Top Reasons to Go to The Southern Coast of Belize

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Fodors is the largest publisher of travel and tourism information in the world and its website is known for its unbiased, authentic and genuine reviews on travel.

The Mexico and Central America section of the website contains useful and imperative recommendations on the southern coast of Belize particularly Placencia which comes highly recommended to the intrepid traveler.

Over the years, Fodors has rated the top experiences, places, things to do, restaurants, and hotels in the Southern Coast  and in this post we share the top 3 things that can be experienced easily from Placencia:

Beaches. The mainland’s best beaches are on the Placencia peninsula and around Hopkins. Although they’re narrow ribbons of khaki rather than wide swaths of talcum-powder sand, they’re ideal for lazing in a hammock under a coco palm. And you don’t have to fight the crowds for a spot—at least not yet.

Jaguars. The world’s first and only jaguar preserve is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Chances are you won’t actually see one of these big, beautiful cats in the wild, as they roam the high bush mainly at night, but you may see tracks or hear a low growl in the darkness.

Water Sports. Anglers won’t be disappointed by the bonefish, tarpon, and other sportfishing. The Barrier Reef here is generally 15 miles (25 km) or more off the coast, so it’s a long trip out, even with the fast boats the dive shops use. However, there are patch reefs around closer islands, with excellent snorkeling. Serious divers will find two of Belize’s three atolls, Turneffe and Glover’s, within reach. In a charter sailboat you can island-hop in the protected waters inside the reef.

Chabil Mar, the guest exclusive resort in Placencia is the only hotel in the Peninsula to receive the Fodors Choice Four Star Hotel Designation and is located in Placencia Village, while many other Placencia Peninsula resorts and hotels are located as much as 12 miles north of the Village.

The premier location of the resort is perfect to visit the shops, restaurants, nightlife and authentic traditional fishing Village culture at your leisure and on your own schedule, as often as you wish, and then return to the peacefulness and guest exclusive privacy of Chabil Mar.

For more information about things to do in the southern coast of Belize , feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager at: Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Latin Post: ATM Cave is Top Sacred Cave in the World


National Geographic ranks Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), or ATM as the No.1 “Sacred Places of a Lifetime” in the beautiful Central American country of Belize. (Photo : Flickr/Michael Daines/Antti T. Nissinen)

A recent article on Latin Post, a popular Internet site that caters to the Hispanic Community in the US and the rest of the world praised Actun Tunichil Muknal as one of the top caves that travelers have to explore when they visit Belize.

The article titled “National Geographic Top “Sacred Places” List: Belize Ancient Mayan Cave Ranks First and written by Melissa Castellanos was published on September 13 2014 and generated a lot of exposure on the Internet for Belize.

“Named the No. 1 on its list of “Sacred Places of a Lifetime” by National Geographic, ATM is located in the Cayo District, not far from the charming little town of San Ignacio. It involves a 45-minute hike, crossing streams and river banks of the Tapir Mountain Reserve to get to the cave’s entrance. Once there, you swim, twist and turn and climb to the depths of ATM where there is no natural light,” writes Castellanos who was captivated by the Cave’s aura.

According to Larry France, Marketing Manager for Chabil Mar, the ATM Cave has been making international headlines for the past three consecutive months and is considered one of the most remarkable caves on the Planet.

“It is one of Belize’s most enthralling attractions and the cave has been featured in prestigious publications like Discovery Channel, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post says France whose resort offers a number of Belize vacations that include a tour of the cave.

Actun Tunichil Muknal or the ATM Cave as it is locally known is one of the most breathtaking caving experiences you will have in Belize. The cave is located in the karstic limestone terrain of Roaring Creek Valley in the Cayo District and is approximately 5 km long and contains a perennial stream that runs through it including a ledge with two stelae and a large chamber full of intact human remains and Maya pots.

For more information about Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or Belize , feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager at: Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Chabil Mar Resort Supports Belize’s Table Tennis Team in Veracruz

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Photo by:Belize Table Tennis Association

Chabil Mar, the guest exclusive resort of Placencia Belize supports the Belize Table Tennis Team that will be competing in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz Mexico in November.

According to The Amandala Newspaper, Tyrone Tun and Carlos Cui successfully qualified in El Salvador over the past 5 days to now compete in the Men Singles and Doubles event in Veracruz, Mexico.

“12 countries were represented in El Salvador in both Team and Individual Categories. While Belize was not successful in making the top 8 Team qualifiers, we did manage to qualify in the Individual Category,” asserts a press release that was issued by the Belize Table Tennis Association (BTTA) on August 31st 2014.

On behalf of Chabil Mar Management and Staff, we wish Tyrone and Carlos the very best as they participate in the games in November.

Suitcase Stories Recommends Placencia Belize

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Suitecase Stories is a luxury travel blog that provides travel tips, destination guides and stories for those who prefer the finer things in life. The blog also share tips for affordable luxury travel via house sitting to help long term travelers stay on the road longer.

The founders of the site Michael and Nicole were recently vacationing in Placencia Belize and wrote about their experience in a blog post entitled “Things to do in Placencia”.

They described the peninsula as follows:

Placencia to the south of the country is sited on the long ribbon of beaches which runs parallel to the mainland. It is a popular destination for visitors wanting to dive, fish and swim around the atolls and reefs teeming with some of the highest marine diversity in the world.

Getting to Placencia is a breeze with Maya Island Air.  Flights are available almost hourly from Belize International and it will take you around 30 minutes to get to the destination.  Mayan Island Air will save you time and money!

And of course they stayed at Chabil Mar and recommended our guest exclusive resort to their readers.

“The vibe is laid back, understated efficiency, with a knowledgeable concierge service who are able to arrange experiences tailored specifically to suit your interests. Each villa comes with a fully equipped kitchen but if you do not want to cook (and who can blame you) there are private chefs who will deliver a meal to your veranda dining table. The Cafe Mar has a beautifully delicious no fuss menu based on local cuisine, seafood and produce. They will even cook your daily catch for you,” they wrote about Chabil Mar.

Both Michael and Nicole also endorsed Laughing Bird Caye as a diving and kayaking destination.

Monkey River, Cockscomb Basin and Lubaantun were the other popular tours they recommended to travelers who vacation in Placencia.

You can read the article in its entirety here:

Belize’s Blue Hole Named Top Wonder in the World

great-blue-hole-belize has listed the great blue hole of Belize as one of the top wonders to explore in the world. The blue hole was among a collection of 19 other best underwater attractions in an article entitled “Top 20 wonders of the underwater world”.

“Charles Darwin described it as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies,” a statement that still rings true today. Forming part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, this underwater World Heritage Site is home to a cornucopia of marine life, including 500 species of fish and 106 species of coral. The jewel in its crown, though, is the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine sinkhole that attracts divers and snorkelers from around the world”, asserts the article which was published on the travel section of

See also: What It’s Really Like To Dive The Great Blue Hole

At Chabil Mar we offer a 4 to 7 night’s scuba diving package that entails diving the great blue says Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar, the guest exclusive resort of Placencia in Southern Belize. The package also includes diving Glovers Reef, the world renowned atoll as well as a plethora of jungle or maya ruins tours says France.

See also: 5 Beautiful Photos of the Great Blue Hole

Rated as one of the top attractions in Belize, the great blue hole is a stunning jewel set in a ring of corals that measures 1000 feet across and 412 feet deep. It is believed to be the world’s largest blue hole and it is a rich habitat for a variety of marine life like nurse sharks, reef sharks, black tip sharks and even giant groupers.

See also: Skydiving the Great Blue Hole of Belize

For more information about the traveling to Belize or diving the great blue, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager at: Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.