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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Belize City, Belize District

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Lbschil
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3 reviews
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“Created lifelong memories of an experience like NONE OTHER... and will DEFINATELY be back!!!!”
Reviewed 11 November 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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We stumbled across this ad for a luxury yacht when searching for a place to stay in Belize. After reading about the amazing amenities included, we couldn't help but inquire to learn more, just to cure our curiosity. Never having considered sailing or chartering, combined with the avg. nightly rate being much higher than our budget, we were just "playing around" with the inquiry. It was Mandy who clearly defined the ALL INCLUSIVE vacation, set the tone for the customization that this trip allowed and made suggestions that turned our inquisitive connection into a booking. Because of Mandy's expertise, detail and recommendations, we learned that luxury yacht chartering is not just for the rich and famous! This trip was a truly customized vacation, absolutely affordable considering the amenities, food and excursions and held MORE comfort and luxuries than any hotel I’ve stayed in while traveling the world.
Our Captain, Jason, and First Mate/Chef, Kainie, got to know us immediately upon arrival. They asked just a few questions, and created comfort and laughter from minute one. What we didn't know at the time: they were learning all they could about us ensure they would be able to put together a successful and customized itinerary, menu, sailing path and excursions before our boat left the dock. They served us with perfection to the point that we didn't even realize we were being served!
From kayaking with manatees and dolphins, docking in mangroves, swimming in beautiful private white beaches to fishing really large catch, our visits to so many private islands and our 1:1 guided snorkeling tours filled 4 days with 10 days’ worth of activities!!!! We got a taste of life on a beautiful Caye, socializing with locals, and spent many moments on numerous secluded islands, with no sign of humanity anywhere. Last minute dingy rides with the Captain allowed us to search and explore… we got to see things nobody has ever seen before! The knowledge, personal connections along the Cayes and experience brought with the combination of our Captain and First Mate/Chef allowed us to comfortably, safely and excitedly see many parts of Belize that are seen by few.
The meals were fresh, EXQUISITE and beautifully prepared (as well as abundant in supply!!) Dining was an experience in itself like no other. Beverages and Belizian specialties accompanied every single meal, sail and social time!
We left Belize this week, very sad as we feel we have left lifelong friends behind. Already planning our booking for next year, Belize Sailing Vacations… you’ve made sailors and repeat vacationers out of us for the first time in over 40 years! Thank you Mandy, Jason, Kainie and Cliff…. We can’t wait to see you next year!

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Liked best: customization and new/plentiful experiences
Liked least: leaving!!!!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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bondp
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“What an amazing experience!”
Reviewed 10 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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We had the most amazing time sailing on Doris for 13 nights. Our captain Jason and chef Kainie made us so welcome, they looked after us so well. The snorkeling was incredible, we saw so many wonderful fish and coral, and visited some great places. The food was delicious, we never went hungry. The facilities on the boat were great, It was trip that will hold a very special place in our hearts. :)

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PWSandstr...
Portland, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best vacation ever on Catamaran Doris”
Reviewed 27 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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If you you ever want to experience a vacation to remember it would be Belize Sailing Vacations. My husband and I have traveled many places in the USA and Europe. By far, this vacation was the best vacation we have ever had! Our friends say "That is big coming from you!" Between being pampered by our chef, Kainie with fabulous food and yummy desserts and the professional Captain Jason (what a hoot!) we were in good hands for our 2 week voyage. Jason took the dingy to the most beautiful snorkeling spots and saw coral and fish I have never seen before! Words cannot describe. The waters are so clear you can see all around you. The weather was beautiful but would not plan for October. Although we had beautiful weather everyday, not knowing, that October is a rainy time of year. We were so fortunate!
Two thumbs up for Belize Sailing Vacations! What a relaxing and beyond vacation!

Wendy and Phil, Portland, Oregon

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stevens12...
Keswick, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazingly relaxing journey!”
Reviewed 27 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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Customer service before, during and after our trip was fantastic. We had a wonderful journey from Belize City, Belize to Fronteras, Guatemala with amazing snorkeling along the way. Our time on the Rio Dulce was a real treat and we also enjoyed being able to customize our itinerary. We highly recommend Belize Sailing Vacations.

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Liked best: Doris was very clean and well maintained.
Liked least: The bathroom had trouble the entire journey.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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kktravel
DC
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Unbelievable Vacation”
Reviewed 22 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We (two couples) just got off an unbelievable sailing vacation aboard the Doris. Jason (our captain) was very knowledgeable and a great sailor. Jason was very personable and assisted us with all our needs. We always felt comfortable with him at the helm. Kainie (our chef) was excellent. We all really enjoyed the food and she went out of her way to accommodate our varied pallets. If you can afford the additional amount, the Doris is well worth it. The top area, where Jason piloted the boat, was a critical seating area when the boat was under way to get out of the sun and get an incredible breeze. The snorkeling was amazing. Our guide (Ally) was wonderful. She made us all feel very comfortable snorkeling with sharks and sting rays.

Things we wished we had known before we went:
- Bring lots of sun screen – you are putting it on multiple times a day
- Only bring bathing suits, shorts, tee shirts, sun dresses, and flip flops – you will not need anything else
- Bring your own snorkel equipment – the equipment provided had a few issues and it would be better to have your own that could fit correctly
- Bring your own red wine (the only one provided is Fat Basterd) (Shirz) – not that this is bad, but if you like red wine you might want a few other choices
- Toilets – My wife had a harder time with the pumping of the toilets after using it and putting all toilet paper in a trash can after use, but she got used to it.
- Air Conditioning – It only goes on at night after 8pm and only in the cabins. The air conditioning cannot run during the day while sailing. The air conditioner did not work well in the saloon area and was never on. One of the people with us has very pale skin and red hair. She had a hard time finding places in the shade during the day, so she would not burn.
Overall, this was a trip of a life time! My wife and I realized that we really love the open water and being on a sailing boat. We are going to look at taking sailing lessons when we get back home. We would definitely recommend going on this trip to anyone that asks.

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Liked best: Being on the water
Liked least: toilets
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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