People seem to fixate on the shallow parts
of Belize and ignore the fact there is lots of deep water
too. For example, the vast majority of routes in Freya's guide carry 6ft or more...and most of her research
was done in a monohull.
If you venture North of Belize City then yes there is lots of consistently relatively shallow water
, but even there you can run the usual routes...you just wont be far from the bottom....an inch is as good as a mile!
up to about 6' is not a big issue in most of Belize. I used to run two monos that drew about 6' and we were not signficantly constrained. Over 6' you are going to be more constrained by draft.
My suggestion is to stick to central and southern Belize and follow Freya's routes...you will be just fine.
Be aware however that a common characteristic of Belize is that you find deep water surrounded by shoal. So watch your nav carefully to make sure you stay in the deep parts
. Dont be lulled into thinking that just because you are in deep water you can be lax...it changes fast.
See the attached pic for an example. See that brown water close on starboard...very shallow. Notice the breaking waves to port...its shallow there too and has big hull
heads that come right to the surface, but the boat, ripping along on a fine day, is in about 30' of water! Just like in this pic there are many narrow deep water routes with shoals close at hand on both sides. Freya's guide documents the major routes well.
(Notice the Moorings boat in the background with no sails
up...as is common. WTF? It was an absolutely perfect day blowing about 20 knots...notice reefed main on boat in foreground)
PS: The usual anchorage at San Pedro sux (IMHO). Shallow sand over hard pan, loads of fast skiff traffic and their wakes, plus chop from the wind/waves breaking on the reef. Also, the cut there can be hazardous...if you get it wrong the results can be catastrophic. Pic attached of a cruising boat that got it wrong. Much easier cuts to enter Belize and better anchorages