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Belize City is the largest city in Belize and is located at the mouth of the Belize River on the coast of the Caribbean. The city is the country's principal port and its financial and industrial hub and is continually frequented by cruise ships. The city was almost entirely destroyed in 1961 when Hurricane Hattie swept ashore on 31 October.

Position 17° 28'10"N, 088°14'47"W (entrance channel to Cucumber Beach marina)

Clearance

Recent reports indicate that yachts have had good experiences clearing in at Belize City. Clearance can be accomplished more rapidly if the Belize port captain is called in advance of arrival on VHF Channel 16. Flying the Q flag, one can either anchor off or use the dock at the Holiday Inn Hotel.

Officials will come to the dock and complete clearance there, without boarding the yacht, with formalities taking about 15 minutes. Fees total US$50 - $10 for the Sanitation department, and $10 each "taxi fare" for 4 officials. If anchored, a customs boat will usually come alongside and the officials will board the boat, but if not, the captain should go ashore to the customs office. In this case the captain is usually accompanied back to the boat by a customs official for the necessary paperwork. The next office to be visited is immigration, which is in town north of the police station. Customs Tel. 011-501-2-73510, immigration Tel. 011-501-8-22423. The Immigration office is open on a Sunday but there is a 40USD/hour overtime charge.

For clearing out at Belize City it is necessary to purchase two special clearance forms available from Angelus Press near the police station. The first office to be visited is the port authority, which is quite far and requires a taxi ride. A charge will be made depending on the tonnage of the yacht. Customs must be cleared next, and finally immigration.

For 2014 information about clearing in in Old Belize, at the Cucumber Beach Marina, see this report.

Belize Port Authority
120 North Front Street , PO Box 633 , Belize City, Belize
Tel:+ 501 223-0714 Fax:+ 501 223 0433

Docking

The anchorage at Belize City is an open roadstead, often rolly with very poor holding.

Cucumber Beach Marina is a full-service marina off the Western Highway, just south of the town. Whilst services at the marina are good, it is rather isolated. Entrance to the marina should only be attempted at high tide (see http://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Belize-City-Belize/tides/latest).

The other marinas arround the city (Holiday Inn, Raddison and Princess) are all shallow, and are relatively unprotected from the dangerous long rolling fetch. Although The Radisson Fort George Marina is useful for a short stop for supplies etc.

Belize City is quite safe by day, although keep an eye out for pickpockets. Hold-ups and theft are regular events after dark, so use a taxi, even to travel short distances (make sure you confirm the price with the driver before you get in the car).

Last updated June 2014.

Cucumber Beach Marina
P.O. Box 1021 , Mi 5.5 Western Highway , Belize City
Tel:011-501-222-4129, Fax:011-501-222-4199 ,VHF Channel 16, 68
Opening hours: 07:00- 18:00 (office)
A modern marina with good security and very helpful staff. Min depth 2m. It is best for visitors to call ahead to reserve a berth. Clearance can be arranged by the marina. All facilities, fuel, laundry, pumpout, WiFi (in restaurant). Haul out facilities and some repairs also possible.
The marina is 5 miles from the town, but there is a bar, a small store and a new restaurant. The flies can be a problem in still conditions.
Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina
2 Marine Parade , PO Box 321 Belize City , Belize CA
Tel:+501 223-3333/ +1 855 296 5766 Fax:+501-2-273820

Sigrid
Sigrid says:
Feb 28, 2017 01:29 PM

Hi, to all cruisers/people who will visit Cucumber Beach Marina and are looking for a young, reliable, fair and good Taxi driver.

Contact Raphael Hernandez
-m12hernandezrh@gmail.com
Telephone +501 601 5097

Sigrid - SY Lucky Bitch

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 02, 2014 02:42 PM

Posted on behalf of SY Lucky Bitch
Cucumber Beach Marina is a very nice gentle marina with helpful, friendly marina manager Miss Colette and her crew. There are laundry, WIFI, showers, a nice restaurant and free swimming occasion. Too bad there is no supermarket close neither ATM machine. Maybe in the future they will develop? Important to know is that you can only enter the Marina on high tide (http://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Belize-City-Belize/tides/latest). Making good arrangements with the marina in advance and a good time schedule is therefore important. Anchoring your yacht in front of the marina is not a good idea: it is NOT in the lee, it is very rolly and in winds more than 25 knots, big chance that the ground is not holding, being not in the lee, this could cause a very dangerous situation. Cucumber Beach Marina is a good place, though with these disadvantages in mind. Also in hurricane season it is not a protected place.
Sigrid, SY Lucky Bitch

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