Why Choose Belize Over Other Destinations? Because You’re Smart!

11831636_496616263830646_4145348460693996977_nIf you already love Belize, breaking into a happy dance each time you book a trip south is likely ordinary behavior, but this is no ordinary destination. Unlike neighboring countries, you won’t need translators to tell you what people are saying, you won’t spend half of your vacation in a van because excellent attractions are in such close proximity, and because Belize is so culturally diverse, it’s the quintessential Central American melting pot. Why choose Belize over other places? Start with these eight reasons…

Belize is manageable. It’s small enough to get everywhere you want to go in reasonable amounts of time so you’ll never find yourself comparing travel notes with friends who admit that their vacations turned out to be one long bus or vehicle ride interspersed by too-short stops at the attractions they paid to visit. Stay in Placencia Village for the most intense Belize experience because everything you seek is nearby.

Belize is culturally diverse. Only the United Nations hosts so many different nationalities! Visit and you’ll run into Mestizos, Garifunas, Mayans, Europeans, North American ex-pats, Chinese emigres, German Mennonites and if you look closer, you’ll identify many more nationalities. Given such a mix of cultures, is it any wonder Belize is called the “only true Central American Caribbean nation”?

Belize is an English-speaking country. The music is exotic. The food is ethnically diverse. But when push comes to shove and you must communicate about important matters like passports, directions, restaurants and the best places to stay, saying it in English saves time and it could save money, too. That said, you’ll be charmed by diverse accents, dialects and quaint word inflections during your visit.

Belize operates on the U.S. dollar. If you recall being told it costs 5,000 Lira to buy a glass of wine in Italy or 1,000 Francs for dinner in Paris you probably welcomed the Euro so you could travel without a calculator. Visit Belize and you won’t even have to engage your brain because U.S. dollars are welcome everywhere you go and the conversion rate is simple: $1 USD equals $2 BZD.

Belize will feed you too well. This is not the place to come and knock off pounds, unless, of course, you intend to try every active sport available and stick to fish and produce. Truth is, you’ll be spoiled by the diversity of the cuisine. Expect to find Chinese, ethnic Belizean, Spanish, Mayan and other ethnic choices, particularly in Placencia.

Belize exists between yesterday and tomorrow. Cutting edge ecological projects, green initiatives, wildlife habitats and eco-friendly lodgings thrive in a country that prioritizes respect for Planet Earth, but much of the past is ever present at Mayan ruin sites like Altun Ha, Xunantunich, Lamanai and Caracol. Book your Belize vacation at Chabil Mar  and ask team members to arrange day trips to these popular destinations.

Belize natural attractions can’t be surpassed. Explore caves and rivers, visit wildlife sanctuaries, photograph waterfalls, zip line, rappel, bird watch, dive, snorkel, fish, raft, ride horses and explore rainforests. There’s more, but if you’re in Placencia Village to relax, Chabil Mar staff is more than happy to make suggestions and handle all aspects of your itinerary.

Belize is a happening place! Stay on the mainland shore to be close to the airport or choose the tranquility and amenities of a destination like Placencia. Book your Chabil Mar accommodations, share your preferences with staff for the good life on the beach, the excitement of Placencia Village or some of each, and you won’t have to make another decision during your stay.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

 

Establish Your Zipline Credentials While Visiting Southern Belize

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Dreams come true for those eager to zipline rainforest canopies, which is why the popularity of this experience alone brings many people to Belize. Select Chabil Mar  as your base and enjoy some peace and tranquility before you test your mettle at any of the extreme sport trips Chabil Mar offers.

