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Belize is nestled on Central America's Caribbean coast just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Belize's eastern coastline is 174 miles of Caribbean Sea, while it's interior climbs to over 3,600 feet and a canvas of green mountain-tops, rain forests and winding rivers.

In the islands, some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world can be found here.

There are two cruising areas we can explore, either beginning out of San Pedro and Ambergris Cay in the north with TMM Bareboat Vacations, see itinerary at sailtmm.com, or with The Moorings as detailed below:

Sample seven day itinerary:

 

Day 1 Placencia to Laughing Bird Caye - What a way to start! Enjoy a spectacular 1 1/2 - 2 hour sail to the island of Laughing Bird Caye. From your anchorage at Laughing Bird, dinghy ashore to enjoy some of the most beautiful white beaches you've ever seen. If you're a snorkeling fan, you'll find plenty of eye-opening sights below the crystal blue waters.

Day 2 Laughing Bird Caye to Lime Caye - It just keeps getting better! Day 2 brings a smooth broad reach southward en route to Lime Caye. On the way, you may wish to stop at Seal Caye for a leisurely swim and snorkel. Then, it's back on to Lime Caye, described as "everybody's idea of what a South Pacific island should look like." Dinghy around the shallow lagoon that's home to a vibrant reef perfect for snorkeling.

Day 3 Lime Caye to Hunting Caye - Take a quick detour down to Sapodilla Caye for a lunch stop and fantastic snorkeling. Experts regard the diving in the Sapodilla Cayes as some of the best in Belize. Once you have finished your exploration, (tearing yourself away will be difficult) sail up to Hunting Caye. With its thick coconut forest, and pristine beaches, this island wins hands down as the gem of the Sapodillas. Hunting Caye is also an important nesting site for the Hawksbill turtle. Ashore you will find some fishing huts and a manned lighthouse station.

Day 4 Hunting Caye to Little Water Caye - Leave Hunting Caye and sail northward to Tom Owen's Cayes for a mid-morning stop. A delightful anchorage awaits you between two deserted isles, the western Caye has a cluster of tall palms. After a swim, sail northward to the tranquil Ranguana Caye for a casual lunch on board. Continue on to Little Water Caye for a beautiful night's anchorage. This palm covered paradise is renowned for its fishing. So if you like, throw out a line before dinnertime!

Day 5 Little Water Caye to North Long Cocoa Caye - Another day in paradise! From Little Water Caye, sail over to the beautiful Queen Cayes, where breathtaking white beaches and crystal clear waters await. Don't pass up the opportunity for another great day of snorkeling on the reef of North Queens Caye. Afterwards, take a quick sail north to Buttonwood Caye, a fish camp where you can buy the catch of the day. Mmmm, break out the grill! The day's last sail will take you to North Long Cocoa Caye, where you'll find more great snorkeling. It's also fun to watch the fly fishermen casting for bonefish on the flats. Or better yet, join them!

Day 6 North Long Cocoa Caye to South Water Caye - Set off to the tiny caye of Wee Wee. Funny name, but a beautiful place with towering mangroves which make a nice backdrop for lunch on deck. After lunch, sail over to South Water Caye. Not only will you find great snorkeling and beaches, you'll also find spots for dinner and drinks. By the way, there's also a great dive resort here worth checking out.

Day 7 South Water Caye to Pelican Cayes - Start by exploring the Tobacco Range, a great place for fly fishing, and the Twin Cayes where, with a little luck, you'll spot a slow-moving manatee or two. Later on, sail south to the Blue Ground range for a swim in the calm waters, then anchor overnight in the very sheltered Pelican Cayes. This place is great to explore in a dinghy. It's also a great time to kayak.

Final Morning Pelican Cayes to Placencia - One last enjoyable broad reach remaining. The good news is that the sail back to the base is filled with as many beautiful sights as you enjoyed heading out on day 1. Arrive at the Moorings base in time for a noon check-out.


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