A wonderland of miles upon miles of coral-studded cays, and one of the few places in the world where you regularly encounter the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark. Inland, other adventures await you with jungle rivers, pristine rainforests and ancient Mayan ruins to tempt you to spend extra time here. The sailing itinerary brims with beauty and unspoiled sights, in fact, it is so lacking in tourists in general that you wonder if it’s even possible! The sheer naturalness of the lush southern Belizean coast brings out the adventure traveler in you. The snorkeling and scuba diving is simply awesome! We highly recommend that you add some days onto your weeks cruise to discover the delights of Belize, perhaps staying at TradeWinds Tianna Rooms or at one of our associated resorts further inland.
Most major US carriers fly to Belize City International Airport, which is just a short flight away from many major airports across America including Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Charlotte and others. Direct flights are also available on a seasonal basis to Belize City from Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. A short (45 min) internal flight to Placencia with either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air, will bring you from Belize City to Placencia. The short internal flight is very scenic so be sure to have your camera handy! ! Please note there are 2 airports in the city – the International Philip Goldson Airport (where you will land) and the Municipal or City Airport.
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The Belize airport code is BZE. From here you will need to connect with Tropic Air or Maya Island Air for a short 40-minute flight to Placencia.
Arriving a day or more before sailing
For guests who wish to arrive in Belize prior to sailing, Robert's Grove has a hotel on site
Belize is a peaceful, English-speaking country just two hours away from Miami and Houston U.S. Gateways. It is on the Caribbean coast. TradeWinds base at Placencia Village lies on the southern tip of a 16 mile long peninsula. It is located about 120 miles south of Belize City – a three hour drive, or a scenic 45 minute flight. With a diversity of adventure opportunities unmatched by any other country, the Belizean people have protected over 40% of the country as parks and natural reserves.
Belize is an ideal all year round destination. The overall climate of Belize can be described as sub-tropical. The Belize coastal area is exposed to southeast tradewinds averaging 10-13 knots. The average temperature is 26C/79F. Winter months are around 24C/75F on average and summer months are warmer at 28C/82F. Inland, the average annual temperatures in the mountains are a comfortable 72F. TradeWinds has an excellent safety and weather preparation record. Should a named storm approach yachts will be redirected and guests assisted with alternate arrangements on land. The "up" side to traveling in the summertime and autumn in the Caribbean in general is that the weather is truly great and the waters are as gorgeous as ever. There are no high seas to talk about and the waters are calm with a great breeze for sailing.
What to bring
Please pack as lightly as you can. Most of our guests wear only a fraction of what they bring! All you really need are shorts, tee shirts and beachwear, a light rain jacket if you have one, and a sweater for winter evenings. Soft luggage is preferable if you have it. We have some limited storage onshore for your empty bags, but please bring as little as you are comfortable with. Between meals, fresh fruit is available. If you like to eat more between meals, please feel free to bring snacks with you. It is advisable to bring a change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on when flying to Belize. If your luggage gets lost en route it may not be able to be delivered to you until days later. If you are going to extend your stay with one of our inland tours we highly recommend that you bring sun screen, bug spray, swim suit, hiking shoes/sneakers, cap, and sunglasses. For the "Jungle" Tours (Monkey River and Cockscomb) some guests may prefer to wear long sleeves and/or long trousers (pants) as - after all- it is a real jungle inland.
What shoes shall I bring?
You only need sandals or other shoes for the nights on shore as you will be barefoot whenever you are aboard. Good sturdy sandals, like TEVA-style models are preferred as they sit well on your feet.
You will be around water for the week. If you are concerned about getting your purse, wallet or camera wet, bring a small dry bag. These can be purchased from sports and outdoor vendors. Some of them roll up and trap the air inside which has the added benefit of making the bag float.
All of our yachts carry a fishing rod onboard - we usually troll a line when sailing from island to island and will often catch yellow fin, wahoo, mahi-mahi or similar ...... which might become lunch, served fresh from the yacht's barbecue or perhaps as sushi/ sashimi!
We strongly advise that all guests cruising with us have fully comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all eventualities such as hotel accommodation, lost baggage, changes to flights etc.
Useful information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People from certain countries (this does NOT apply to US, Canadian and EU Citizens) are required to have a yellow fever vaccination prior to arrival in Belize AND need proof of vaccine at immigration. Some doctors are recommending malaria tablets for Belize - in Placencia we have not had any problems with malaria.
The power is stable at 110 Volts AC, the same as in the United States.
Visas and restrictions
For U.S., Canadian, European Community and Caricom countries citizens a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket is required.
For other citizens of other countries please confirm with the Belize tourist board.
There is a departure tax payable on exiting the country – the airlines are currently in the process of adding this to the ticket price, so depending on when/how you purchase your ticket there will either be nothing to pay on leaving, or US$39.50.
Please click here to read more about a sample itinerary for a crewed sailing charter out of Placencia, Belize.