Belize Vacation: 10 Things To Know Before You Take Off

You’ve probably already heard about all of the amazing things to do and see in Belize, learned that every major airline offers non-stop flights to the country, and that Belize is an unspoiled natural paradise.

Before you depart for a wonderful vacation, here are 10 things you need to know to make sure your trip goes smoothly:

1 – Money


One American dollar is always equivalent to 2 Belizean dollars (BZD). American dollars are accepted everywhere.

2 – Visas


Citizens of Canada, the United States, and the EU do not need a visa to enter the country as a tourist for up to 30 days. For longer stays, you’ll need an extension.

3 – Language

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As a former British colony, Belize is the only country in the region where English is the official language. Many people also speak Creole (similar to English), Spanish, Maya, Garifuna, and German.

4 – Toiletries

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Be sure to bring sunscreen if you have fair skin. It’s also a good idea to bring insect repellent as well. In order to protect the environment, choose natural products.

5 – Clothes to Pack


Definitely don’t forget to bring a swimsuit! It rarely gets cold in Belize, so a sweatshirt or jacket is the most you’ll need. Casual wear like shorts and sandals are practically the national uniform in Belize.

6 – Religious Customs



Most people in Belize are Christian, so be sure to act respectfully in and around churches and during important religious holidays like Easter and Christmas.

7 – Electricity


Belize uses the same outlets and voltages as the United States, so all of your gear will work just fine.

8 – Holidays and Festivals


Belize is a country that loves to celebrate, so be sure to check the calendar to find out which exciting festivals, holidays, and concerts will be taking place during your visit.

9 – Health Requirements


Belize has top-quality healthcare, and there are no major health risks associated with visiting the country. The weather is quite warm in Belize so be sure to drink plenty of water so as to not get hydrated.

10 – Get Excited!


Belize is a land of adventure, so be prepared to have a ton of fun. Whether you spend your time clambering around ancient Maya pyramids, zip lining through the jungle, spotting howler monkeys in the wild, or swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling on the reef, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time.

Visit our website 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.

Chabil Mar adds new seafront villa to its collection


The resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula is proud to announce that they have added a new luxury suite to its collection. Located directly on the beach, the new Seafront Villa has two stories with 2000 square feet of interior space. The new villa is furnished with beautiful local furniture made from Belizean woods, and a custom-crafted spiral staircase connects the first floor living areas with the master bedroom and suite that overlook the area below.

The new villa features impressive verandas, including a fully-enclosed entertainment area and lounge. One veranda on the ground floor comes complete with a serving bar and dining area, while the second floor enclosed veranda has a stunningly gorgeous unobstructed view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. The third veranda is an open-air area on the first floor that also overlooks the Caribbean. A table and chairs make this villa the ideal spot to enjoy a fine meal or relax with a cocktail.belize-villas

The new villa now joins the 20 other upscale villas on the property, ideal accommodations for families, groups, or couples wanting additional space and comforts on their vacation. The new villa can be rented as either a one-bedroom en-suite or as a two-bedroom en-suite. The villa is a Chabil Mar exclusive, has its own private parking area, a full range of international television channels, high speed wireless internet, and a fully equipped modern kitchen compliment the finely crafted Belize style architecture and decor.

“We’re very pleased to announce the opening of our new villa,” said Larry France, the marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “At Chabil Mar, we’re constantly striving to create a beautiful oasis of modern comfort for our guests, and this new villa is the ideal place for families or couples to relax and enjoy a gorgeous view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea.”

belize-luxury-hotelsThe new villa was constructed just in time to meet increasing numbers of international visitors to Belize. With WestJet beginning non-stop service from Toronto (Canada) to Belize on October 29, 2016, and Southwest scheduled to begin a new non-stop flight from Denver to Belize next year, demand for luxury accommodations at Belize resorts has been steadily growing. With the competition heating up, top airlines like United, American, Delta, and Southwest have made flying to Belize easier and more affordable than ever.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize’s southeastern Stann Creek District. The resort features luxury accommodations, two swimming pools, a lush tropical garden, a gourmet restaurant, and a beach pier ideal for lounging or fresh air dining.

Visit our website for more information on Chabil Mar and 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.

Counting Jaguars in Belize

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On August 4, 2016, lashing rains and high winds announced the arrival of Hurricane Earl in Belize. With steady gusts measuring more than 80 miles per hour, and 12 inches of rain falling in less than 24 hours, Belize felt the wrath of Hurricane Earl.

After the winds died down and the sun came out, biologists and nature conservationists were faced with the difficult task of checking on the welfare of Belize’s small group of native big cats. Field scientists set up camera traps throughout the wooded terrain where jaguars make their home in sites like the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Within days, scientists were rewarded with footage showing a mother jaguar and two young cubs seemingly alive and well.

A team helmed by Dr. Bart Harmsen and Dr. Rebecca Foster began relocating cat cameras in higher areas not affected by flooding as well as sites outside of the boundary of the Cockscomb Basic Wildlife Sanctuary in an effort to ascertain the fate of Belize’s big cats. The team were concerned that jaguars such as Ben, an alpha male, pumas, and family groups with young cubs might have drowned or become injured in the storm. Rarely approached in face to face encounters, the scientists nervously watched their camera traps for evidence that Belize’s special felines had emerged unscathed from Hurricane Earl.

