Belize is a small country of about a half of a million people, located just south of Mexico at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula. While many languages are common to hear, English is the official language. Just off the coast of Belize is the second largest barrier reef in the world along with a chain of countless isnads. Direct flights under three hours are available from Dallas, Miami, and Atlanta.
There are sailing opportunities from several spots in Belize, including Belize City and Placencia. The barrier reef can assist with calm seas, but be aware that much of the sailing is quite shallow and may require extensive bow watch. Sailing up and down the barrier reef and associated island is a beautiful place to be. The reef offers excellent scuba diving and snorkeling. Some islands have small resorts, with bars and restaurants open to the public. One of my favorite spots was Hideaway Caye. Hideaway is a small island owned by a family of three. Tie up to one of their mooring balls, radio in to make your dinner arrangements, and have a fantastic meal in an open air treehouse with Dad as the Bartender, Mom as the cook, and their daughter helping out. We also enjoyed South Water Cay, and Tobacco Caye.