Chartering Belize

Words by Captain Shane McClellan | 2024 Charter Issue

How would you like to charter a boat in a country that has 450 islands, lies in the tropical Caribbean, has the second largest barrier reef in the world, has three of the four atolls in the Caribbean, has very few other boats, and speaks English? If you answered yes, you need to charter a boat in Belize and you have two different choices as far as itineraries…northern or southern Belize.

Northern Belize

Day 1 Pick up or join the boat at Cucumber Beach Marina about 5 miles south of Belize City. Once you are settled and the orientation is over, motor out to the Drowned Cay, through a mangrove creek, and over to St George’s Cay. Here you will find a small island with one small resort and private homes. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was the largest settlement and a battle with the Spanish in 1798 was fought to recapture the island. (Distance 12 NM)

Day 2 Set sail for Cay Caulker which will take you through the narrow Porto Stuck and then past a sand bar built into an island with one massive house and the private island of Chapel Cay. Once at Cay Caulker you can walk around the village that has a total of 4 roads and all are dirt. On the northern end of town, you will find a party going on at The Cut. Take your dinghy a mile and a half to the South Pass on the barrier reef and you will find dozens upon dozens of nurse sharks and stingrays waiting to greet you. (13 NM)

Day 3 Sail north to the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Cay stopping at Hol Chan Marine Reserve to snorkel. Please note that you need a permit to stop here, so if you do not you can always snorkel the barrier reef near the anchorage. In town you will find a more bustling place than Cay Caulker and you can find some small Mayan ruins outside of town. In fact, the only reason this cay is not part of the mainland is because centuries ago Mayans dug a canal across the peninsula to access the sea easier. (11 NM)

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