We worked for the chartering company ‘The Moorings’ in Belize in Central America from July 2005 – March 2007.
The Base was a small one with only 25 bare boats in the fleet and 3 crewed charter boats.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Belize, what a magnificent and beautiful country with such humble and friendly locals. Chartering wasn’t easy though, as the base was a fairly new base and well it was Belize a third world country that still wasn’t completely geared up towards tourism.
However the sailing grounds were stunning. We had our favorite spots where we would take our charter guest. We often would go to un-chartered cayes or sections of the reef to explore which was always thoroughly enjoyed by all aboard.
Our charter guest were mostly American. The ages ran from 4 years old to 88. We did have a few Europeans in the mix. We would take groups of 2-6 people on week long all inclusive trips.
At least each trip we would try to make it the approximately 70 miles out through the reef to Glovers Atoll. The sailing outside the reef was guaranteed with fishing and wild life spotting thrown in.
Belize is made up of hundreds of small Islands called Cayes, three outer atolls and the second largest Coral Reef in the world. The diving and snorkeling were amazing.
Whilst in that area we also had the opportunity to sail to the neighboring countries of Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.
I will always say chartering for ‘The Moorings’ created an amazing experience for us. We completed two successful seasons and did over forty charter weeks in the time we were there. We met so many wonderful people who we have managed to keep in contact with up until today.