CNN Says to Visit the Belize Barrier Reef Right Now

On April 24, 2017, the influential news channel CNN published a list of UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit. Published on the travel section of its popular news site CNN.com, the article written by Jen Rose Smith presented a snapshot of eight of the 55 UNESCO World Heritages currently classified as being “in danger,” including the Belize Barrier Reef.

Seven of the sites featured in the CNN article are on dry land, including the Everglades area of southern Florida and areas in Central and South America devastated by war and civil unrest. The Belize Barrier Reef is unique in that it is the only marine World Heritage site to be included in the article, a vast chain of beautiful islands, crystal clear water, coral reefs, and sandy atolls.

The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Measuring more than 200 miles from north to south, the Belize reef includes picture-postcard-perfect islands with palm trees, white sand beaches, and tranquil lagoons that are ideal for stand-up paddling, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

Other world-class destinations on the Belize Barrier Reef include Shark Ray Alley, a section of the enormous Hol Chan Marine Reserve that is a natural cut in the reef where vast schools of harmless nurse sharks and stingrays transit from the deep ocean to the gentler interior side of the Caribbean. The reef is also home to several protected nature areas, including Laughing Bird Caye National Park, one of the top places to snorkel and bird watch in the country.

Another famous feature of the reef is the Belize Blue Hole. Measuring some 300 meters across (985 feet), the Belize Blue Hole was created more than 10,000 years ago when rising waters at the end of the Ice Age submerged a vast series of caverns and caves. Famed French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau declared the Belize Blue Hole to be one of his top 10 favorite diving spots when he explored the area in 1971.

Chabil Mar

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Caribbean coast of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. Chabil Mar features elegantly appointed villas, a gourmet restaurant, a lush tropical garden, and a seafront pier ideal for enjoying meals under the stars.

The resort is conveniently located just a few miles from the Belize Barrier Reef and offer guests Belize vacation packages that include scuba diving and snorkeling on the reef. Chabil Mar also organizes diving and snorkeling tours during the springtime to see migrating whale sharks that visit Belize each year near Gladden Spit on the reef.

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.

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Build Some Family Adventure Memories in Belize

Families Love Belize

If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to enjoy a family vacation, including plenty of activities, a chance to get away from phones and screens, and a place to make some truly special memories, look no further than Belize. On April 20, 2017, Luxury Latin America published an article extolling the many virtues of enjoying a family vacation in Belize.

Luxury Latin America is a luxury travel blog with a strong focus on upscale vacation destinations throughout Latin America and Mexico, including in-depth articles on spirits, wine, and hot trends in tourism in the region. First established in 2007, Luxury Latin America is now the premier online publication for firsthand, authentic reviews of resorts, destinations, and trends in Latin America and Mexico.

The April 20 Luxury Latin America featured authentic photos of families visiting Belize, enjoying popular outdoor activities like climbing ancient Maya pyramids, jungle trekking with howler monkeys, snorkeling on the Belize Barrier Reef (the second-biggest barrier reef in the world), kayaking in beautifully pristine lagoons, and enjoying Belize’s signature cave tubing sport (floating on an inner tube through a series of caves). Highlighting the fact that Belize is just two hours from several southern cities in the United States, the Luxury Latin America article marveled at how many opportunities were available to families within such a small country (Belize).

Recognizing that Belize’s unique geography that includes hundreds of miles of Caribbean coastline in the east and thick, biodiverse jungles in the west, the Luxury Latin America article highlighted how families on vacation in this country get much more than a chance to swim in a pool while soaking up some sun. Family vacations in Belize benefit from adventure options, educational tours, learning about different cultures, causing families to bond together. And the fact that Belize is the only country in the region where English is the official language is an added boon.

“Families are warmly welcomed here in Belize,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “There’s plenty to do for everyone, and Belize is the perfect place to have a great time while making great family memories that will last a lifetime.”

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning and perennial TripAdvisor favorite resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. With luxury villas, a lush tropical garden, pool, and open air gourmet dining on its own private pier, Chabil Mar is the ideal resort for families to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize.

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 family vacation.

