Belize in January 2019

Visit Belize in January

There are few spots more beautiful to ring in the New Year than Belize, a small country located in Central America bursting with lush rainforests, misty mountains, and golden sands fronting the Caribbean Sea. Belize is blessed with warm temperatures, an abundance of sunshine, and colorful wildlife like toucans, parrots, monkeys, jaguars, manatees, sharks, and sea turtles. All of the top airlines in North America, including Delta, United, Southwest, WestJet, Air Canada, and American Airlines now feature non-stop service from major cities, making it easy and affordable to enjoy a January vacation in Belize.

Events and Festivals in January



New Year’s Day

Beyond the fireworks, food, parades, and parties, there’s plenty to do in Belize on the first day of the new year. One of the most popular activities is the Krem Cycling Classic. Beginning in Corozal Town in the north and ending in Belize City, large crowds line the road to cheer on the racers.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Day

While not an official holiday in Belize, large sections of the local population observe January 18 as a day to honor and celebrate the heritage of one of the 20th century’s most influential civic leaders.

Things to Do and See in Belize in January


There’s always something exciting going on in January, including:

  • Snorkel and scuba dive the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Ride a zip line through the jungle canopy.
  • Bird and wildlife spot in the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve.
  • Relax in a hammock at Chabil Mar in Placencia village.
  • Dive the Great Blue Hole, rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 dive locations on the planet.
  • Explore ancient Maya ruins or ceremonial caves.
  • Dine on some of the tastiest food found anywhere, including fresh-caught seafood and organic local produce.

January Weather in Belize

With plenty of fresh breezes, abundant sunshine, and mild temperatures, it’s no surprise that January is one of the most popular months to visit Belize. Occasional storms from the north bring a dose of rain and refreshing winds.

Where to Stay in Belize in January

One of the best places to stay in Belize in January is the multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar. Located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula, Chabil Mar has luxuriously-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and a beachfront pier ideal for enjoying gourmet meals prepared by the onsite restaurant while drinking in the view of the Caribbean.

Visit 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 winter vacation.

A Tourist Guide to Belize

This Central American state sandwiched between Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, is small in size but brimming with opportunities for tourists to explore. As a former colony in the British Empire, English speaking tourists will find it easy to get by. This is a fairly unique attribute for a country in this region, which is predominantly Spanish or Portuguese speaking.

Here are the top things to see and do in Belize:

Xunantunich

Xunantunich (pronounced shoo-nahh-too-neech) is a Mayan archaeological site located on top of a hill near the Mopan River. Whilst you’ll get spectacular views on site, the journey to the site is a significant part of the experience, since you’ll be transported across the river on a cable ferry, moved manually using a hand crank. Once across you’ll be able to admire the Mayan construction that dates back to the 7th century AD.

If you’re interested in the history of the site, take a look at the visitor center located near the ticket office. Here you will find artifacts found at the site, including jewelry and pottery as well as information about a Mayan burial site. 

Have a Flutter in the Princess Casino

Belize differs from some of its neighboring countries in that is has a very limited choice for those looking to head to a casino as part of their vacation. Of the small selection of casinos in the country, the biggest, and arguably the best option for tourists, is the Princess Hotel and Casino which is located in the capital, Belize City. The casino is modeled on the venues you’d find in casino destination cities like Las Vegas, with a grand faux marble interior. You won’t be spoilt for choice in terms of the games on offer, but there’s certainly enough variety to cater for most interests. The casino has three table games: Roulette, Blackjack and Caribbean Stud Poker, a game similar to other Stud games, with cards being dealt in rounds. Caribbean Stud Poker varies in that you complete against the house instead of other players.

Koko King

Located on the island of Caye Corker, Koko King is a white sandy beach location for a permanent beach party, with a restaurant serving great Caribbean food, and the opportunity to partake in beach games.To get there you’ll need to take a ferry or a kayak or paddleboard if you’re adventurous. The island is a great place to go swimming, take a walk along the beach and watch the sunset.

