you want to man the boat yourself or leave the driving up to an experienced captain, sailing in Belize is a joy. You'll feel your cares start to slip away the moment you leave the dock.

Belize sailing charters can often work with each respective guest to tailor the day's course accordingly. Of course, the weather will have a big say when it comes to where you can head and where you can not, and thankfully enough, there are plenty of good spots to hit, so you won't be at a loss. The most popular places to arrange Belize sailing charters are Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Belize City, Placencia, and Dangriga. If you are staying on South Water Caye or Tobacco Caye, you can also arrange to go sailing from there. In other words, pretty much all the top coastal Belize destinations have charter companies that can have you out on the water in no time. Sailing out near the Belize Barrier Reef is popular, and visiting outer atolls like Glover's Reef and Lighthouse Reef is also popular. Typically, those enjoying Belize sailing will have the chance to hop into the water for some top notch snorkeling or scuba diving. Should you tackle the Blue Hole at the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, you'll certainly be able to brag a bit for the rest of time. If you like fishing, you'll want to consider mixing a Belize fishing and sailing trip. Actually, if you think about it, if you should arrange to enjoy a Belize fishing charter, you will at the same time be enjoying plenty of sailing, so it's like killing two birds with one stone.

Most Belize sailing charters employ the use of catamarans, mono-hulls, and trimarans. These boats can range in size, with some reaching 65 feet in length. If you are an experienced sailor and would prefer a Belize boat rental that doesn't include a staff and captain, you can always opt for a "bareboat" charter. As long as you can display proof of your ability to handle the boat you are renting, you will be cleared to be off on your own. Imagine pioneering your own craft around the Caribbean Sea and pretending that pirates are hot on your tail. O.K., you can leave out the pirate part if you want. Catamarans make up many a Belize boat rental fleet because they offer ample space and comfort, they are stable, and they can get up to a pretty good clip. Also, since catamarans have a shallow draft, this makes them ideal for accessing remote cayes and their isolated beaches. Among the Belize boat rental choices are catamarans of all sizes, even those that can fit up to 12 people comfortably. You'll be in charge of your own provisions if you choose a bareboat charter, and it's truly hard to top the freedom involved with the whole thing. Go at your own pace, head where you want to head, wake up when you want to wake up, etc, etc. Crewed Belize sailing charters are definitely fun for those who aren't skilled sailors. Or, maybe you just want to leave the cooking, cleaning, and navigating up to someone else. There are luxury Belize sailing charters available and those that are a little more simple, and finding one to fit your budget and time frame should be no issue.

Many Belize sailboats are equipped with all kinds of watersports equipment, so it's easy to enjoy a range of side activities when at sea. As mentioned earlier, you might hop out of your catamaran or mono-hull to do a little snorkeling or scuba diving during your trip. Perhaps you enjoy fly fishing and want to try snaring tarpon, permit, and bonefish on the Belize flats. Stay for a week at sea, or opt for just a few hours of sailing before sunset. The sky is the limit when it comes to sailing in Belize. In addition to sailing in Belize, you might also consider booking one of the many interesting Belize cruises. They too can surely add some extra flavor to your Belize vacation, especially if they are dinner cruises.

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