Palometa, Boats and Journeys
Belize Luxury Sailing
With multiple owner upgrades including granite surfaces, electric heads, extensive fishing rigging and a large al fresco dining / lounging salon, Palometa caters to all tastes and is a very comfortable yacht for your sailing vacation.
There are 3 queen cabins available for guests (for a maximum capacity of 6), all with private bathrooms and air conditioning. The 4th cabin is allocated to crew.
Furthermore, the indoor salon dining area converts, to a lounger bed, perfect for those with kids wanting movie night and popcorn!
- 3 Queen cabins for guests
- 3 Private in suite heads with showers
- Air Conditioning & cabin fans
- Indoor & outdoor sitting/dining areas
- 4th cabin is allocated to crew and captain
Recreation and entertainment equipment:
- 14′ AB Nautilus tender -15hp
- Variety of fishing rods and tackle
- Snorkelling equipment
- Kayaks (2, can be set up for single or double use)
- Beach equipment
- 2 Swim platforms & showers
- Bimini shades
- 1 LCD TV Screen with DVD
- IPOD – Stereo CD player – indoor/outdoor speakers
- Sirius satellite radio
- Extensive library of CDs & DVDs
- Arranged rendezvous 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
As a professional sailor and sail loft owner, I have to say that my charter experience with Belize Sailing Vacations was incredible. As part of the yachting community I have known Sherry and Cliff and their son, Cliff for over 20 years .I have great respect for their yachting expertise as well as their personal qualities. We had an incredible week of trade wind sailing, trolling for dinner, diving and snorkeling along the reef and island hopping. Belize is truly a water wonderland to discover. The Hol Chan experience is not to be missed! As for cuisine, you will enjoy the ultimate in gourmet Caribbean dining. We had such a great time that I was inspired to make a new asymmetrical spinnaker as a gift to the yacht. Needless to say we will be coming back shortly to test it out ourselves. The Wilson family runs a first class charter operation. Their local knowledge and their genuine hospitality made our experience very special.
If you love the water, love to sail, swim, snorkel, or scuba, this is for you! Want to relax, kickback and enjoy the scenery, this is for you! This is the vacation that your crew will tailor to meet your desires. Our captain, Genevieve, and first mate, Carrie, were the best and made our vacation fabulous. We did what we wanted when and if we wanted. Genevieve and Carrie were professional, competent and lots of fun. To top it off, the food was outstanding. This is the vacation my husband and I wished we could have afforded when we were younger. Want a vacation you’ll be talking about for years … this is it!!! Don’t make my mistake, travel light (duffel bags, no suitcases). Enjoy!! Thank you Genevieve, Carrie and Cliff.
Rory ‘Roo’ Petrilli joined Belize Sailing Vacations after leaving the ski world in search of warm weather sailing and sun. She began sailing over ten years ago in Seattle, spending much of her time racing sailboats ranging from J24’s to a 1D-48 in the Puget Sound region. Even now, she continues to travel to Seattle to race with her crew on a Cookson 12m and also races with a crew in the eastern Caribbean on a J125. In 2009, Rory completed her first open ocean crossing; she was part of a crew of four to sail from Mexico to the South Pacific. Once in the Marquesas Islands, she sailed double-handed on an Alajuela 38 through the Marquesas Islands and Tuamotu Atolls.
Rory now happily lives in the sunshine and loves sailing the beautiful blue waters of Belize. She has been working for Belize Sailing Vacations since 2012 and splits her time between skiing, living in Mexico and working in Belize. She is passionate about the water, sailing and traveling. With her contagious enthusiasm, she brings her knowledge of sailing and love of adventure to your vacation.
Christie is a Belizean originally from the small northern community of Corozal. With a several academic strings under on her bow including an Associate’s degree in Law and a Hospitality and Tourism Degree, Christie now resides full time on Ambergris Caye.
Guests rave about her ‘pina colada snapper’ and many of her other local delicacies, so you are in for a treat.
When Christina is not working as a cook on charters with Belize Sailing Vacations, she manages a bar and restaurant on the beach in San Pedro, so is well versed in the service industry and providing guests with 5 star service.
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 $1,195
4 people – US $1,495
6 people – US $2,195
Rates subject to 10% Government taxes
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.