Nowadays there are certain holiday hotspots that seem to be on everyone’s list. The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, with its pearly white sands and turquoise waters, has become increasingly popular.

Tourists from Europe find it particularly easy to fly in to the Cancun International Airport, and many adventurers are also attracted by the vast natural beauty of the region. In addition to world-class beaches, the area is known as the home of the Mayan civilization, and visitors can tour ancient ruins and visit thriving modern Mayan communities.

What many boaters may not realise, however, is that just to the south of the Yucatan is another maritime treasure: the waters off of Belize.

Once known as British Honduras, Belize is a tranquil refuge of tropical beauty and wonder. Its barrier reef is a diver and ’s dream, with over 300 meters of coral reefs. The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is comparable to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

Visitors to Belize enjoy the country’s relaxed way of life and fusion of Caribbean and Latin American cuisine. English is widely spoken, as is Spanish, and there are a variety of sights to see on land as well.

Due to the number of breath-taking cays, small inlets and coves, LateSail recommends catamarans for exploring this area. As shallow draft crafts, they are able to reach many more locations than a mono hull.

Belize offers relaxed trade wind sailing, with a hot and humid tropical climate. The rainy season is May to November, and hurricane season is June to November.

When hiring a yacht from LateSail, your base will be Plascencia, a beautiful and easily accessible Southern beach village with all the comforts of home.

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