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2 Weeks Ago 11:56 AM
chuck5499
Re: Where to go, Belize, Bahamas or Turks & Caicos

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We have chartered 6 times in the US and BVIs and now looking for someplace new. What would be the pros and cons of the three listed in the title? I'm interested in both sailing conditions and things and places to see and do. Probably be two other couples on a 7 to 10 day cruise.
Have a suggestion -- think out of the box and charter and sail the Azores. I am a moderator on a Jeanneau and just approved a posting by Sailingside.com that is a charter company in the Azores. Had no idea they were there.

We sailed the Azores on our crossing in 2013 and all we can say is wow wow wow. We would go back if we could but it is a bit of a way and kinda out of the way but there are 9 islands but if the ask the locals there are 8 islands and 1 amusement park called Terceira that does not need an excuse to throw a party -- we were there for St John Festival that lasted a week and did not want to leave.
The sailing is usually great, swimming a bit chilly but very unusual place to charter

Take a look and see what you think -- think about going to your yacht club and saying oh yea I chartered this year in the Azores.
2 Weeks Ago 07:20 PM
2Gringos
Re: Where to go, Belize, Bahamas or Turks & Caicos

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I dont know of any charters in Turks and Caicos.. thats easily because the waters are very shallow!
Blue Haven Marina is a great secret of the Area... pay 5 days, and stay for 7.... we always anchor out, but never in Turks... this marina treats you like royality and has an awesome site to relax after a few weeks on the hook!!!
We've been living in the Turks and Caicos for ten years now, moved down from the US. I agree with kozyboat, and don't know of any way to charter a boat here like the OP want to do. There are several day charter sailboats around, and several decent marinas, and it's a nice break for cruisers between the Bahamas and DR. But no charter companies.

It's not that all the waters are shallow, it's more that they're trecherous with many reefs and shoals and flats and coral heads and rocks and most of it is uncharted. Big sections of the charts for here are simply marked "Unsurveyed" and "Numerous coral heads". It would be easy to get in trouble here in a boat that draws much water.

The diving here is superb, and the fishing is pretty good, too. For cruisers who last provisioned in Nassau, it's a good place to stock up at modern grocery stores. Expensive.

If we can be of any help, let us know. we're a pretty good source of local info.
12-20-2015 04:20 AM
kozyboat
Re: Where to go, Belize, Bahamas or Turks & Caicos

I dont know of any charters in Turks and Caicos.. thats easily because the waters are very shallow!
Blue Haven Marina is a great secret of the Area... pay 5 days, and stay for 7.... we always anchor out, but never in Turks... this marina treats you like royality and has an awesome site to relax after a few weeks on the hook!!!
07-18-2011 01:41 PM
TQA If you want to do some longer sails price a one way charter from St Lucia to Grenada.

Turks and Caicos has spectacular snorkelling and quieter anchorages.

If the Bahamas, Nassau to Great Exuma and back would be a plan.
07-18-2011 11:04 AM
jimrafford I'll second St Vincent and south. Very unspoiled. Diving was spectacular. Provisioning can be difficult. Last time I was there we found a small yacht provisioning service on Bequi that had freezers full of anything you could want. It is deffinatly open ocean sailing between the islands and very windy.
Cruising in Belize is some what limited to inside the reef. While we didn't have a problem there is a lot of poverty. Reefs were very alive w/ coral but no fish. Discovered why at the airport when we saw countless foam coolers labeled "live tropical fish".
Bahamas are too developed for my liking on vacation but very safe.
Haven't been back to Turks and cacos in 30 years but would guess they are like the Bahamas now.
Jim
06-25-2011 01:03 AM
sck5 yes, we stopped in Abaco on the way from St. Maarten to the Chesapeake. we are thinking of exploring further south in the Bahamas next time so it is good to hear what you said. But nothing I have heard about nassau makes me want to go there except maybe the aquarium.
06-24-2011 05:49 PM
Vasco
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The Bahamas are very American compared to the other places and also quite shallow. Also really good snorkelling and diving and much easier provisioning than the other places. I liked it there but it felt like Florida except they drive on the left.
You must have been in Abaco. Try the out islands, it's much different. You can now charter out of Nassau and sail the Exumas.
06-24-2011 04:41 PM
oaklandmax Offshore Belize is nice enough.

On vacation on Ambergris Caye I felt very safe (safer than home in my home city in the US).

However:
Belize City is pretty grim. I felt safer in Phnom Penh.
06-05-2011 03:18 PM
sck5 I have been to all of these places except the Turks and Caicos. We loved Belize - if you are chartering out of Placencia you will have isolated anchorages, spectacular snorkelling and diving and not much in the way of other boats. Further north it is different I am told, but I have no experience of that. Navigation is by eyeball but not too hard if you keep a good lookout and get the cruising guide.

The Bahamas are very American compared to the other places and also quite shallow. Also really good snorkelling and diving and much easier provisioning than the other places. I liked it there but it felt like Florida except they drive on the left.

The Grenadines are spectacular - much more like ocean sailing but really worth it. St. Vincent was not a place I felt very comfortable but it is OK as a place to land at the airport, go straight to the charter bases (which are very close) and sail off right away. Bequia (a really nice place) is only a couple of hours sail away and everywhere else is south of there. But if you have crew who dont like high winds and swells then think twice about this, esp. in January and February when the christmas winds are happening.
06-05-2011 02:40 PM
Yorksailor Having spent 3 yrs cruising the Caribbean our favorite place for a family sailing vacation was the Grenadines.

Phil
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