National Geographic Recommends Visiting Belize in 2018

Recently, National Geographic published an article entitled “Best Winter Trips 2018” that included Belize. The article referenced the fact that Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Americas and the famous Great Blue Hole that ranked as legendary French marine biologist Jacque Cousteau’s top 10 favorite dive sites in the world.

Indeed, the National Geographic article described Belize as a “diver’s paradise.” Belize was also highlighted as being a country where English is the official language, making it easy to get around and interact with locals. Other highlights in Belize featured by National Geographic included ancient Maya sites on the mainland.

“National Geographic is right. Winter is the perfect time to visit Belize because that word doesn’t mean anything here,” said Larry France, marketing manager at Chabil Mar. “During the cold winter months in North America, Belize enjoys warm weather and clear, blue skies, making it the perfect time to dive, snorkel, or explore the mainland.”

The best place to enjoy all the fishing, diving, snorkeling, and other activities on the reef as well as explore ancient Maya ruins and other attractions on the mainland is the Placencia Peninsula. Located on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize, Placencia is often described as the “island you can walk to” due to its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere.

Placencia is the main gateway to the vast Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site composed of hundreds of gorgeous islands and coral atolls. All the top sites on the reef, including the famous Great Blue Hole, are easily reachable from Placencia.

Placencia is just a three-hour drive from the international airport and can easily be reached by the beautiful Hummingbird Highway or a quick, 15-minute domestic flight. Placencia measures approximately 16 miles north to south but is just half a mile wide, its western shore a large, mangrove-lined lagoon teeming with wildlife and birds and the Caribbean Sea as its eastern shore.

Placencia is also close to all of the top attractions on the mainland, including visiting ancient Maya sites, zip lining through the jungle canopy, exploring sacred sites like ATM Cave, horseback riding, bird watching, cave tubing (using an inner tube to float down underground rivers), rappelling, canoeing, boat safaris on the Monkey River and hiking through the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, home to the world’s only full-time jaguar conservation program.

The award-winning resort of  Chabil Mar offering outstanding accommodations just minutes away from all the action in Placencia Village in southeastern Belize. With gorgeous views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, each villa is a richly-appointed two-room suite combining traditional Belizean decor with modern luxury.

For more information about visiting Belize or Placencia, 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.

End of the World Marathon in Pictures

Last week, the End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon was held in Placencia. The marathon which began as a celebration of the end of the Maya Calendar in December 21, 2012 has become one of the most sought after running events in Belize.

The race is divided into two categories: a full marathon and half marathon.

Beginning at the football field at the bottom of the Placencia Peninsula, the full marathon (26.2 miles) goes through Placencia Village, Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach. The race then loops back a few miles south of Riversale and ends in the village of Placencia.

The half marathon (13.1 miles) begins at the marathon turnaround and also finishes in Placencia Village.

The End of the World Marathon is not only about running and fun in sunny and beautiful Belize, but it is about giving back to the community. According to the organizers of the event, the proceeds raised goes towards high school scholarships for children on the Placencia Peninsula.

Below are photos of this year’s race. All photos by are by Marion & Ed Carr. Copyright Muzamanzie Photographs, Belize.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017 05:30 (GMT-6) – Final results

    • Race winners
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 full Winner Winning time Total racers
 Overall Bulum, Juan 3:02:15.7 41
 Female Cruz, Rosa 3:39:58.1 13
 Age 20-29 Lipman, Jenna 4:40:16.4 1
 Age 30-39 Cruz, Rosa 3:39:58.1 4
 Age 40-49 Reimer, Sara 3:59:35.5 3
 Age 50-59 Sanders, Kimberly 4:50:32.2 4
 Age over 60 Johnson, Cathie 6:09:55.4 1
 Male Bulum, Juan 3:02:15.7 28
 Age 20-29 Bulum, Juan 3:02:15.7 6
 Age 30-39 Augustine, Egbert 3:15:02.8 8
 Age 40-49 Herrarte, Edy 3:17:23.1 8
 Age 50-59 Hope, Marvin 3:27:13.7 4
 Age over 60 Pech, Orlando 5:21:04.3 2
 half Winner Winning time Total racers
 Overall O’Brien, Leon 1:15:29.9 165
 Female Smith, Trinity 1:38:52.8 84
 Age 20-29 Smith, Trinity 1:38:52.8 22
 Age 30-39 Yunokizono, Haruka 1:50:22.3 26
 Age 40-49 Bader, Mary 2:00:55.7 14
 Age 50-59 Shaw, Mary 2:15:26.0 8
 Age over 60 Stakutis, Wanda 2:03:59.8 3
 Age Under 20 Gomez, Daniella 1:56:24.8 11
 Male O’Brien, Leon 1:15:29.9 81
 Age 20-29 Smith, Radmon 1:23:50.7 24
 Age 30-39 O’Brien, Leon 1:15:29.9 16
 Age 40-49 Villalobos, Juan Carlos Chaves 1:21:41.0 17
 Age 50-59 Rosado, Victor 1:52:09.6 5
 Age over 60 Carpenter, Nick 2:05:37.0 2
 Age Under 20 Arana, Brayan 1:21:40.4 17
Chabil Mar has been a proud sponsor of the End of the World Marathon since its inception. For more information about the End of the World Marathon, please don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606.

