The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (BBRRS) is the second-largest reef system in the world, stretching 190 miles from north to south and containing seven protected areas, three atolls and more than 400 cays. The BBRRS is part of the Mesoamerican Reef System, which stretches 620 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.This five- to six-day itinerary from Belize City takes in two of these atolls, two protected areas and a cay outside the World Heritage area.
1. Goff's Cay
Begin by cruising 13 nautical miles southeast to 1.2-acre Goff’s Caye, recommends Carolyn Turton, owner of Belize-based Ventura Yacht Agent Services, but check cruise ship schedules, as they sometimes stop here during the day. Not part of a marine reserve, these waters are excellent for playing with yacht toys, and the sandy beaches are lovely for a beach barbecue and an evening stroll.