The local conservation agency, known as Panthera, have successfully tracked and identified 131 jaguars primarily via the use of camera traps. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world’s only jaguar reserve. Panthera tracks both young cubs as well as senior citizens in the jaguar world, individuals ranging between 10 and 14 years old.

On his blog, Dr Harmsen wrote about how he, Dr. Foster, and their team were among the first humans to enter the park once it had been cleared by the authorities. Dr. Harmsen wrote about his immense feeling of relief once the team was able to establish that famous residents like Ben the jaguar and Flash the puma were seen alive and apparently doing well on the camera traps.

The scientists are now confident that most of the big cats in the reserve are alive and well. Aside from a missing cub, it seems that the small but vital population of these endangered animals successfully rode out the storm that claimed the lives of 67 people in the region.

The multiple award-winning luxury resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula offers guided tours of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Chabil Mar is also ideally situated close to some of the top parks and nature reserves in the country where jaguars and other endangered species are allowed to thrive in protected habitats.

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Belize

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When looking for exotic and scenic places to travel, Belize is one of the hottest destinations that comes to mind. From its spectacular Maya Ruins to the warm weather all year round, there are several reasons why Belize is a hot spot for the coming year.

When researching the location and discovering the benefits, there are several reasons to make it your vacation destination.

1. Great Belize Vacation Rates

The Guest Exclusive Chabil Mar Resort offers affordable Belize vacation packages.

2. Whale Shark Diving

Belize offers plenty of adventure with the opportunity to dive with whale sharks near Gladden Spit off Placencia. Guests can see the sharks feeding on plankton and other spawning fish during the full moon of March – June. For those who do not know, the Whale Sharks are the largest living fish in the world.

3. The Weather

Thousands of travelers visit Belize each year due to the incredible warm weather all  year-round. With an average temperature of 88 degrees, it’s a comfortable climate that can be enjoyed for those wanting to spend time outdoors.

4. Belize Maya Ruins

Belize contains some of the most majestic Maya ruins in Central America like Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Altun Ha, and Lamanai and according to Archaeologists  more than 8 million people lived in southern Mexico and northern Central America during the pre-Columbian era.

5. Fishing

Belize offers world class fishing thanks to its pristine and diverse barrier reef which is home to an abudant of marine life. On a fishing trip, you can catch a snook or permit and even enjoy it for dinner.
6. Sailing

Experience the beautiful and vast views of the Caribbean waters by taking a sailing trip where you can dine on-board and enjoy lounging on the deck while traveling to various points in Belize.

7. Jungle and Sea Belize Vacations

Both the jungle and sea can be explored when visiting Belize with vacation packages that will allow you to meet howler monkeys, ride in canoes, go on nature walks, and even climbing ancient Maya ruins.

8. Perfect for a Honeymoon

Unwind on your honeymoon in a relaxing and laid-back environment where you can stay barefoot during the vacation in one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

9. Ideal for a Wedding Vacation

To enjoy an intimate ceremony that offers spectacular views of the water, Belize is an ideal location for a wedding vacation. Professional wedding planners can make it an experience of a lifetime by planning all of the details for a relaxing event on the beach.

10. Belize is on Everyone’s Radar

More people are traveling to Belize for the amenities and accommodations that are available in the country. From the spectacular views to the historical sites that can be visited, it’s a hot spot for the coming year for thousands of tourists.




Chabil Mar Featured in Destination Travel Magazine

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Destinations Travel Magazine recently featured the resort of Chabil Mar in Belize in their October 2016 edition. Describing the multiple award-winning resort as a “hidden gem”, the feature article lavished praise on Chabil Mar, noting that their tagline of “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design” was quite apt indeed. Destinations Travel Magazine described Chabil Mar as a “slice of paradise” where superior hospitality and service go hand in hand with a carefully-crafted, intimate property situated on the lovely Placencia Peninsula.

“We are very happy to have been featured by Destinations Travel Magazine,” said Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar. “Year after year, we have striven to create an oasis of luxury and relaxation for visitors in one of the most beautiful places in Belize. We look forward to welcoming readers of Destinations Travel and getting a chance to share our hospitality, fine dining, and beautiful resort with them.”


Destinations Travel Magazine highlighted the fact that Chabil Mar is an idyllic balance of contemplative quiet and modern amenities just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village, the shopping, dining, and entertainment hub of the peninsula. The magazine also made special mention of the many attractions close to the resort, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Belize Barrier Reef with its world-class snorkeling, diving, and fishing as well as the rainforests, jungles, and animal sanctuaries on the mainland where the “sheer variety of plants, flowers, trees, and foliage literally drench Belize in color.”

The article in the October 2016 of Destinations Travel Magazine is replete with numerous full-color photographs featuring the luxury villas on the property, each decorated with furnishings crafted from the colorful artwork of local artisans and locally-grown hardwoods that allow guests to “slip into a Belize state of mind” the moment that they arrive.


The magazine article also complimented the discretion and high level of service provided by the staff at the resort. The article lavished the staff with high praise, complimenting them on their excellent command of English and their attention to detail while always keeping the guest’s privacy in mind.

Destinations Travel Magazine is one of the world’s premiere publications featuring glamorous, luxurious, and bespoke destinations around the world. With a focus on rich travel, leisure, and entertainment, Destinations Magazine has positioned itself as an informative, go-to resource for discriminating travelers and tourism professionals.



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