Belize’s National Basketball Team wins bronze medals at Central American Games

The National Basketball Team of Belize won bronze medals for the country in the XI Central American Games that was held in Nicaragua this month.

The victory represent the first medals for Belize at the games.

According to a release from the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF), Team Belize played their hearts out and held on to close out a 63-58 victory over Honduras to secure the medals.

“While the team was shooting for gold, this achievement against tough competition is encouraging for the BBF’s National Team Programme. Head Coach Milton Palacio, former NBA, Euroleague and Team Belize standout player, has pledged his commitment to continue the process of rebuilding the National Team Programme in developing young players and coaches going forward, and in preparation for the upcoming international basketball competition cycle,” the release from the BBF states.

In February 2018, the first round of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) AmeriCup competition will commence and will see the participation of Team Belize.

The FIBA AmeriCup competition marks the launch of a new competition and Olympic qualifying format, being adopted by FIBA which features a new “home and away” structure for international play.

This new format allows exposure of Team Belize and the country in each round, and permits  fans with the best opportunity to provide maximum support when Belize host its opponents at each stage of play. The availability of the soon to be completed Belize Civic Center, with FIBA approved specifications, is therefore considered very timely.

The BBF is a non-profit organization which relies solely on contributions and assistance from the private sector and the public at large for their programmes.

On behalf of Chabil Mar Management and Staff, we extend congratulations to team Belize for winning bronze medals in Nicaragua.


Belizean Rowan Garel wins title of Caribbean Adventure Ambassador

Belizean Roward Garel has won the title of Caribbean Adventure Ambassador of the year for 2017 with 1975 votes, according to a release from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

Garel who was born blind is known for using this disability to undertake extraordinary feats. For example, he is the only visually impaired person to ever climb Victoria Peak, the second highest mountain in Belize that stands at over 3,000 feet above sea level.

He has also trekked 74.6 miles from Belize’s western border to Belize City in 5 long grueling days under the hot sun and has dived the world renowned Blue Hole, one of the top diving spots in Belize and the world.

His efforts have been dedicated exclusively to raising funds for the Belize Council for Visually Impaired (BCVI) and has not only increased public awareness of the services offered by BCVI, but the organization has also been able to expand its services to visually impaired people throughout Belize.

For the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador title, Garel went against Jake Kelsick of Antigua & Barbuda (1, 471 votes), Jeremie Tronet of St Vincent & the Grenadines (896 votes), Courtenay Bushman Rooks of Trinidad & Tobago (542 votes), and Mario Rigby of Turks & Caicos Islands (387 votes) who made it to the top five!

“We love the work that you do and we hope that you will continue to spread the spirit of adventure throughout the Caribbean,” the CTO said to all contestants.

On behalf of Chabil Mar Management & Staff, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Garel and the other contestants in the Caribbean that entered the competition.

December in Placencia Belize

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5 Great Reasons to Visit Placencia in December

December is simply a fabulous month to visit Belize. With lots of clear skies and plenty of sunshine, the weather is truly fantastic in December. As the world has begun to catch up with the fact that Belize is a vacation paradise with lots of things to do and see, more and more airlines have begun to offer non-stop flights from North America to Belize. As the region’s only English-speaking country, Belize is a great place for family vacations, adventures in nature, and romantic getaways.

With close access to both the reef and the top attractions on the mainland, the sandy shores of the Placencia Peninsula are an ideal base for a great December vacation in Belize.

Here are 5 terrific reasons to visit Placencia in December:

The End of the World Marathon

What started out as a semi-humorous way to celebrate the so-called prediction by the Maya that the world would end in 2012 has now become a Placencia classic. Runners can participate in either a half or full marathon as they race up and down the peninsula as throngs of fans cheer them on.

Escape the Rush

The first three weeks of the month (December 1-21) are the ideal time to benefit from the gorgeous weather while escaping the crowds that descend on Belize during the Christmas holidays.

Every Day is a Beach Day

The beaches of Placencia are regularly voted as the best in the country, a truly special honor in a nation with 180 miles of coastlines and hundreds of islands. Perhaps that’s why the locals refer to Placencia as “Barefoot Perfect”.

Lots of Things to Do and See

Although many people choose to vacation in Belize over the Christmas and New Years holidays, the first three weeks of December are also a great time to snorkel and dive the Belize Barrier Reef, explore ancient Maya pyramids and temples, and hike through the pristine rainforests and jungles that make Belize special. And, from Placencia, all these magnificent adventures and treasures are available from one central location.

Chabil Mar


Located just a few minutes’ walk down the beach from the picturesque Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning guest exclusive resort with its own lush tropical garden, two infinity beach-side pools, gourmet on-site restaurant, and beautiful luxury villas with personal verandas.

Spa days for pampering, on-site concierge to meet your every delight and complimentary use of bicycles, paddle boards and kayaks are just a sampling of the service and amenities at Chabil Mar, so you can be as active or relaxed as you want to be.

In order to take advantage of the wonderful weather from December 1-21 and escape the holiday rush, be sure to book your December vacation in Belize today. Contact our Reservations Manager for more information or to complete your December Belize beach vacation.

Toll Free: US/CAN: 1-866-417-2377

Local: 011-501-523-3606


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