Boating and Sailing Near Ambergris Caye

For a memorable experience, spend some time sailing around Ambergris Caye

Photo credit: © Daniel B.

With clear, calm waters surrounding you and a hazy view of the coast off in the distance, sailing to and around Ambergris Caye is like a dream come true for many. Whether you sail yourself or participate in an off-shore excursion, there is much to recommend getting out on the waters that lead to this tropical paradise.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Not everyone has the skill-set to sail themselves around Ambergris Caye, and that is okay thanks to local boat operators who will take you out for a day of sailing, snorkeling, diving, or fishing for a fee. On Ambergris Caye, Blackhawk Sailing Tours is the most well-known company that offers these services, allowing you to sign up for a number of different trips that will take you around both Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

If you're simply wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost of sailing on your own you should take a day sailing excursion. Take a look at the chart that follows for names and phone numbers for area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Blue Tang Tours (507) 519-6000 Blue Tang Inn - San Pedro
Cari'Bean Tours (501) 601-8586 Coconut Drive - San Pedro
Ecologic Divers Sailing (501) 226-4118 San Pedro
El Gato (501) 226-2264 San Pedro
Reef Runner (501) 226-2172 49 Barrier Reef Drive - San Pedro
Tanisha Tours (501) 226-2314 San Pedro

Boat Rentals and Charters

Those who are able to sail a yacht and want to get out on the waters for a few hours during their stay have the chance to charter a boat. This can be done through one of several companies on the island which offer hourly rentals, as well as extended options. Proof of your ability to sail will be required, so if this is your plan, make sure to arrive prepared.

Seriously considering renting a boat? The following table indicates how to contact area charter companies.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
TMM Yacht Charters (501) 226-3026 Coconut Drive - San Pedro
Winnie Estelle (501) 226-2427 San Pedro

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location
La Gaviota (501) 206-2059 San Pedro Ambergris Caye


More and more visitors each year are choosing to sail themselves to Ambergris Caye, typically from the southeast coast of the United States. When you arrive in Belizean waters, it is required that you sail into port within 24 hours. At an official port of call, one of which is located in San Pedro, you'll present four copies each of the ship's papers, a crew list, and a complete listing of the ship's stores. Once cleared, you have 90 days to sail around Ambergris Caye and up and down the Belize's coast.

Do you plan to visit Ambergris Caye using your own vessel, or a boat you charter elsewhere? This chart lists nearby marinas.

Name Phone Location
Belize Yacht Club Marina (866) 589-4618 San Pedro Ambergris Caye

Day sails, week-long charters, and docking for an extended vacation are all possibilities on Ambergris Caye, and it is recommended that those who can spend at least some time sailing during their stay; there really is nothing like it.


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