Boating and Sailing Near Caye Caulker

Make it a point to spend some time on a boat while you're visiting Caye Caulker

Photo credit: © Markel Lee Simmons

The quiet island of Caye Caulker is a well-liked yachting destination, despite the fact that it is not an official port of entry in Belize. This most certainly is not a deterrent for those who love the sport, and even if you aren't one with dreams of sailing on your own, you can sign up for a hosted excursion when you arrive.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

There are plenty of ways to spend time out on the water, even if you don't want to be at the helm. Blackfish Sailing Tours is one company that offers day sails from Caye Caulker. You can sign up for snorkeling, fishing, and simple tours that take you around both Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye.

If you are just wanting to get out onto the water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Wondering what's included and how long a trip lasts? See the chart that follows for information on area providers.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Blackhawk Sailing Tours (501) 607-0323 Front Street - Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Blue Tang Tours (866) 881-1020 Blue Tang Inn - San Pedro Ambergris Caye
Raggamuffin Tours (501) 226-0348 Front Street - Caye Caulker Caye Caulker
Sea Hawk Sailing Trips (501) 607-0323 Caye Caulker Caye Caulker

Boat Rentals and Charters

There are two option if you'd like to spend some time sailing autonomously on Caye Caulker. The first is sailing yourself from your home country, which you can read about below. The other is so charter a yacht when you arrive. In this case, you'll have to present proof of your sailing know-how, so make sure to arrive prepared. Local charter companies also offer crewed trips that take of for Caye Caulker but take you up and down the coast of Belize for several days to several weeks at a time and include all activities and food as a part of the price.

Envisioning a boat or yacht charter? The following table indicates how to get a hold of charter services that operating in this area.

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


No matter that Caye Caulker is not an official port of entry; Belize allows yachts to gain clearance anywhere along the coast as long as the captain is willing to pay for the transportation of the customs official. You can arrange to do so and sail right to Caye Caulker, or you can make plans to first stop in Belize City, San Pedro, Big Creek, or Punta Gorda. Regardless of where you sail to, you'll need to present four copies of a list of the ship's stores, crew list, and the ship's official paperwork. The whole process takes under an hour and must be done within 24 hours of arriving in local waters. Once cleared, you'll be allowed to sail here for 90 days, so you can choose to stay at one of the marinas listed below, or travel throughout Belize, stopping at different anchorages along the way.

Planning to sail to Caye Caulker in your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? The following table contains a list of places where you might be able to dock.

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

The waters that surround Caye Caulker are hard to resist, and why should you when there are so many different ways to enjoy them? Take a quick day sail, hire a charter for a week-long sail, or head to Caye Caulker aboard your own private vessel. There is no wrong way to sail here.


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