May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Beach-to-Beach Cat Sailing in the Southern Cays
Outfitter Price Accommodations
Under the Sun
800-285-6967, www.colorado
$1,100 rustic lodging
Island Expeditions
800-667-1630, www.island
$1,099 camping, tourist hotels

The Route: A spray-filled week of island hopping among the thousands of white-sand specks south of Ambergris Cay. You'll skipper two-person, 18-foot catamarans between overnights in rustic thatch beach lodges.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: No sailing experience is required, but nonsailors should be quick learners with a no-fear attitude. If you'd rather steer smaller, solo craft, go with Island Expeditions and pilot sail-equipped sea kayaks along the same barrier reef.

High/low points:

  • Seeing your shadow flit over the coral below as your catamaran skims along on one hull at 18 knots.
  • If you go without a pal, getting stuck with a coskipper you can't abide.

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