Cucumber Beach Marina, Belize City, Belize

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.

Main Dock Beside the Bar/Restaurant

Main Dock Beside the Bar/Restaurant

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.

Cucumber Beach Marina from Breakwater Beach

Cucumber Beach Marina from Breakwater 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.

If you have more recent information about Cucumber Beach Marina, please leave a comment and share!   THX!  Jan

 

Happy Hour at Cucumber Beach Marina Bar

Happy Hour at Cucumber Beach Marina Bar

Winterlude at Cucumber Beach Marina

Winterlude at Cucumber Beach Marina

 

Comments

  1. I’m not sure why but this web site is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

    • Interesting … I’m working on faster page loading — over the past month the site dropped to almost 11 seconds load time per page, but lately it’s been down under 7 or 8 seconds which still isn’t lightning fast. I am looking at switching themes and doing some major reconstruction to try and speed it up. Anyone else having this problem, please let me know. THANKS! Jan

  2. Hola folks,
    So I’m a little out of my element here but I was hoping someone down there could help me out. My name is Staff Sergeant Galen Fries (said freeze) and I work for the US. Army in Transition Assistance up here in Washington State @ JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD. I’m working with a medically retired Soldier who would love to live and work in Belize. He’s an experienced mechanic and has spent his life around boats of all sizes. Power boats mostly but he does have a little experience with sailboats too. Engine/power train stuff is his thing and he loves a well made Margerita.

    Any help or ideas as to how to get this retired Soldier to work down there in paradise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    SSG Galen Fries
    galen.a.fries.mil@mail.mil

    • Hi Galen – for the most part, it is extremely difficult for non-citizens of a country, like Belize, to get a work permit. Some cruisers “work” on the side, repairing refrigeration, diesels and generators, but the other limiting factor is availability of parts. You cannot simply “ship them in” in most countries without stuff being “lost in transit”. And if you are able to get it shipped in, then the powers that be will likely have it imprisoned in customs and want duty paid to get it out. I don’t want to sound discouraging, but there are obstacles to consider. Buena Suerte! Jan

      • Jan,
        Thanks for replying to my question. Do you have any other ideas for a guy who’s had it tough and wants to retire somewhere Very warm but doesn’t have the funds to just live on what he has? I’m all about finding jobs and networking here in Washington State but I’ve got no clew when it comes to living down where the water’s blue and the rain’s warm. So far you’re my only contact in that part of the Earth.
        Thanks again,
        Galen

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