I considered crewing
on a 28' sailboat from Tampa to Belize
last year. The original plan was to leave Tampa for the Dry Tortugas
, then sail direct from the Tortugas to the western tip of Cuba
, then across the Yucatan
Channel and down the coast into Belize
. As I recall
there was discussion about some significant northward currents in the Yucatan Channel that could tend to drive you northward, and opposing winds that could make things choppy, so I'd suggest you check into those factors to see how they might affect your trip.
I didn't make the passage
due to some questions about potentially calling on Cuba
. I subsequently heard that the owner/skipper did the trip single-handed and did in fact have problems with the currents; he wound up backtracking to somewhere quite a ways north on the Mexican coast and then heading south down the coast to get into Belize.