Museum of Belize

Located in the Fort George District of Belize City, the Museum of Belize provides an insight into the history of the country through several exhibits. The museum is housed inside Belize’s former main jail that was built back in 1857. In addition to the history of Belize and some Mayan artefacts, the museum also has a number of pieces of contemporary art in its gallery.

Dangriga and Hopkins

For those looking to experience what Belize is like beyond the tourist hotspots, Dangriga and Hopkins Villages are the places you’ll want to visit. Dangriga, an urban area in the Stann Creek district, is regarded as Belize’s capital of culture, and is brimming with musicians playing Punta Rock and other types of music indigenous to the region. Hopkins is a smaller, quieter village a couple of miles south of Dangriga.

Canoeing on the River

The Mopan River, Macal River, and Belize River form the main river system in Belize and all feed into the Caribbean Sea. Like in many places in the world, they were used as the main method of transport before roads were constructed.

There are a number of companies that will hire you a canoe or kayak for the Mopan and Macal Rivers, allowing you to explore Belize in a way that has been used for hundreds of years. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of nature to admire with many species of birds and large iguanas common sights along the rivers.

Belize is a unique and beautiful country, with a lot of cultures to absorb and experience. Its pristine beaches, picturesque nature and unique history make it a great place for tourists looking for something beyond the typical tourist destinations. Tourists from English speaking countries, particularly those in North America will find Belize easy to travel to, and easy to get by in. With a diverse set of attractions, activities, and destinations, there’s plenty to do in Belize.

Explore Belize’s Lush Nature and Caribbean Vibe in 2019

If you are looking for a laid-back Caribbean vacation with an abundance of lush natural sceneries for your 2019 vacation, look no further than the beautiful country of Belize.

Belize is a small nation (roughly the size of Vermont in the USA) with a population of only about 360,000 people. But don’t let that fool you as the country offers a lot of activities that make every traveler want to stay longer.

Often described as a “melting pot of cultures”, the people of Belize belong to numerous cultural groups including the Garifuna, Maya, Spanish, and, of course, the Caribbean influenced Creole. Despite being located in Central America, the country elicits a ‘Caribbean Vibe’ giving it that laid-back, “island time” feeling that is so sought after by vacationers.

Among its colorful and friendly people, sunny days pass by slowly and happily, and smiles are passed out readily. One quirky and illustrative tendency of locals is to specify whether they are on Belize time that day; for example, if a local says to meet at “9 o’clock Belize,” that means the meeting time will be more like 9:15 or 9:30.

Come prepared to completely relax and let go. Take a stroll along the beach, enjoy a delicious tropical drink (we suggest trying the local Caribbean Rum), and soak it all in.

The natural wonders of Belize are as diverse as the people. In the west, the landscape is made up of dense tropical rainforest.  Wildlife is abundant, and there are endless opportunities to explore top attractions like cascading waterfalls, ancient Maya cities, sacred caves, jungle rivers, and indigenous towns and villages.

Just off the coast lies the second largest barrier reef and a plethora of islands and cayes where visitors and locals alike can fish, sail, dive, snorkel, and even swim with sharks and rays! And scuba diving enthusiasts can explore the famous  Great Blue Hole, a massive marine sinkhole that is a staggering 1,073 ft. in diameter and 407 ft. deep.

When adventure travelers visit Belize in 2019, they can count on friendly locals, mouthwatering Belizean cuisine, turquoise Caribbean waters, traditional cultural displays, and awe-inspiring nature.

Belize also offers world-class hotels and resorts like the award-winning Chabil Mar in the stunning Placencia Peninsula of Southern Belize. From a Maya term meaning “beautiful sea”, this beachfront resort features unique villas, a gourmet restaurant and two infinity swimming pools gorgeously ensconced in a lush tropical garden setting.

Start planning your 2019 Caribbean vacation with Chabil Mar Villas today!

 

Condé Nast Traveler: Visit Belize in 2019

Belize saw a record-high number of visitors in 2018, and things are definitely looking up for 2019 especially now that Condé Nast Traveler, the world’s number one luxury lifestyle and travel magazine, has selected Belize as a must-visit destination for the upcoming year.

