from $9,000 - $18,000 per week fully crewed
Belize is a country in Central America. It used to be called British Honduras, but changed its name in 1973. Long before that it was part of the Mayan Empire. Some people in Belize speak Spanish or Kriol, but English is the official language and the most commonly spoken. This is because Belize is a former colony of the United Kingdom, while its neighbors were once colonies of Spain. Many people speak two languages. More than three hundred and thirty thousand people live in Belize.
"Belize is a small country in northern Central America just a bit larger than the U.S. state of Massachusetts. To the north is Mexico and to the west is Guatemala. The western Caribbean fronts the rest of Belize. One of its most remarkable features, making this destination splendid for a Belize sailing vacation, is the Mesoamerican Reef that stretches approximately 350 nautical miles from the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down along most of the Belizean coast. Only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is larger. In Belize, the reef shelters more than 400 islands and cays. Most are fringed with additional reefs comprised of at least 50 species of hard and soft coral. Manatees, whale sharks, and roughly 500 species of tropical fish thrive in these waters, and all manner of seabirds are plentiful, including the Magnificent Frigate and the Brown Booby. Unspoiled and less crowded than other parts of the Caribbean, Belize is a laid-back paradise very similar to the cruising grounds of the South Pacific. Known for world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, superior sailing in protected waters, and unparalleled natural beauty, a Belize jounrey is unique and special." -TUI The Caribbean coast is lined with a coral reef and about 450 islets and islands. The largest island, Ambergris Caye, is forty kilometres long. Many other islands are very small. In the water around the islands are coral reefs. The islands are locally called cayes (pronounced "keys). Three of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere are off the coast of Belize. Over 60% of Belize's land surface is covered by forest. 20% is covered by cultivated land (agriculture) and human settlements. There are also important mangrove ecosystems across Belize's landscape.
Meeting Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm aboard. The front desk at the marina will take you to the boat. Notify them that you are with Sailing Collective and you will also see the Sailing Collective flags flying high on the sailboat. If you arrive early, please wait until your captain boards and takes you to your cabin. We sleep aboard the sailboats at the marina Day 1 of the journey and depart Sunday morning after the boat tutorial. After everyone arrives and settle in abroad, we dine ashore for our first outing of the journey. Note, the evening of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, passengers should purchase alcohol and beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
How to Get There
By air from Belize International Airport to Placencia Airstrip; then by taxi from the airstrip to the Laru Beya Marina. Flight is approximately 45 minutes.
By taxi to Belize City; then by bus from Belize City to Placencia via Dangriga. Bus trip takes a minimum of 6 hours.
International carriers into Belize City include:
Placencia Regional Airport is approximately a 45 minute flight from Belize City International Airport.
Airport Transfers: Two local airlines serve Belize, Tropic Air and Maya Island Air.
The distance from the airstrip to the base is approximately 3 miles. Taxi fares are USD$3 per person with a minimum charge of USD$10.
Customs / Immigration Information: A valid passport (for each passenger) and crew list is compulsory for clearance.
Expiration date must be no earlier than 3 months after your planned return. A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.
Arrival / Departure Procedure
Meet your captain and move onto your boat at 6:00pm on saturday, we'll spend the night in the Marina on the first night.
Taxes / Departure Tax
Departure Tax: A tax of $39.25 USD per person is charged when leaving Belize; this must be paid in US Dollars ONLY.
Travellers entering Belize International by air and connecting to in-country flights are charged an additional $0.75 US security fee.
If you are planning to make a tour of the country, spending a few days in the mountains and a few days at the beach, you might want to rent a car. However, if you are just coming to the base, we suggest that you fly to Placencia. The scenery driving down is quite lovely, but chances are, once you make the drive down, you won't feel like driving back and if you are renting a car in Belize, you must return your vehicle to where you picked it up otherwise a one way drop off fee in Placencia will be charged. Car rentals in Belize range from $75 US to $85 US per day. It is possible to rent a golf cart in Placencia for local exploring and shopping.
Laru Beya Marina to Wippari Cay – 14 nm. We Begin by heading into Placencia Lagoon, an almost landlocked finger of water running along the Belizean coast, then head northeast to Wippari Cay. As you settle into your new home on the water we'll pick up a mooring for the night and relax in the cockpit and sip a refreshing cocktail before dinner. Wippari Cay has great snorkeling if you are feeling adventurous on the first big day.
SOUTH WATER CAY
Wippari Cay to South Water Cay – 22 nm. Heading north-northeast takes us up the Inner Channel to the Blue Ground Range. Shallow water navigation makes for exciting sailing through the passage to South Water Cay, finding our way between patch reefs. South Water Cay is part of the Belizean marine preserve and offers termendous natural beauty. There are three restaurants and great snorkeling.
COCOA PLUM CAY (THATCH CAY RESORT)
South Water Cay to Cocoa Plum Cay – 11 nm. Sailing north just inside the barrier reef, favoring the reef side of the passage, brings us to beautiful Tobacco Cay. After we drop anchor there will be the option to enjoy some superlative snorkeling durring our lunch stop. Then we sail on to the north-northwest toward the southern tip of Garbutt Cay before turning south to the moorings at Cocoa Plum Cay’s Thatch Cay Resort. There’s a nice restaurant at the resort, as well as Internet access. Thatch Cay Resort is very popular, especially with children, because of the many coatamundi that roam freely around this cay.
Cocoa Plum Cay to Lagoon Cay – 16 nm. Our morning sail is an easy broad reach down the Inner Channel, with the picturesque and remote Belizean coast stretching out across the brilliant turquoise waters. As we enter the Victoria Channel just south of Quamino Cay, we will make a short tack to the northeast to reach our next overnight anchorage. Lagoon Cay is also great for fishing and bird watching. Ospreys, frigate birds, pelicans, and cormorants roost on the trees of the inner lagoon.
Lagoon Cay to Queen Cay (Silk Cay) – 17 nm. Sailing on a southeasterly heading down Victoria Channel, we will pass Little Water Cay and then proceed east to Queen Cay. The Queen Cays (locals call them the Silk Cays) offer unforgettable snorkeling and diving along the edge of the barrier reef. Anchored near the beach, we can go ashore at Southern Cay and have picnic in the shade of the palms.
Queen Cay to Ranguana Cay – 8 nm. Sailing southwest across clear, open water takes us to Ranguana Cay, an excellent overnight anchorage affording an opportunity to go ashore for dinner and enjoy some local food. NO NAME POINT (PLACENCIA HARBOUR) Ranguana Cay to No Name Point (or Placencia Harbour) – 18 nm. Situated just 8 nautical miles from Placencia Harbour, No Name Point is a well-protected anchorage and a good jump off point for a Monkey River Tour. Going ashore to explore the village is delightful. There are many restaurants serving a variety of fare, including Creole, Italian, French, and Indian.
LARU BEYA MARINA - FINAL MORNING
No Name Point (or Placencia Harbour to Laru Beya Marina – 10 nm. Saturday morning we'll return and depart the boat after a delightful morning sail back through Placencia Lagoon.
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