Doris, Boats and Journeys
Belize Luxury Sailing
Experience the ultimate in sailing luxury aboard Doris, a sleek 50ft Lagoon Catamaran. Equipped with all the toys, Doris boasts 4 luxurious air conditioned cabins, private bathrooms, plasma TVs, a state of the art entertainment system throughout and expansive indoor and outdoor dining and lounging areas. Coupled with fabulous gourmet cuisine, prepared on board by your personal chef, you can be assured of the ultimate in comfort and style whilst cruising the azure waters of the Belize coastline.
- 3 double air conditioned cabins with sumptuous soft furnishings and private bathrooms for guest use
- Expansive indoor and outdoor lounging areas
- Integrated cockpit and indoor salon
- Light oak laminated wood floors throughout
- 4th cabin allocated to crew and captain
Recreation and Entertainment Equipment:
- 14′ AB Nautilus Luxury Tender -25hp
- Variety of fishing rods and tackle
- Snorkeling equipment
- 2 kayaks for single or double use
- Beach equipment
- 2 swim platforms and showers
- Bimini and extendable awning shades
- Multiple sun deck lounges & trampolines
- Bose LCD TV Screen with DVD
- IPOD / stereo CD player / Indoor and outdoor Bose speakers
- Sirius satellite radio
- Extensive library of CDs, DVDs, books & games
- Arranged diving and fishing expeditions
Sailing offers you the ultimate opportunity to explore all that Belize has to offer with total flexibility. We can design an itinerary tailored to your taste and tempo. Below are a few sample itineraries that illustrate the many possibilities for discovering Belize or the Rio Dulce in Guatemala. All itineraries are inclusive of all meals prepared fresh on board and local drinks.
Please note than no itinerary can be completely fixed and will be subject to weather and sailing conditions, guest preferences and the Captain’s whims.
Highlights of a southern itinerary can include:
Goff’s Caye – one of AB’s favorite islands because it reminds us why postcards were invented. This 2 acre island sits right on the barrier reef so you can snorkel straight from the shore, or simply relax in the water on the sandbar with an icy cold Belikin beer.
South Water Caye – a pristine 12 acre private island that is one of the most beautiful and exclusive islands in Belize. South Water Caye sits on the reef on the north side of South Water Cut, which is a ¼ mile wide gap in the reef. Grunts, black groupers, snappers and moray eels all hide out in the overhangs and making for a spectacular snorkeling experience. Sundowners are a must at the Blue Marlin Lodge, one of favorite little bars in all of Belize.
Man-O-War Caye – a designated bird sanctuary. From afar it looks like any other tiny mangrove island, but as you journey closer to shore the frenzy of activity becomes apparent, with birds soaring in the sky above in every direction… and the guys strutting their stuff (or inflating their red gular pouches) for the ladies during breeding season. The three different types of mangrove vegetation provide a perfect sanctuary to a variety of indigenous bird species, including Pelicans, Brown Booby birds, and the Magnificent Frigate birds (also known as Man-O-War birds).
Tobacco Caye – a 5 acre palm-fringed coral island perched on the barrier reef, which makes it a great place to snorkel or dive from the shore, plus its central location means it is within 10 minutes by boat to some of the best snorkel sites in all of Belize. There are a couple of small laid-back resorts and a tiny beach bar serving fresh coconut water.
Bluefield Range – a mangrove cluster which makes for a fantastic kayaking destination. Kayak through the tiny channels, look out for manatees and even take some bait and a fishing line and see if you can catch dinner.
Highlights can include include the following:
Swallow Caye has been declared a wildlife sanctuary to protect the manatees and other marine life that call it home. Manatees, which are also known as ‘sea cows’ are gentle, slow moving, plant-eating herbivores and their closest living relatives are elephants and aardvarks. They can grow over 13 feet in length and weigh up to 3,500 pounds. Despite being an endangered species, manatees are present in the waters of Belize and can be seen throughout the year. (Please note it is not possible to swim with the Manatees).
