Boating and Sailing Near San Pedro

A port of entry and a beautiful island awaits sailors in San Pedro

Photo credit © Blue Tang Tours
 

With one of Belize's four ports of entry located right in San Pedro, this is a perfect destination for tourists who have dreams of sailing their private or chartered yacht through the Caribbean Sea and to this picturesque country. Even if you don't sail directly to the island yourself, there are plenty of ways to get out on local waters to explore.  

If you just want to experience some time on the open water, without the stress and cost involved with renting a boat you should take a day sailing excursion. Curious what it's like to go along for the ride? Take a look at the chart that follows to get contact information for area excursion services.

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
Reef Runner (501) 226-2172 49 Barrier Reef Drive - San Pedro
Tanisha Tours (501) 226-2314 San Pedro

Boat Rentals and Charters

The entrance to San Pedro through the channel and around the reef can be complicated, which is something yachters will have to consider when they plan their visit.  Some don't want to risk destroying their boat or the reef, so they will hire a charter to sail around the island after arrival.  Others simply don't have the time to make it all the way to San Pedro from their home town.  Whatever the reason you decide to charter, there are several local operations that have vessels in a variety of sizes and for a variety of skill levels.  

If you're evaluating the option of a charter boat, you can contact one of these companies:

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
YOLO Island Dream Tours (501) 615-9656 Sandbar Hotel Dock Boca Del Rio Drive - San Pedro Ambergris Caye

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

Docking

You have 24 hours to meet with a customs official after you enter local waters, and officials patrol the waters to ensure that this is enforced.  You'll need to present four copies of your crew list, the ship's stores, and the ship's official documentation to gain clearance, but once you have you're free to sail in Belize for up to 90 days. 

Do you plan to reach San Pedro in your own vessel, or one you charter? This table lists marinas in the area.

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

Though sailing in through the reef can be a struggle, anchorage is good around San Pedro, and the view is unbeatable.  Even if you wait to charter a boat when you arrive or sign up for a guided tour by boat, there is something to be said about spending some of your vacation time exploring the are from the sea.

 

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