The winner of 25 National Magazine Awards, Condé Nast Traveler only recommends destinations to its 800,000 loyal readers when those countries have something truly special to offer. And Belize certainly seems to check all the boxes for Condé Nast Traveler, including an abundance of luxury resorts, exciting activities like visiting ancient Maya sites and fly-fishing, the country’s unique status as the only English-speaking nation in Central America, and its proximity to the United States.

The 2019 must-visit list also rightly noted that Belize is home to the second-largest living coral reef in the world where activities like scuba diving and snorkeling are popular. The magazine also gave high marks for the mainland where huge parcels of land have been set aside as national parks and animal sanctuaries in order to preserve the long-term future of Belize’s incredibly diverse ecosystem.

“This is truly Belize’s time to shine, and there’s no better proof than a must-see recommendation from Condé Nast Traveler,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “We look forward to 2019 being the best year ever and warmly welcome Condé Nast Traveler readers to our lovely country.”

Condé Nast Traveler saved their warmest praise for the Placencia Peninsula in the southeast of the country. With impossibly beautiful white sand beaches, Placencia is also home to the world’s narrowest main street (a pedestrian-only sidewalk measuring just four feet across that is Belize’s sole entry in the Guinness Book of World Records). The still-present fishing village charm and easy access to the reef have made Placencia an ideal place to site some of the finest resorts in the country, including Chabil Mar.

Situated just steps from the beach, Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort that means “Beautiful Sea” in the local Mayan dialect. Chabil Mar is just a five-minute walk from Placencia Village which holds an annual art festival in February and a high-spirited Lobsterfest celebration in June.

Chabil Mar offers guided excursions to nearby activities, including snorkeling and diving on the reef, boat tours along the well-named Monkey River, and hikes in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to hundreds of jaguars as well as other exotic flora and fauna.

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 your Belize vacation.

An Un-Belize-able Good Time

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Visitors to the Central American tropical nation of Belize soon find themselves getting into the laidback rhythm of the place with bad puns and local sayings about everything running on “Belize time”. There’s just something unique about this tiny country with miles of gorgeous Caribbean coastline that makes for an unforgettable vacation.

“Last year, we were vacationing in Mexico and planned on just spending one day in Belize,” said Curtis Orange of Elmsford, New York. “But the people were so friendly and welcoming that my wife and I ended up staying an entire week. We can’t wait to go back!”

With English as the official language and American dollars accepted everywhere, it’s easy to feel right at home in Belize. But when you’re not sunning yourself on one of the many gorgeous beaches, eating fresh-caught seafood or sipping on a tropical cocktail, there’s plenty to do for the adventure-minded.

One popular inland tour starts at the village of Monkey River in the southern Toledo District. Guests board a boat for a slow cruise up the Monkey River with plenty of wildlife to be seen in all its glory, including the ubiquitous howler monkeys that gave the river its name. A few miles north in Stann Creek District is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. No staid zoo, this huge reserve is perfect for day or week-long hikes to see tropical birds, tapirs and even jaguars in their natural habitat.

scuba diving with whale sharks

For visitors wanting to get in the water, one of the most unique experiences is scuba diving with whale sharks in the southern half of the Belize Barrier Reef. The largest non-whale marine species in the world’s oceans, whale sharks pose little danger to humans and interacting with these four-ton giants is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Although snorkeling is popular all over Belize, one of the finest spots to see a rainbow of marine flora and fauna is the waters around Laughing Bird Caye. The entire area is a national park named for the local species of “laughing” seagull that uses the tiny island as a breeding zone.

Where to Stay in Belize

One additional benefit of staying in Belize is all the fantastic resorts that offer guests luxurious accommodations elegantly integrated in the beautiful natural environment. One of the finest resorts in the country is Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. From a Maya term meaning “beautiful sea”, this beachfront resort features unique villas, a restaurant and two infinity swimming pools gorgeously ensconced in a lush tropical garden setting.


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