Steeped in history, St George’s Caye was the first capital of the British settlement in Belize. The island is principally home to private families, however it is possible to use this as a base for some great snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing. On the island there is a very special aquarium in the boathouse at the St Georges Caye Lodge. Your tour guide is the resort owner’s son Karly Ricky Bischof, aged 10. Karly is a budding marine biologist and if his impressive little aquarium and his knowledge of the 100-plus fish inside is any indication, he’s going to be a good one.
Sail to the sleepy island of Caye Caulker, fish along the way and enjoy a swim on arrival. ‘No shirt, no shoes, no problem’ is the motto of this island and typifies the vibe. The white sandy beaches, ocean breezes, fresh seafood, azure waters and a fantastic barrier reef on its doorstep make it a perfect place to relax and unwind. A trip to Caye Caulker is not complete without a late afternoon Belikin beer or a rum punch at the Lazy Lizard bar at ‘The Cut’ – a lively swimming area, which separates the two islands of Caye Caulker.
Enjoy a morning of snorkeling right off the catamaran at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, swimming amongst beautiful shoals of tropical fish, turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, moray eels and grouper. Return to the boat and re-charge the batteries over a tropical lunch with the reef only meters from your anchorage. Follow this with a dip at Shark Ray Alley, a site where local fishermen used to clean their catch, which attracts more carnivorous species such as big southern stingrays and nurse sharks.
Ambergris Caye is the most northerly Caye in Belize and touches the Yucatan peninsular of Mexico. Lying only a quarter of a mile from the barrier reef, it’s one of the best locations in the world for scuba diving, snorkeling and sports fishing. The main town San Pedro has the broadest range of tourist amenities in Belize, including art and craft shops, boutique hotels, fine dining establishments and plenty of fun local eateries and establishments.
The Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Complete a southern itinerary with a one way trip to the spectacular Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Journey 20 miles up river through a spectacular gorge of 300ft towering limestone cliffs, which edge dense walls of tropical rain forest. En route, call in at Rio Lampara for a fresh fish lunch. Across from the restaurant are hot sulphur springs where you climb up the embankment of rocks to soak in the steaming hot springs. The climb is worth the reward!
Once at Fronteras, you can also explore the north shore of Lake Izabal to Finca El Paraiso, a fabulous working farm. From there travel via horseback or tractor through farmland to the lush tropical setting of Aqua Caliente, a 25-ft waterfall and deep pools of hot spring water.
Belize Luxury Sailing has a fantastic reputation for their creative culinary fare, quality of ingredients and flexibility in accommodating dietary requirements and special guest requests. Using locally sourced produce – fresh fish, locally reared meats and fruits and veggies from the farms in Cayo – highlights of their menu include:
Sample Breakfast Menu
- Selection of tropical fruits with granola, made in the Cayo district, yoghurt and fresh baked bread basket
- Fluffy banana rum pancakes
- Eggs made to order with freshly bakes breads
- Breakfast is served with fresh fruit; breads, island jams and a selection of beverages
- Including local Belizean coffee
Sample Lunch Menu
- Tropical shrimp & pineapple salad, creamy ginger citrus dressing, fresh baked breads
- BBQ reef burger – guest rated 5 stars
- Shrimp, cucumber, mint & ginger rice paper salad wraps with sweet habanero dipping sauce
- Belizean chorizo and rum black bean soup
- Deli sandwich platter with locally made chips and fresh salsa
- Crispy chicken tostadas, pico de gallo
Sample Hors D’oeuvres
- Brie, mango chutney and fresh pear croustades
- Caribbean lobster or conch ceviche with fresh made tortilla chips
- Assorted Cheeses and fruits served with crackers and chutneys
- Home made lime cilantro hummus with toasted flat bread
- Cocktail de camaron
- Cocktails include the signature ‘painkiller’ coconut pineapple rum punch with fresh grated nutmeg
Sample Dinner Menu
- BBQ Caribbean lobster with fried plantains and pineapple cilantro salsa
- Catch of the day – chef’s whimsical creation with the days catch
- Island shrimp linguine
- Belizean rum marinated BBQ pork tenderloin, ginger sweet potato mash, mango balsamic reduction
- Thai ginger coconut seafood curry
- All dinners are served with selected wines, served by candle light
Beyond our expectations
“We have chartered crew yachts and bare boats from all over the world. Sailing in Belize is a navigational challenge to even the most experience sailor with its many shallow submerged coral patches and reefs. Belize Sailing Vacations crew yachting expertise and local knowledge allowed us to relax and really enjoy the experience. Sailing to secluded pristine sites for fishing, diving and snorkeling along with the “on the water shopping exchange” for fresh lobster with the local fishing boats made this a truly unique experience. The live aboard accommodations, hospitality, gourmet cuisine and extra touches were beyond our expectations. The Rio Dulce experience was beyond words to describe! Our experienced charter group awarded Belize Sailing Vacations.” Tom & Kate L, USA
The crew is stellar!
