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Sailing the Southern Cayes of Belize

Belize, the best and easiest of adventures! It’s close, just 2.5 flying from Dallas, Houston or Miami; the only Central American country where they speak English as it was British Honduras, a barrier reef to snorkel or dive, flats to fly fish and small islands with darling bars – all outside!

Plus, they have the COVID-19 thing dialed in with testing facilities everywhere.

Sailing on a privately chartered catamaran is the way to go! With a Captain who fits your wishes whether it’s diving, fishing or just sailing between islands and a Chef making all the wonderful meals. Our Captain dived for conch – the Chef made conch fritters and ceviche. He dove for lobsters and crab and speared fresh fish every day. We watched from our snorkel positions as he stayed down forever reaching into small coral caves for the lobsters.

Our Catamaran had 4 bedrooms, one for the crew and 3 for friends – queen beds and a private bath with shower. We stopped in Placencia beside one with 6 bedrooms. We had a back deck, couches and trampoline on the front. With two large motors, the Captain had the option of sailing or motoring depending on the winds, weather and our destination each day. The schedule is so flexible; we stopped one evening at a Caye with a small lodge with outdoor dining to watch the Super Bowl. Another evening on a different Caye just for a Margarita. You felt like you were Jimmy Buffet himself.

Swimming and fishing were lovely with warm water and turquoise blue flats. Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon to catch with an aquarium in which to snorkel. A wonderful week sailing the ocean blue, sunshine and seawater!!

However!! If you wish to stay on land, in the Southern Belize town of Placencia, there is a Francis Ford Coppola Resort, “Turtle Inn”. Set right on the ocean, a white sand beach, your screened-in deck practically in the water, its beautiful individual villas have large bedrooms, fabulous baths with outdoor showers and indoor/outdoor eating areas. The dining room is open air and the bars are spacious. The design is very Polynesian with local woods and art work woven in. A comforting space in an “out of the way” place.


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