Just in case someone asks, here’s a little history to pass along: Alberto Santos-Dumont invented the zipline rig in 1906 to help transport goods over long distances and unforgiving terrains, but these days, if you look up, you’ll see guys and girls zipping by instead of boxes and bags. To make sure your Chabil Mar visit includes all the thrills you seek, ask your hosts to book one or all of these excursions during your stay:

-The Bocawina Zipline Experience invites you to see what it’s like to tackle the longest zip line distance in Belize, but only if you’re up for the challenge. If not, there are eight shorter runs interspersed by 12 platforms that provide opportunities for you to catch your breath and decide if you’d like to keep going. Gather bragging rights as you traverse 2.5 miles in total, but it’s the 2,300-foot single run that offers the most exciting memories.

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-Go night flying at Bocawina. If you thought only bats owned the night, join these nocturnal creatures by requesting a zipline ride that won’t start until after the sun goes down and the stars come out. The jungle at night is a magical place filled with sights and sounds visitors miss during the day, so if your heart is healthy, you need an adrenaline rush—and particularly if the moon is full—don’t leave Belize without taking this excursion under the tutelage of guides who know the ins and outs of this fun experience.

-Rappel Bocawina Falls. The place that sent your heart racing as you zipped along at top speed is also a neighbor of one of Belize’s top rapelling locations: Bocawina Falls. Whether this is your first or your fifth repelling attempt, the jump will be unique as you drop 100-feet into the abyss in synch with waterfalls, landing in the beautiful pools at the base. You’ve earned swim or float time in these lush pools to celebrate your rappelling accomplishment.

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-Rappel Antelope Falls. Are you eager to try the biggest challenge of all? Take a literal leap of faith by repelling down a waterfall that’s 1,000 feet high. If you plan to do this alone, your tour guide will arrange for a partner since the minimum number of participants for this activity is two. Not quite ready to attempt this height? Try the 500-foot drop first to be sure you’re ready for the big one. In either case, you’ll be escorted every step of the way by licensed guides, so put yourself into their hands for the time of your life.

This menu of adventures is not for the faint of heart, but it’s likely to offer the biggest and most thrilling vacation highlights if adrenaline rushes are your thing. Just in case you’re super-charged and have no desire to hit the beach, Chabil Mar is happy to arrange for bird watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, nature and archaeological tours.

Nobody goes hungry on these excursions, by the way. From Chabil Mar’s onsite restaurant to picnics packed for your day trips, no detail is ignored. After this much adventure, Chabil Mar will be happy to deliver you to your return flight both blissed out and eager to return.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

There’s a Place in Paradise Reserved Just for You

belize island vacationsWere you forced to read 17th-century English poet John Milton’s legendary “Paradise Lost” in school? We feel your pain. The original work included over 10,000 lines of verse—an arduous retelling of the Adam and Eve story–and we all know how that relationship worked out, right? We invoke this masterwork to remind you that anyone whose paradise has been lost can find it immediately by visiting Belize because this nation is truly unique. Too bad Milton never had a chance to visit or his poem might have had a happier ending!

If you’re seeking a double dose of paradise, consider a barefoot luxury getaway consisting of not one but two Belize resorts offering the good life: Chabil Mar Villas in the village of Placencia and Hatchet Caye Resort. For seven nights of pure pleasure, divide your time between the two and expect the staff to show you what it’s like to live like a celebrity at both places.

While at Chabil Mar, an exclusive boutique resort on the Caribbean Sea, unwind, relax and get serious about restoring your equilibrium in an environment that’s a true respite from civilization. As the closest full service resort to Placencia, you can choose to do nothing but roam resort grounds and dine at the gourmet restaurant if you need rest or book jungle adventures, explore ancient ruins and stay active until the minute you depart.

You may wish to save your down time for your second stay at Hatchet Caye Resort, a pristine tropical island that begs visitors to wind down and practice the Zen of Belize. This setting is the definition of unspoiled—a private island at the edge of Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve where nearly a mile of desolate shoreline awaits. Need more? Your hosts will hook you up with world-class fishing and scuba diving.

