The 185-mile expanse of the Belize Barrier Reef creates a spectacular and friendly venue for sailors of boats and boards. Caye Caulker, sitting just a mile from the barrier reef, is in an ideal location for sailing enthusiasts. The prevailing northeast trade winds blowing - sometimes howling - onshore and the protected waters inside the barrier reef are perfect for sailors of all skill levels. There is one dinghy rental operation on Caye Caulker, located near the split next to Frenchie's Dive Shop.
Setting sail on your board from the shore you'll be skimming over the reef in no time, perhaps escorted by dolphins. Notice the changing coloration of the Caribbean as the day passes starting with reds and oranges in the early morning, followed by deep blues that brighten as the day progresses and eventually turn into blue-greens by afternoon. Wind conditions are probably on the top of the list of "Frequently Asked Questions" from sailboarders. January through March is the best time of the year... the skies are clear and there are consistent 15+ mph trade winds. April through June brings calmer conditions, favoring the beginning sailor. The winds pick up again in the late summer and early fall. October through December is an erratic time of the year and the cold fronts bring offshore winds, favoring more experienced boarders.