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American Memories of Reefs and Relaxation

From Belize to Mexico

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8 Days

Although less famous then their northerly USA counterparts, the yachting hotspots of Belize and Mexico are nonetheless amazing. With waters simply overflowing with colourful reef formations that support some of the world's best snorkelling and diving, an itinerary encompassing these underwater delights is guaranteed to impress. From the high-spirited Mexican city of Cancun to the famous beauty of Glover's Reef, this American adventure is for nature-lovers and sun worshippers alike.

  • Day 1
    Belize City - Tobacco Caye
    Belize City - Tobacco Caye

    The most convenient point of arrival is Belize City airport where members of your yacht’s crew will greet you and whisk you away to the yacht at the Fort George Hotel and Marina. Relax and unwind as the yacht leaves the dock headed for Tobacco Caye. As you depart the lush mainland, 59 percent of which is covered in forests, you begin to understand why so many people come to visit the Cayes (pronounced Keys). With a 200 mile coral reef skirting the coastline, the crystal clear water is unbelievable. Dropping anchor at Tobacco Caye, you can virtually count the coral formations on the sea floor. Take a swim, relax with a refreshing cocktail, snorkel to shore to explore; it is all up to you.

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  • Day 2
    Tobacco Caye - Gladden Spit
    Tobacco Caye - Gladden Spit

    Awake this morning at your leisure. Perhaps a pre-breakfast swim is in order before taking off for your next stop, Gladden Spit. Little more than a sand spit, Gladden Spit Marine Reserve is one of the best places in the world to interact with whale sharks. These gentle creatures are actually not sharks at all; in fact they are the world’s largest fish. The biggest one on record measures some 12 metres. In the spring and early summer, the whale sharks travel great distances to feed off spawning fish. Jump in and enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to snorkel with these gentle giants. The adrenaline will be pumping but think of all the stories you’ll get to tell. Enjoy dinner at anchor, peacefully swaying with the wind.

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    Gladden Spit - Glover's Reef
    Gladden Spit - Glover's Reef

    This morning your yacht will move out to Glover’s Reef, one of the outer reef systems. The Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve is nothing short of a natural wonder. The fresh clean water coming in from the Caribbean Sea has created abundant populations of conch and lobster. Practice your underwater hunting skills and catch dinner. Crews report that the lobsters here are “to die for”. Enjoy any one of the yacht's watertoys and work up an appetite for dinner.

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  • Day 4
    Glover's Reef - Caye Caulker
    Glover's Reef - Caye Caulker

    Today, as you move north, visit one of Belize’s most famous landmarks; the Blue Hole. Located at Lighthouse Reef, from the air the Blue Hole can clearly be distinguished by the dark blue circle fringed by the lighter blue of the shallow water. This 122-metre deep circular sinkhole was created by the collapse of an underwater cavern some 12,000 years ago. While there is not much marine life in this vivid blue shaft of water, the geological formations and encircling coral life are spectacular. In the late afternoon, your yacht can move to an anchorage in Caye Caulker.

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  • Day 5
    Caye Caulker - Ambergis Caye - Mexico
    Caye Caulker - Ambergis Caye - Mexico

    After a morning stroll down Front Street, the tender brings you back to the yacht in time for breakfast and your departure for San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Ambergris Caye is the northernmost and largest of Belize’s Cayes, and with a population of 3,000 it is Belize’s version of Key West. Just a stroll through the soft sand streets will make you think you are in the Conch Republic. Perhaps some live music is in order, take your pick. Even the most inexperienced birdwatcher will have no problem spotting flamingos, heron and egrets in one of the Caye’s many lagoons. Depart after dinner for Mexico.

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  • Day 6
    Yucatan Peninsula
    Yucatan Peninsula

    Awake this morning along the endless white beaches and azure water of the Yucatan Peninsula. Stopping in Puerto Aventuras after breakfast, a tour of the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum makes an ideal visit. An ancient trading outpost among the Maya, Tulum was in its height as Spanish explorers began to conquer Mexico in the early 16th century. Perched on the Caribbean coast, above an extraordinary beach, Tulum serves as testimony to the advanced civilizations that once existed in the region. Beware of the iguanas! After your tour of Tulum, a stop at Xel-Ha, Akumal or Xcaret, in order to swim with dolphins can be arranged. After a full day of playing tourist, arrive back at the yacht in time for sundowners and hors d’oeuvres.

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  • Day 7
    Yucatan Peninsula - Isla Mujeres
    Yucatan Peninsula - Isla Mujeres

    This morning the yacht can venture to Playa del Carmen on the mainland or out to the island of Cozumel. Walk the trendy streets, pick up souvenirs, head to the beach or explore on the waverunners. After a lunch of local Mexican delicacies, the yacht departs for a stop at Isla Mujeres. A small island located off the coast of Cancun, development has been completely halted, leaving Isla Mujeres natural and beautiful. A late afternoon beach BBQ will satiate even the grandest of appetites.

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  • Day 8
    Isla Mujeres - Cancun
    Isla Mujeres - Cancun

    This morning the yacht departs for Cancun. Spend the morning completing last minute jewellery shopping or take a quick tour with a local guide. Depart the yacht for your flight back home, but definitely make a promise to return soon!

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