Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2022. 8:11 am CST.
By L Waight: Lying on the East coast of Central America, Belize is well known for its dense tropical jungles and Caribbean shorelines. With the British Virgin Islands just a stone’s throw away, Belize has become a popular destination for yachting holidays in which the country is small enough to be able to explore in a short period of time.
Annexed by the British in 1840, today the main language is Kriol, a derivative of English, meaning tourists will have an easy time mingling with locals and navigating their way around the coast. The destination is most popular with backpackers on their way through Central America, as well as vacationers, honeymooners, and even dive enthusiasts.
Below, we’ll give you an overview of everything you need to know for choosing Belize as your next destination for a yacht charter.
The charm of Belize
For a long time, Belize has not been a highly commercialized tourist destination that was popular, however as vacationers begin to seek less populated and more authentic destinations for travel, Belize offers the perfect balance of newly created and luxurious holiday resorts, alongside rich local culture, wild jungle scenes, and picturesque blue seas.
The local barrier reef is a huge attraction for divers from around the world but is also a calm and serene setting for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. Those exploring by boat will have the luxury of cruising the blue paradise at their own leisure while stopping at some of the best scuba diving at snorkeling sites when desired.
For those interested in local wildlife, there are a variety of national parks that can be visited, featuring exotic birds and fascinating ancient Mayan ruins that can be explored. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try tubing through the sacred caves, or there’s even the opportunity to swim with whale sharks if you visit at the right time of year.
The beaches of Belize
Perched between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Placencia is known as one of the best places to stop off to enjoy the world’s finest sandy beaches. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Placencia lagoon to the West, this location makes for a calm place to stop off on a yacht charter to enjoy the Belize coast.
In places like the British Virgin Islands places like BorrowaBoat offer a range of yachts for vacationers to charter, many of which come with a skipper to make your vacation a little more relaxing. With a variety of sizes, their yachts can cater to every group size and budget too. These types of services are changing the way we charter boats and places such as Belize should take note!
There’s a variety of inland excursions available from Placencia, including trips into the jungle with a local guide, tours of the ancient ruins, and visits to a local village for those that would like to learn more about the local culture.
Other popular beaches in Belize that are definitely worth a stop include:
Ambergris Caye is the largest island in the North of Belize and is a paradise for water lovers. As one of the top diving destinations in the world, visitors should be sure to either bring their dive gear, or consider enrolling in a beginner PADI course to make the most of what’s on offer. The Great Mayan Reef here is known as the second biggest coral reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef.
Looking to get up close and personal with the locals? Hopkins is known for being home to one of the friendliest villages in the world, in which visitors are welcomed with open arms. The Garifuna village is located miles from the nearest city or coastal resorts, offering a truly authentic experience.
When visiting the beach, don’t expect the pristine sands of a tourist resort. This beach is lined with washed up seaweed and fallen down coconuts, giving it a natural charm that’s hard to find in today’s commercial tourist destinations.
Looking to slow down the pace of your trip a little? Caye Caulker is the perfect paradise and is only accessible by water, making it an ideal stop if you’re on a yacht charter. One of the greatest things about this island is that no cars are allowed, meaning it’s so quiet and peaceful.
Everything on the island is within close proximity, so you can either explore on foot or hire a bike if you’re feeling a little more adventurous. This island has more of a backpacker vibe than being a luxury tourist island, giving you the chance to switch off from the outside world and lie back in one of the many hammocks available to soak it all up.
The benefits of chartering a yacht in the British Virgin Islands
Chartering your own yacht in the British Virgin Islands comes with a variety of benefits that you simply couldn’t get when visiting by land. These include:
Overall, Belize is one of the best destinations to visit in Central America. Lying at the foot of the Virgin Islands, its local charm, exotic jungles and world class beach scenes with some of the best watersports in the world make it an unmissable adventure.
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