Kayak, Windsurf, and Participate in Water Sports in Belize

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With over 200 miles of coastline on the Caribbean Sea and hundreds of offshore islands, Belize is one of the top destinations in the world for kayaking, windsurfing, and other water sports. Year round sunshine, warm water temperatures, and steady trade breezes make Belize a mecca for water sports enthusiasts.

Why You Have to Kayak, Windsurf, and Participate in Water Sports Activities in Belize

Islands and coves with sheltered bays and lagoons filled with crystal clear water are ideal for gentle water sports like sea kayaking and stand up paddling (a sport where participants stand upright on a device similar to a surfboard). The proximity of many islands to one another on the Belize Barrier Reef make sea kayaking a popular activity as participants can easily and safely “island hop” from one to the other or explore the shoreline of bigger destinations like Ambergris Caye.

Steady breezes on the Caribbean are ideal for more adventurous water sports including windsurfing and kite surfing, especially in and around Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and off the coast of Punta Gorda in southern Belize. In other offshore locations, water skiing and riding jet skis are popular choices while canoeing and white water rafting can be enjoyed on inland waterways like the Mopan and Macal Rivers.

Where in Belize Can You Kayak, Windsurf, and Participate in Water Sports Activities

Sea kayaking can be enjoyed almost anywhere along the Belize Barrier Reef. Stand up paddling is best in sheltered lagoons of some of the offshore islands. Most of Belize’s inland waterways are ideal for canoeing, and there are some moderate rapids to negotiate along portions of the Macal and Mopan rivers.

Probably the most popular location to enjoy windsurfing and kiteboarding is near the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker in the north or offshore of Punta Gorda in the south. The New River Lagoon and Laguna Seca in the central part of coastal Belize are ideal for canoeing, water skiing, and kayaking.

When Is the Best Time to Kayak, Windsurf, and Participate in Water Sports Activities

Apart from periods of strong winds and heavy rains, water sports can be enjoyed all year round in Belize.

The Best Way to Get to Kayak, Windsurf, and Water Sports Destinations

Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye are two islands located in the north of Belize and have regular water and air connections to Belize City. Punta Gorda has air and ground connections to Belize City. Inland river expeditions usually stage at the city of San Ignacio in the west.

The Best Way to Experience Kayak, Windsurf, and Water Sports in Belize

Wear lots of sunscreen, and be prepared to have the time of your life as you enjoy a bevy of fun and exciting water sports on the lagoons, bays, coves, rivers, and offshore islands of Belize.


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