Re: Chartering Options Beyond BVIs
LaPaz does not offer shopping or dining ashore, but it is a wonderful place to visit. The kids will see and experience sea life that is unbelievable. The sailing is easy, and the anchoring is easy. Anchoring is a great place to perfect those skills. Last trip there the loudest sound we heard was the sound of hundreds of dorsal fins of a school of fish thrashing the surface in a school. Second loudest was a ray who repeatedly jumped out of the water as he went down one side of an inlet and then our the other.
Belize features fantastic snorkling, and vivid colors. Again not much shopping, but some fun land trips -Mayan temples, Howler monkey farms. Sailing is easy. Anchoring is interesting. Not difficult, just you have to pay attention. Paying attention to the chart and where you are is mandatory.
Both places are easy to get to from PNW, but you will spend the night before in a hotel. Food that night in both places was pleasant.
Catamarans are the choice in Belize, and a better way to go in LaPaz.
Crazy suggestion: Get the other family to join, and then charter a bigger cat. Hire a cook for the trip so the wives can enjoy the trip also!