Sailing in Belize is a beautiful, eyes-wide-open sailing experience.

It is line-of-site, island-to-island sailing with great sailing conditions. When we were first considering chartering out of Placencia and I saw that the skill requirements were more stringent than the BVI, I was stumped. On paper it looked so similar. The answer, my charter adviser at The Moorings shared with me, was all about the coral reef. She was not wrong – you will become one with your navigation and depth finder.

But if you are careful and deliberate with your course, you will find spectacular islands to explore, exceptional snorkeling, stunning sunsets, and a few hidden gems along the way. We were there in 2016 and will definitely be back…next time with a “no keel” plan and our catamaran certification.