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Take advantage of this unprecedented, affordable two-destination package and you won’t just find paradise in terms of beauty, pampering and activities; amenities at both resorts are bountiful. From ground, in-country air and sea transport to taxes, service fees and meals, no detail is spared at either destination. Your four nights at Chabil Mar includes three tours, complimentary champagne, golfing, bicycles and kayaks, a massage and close proximity to Placencia nightlife.

All meals await at Hatchet Caye Resort—including a romantic beach picnic served with wine–where your private beach cabana makes the ideal hideaway when you’re not piloting complimentary pedal boats, Hobie Cats or kayaks. Alternately, limit your activities to the guided snorkeling trip included with this package.

Sure, you can add more tours, adventures and experiences to your itinerary, but why would you want to when this gem of a package was designed to literally re-set your internal compass and remind you that while the world spins at a dizzying pace, there are still paradises like Belize that exist to help you reclaim your balance, get in touch with things that matter and recall a time when life was simple and sweet?

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize island vacation.

What would a good 7-day itinerary for a trip to Belize look like?

Spend Seven Days in Belize–Where no Decision-making is Permitted!

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Your boss makes demands. Your kids do, too. There’s a line of other folks in your life who count on you to solve problems, answer questions and make decisions, and this may have left you exhausted. If your idea of paradise is having someone else decide where to go and what to do during a week’s vacation in Belize, we’d like to oblige. No need to thank us. We just want you to be happy!

Day One: Fly into Belize. Having already arranged for a luxury room at Chabil Mar Villas in Placencia where packages and specials await, your Chabil Mar shuttle is on standby, ready to drive you to the resort. Shed your city clothes. Pull on a bathing suit. Plunk yourself down on Placencia Beach where you can decompress and relax before dining at Chabil Mar’s first-class restaurant.

Day Two: Check in with the Chabil Mar concierge to compare the itinerary you set via the Internet, phone or mail. Eat a big Belize breakfast before your first excursion to spectacular Maya ruins at Lubaantun or Lim Ni Punit in Southern Belize. Up for some nature tours? Add Monkey River Howler Adventure and Cockscomb Jaguar Nature Preserve. It’s your vacation.

Day Three: Move at a slightly faster pace by going inner tubing. Everything’s included: shuttle transport, guides, picnic lunch, taxes and extras, so no need to bring lots of cash. Plant yourself firmly in the midst of your giant black tube and allow the current to take you where it wants to go. No decisions here either!

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Day Four: Are you ready for the birds and the trees? This Chabil Mar package combines two activities: Zip line runs with a bird-watching experience, both equally thrilling. Even if you’re not a student of birds, you’ll marvel at the variety in Belize. If you take that zip line tour first, these beautiful birds will re-align your pulse fast.

Day Five: Leave Placencia without experiencing the Belize Reef? Get serious. The second largest barrier reef in the world hosts all sorts of marine wildlife species attracted to the ancient coral topography. Indulge in world-class snorkeling off nearby Silk Caye. Since Chabil Mar guides arrange for gear, food and make car and boat transport arrangements, you don’t have to make decisions today, either.

Day Six: With your aquatic appetite whetted, take it to another level by going scuba diving off Placencia arranged by Chabil Mar. Your boat captain has everything you need, from dive master skills and piloting expertise to lessons on how to check and re-check your gear so you can dive deep without a hitch and experience the wonder of undersea landscapes.

Day Seven: Can you cram in one more Belize tour in before saying goodbye to Chabil Mar’s friendly staff? Of course you can. Explore Placencia Village where ethnic cookery gives you a final chance to immerse yourself in Belize. Shop for souvenirs. Take your last photos. That shuttle bus awaits, but you’ll be so blissed out from your idyllic week, you won’t care.

Day Eight: Visit Chabil Mar’s website and start picking tours you’ll take next time you visit. Making decisions in your current state of mind is easy. Frequent Chabil Mar visitors say perusing the Chabil Mar tour menu is a great way to re-acclimate to reality!

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.