Celebrate Valentine’s in Belize

Belize seems almost custom-made for romance. Although it is just a short flight (five hours or less) away from major cities across the United States and Canada, Belize is truly a world away.

With no fast food outlets, shopping malls, or even traffic jams, Belize is a beautiful, unspoiled country where the air is perfumed from hundreds of flowering plants. Over half the country is a protected park, sanctuary, or animal refuge, and Belize has hundreds of offshore islands along the western hemisphere’s largest coral reef system.

One of the most idyllic places to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Belize is the Placencia Peninsula. Often called the caye (island) you can walk to, the peninsula is just half a mile wide but stretches 16 miles from north to south. The Caribbean coast of the peninsula has gorgeous, white sandy beaches, making it easy to enjoy a romantic stroll in privacy.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located on the southern tip of the peninsula just a short stroll from Placencia Village, a small fishing enclave with colorful street murals and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the smallest main “street” in the world, a four-foot wide sidewalk that is packed with eclectic cafes, bars, and restaurants, all completely off-limits to cars and trucks.

Chabil Mar Resort has luxuriously appointed villas with a full range of modern conveniences and comforts, including high-speed internet, gorgeous furnishings made from local woods, and powerful air conditioning. The resort also has a lovely tropical garden, freshwater infinity swimming pools, and a gourmet restaurant serving up a mouthwatering array of local and international cuisine.

One especially romantic option to enjoy at Chabil Mar is a private dinner that you can enjoy on the resort’s seafront pier, gazing up at the natural wonder of another starry, Belizean night.

Other romantic options to enjoy include free use of bicycles, paddle boards, and sea kayaks to explore the coastline and nearby Garifuna village of Seine Bight. February is also when the Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival takes place, a multi-day affair that sees the central “main street” transformed into booths selling local art, handicrafts, delicious foods, games, and plenty of live music.

Nearby attractions include hiking through the vast wilderness of the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve (home to all five of Belize’s big cat species, including jaguars), bird watching, and enjoying snorkeling and scuba diving on the nearby islands like Silk Cayes and Laughing Bird Caye.

If you’d like to experience an unforgettably romantic Valentine’s Day this year, book your vacation at the Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia, Belize.

 

Cayo – The Eco-Tourism and Adventure Region of Belize

Belize doesn’t have states, provinces, or departments. Instead, the country is divided into six different districts. Cayo District is the largest district in the country, located in the west of Belize along the border with Guatemala.

While you won’t find many cowboys in Cayo, the area is often referred to as the “Wild West” thanks to its abundance of lush rainforests, mountains, pristine rivers, and enormous national parks. The biggest urban area in Cayo is San Ignacio Town and its twin Santa Elena across the river, the second-largest municipal area in the country. San Ignacio is a popular jumping off point to experience the beauty of nature in Cayo, but the town is worth a visit if only for its thriving open-air market where farmers, artisans, and villagers meet to exchange gossip and sell fresh produce, dairy products, handicrafts, and traditional medicinal compounds.

Cayo is home to several small villages dispersed throughout the territory, including the Mennonite settlement of Spanish Lookout where hardworking people of faith produce some of the country’s best cheeses and furniture.

Most people, however, come to Cayo to explore the rich abundance of wild nature in the area. There are several Important Birding Areas located in the district, as identified by the Belize Audobon Society. And massive national parks like the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve (some 106,000 acres/430 square kilometers), home to the tallest waterfalls in Central America and exotic wildlife like jaguars, monkeys, crocodiles, and endangered ocellated turkeys.

Adventure options in Cayo include horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, zip lining, and the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing at sites like Caves Brach. Cave tubing involves participants aboard an inflatable inner tube exploring vast underground river systems. Cayo District is also home to the Rio Frio Cave, once used by the ancient Maya for religious ceremonies, and Rio on Pools, a collection of swimming holes located at the base of a waterfall.

Other popular destinations in Cayo include ancient Maya sites, including Caracol and Xunantunich, two vast cities that once competed against Tikal (just across the border in modern-day Guatemala) for dominance of the region. And just across from San Ignacio lies the ruins of Cahal Pech, a cliffside community built exclusively for Maya nobles and members of the elite.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located on the Caribbean coastline in Placencia, Belize. Chabil Mar offers visitors Belize all-inclusive jungle and sea vacation packages that include guided tours to the best spots in Cayo.

For more information about Cayo, 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.

Save a Fortune by Having Your Destination Wedding in Belize in 2019

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A single visit to the ValuePenguin website can disturb even calm, blissful couples! The site’s by-state breakdown calculates the amount of money families spend on weddings, and if you happen to live in a state where the cost of living is high, you could be in for unpleasant surprises.

On the other hand, why not have a dream wedding for a fraction of the cost by coming to Belize, the new wedding capital of the Caribbean? There’s another benefit: stick around for the honeymoon you crave.

Why Belize?

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Prestigious publications have been raving about Belize as a wedding destination for months. Even the airline industry is complicit! Extra routes and attractive pricing make traveling to Belize so affordable, couples wind up inviting more guests to join the party.

But don’t take the word of “Conde Nast Traveler” or “Lonely Planet”: Belize resorts report record demand for onsite weddings and even offer wedding planning services.

Why does this matter? According to Costhelper, couples spend between $5,000 and $10,000 on wedding planners. Imagine what you could do with all that money if you came to Belize and let your host undertake all of the work associated with your big day!

What to expect from a Belize wedding

Whether you’re a world-traveler or you’ve never gone abroad, the thought of staging a grand affair from afar may intimidate you, but it’s as easy to get married in Belize as it is back home. There’s a short waiting period to present credentials, register and then the celebration begins, minus pesky blood tests. Your marriage is recognized everywhere on the planet once you say, “I do.” Could anything be easier?

When seeking a venue, consider Placencia, home to one of the most popular resorts in Belize: Chabil Mar Villas. This picture-perfect resort has built an admirable reputation for destination weddings and Chabil Mar wedding planners are the best. From helping couples do paper work to easing bridal jitters, there’s nothing staff won’t do to make every wedding unforgettable.

Why Chabil Mar is your happy place

Chabil Mar Villas wedding packages include everything a couple desires. Trip Advisor calls these packages “Fairy Tale Weddings” for obvious reasons. From deluxe accommodations to housing wedding party members, staff is ready to sort out arrangements and even make suggestions you might not have thought about.

But it’s the little things that matter when couples want perfection but don’t want to worry about the details. Included on the Chabil Mar wedding package list are meal packages, spa services, local round-trip air to Placencia, flowers, videographer and photographer, wedding cake and champagne. Resort staff can arrange for a minister, justice of the peace or priest and walk you through legalities so nothing is forgotten.

Special requests can morph your wedding into an intimate, exclusive event that has no equal. But you won’t know the extent to which this Belizean paradise is willing to go on your behalf if you don’t ask. A single toll-free call to 1-866-417-2377 gives you all of the assurances you seek, so what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone now while you’ve got wedding bells ringing in your head!

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