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Aurelio Martinez Celebrates 30 Years of Music

Although Aurelio Martinez was born and raised in Honduras, he has become one of Belize’s lasting icons due to his iconic blending of traditional Garifuna music with more modern styles like rock, soul, blues, and New Orleans style jazz. On April 10, 2017, Martinez returned to the Bliss Stage in Belize City to celebrate the launch of his latest album with a live concert featuring a 15-piece band that included the Garifuna Collective.

Thirty years ago, Aurelio Martinez made his professional debut on an album that featured his signature style of blending traditional Garifuna music with modern genres. Martinez’s latest album called Darandi, which means 30 in Garifuna, contains 12 tracks, including a cover of the classic Paul Nabor song “Naguya Nei.” According to Martinez, Darandi represents the closing of one chapter of his musical life and celebrating his moving on towards new beginnings and experimentations with different musical styles.

The album Darandi was partly mixed in Belize in studios in Benque Biejo and Dangriga by Al Obando, a celebrated Belizean producer. According to Martinez, the album is a tribute to his close friend Andy Palacio, a native of Belize who recently passed away. Martinez met Palacio in Honduras and the two musicians collaborated on several projects. The album is also dedicated to Paul Nabor, whom Martinez has referred to as his musical “grandpa”, the Belizean musician who helped popularize Garifuna music worldwide.

Martinez has been a musical prodigy since childhood. At age 6, he fashioned his first guitar out of fishing line and driftwood. At age 15, Martinez received his first guitar, leading him to a lifetime of producing, writing, and performing music. Although he is primarily known for his singing, guitar playing, and percussion work, Martinez is also a skilled dancer, often performing traditional Garifuna steps during his musical performances.

Perhaps the most popular track on his latest album is Yalifu, the Garifuna word for pelican. Martinez has described how the lyrics “Pelican, lend me your wings so that I can fly,” refers to his childhood separation from his father when he was left behind in Honduras while his father went to work in the United States. Martinez has stated that he wants the song to represent bigger issues as well, dedicated to anyone separated from a loved one and longing to be reunited.

Chabil Mar

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize and is close to many Garifuna centers such as the town of Dangriga and the villages of Hopkins and Seine Bight where visitors can experience the rich musical heritage of the Garifuna people.

Belize Destination Weddings – Our Experts Will Help You Plan

If you close your eyes and imagine the ultimate fantasy wedding in a Caribbean setting, you can practically feel the lovely sea breeze, hear the gentle crash of the sparkling blue waves, and see the pure white sand, tropical flower bouquets, and the face of your beloved beaming with love under a clear blue sky. If you’ve ever imagined getting married in such a place, then Chabil Mar is for you.

Quite simply, Chabil Mar is the ideal destination wedding resort in Belize. Whether you’re planning on an intimate elopement for just the two of you or a gorgeously chic wedding for your closest friends and family, Chabil Mar and its team of wedding professionals will make sure that your special day goes off perfectly. You and your guests will love staying in one of the luxurious villas, strolling through the tropical garden, swimming in the infinity pool, relaxing at the spa, and enjoying gourmet meals on the resort’s seafront piers.

Chabil Mar’s wedding planners have years of experience in arranging ceremonies customized precisely to each guest’s needs. Chabil Mar will assist you with every detail of your special event, including assistance with your marriage documents, filing fees, gourmet catering, floral arrangements, music, and officiants for the ceremony. Chabil Mar will work with you to ensure that your wedding is customized to your exact preferences, letting enjoy one of the most important moments of your life.

When you get married at Chabil Mar, you will be met at the Placencia Airstrip by your valet who will convey you to the resort. Your wedding planner will consult with you to arrange for the bridal bouquet, corsage, boutonnière, wedding cake, photographer, videographer, and other details according to your wishes. You and your spouse will enjoy a special candlelit dinner for just the two of you, and the resort can provide concierge, music, reception, and bar services for your wedding as needed.

After you’re married, you can enjoy a fabulous honeymoon in Belize. Chabil Mar is just a few minutes’ stroll down the beach from the idyllic fishing village of Placencia, famous for its eco-friendly “barefoot ready” environment. Chabil Mar is also the perfect place to head out for fun on the Belize Barrier Reef, a stretch of the Caribbean filled with coral reefs, sandy atolls, and beautiful islands surrounded by clear blue water teeming with colorful fish and marine fauna. The sandy white bottom and richly biodiversity make the reef the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.

