Belize Yacht Charter Guide

Belize is a yacht charter destination that beckons those seeking it all: seclusion, relaxation, adventure, and culture.

Belize is a small country, only 8,867 square miles to be exact, located in northern Central America, with Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and the dazzling Caribbean Sea to the east. The inland part of Belize is filled with lush tropical rainforests and Mayan ruins, while the coastline is dotted with approximately 400 idyllic islands or cayes, as they are called in Belize. Belize is less crowded than many other parts of the Caribbean, making it a perfect escape for those searching for privacy.

For those who love to snorkel and dive, Belize is utter Eden. Its 185-mile barrier reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. With over 500 species of fish and marine life and over 100 types of coral, you’ll be enchanted every time you don a mask and snorkel and dive in. You’ll also be in awe of the clarity of the water; it can be so crystal clear that the visibility exceeds a hundred feet. With so many miles of reef, Belize offers a multitude of dive and snorkel sites for every skill level.

Belize is also home to the world-famous Great Blue Hole, a giant marine sinkhole surrounded by a ring of shallow coral. It’s roughly 1,000’ (300m) wide and over 400’ (120m) deep. In 1971 Jacques Cousteau declared it to be one of the world’s best dive sites. Marine life abounds here, and it has a caves system with many limestone stalactites formations. It remains one of the world’s top dive sites today, making it a top place to visit on your Belize yacht charter. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley is a notable spot to visit on your Belize yacht charter. Here you can snorkel the pristine reef as well as get up close with docile nurse sharks and sting rays.

There is much more to do on a Belize yacht charter than just snorkeling and diving. There are endless options for dropping anchor off a remote caye, enjoying a day on its white sandy beaches, and kayaking or paddleboarding the mangroves. The calm, protected waters also make the cayes a great place to enjoy the yacht’s water toys. Some of the cayes, such as Thatch Caye have luxurious resorts you can visit for the day while others such as Amerbigis Caye and Caye Caulker have towns with local shops and restaurants.

While on your Belize yacht charter, you may consider casting a line and enjoying some of the world-class fishing. Belize is one of the world’s most prolific saltwater fly fishing destinations. It is known for achieving angler’s dreams of catching the saltwater fly fishing grand slam, a tarpon, bonefish and permit. There is also excellent fishing and spearfishing on the reef as well as sport fishing for Mahi ahi and tuna.

Before you step aboard your luxury yacht or after you disembark, spend a day or two inland exploring the Mayan ruins, ziplining through the rainforest, exploring the caves and tubing on the river.

Location Highlights

  • Home to the world’s second largest great barrier reef, Belize offers some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world
  • Dive or snorkel the world-famous Great Blue Hole
  • Enjoy seclusion on a sandy beach on one of the many remote cayes
  • Catch a saltwater grand slam on a fly rod
  • Kayak or paddleboard the mangroves surrounding the many cayes
  • Visit the laid-back towns on Amerbigis Caye or Caye Caulker
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