“We operate a 50 slip marina in the Bahamas and have had the opportunity to meet many charter captains and crew. Belize Sailing Vacations crew is stellar! The cuisine was excellent, with a lot of variety to please everyone’s taste. We appreciated the yachts’ high tech communications, which allowed us to keep in touch with our business and family via email, satellite and or cell phone. Great accommodations and water toys. We were looking for a relaxing secluded getaway vacation and Belize Sailing Vacations delivered”. Barbara T, Bahamas
Like we were staying at a 5 star resort
“The Belize Sailing Vacation adventure was just what we needed as a get away from the busy day to day business routine. The Belize Sailing Vacation Crew’s attention to details, excellent cuisine, well planned itinerary and gracious hospitality made us feel like we were staying at a 5 star resort. We enjoyed the spacious layout of the yacht and the privacy it offered as a sailing vessel. Also we appreciated the arrangements for inland trips to explore the country of Belize lead by expert local guides. Our Belize Sailing Vacation charter adventure that combined the islands and inland exploration was a unique experience and one that we will always remember.” Brian and Jessica L, USA
Andy, a native Brit started sailing Hobie Cats and Lasers in the mid 80’s. After a couple of sailing vacations in the Mediterranean he decided that it was time to break his ties with England and travel the world. On a yacht delivery from Rhode Island to San Francisco he discovered Belize and returned in 1991, which was the beginning of his career as a SCUBA Instructor. This led to running two dive operations, managing two offshore dive resorts and a marine research facility. During this time he also skippered Dive boats, sailing charters and obtained his Yachtmaster Offshore 200 ton license in 1998. In 2012 he became a DAN Instructor for Basic Life Support, Advanced Oxygen, Diving First Aid and On-site Neurological Assessment for Divers.
Andy brings over twenty years of experience to the company and enjoys sharing his passion for sailing, windsurfing, kite boarder and the marine environment with his guests.
Kainie is a resident ‘San Pedrano’, hailing from the perfect white sandy beaches of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Kainie has worked in the hospitality business her whole life as a Divemaster, a Tour Guide and also comes from a family of restaurateurs, so brings her passion for Belize and delectable cuisine to Belize Sailing Vacations.
Kainie also runs her own marketing and media business, showcasing the many treasures of Belize. Kainie is a passionate host and will make you feel like you have been family for years.
Your customized Belize vacation package includes captain, chef, excellent cuisine, standard open bar, cabins with private bathroom/shower, equipment for snorkeling, kayaking, wind gliding, fishing and much more.
The northern itinerary includes Ambergris Caye and the Caye Caulker Snorkeling Eco Tour. Also included is land transportation upon arrival from the Belize International Airport to Belize City departure point.
Gratuity is not included in the charter price. Transfers to departure points other than Belize are not included. Approximate costs for customs and border fees for Guatemala packages subject to a $400 flat surcharge for the boat.
All inclusive prices per night for:
2 people – US $1,295
4 people – US $1,695
6 people – US $2,295
Rates subject to 10% Government taxes
Minimum charter duration of 4 nights
Please note that for peak season bookings (21st December to 7th January) rates are based on 6 person charters with a minimum stay of 6 nights.
Please view our booking terms.