While we were cruising the Northwest Caribbean, Cucumber Beach Marina just south of Belize City was the only marina facility in Belize. Unfortunately because Belize is in the middle of the hurricane zone, Cucumber Beach is not a marina we would have considered to leave the boat for hurricane season. But it made a great place to leave the boat for a week while I was still consulting for the business I sold. It also makes a great place to hide from a particularly strong norther. The marina is small, and most of the spaces were taken by tenders for the cruise ships that stop in Belize City, but there is often still room for some transient cruisers. For the Cucumber Beach Marina website, click here.
The marina maintains a 600 foot channel with breakwaters on both sides and a 6′ bar at low tide. The coordinates given by the marina website are: lit Red buoy located at 17-28.153N 88-14.775W. The channel was re-dredged while we were there, but I’ve heard of cruisers having trouble getting in and out – a high tide would be a good idea, and you may want to call to check the depth if you have more than a 6′ draft.
They answer on VHF 16 and 68, or better yet, call them at 011-501-222-4129. They can be full, so don’t assume you can get a slip by just showing up! The marina itself is nice with a good little bar/restaurant, museum of Old Belize which is worth visiting, clean restroom and shower facilities – although they are on the other side of the channel, making for a bit of a hike when we were there. The marina office and laundry facilities are also on the other side of the channel. The biggest disadvantage to Cucumber Beach Marina is the noseeems which will feast on you at both sunrise and sunset and there’s no pool. But there is a small beach.
Because the marina is located about 5 miles outside of Belize City you have to take taxies into Belize City if you’re provisioning or headed to the airport. There is a bus, but we stood for over an hour waiting on it and never found it, we gave up and paid for a taxi.
There is little of interest, at least for us, in Belize City unless you need a place to leave the boat to fly back to the US for a bit. Do not plan to check in or out of Belize City – it’s much easier at San Pedro, Ambergris Cay. They’re used to cruising boats there, Belize City gets mostly ships and cruise ships so when you show up as a cruiser, they don’t know exactly what to do with you and usually end up charging more than you would have paid if you’d checked in at San Pedro.
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