Originally Posted by FollowingCs
If I started in Belize, how about popping down to Roatan? I've been there 3 times, and would love to see the other 2 islands.
~ Following C's ~
You could, but it puts you further from the certain hurricance protection of the Rio. Cruising southern Belize keeps you much closer.
Later in the season (Aug-Sept) tropical weather can form very quickly just N of Honduras
. These storms tend to track NW from there so don't normally present a threat to the Bay Islands, but they can. Mitch was a rather dramatic example, the story of the "Phantom" is a sobering account. Reading that before your trip would likely keep your hurricane cautiousness high.
Early season storms tend to form much further E so you have lot more lead time. Late seasons storms pop up almost instantly N of Roatan. The classic pattern for their formation is a tropical wave intersecting Low...pay close attention when you see that pattern setting up on synoptic charts
There are potential hurricane holes on the S side of Roatan and on Guanaja. In both cases you would be competing with the fishing
fleet. Roatan has a lot more of such options.
All three islands have their own unique character and all are interesting and enjoyable in their own way.
Nearby Cayos Cochinos are awesome too, but no hurricane holes there. However Roatan is an easy day sail away.
If I were going to cruise
the area in hurricane season, I would cruise
the Bay Islands as early as possible, tropical activity is less likely then, and then cross over to S Belize and cruise there till the first sign of serious threatening tropical weather, then run to the Rio. I would minimize my time in N Belize where storms tracking NW are more likely to effect you. When in the Bay Islands I would favor Roatan because it has more potential hurricane holes.