14 Days, 13 Nights
Belize, Guatemala
Sailing Areas
All Experience Levels, Complete Beginners
Suitable For

Sailing Belize and Guatemala’s Rio Dulce

10th to 23rd June 2018
Perhaps one of the most exciting trips we’ve ever done, this trip combines some sailing, snorkelling and beachcombing in Belize’s offshore cays and its huge barrier reef, and two river trips; the first into Belize’s wetlands and jungle, and the second into Guatemala’s Rio Dulce.  This has to be pure heaven for wildlife enthusiasts and intrepid explorers seeking a new world!

An Extraordinary Holiday Sailing Belize and Guatemala

Fly into  Placencia airport via Belize City and meet up with your shipmates at the nearby Placencia Marina. Our Belize and Guatemala sailing holiday begins in the lively resort town of Placencia and from there we sail East to the tiny cays behind Belize’s great barrier reef.  From here we’ll head back to the mainland for a river excursion into Belize’s coastal wetlands and jungle, and hen head down to explore Guatemala’s river, the Rio Dulce. Leave your shirt & tie at home and don your shorts and sandals for a perfect adventure holiday exploring this hidden part of paradise. We’re assured of some spectacular snorkelling, wildlife filled coastal flatlands and jungle, Mayan temples and starlit night-time anchorages.

Fish, including dorado (mahi-mahi), wahoo, blue and white marlin, sailfish, tarpon, barracuda, and bonito are plentiful; we’ll troll our lines and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to land supper!  You can keep a lookout for manatees, howler monkeys and all sorts of tropical bird life.

Our 2 week vacation sailing Belize and Guatemala includes glorious blue water sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. This is a true adventure holiday with lots of stops to enjoy the natural beauty of the islands and mainland, the underwater and rainforest life and the Mayan ruins that are part of the heritage of this area. Beginners are welcome, and sailors looking to gain more experience sailing off the beaten track will enjoy the challenge of river navigation, reef navigation and shallow water sailing, including practicing specific techniques for sailing in and out of the reef-fringed bays. Single travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.

Our itinerary takes in as many of the highlights as we can squeeze in with time to enjoy the paradise that is Belize and Guatemala both on and in the surrounding seas.

Sunshine and Warm Seas

Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world but they never last long, and hey, it’s warm rain! Temperatures in their high 20′s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of blue, and with some of the most stunning landscapes and wildlife to be found anywhere in the Caribbean….you’ll have an amazing experience!

Sailing Belize and Guatemala is a new area for Yacht Ibis so anything can happen!  Please bring a spirit of adventure and forgive us if we’re exploring along with you!

Read about our previous sailing trips here.

All Boat Running Costs
Cruising Permits
Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
Half Board Meals
Quality Linens
Filtered Drinking Water
Use of Boat Toys
Use of Snorkelling Equipment


Airport Transfers
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance


Sailing With You

The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:


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Additional information

HighlightsGreat Snorkelling, National Parks, Rainforest Hikes, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, Waterfalls and Natural Pools, White Sand Beaches
MealsBreakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily
Posh FrocksNot really necessary
Marina TimeBeginning & End
Sea MilesApprox. 220 Nautical Miles
Starting FromPlacencia, Belize
Finishing InFronteras, Guatemala

Please Note

The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences.


Day 1 - Arrival - 21st April

Meet up in Placencia, Belize and settle onto the boat.  Tie for some last inute provisioning and a safety briefing. Dinner ashore in the evening.

Day 2

Sail to South Long Cocoa Cay and on after lunch to Hatchet Cay. Snorkel the stunning reefs.

Day 3

Sail to Ranguana Cay for some bird spotting and snorkelling.

Day 4

Sail to Monkey River and arange a river trip into the Bladen Nature Reserve.

Day 5

Day exploring the Bladen Nature Reserve.

Day 6

Sail to Seal Cay and Lime Cay for some final beachcombing before Guatemala.

Day 7

Sail to Punta Gorda to clear out of Belize.

Day 8

Spare day to allow for Customs clearance.

Day 9

Sail to Livingston and into the Rio Dulce over the bar at the entrance. Clear into Guatemala.

Day 10

Spare day to allow for Customs Clearance.

Day 11

Motor up river, stopping to explore Rio Tatin Creek and the hot springs.

Day 12

Explore the El Golfete lake and Rio Cochon Machacha.

Day 13

Visit the Casa Guatemala Orphanage.

Day 14 - 23rd June

Head into the marina close to Fronteras, grab some souvenirs and say our goodbyes.
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If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights into BZE, Belize’s International Airport.  This link will help you identify which airlines connect from your nearest airport.  Belize is well served internationally with direct flights from Canada, Europe and the USA.  You should also look at a connection from Belize City to Placencia (PLJ) at the beginning of your trip, and from Flores, Guatemala (FRS) back to Belize City at the end of your trip.

From here, you can contact the airlines directly, or use a flight search engine like Bravofly or Skyscanner to find alternative routes that may work out cheaper.

Getting to the Boat

The airport at Placencia is about a 15 to 20 minute cab ride from the marinas on the waterfront.  Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes.  Our boats will be in a marina in Placencia, the exact spot will be notified to guests before they arrive.  Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible.  Hard suitcases may not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!

Arriving and Departing

You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last.  To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip.  Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis.  If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking.  We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!


During this trip, we will need to make 2 clearances with Customs and Immigration – one leaving Belize and the other entering Guatemala.  These can take some time and this may impact on the scheduling of this particular trip.  Please allow extra time at the end of your trip to be able to flex with this should it prove necessary.

Accommodation Nearby

There are a number of accommodation options near the Placencia waterfront and in Fronteras, Guatemala.  Please check Tripadvisor and AirBnB for options.

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Choosing a Boat

We will be running Bleu Turquoise for this trip with up to 8 guests; please make your cabin selection on the Booking Form.

Boat Name Cabin Type Price (USD)
Bleu Turquoise Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (4 available) $2,895
Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (4 available) $4,595


You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight!  During this sailing holiday we will never be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.

Expenses & Currency

The currency in Belize is the Belizian Dollar which is tied to the USD at 2:1.  US dollars are universally accepted (you will get change in Belize dollars); do make sure you do have a supply of USD; the ATM’s are not as frequent a you might think especially once we leave Belize mainland for the islands!  Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all.  In Guatemala the currency is the Guatemalan Quetzal.  Draw some of these out at an ATM when you arrive; at the time of writing there are approx 7.2 to the USD and 9.4 to the GBP.

We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time.  You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there are a number of supermarkets in Placencia where you can do this.  Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.

You should budget for between USD $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge. The local food and drink is not expensive by Western standards but there’s no doubt that you can pay as much for a bad meal as an excellent one.  We promise to take you only where we’ve had good value for money!


Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved.  We don’t carry passengers!  This will include:

  • Preparing the boat for sailing
  • Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
  • Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
  • Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
  • Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal

This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂

Other Questions

Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.

Booking Terms and Conditions

These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.

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