And there’s much to see and do on the mainland as well, including boat safaris into the jungle, hiking in nature parks, exploring ancient Maya cities, visiting animal sanctuaries, picnicking at waterfalls, horseback riding in the rainforest, zip lining through the jungle canopy, and participating in the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing where you float down an underground river on an inner tube.

Your wedding is your special day, one that you will never forget. Begin the rest of your life in an unforgettably beautiful setting with a perfect destination wedding at Chabil Mar.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on getting married in 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 wedding.

Best Spring Break Value Travel Destinations: Belize

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There is a lot more to Belize than beautiful beaches, perfect sunny weather, and many exciting attractions. Belize was the home of the ancient Mayan empire, and today the country has dozens of amazing Maya temples and pyramids to explore and climb. With a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and welcoming, English-speaking natives, Belize makes every visitor instantly feel right at home.

Spring breakers can snorkel the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, ride a zipline high up in the canopy of a tropical rainforest, or marvel at jaguars, monkeys, and manatees in their native habitat. More exotic and welcoming than the crowded resorts of Cancun or Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Belize is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for students, families and couples to enjoy their spring break.

Getting to Belize Is Now More Affordable Than Ever

southwest airlines to start flying to belizeIn 2015, Southwest Airlines entered the competitive US-Belize market, making airfare from the United States more affordable than ever. Flights from a variety of cities, including Atlanta, Houston, and Miami, arrive in Belize in just three or four hours. All international flights land in Belize City, located in the center of the country with easy access by ground, water or domestic air connection to any destination in Belize.

What You Can Do on Your Spring Break in Belize

  • Swim in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean
  • Soak in the rays on a pristine white beach
  • Dive or snorkel off the amazing Belize Barrier Reef
  • Relax in a hammock underneath palm trees
  • Savor delicious local cuisine, including seafood, Mexican, and Caribbean-themed dishes
  • Dance all night to the sounds of a local band
  • Spelunk the amazing ATM cave, once the home for sacred Mayan religious rites
  • Explore the ruins of a Mayan city
  • Go tubing down a jungle river, passing through a series of caves
  • Visit one of the wilderness refuges and spot rare birds or jaguars in their natural habitat
  • Paddle a kayak through one of the dozens of gorgeous islands
  • Go deep-sea fishing for big gamefish like marlin and swordfish
  • Enjoy a relaxing vacation at a luxurious tropical resort

Chabil Mar

Belize green globe certified resortsOne of the hotspots to visit is Placencia Village located in Southern Belize. With eighteen miles of pristine beaches and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, there’s plenty of room to gather, snorkel, canoe, scuba dive the great barrier reef, kayak, zip-line, and sunbathe. Hiking in the rainforests or deep-sea fishing is also readily available.

There are private  shuttles that can transfer you from Belize’s International Airport to Placencia Village, rental cars are available, or short flights via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air can connect you easily to the peninsula.

Chabil Mar is the place to stay in Placencia! Not only is it a luxury resort but also an award winning establishment with all the amenities of a five star resort. With its close proximity to the village of Placencia, it’s the perfect resort to stay for your spring break! If you were to ask anyone in the world where the best beaches in Belize are, they would tell you Placencia!

Chabil Mar offers an unbelievable variety of Jungle and Sea Belize Vacation packages so you’ll get the best of both worlds! Spend three or four nights inland enjoying adventures like the jaw-dropping ATM Cave, ancient Maya city of Caracol, canoeing in jungle rivers and hiking in rainforest trails.

Then spend the other three or four nights at the first-class resort of Chabil Mar where your package includes: a Monkey River tour,  snorkeling in the great Belize barrier reef, golf cart rental for two days, massage, and round trip transfers. You’ll also receive water, coffee, and soft drinks, along with all your meals. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Chabil Mar has two infinity pools with its own private pier?

Why not have a Belize spring break you’ll always remember? Belize luxury vacations are affordable and filled with fun for everyone! Why consider going to anywhere else but fabulous Belize?

For more information about visiting Belize and Chabil Mar, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at:reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

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