Exotic and alluring coastline

Cruise the coastal delights of Belize on a bareboat charter holiday. With one foot in the Central American jungle and the other dipped in the tropical Caribbean, Belize is a unique sailing paradise. Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, Belize’s alluring coastline is a mosaic of coral reefs, pristine white sand beaches and lush rainforests.

Explore spectacular marine life or head inland to enjoy a slower way of life. With balmy trade winds and easy line-of-sight sailing, Belize’s exotic coastline makes for an unbeatable Caribbean sailing holiday.

Belize itinerary

8
Days

Highlights

  • Creole villages
  • World-class fishing
  • Kayak deep blue lagoons and rivers
  • Pristine beaches and lush rainforests
  • Snorkel world’s second largest barrier reef
  • Balmy trade winds and line-of-sight sailing
Day 1

Placencia Harbour to Whipray Caye

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Depart from our base at Laru Beya Marina in the lagoon on the west of Placencia peninsula for your first day of your Belize bareboat charter holiday. From here you’ll head into the dazzling waters of the Caribbean to enjoy a spell of blue water sailing as you head northeast to Whipray Caye. Here you’re perfectly placed for snorkelling the coral reef and world-class fishing, with tarpon, bonefish, snapper, grouper and barracuda just a quick five-minute boat ride away.

Day 2

Whipray Caye to Hideaway Caye

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Today you’ll sail north from Whipray Caye to Hideaway Caye, nestled in the heart of the Pelican Caye range. This tiny mangrove-covered island features its own dinghy dock and a network of elevated wooden walkways that wind around the mangrove trees. Snorkel the colourful coral reefs or fish in the crystal clear water.

Day 3

Hideaway Caye to South Water Caye

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Catch a cooling trade wind and continue north to South Water Caye. This idyllic private island is one of the few in Belize that sits right on top of the barrier reef. Practise your shallow water navigation skills as you gently wind your way through patchy reefs. Grab a mooring buoy and dinghy ashore to unwind on a hammock and dine on buttery lobster, or grab your mask and flippers and snorkel the magnificent barrier reef just offshore.

Discover South Water Cay

Learn about the reef’s ecosystem

Visit the Smithsonian Research Station on Carrie Bow Cay to learn more about this valuable ecosystem and snorkel the rich waters of the reef.

Suggested lunch spots

Head to the northern end of the reef and grab a mooring buoy at Carrie Bow Caye. You’ll have three restaurants to choose from so sit back and enjoy some of the region’s spectacular seafood.

Day 4

South Water Caye to Thatch Caye

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Leave South Water Caye behind and point your bow northwest to Thatch Caye. Located in the Coco Plum chain, Thatch Caye is an eco-resort that forms part of a marine park. Relax on the pristine white sand as spider monkeys scamper through the undergrowth or treat yourself to a rum punch and sample the delicious Belizean dishes. Kick off your shoes and walk between the shallow cays or head for the water and enjoy kayaking, snorkelling, fly fishing and swimming.

Discover Thatch Caye

Spectacular bird watching

Head to nearby Man-O-War Caye to see a breeding colony of spectacular frigate birds. The cay offers some of the best bird watching in Belize.

Suggested lunch spots

A little piece of Caribbean paradise, Tobacco Caye is a perfect place to enjoy a lunch of succulent mahi mahi or tarpon at one of the restaurants.

Day 5

Thatch Caye to Lagoon Caye

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Retrace your steps and sail south through the splendid Caribbean waters. Today you’ll head for unique Lagoon Caye with the picturesque Belizean coastline stretching across your starboard side. This tiny, verdant ring of island creates a stunning deep blue lagoon backed by lush forests. Here you can kayak across the glassy waters of the lagoon or snorkel along the coast.

Discover Lagoon Caye

Suggested lunch spots

Make your way to the remote inner reef cayes and drop anchor at Quamino Cay for a peaceful lunch in the Caribbean sun.

Day 6

Lagoon Caye to Hatchet Caye

The day's sailing

2 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

From the unique shores of Lagoon Caye, you’ll continue your journey south until you reach Hatchet Caye. This tiny, remote cay is one of our most popular Belize destinations, offering all the comforts of home. From here you’re only a short hop to Gladden Split and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, so take advantage of the location and enjoy world-class fishing and diving.

Discover Hatchet Caye

Dine on lionfish

Lionfish may be beautiful, but they’re an invasive species here in the Caribbean Sea. The best way to get rid of them is to eat them, and they taste delicious hot from the grill at Hatchet Caye.

Suggested lunch spots

Stop for lunch in the sparkling waters of tiny Moho Caye, an idyllic white sand, palm tree-covered island nestled in the heart of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.

Day 7

Hatchet Caye to No Name Point

The day's sailing

3 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

Today you’ll turn west and make the journey from Hatchet Caye to No Name Point. This safe and secure anchorage is situated on mangrove fringed peninsula sheltering a lagoon teeming with wildlife, so hire a kayak to explore the intriguing waters.

Discover No Name Point

Face to face with monkeys

Visit Monkey River Town, one of the last remaining purely creole villages in Belize. This traditional fishing community is a taste of true Caribbean culture and home to some fantastic wildlife, including black howler monkeys.

Day 8

No Name Point to Placencia Harbour

The day's sailing

1 hr
Sailing time

To be used as a guide only. Based on suggested sailing lanes and average wind speed for area.

Suggested activities

  • Fishing
  • Snorkelling Snorkelling
  • Swimming Swimming
  • Exploring Exploring

On the last day of your Belize bareboat charter you’ll head back to Placencia Harbour to return your yacht before you leave. Use any extra time to explore the open-air markets and colourful curio shops.

Discover Placencia Harbour

A taste of Placencia

Don’t miss the opportunity to taste two of Placencia’s local delicacies: lobster and ice cream.