What is it about sailing that sucks people in? The freedom of being away from solid ground, the mysterious nature of the sea, or the beautiful sites that come so frequently when you are out on a boat? The answer is probably all three and more. Certainly, all three are possible when you plan to sail from Placencia.
Because sailing from Placencia is such a popular pastime for tourists, a fairly busy industry has popped up surrounding the sport. You can hire local companies to take you out for a simple sail around the area, or for more intensive fishing, snorkeling, and diving trips. Most include drinks and a lunch as part of the package.
If you're simply wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the stress and cost associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. See the table below to get names and phone numbers for area excursion services.
|Belize Sailing Charters||(501) 523-3138||Main Street - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) South-Southwest of Placencia|
|The Moorings||--||1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South of Placencia|
You can take sailing a step further by hiring luxury yachts to sail you around Belize from Placencia. Most people in this area use a company called Utopia, which offers day and overnight trips aboard a 40 foot catamaran that includes a collection of watersports equipment and meals.
If you're starting to research chartering a vessel, you can call one of these companies:
|(501) 666-7157||Sittee River Marina - 10.4 mi. (16.8 km) South of Dangriga||Belize|
When you arrive in Belize waters, your first order of duty is to clear customs. The official ports of entry are in Belize City, San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Port of Big Creek, and Punta Gorda. If you'd like to avoid docking in any of these locations you can, but you will have to pay the transportation costs for the customs official who will meet you at your desired spot. Regardless of where you meet with the official, you'll need to present four copies each of your ship's paperwork, the crew list, and the lists of the ship's stores. Once cleared, you're free to sail around local waters for up to 90 days.
There is no experience that can compare to sailing around Placencia, so making sure to sign up for an excursion, hire a charter, or even sail yourself should be at the top of your to do list when you visit Belize.
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