A small coastal town in Belize, Punta Gorda is popularly visited by tourists who can't wait to get out and explore the world that exists out at sea. There are plenty of ways to do so, from participating in an excursion based around watersports to hiring a charter, and even sailing yourself from international waters.
If sailing for you is about more than enjoying the sites, your best option may be to sign up for an excursion that gets guests active in watersports. Trips typically include a quick tour of the area, then the choice of snorkeling, fishing, and in some cases diving. Depending on the package you choose, you may have lunch included in the price, but most will offer drinks and snacks to all aboard.
There are few different types of charters available from Punta Gorda. The options range from boats you sail yourself for a few hours to a full-crewed catamaran that will sail you through local waters for several days to several weeks – all meals and activities included.
There are four official ports of entry in Belize and one of them happens to be Belize. If you plan to sail yourself, make sure you dock within 24 hours of arriving in local waters to meet with customs and immigration officials. To customs you'll need to present four copies each of your boat's documentation, a crew list, and a list of the ship's stores. Every member aboard the boat will need a passport and in some cases a visa as well. Once you've been cleared, you are invited to sail in local waters for up to 90 days.
Is your plan to travel to Punta Gorda using your own boat, or a boat you charter in a different location? This next table lists marinas in the area.
A day of sailing will only prove to enhance your stay in Punta Gorda. As you begin planning your getaway in the Caribbean, make a point to look into all of the options that can get you out on open waters to experience tropical life just a little differently than you would if you stuck to land-based activities alone.
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