Yacht charter Belize | Central-America
Enjoy the unspoiled, natural beauty from Belize which you will not find anywhere else in the world. The ocean waters of Belize offer a unique and wonderful sailing experience with the world’s second largest barrier reef. Sailing in Belize offers literally hundreds of sun swept tropical islands to explore. The barrier reef provides over 130 miles of protected waters from the ocean swell and a reef that is teaming with fish, coral, and creatures. The coral forms colorful, surreal landscapes with jutting heads, sand bottom canyons, arches and spires that offer a great opportunity for snorkeling and diving for both the novice and the more experienced people.
Belize is located in Central America and is bordered to the north by Mexico, south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. It is a diverse country with different cultures and languages. Belize also has the lowest population density in Central America with about 14 people per square kilometer.
Belize is known for its extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems. On the coast it is swampy with mangrove forests. In the south and the center, there are hills and low mountains. The majority of Belize is undeveloped and wooded with hardwoods. It is part of the Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot, and it has many jungles, nature reserves, the largest cave system in Central America and a large variety of different species of flora and fauna. Examples of species of flora and fauna in Belize are the black orchid, mahogany tree, the toucan and tapirs.
Belize was once the center of one of the greatest civilizations of antiquity, and is considered the heart of the Mayan civilization during the classical period. Nowadays you can visit the original sites left by this great culture. In many cases, tours are guided along the ruins by a direct descendant, so a contemporary Maya.
The Maya occupation in Belize began in 1500 BC, but it was not until the Classic period from 250 AD to 900 AD that the Maya population in Belize exceeded a million people. However, many of the ancient Maya remains a mystery today.
The Mayan culture is to experience in Belize, for example, with local tour operators to see the ancient Maya temples. Also, be sure to talk with contemporary Mayan families. They will be happy to tell you more about their culture and share their stories that have been passed down through the generations.
Belize Barrier Reef
Belize is one of the smallest countries in Central America, but it’s home to the second largest coral reef in the world. The Belize Barrier Reef is an important geographic, geological and ecological area. You can find a diverse plant and animal life here, both above and below the crystal clear warm water. The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
The Belize Barrier Reef is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. Some examples are sixty species of corals, five hundred species of fish, whales, sharks, dolphins, crabs, seahorses, starfish, manatees, American crocodiles and many species of birds and turtles. And it is possible that up to ninety percent of the animals and plants that live in the reef are not even discovered yet.
The Blue Hole
The best feature of the Belize Barrier Reef is probably the Blue Hole. Which is formed over the past 150,000 years. The Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole, the remains of the caves that flooded when the glaciers melted after the ice ages. You will find a lot of stalactites in the Blue Hole. Located approximately fifty miles off the coast of Belize. The Blue Hole is about 1000 meters wide and 400 meters deep. In 1971, the famous Frenchman Jacques Cousteau explored the Blue Hole and claimed it to be one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the world.
One of the best things about Belize is the weather. With an average annual temperature of 84°F (29°C), it is always warm, yet comfortable. The sea breeze and the jungle and rainforest keep you cool even in the hottest summer months. Winters are cooler, but never cold. In short, the climate is almost perfect. Even in winter (November – March) the temperature in Belize rarely drops below 60°F (16°C), while the temperature in summer (May to September) is about 86°F (30°C). The humidity is also fairly consistent at around 85 percent.
The dry season in Belize is between February and May, and has considerably less rainfall than the rest of the year. When it rains, it is usually a mild short bursts.
June to December is the rainy season in parts of the country there is about 150 inches of rain. And sometimes there will be serious or even wild storms along the Caribbean, usually in the late afternoon. The most frequent rainfall is usually in June or early July and is interrupted by a break in late July or August, known as the “little dry”.
Belize also has a hurricane season, and although statistically Belize does not get a lot of big hits, it does gets its share of severe tropical weather with strong winds and rain.
It does not matter what season you visit, there is plenty to do and see here, but keep in mind that there might be some severe storms between June and December, so you’re sometimes forced to remain in the port.
Sailing in Belize
Belize is the perfect place for yacht charter, especially for the more experienced sailors. The area has a strong wind, strong currents and the Belize Barrier Reef. Hidden corals can make navigating tricky sometimes. So for the sailors who are looking for a challenging sailing holiday in one of the finest areas for sailing in the world, then you should choose for a sailing holiday on the Caribbean Sea in Belize.