Cruise the Belize Coast by Catamaran

by Carolee Chanona

Warm trade winds and line-of-sight sailing makes Belize’s miles of cayes and palm-studded beaches a sailing paradise. However with a chartered catamaran cruise, your sailing vacation in Belize is a laid back yet intimate experience. Each charter day awaits with new surprises of vibrant marine life, barefoot perfect beaches, and hidden-away treasures. 

A Chartered Catamaran Experience 

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The stunning Silk Cayes of Belize.

Booking with a charter, like XSite Belize, allows you to customize your all-inclusive adventure with an itinerary to match your vacation vision. A maximum of eight persons, but a minimum of four, is essentially a private tour to the 400 islands and cayes of the Belize Barrier Reef. Head south through Turneffe Atoll to visit idyllic South Water Caye, a coral island that makes up part of the country’s World Heritage Site, and fish all along the way. Or, head east to Lighthouse Reef to explore the world-famous Blue Hole by tank or snorkel; the near-perfectly circular limestone sinkhole plunges 480 feet into deep blue water. A westward sail introduces you to explore picturesque anchorages hidden along palm-fringed cayes and see over 500 species of tropical fish along coral reefs.

Most charters, including XSite Belize, brings a captain, a first mate, crew, and cook onboard. Additionally, all other activities are included, like snorkeling, fishing, and some spearfishing; diving can be arranged on request. All meals are prepared boatside with the catch of the day, although non-seafood fans are more than accommodating! Once anchored, it’s time to truly kick back and relax; fish from the back of the boat, lounge in the inner tubes to swim, or simply soak up the sun at the netted bow. At sunset, sip sweet rum-infused cocktails or sample buttery lobster tails or crispy conch fritters (seasonally available). Meanwhile, count your blessings as you marvel at curiously playful dolphins during the day, and spotted eagle rays that shine under the stars. 

Social Distance under the stars

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Photo courtesy Leonardo Melendez Photography

With a set capacity of four to eight people, this all-inclusive adventure is completely customizable to your vacation vision. Taking a sailing vacation by catamaran cruise in Belize means experiencing one of the few unspoiled destinations in the world. Your first sailing experience in Belize is likely to be with a set itinerary; that is, designed to showcase the most popular islands and activities. However, the next time you visit will be an opportunity to craft your own and experience some of the lesser known hotspots or off-the-beaten-track corners for an even more authentic Belize experience on the coast.

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