More than 200 cays dot the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea off Belize’s eastern coast. Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world, Belize is still truly an unspoilt getaway. The reef has made this destination world renowned for diving and snorkelling. While ashore you can explore Maya ruins, walk through tropical rainforests, trek through jungles, and discover the depths of caves. Make sure to take a kayak tour down Monkey River; As you glide by, iguanas dive into the water, troops of howler monkeys race through the trees; birds dart from tree to tree; and crocodiles bask along the banks of the river.

Sailing conditions

Unspoiled and less crowded that other parts of the Caribbean, Belize offers some of the most superb sailing conditions available with the trade winds blowing steadily across the reef. Catamarans are popular here because they are shallow draft vessels, and can get to many more locations than a mono hull.

Enjoy relaxed trade wind sailing in the sheltered waters around the reef. Bask in the sunny 30°C weather, and be refreshed by short, tropical rain showers, especially during July to October. Trade winds reach 20-25 knots during the peak winter months and are north-easterly. It is best to have some sailing experience because you will have to be mindful of shallow coral.

Getting there

Indirect flights from the UK, with connections in the US (Miami, Dallas, NYC) with American Airlines, Continental, Delta, United etc. fly into Philip SW Goldson International Airport In Ladyville to the Northwest of Belize City. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air both have multiple flights daily to various towns around the country and to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. They fly out of both of Belize City’s airports, but flights from Belize City Airport are often significantly cheaper than those out of Phillip Goldson International. Domestic flights are generally pretty reasonable and thus popular if your time is limited and budget is not. Most flights are in small Cessnas that seat around 8-15 people.
Placencia Regional Airport is approximately a 45 minute flight from Belize City International Airport.

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