10 Stunning Photos from the Belize Barrier Reef

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Last year we had the pleasure of hosting James, the travel blogger behind the website www.escapingabroad.com. If you visit the about section of his site, you will find out that his favorite country in the world is Belize. We here at Chabil Mar do not blame him for that because we understand and appreciate the beautiful things that Belize offers to its 350,000 inhabitants as well as the thousands of travelers who visit the country each year.

One of those beautiful things in Belize that locals and visitors enjoy is the colorful and Great Barrier Reef.  Even Charles Darwin, the world renowned Naturalist loved it that in 1842, he described it as the “most remarkable reef in the west indies.”The Belize Reef not only provides succulent sea food to our people but is also ideal for snorkeling and diving.

In this blog post, we share ten jaw dropping underwater photos from the Belize Barrier reef. All photos courtesy of www.escapingabroad.com.

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Colorful Reef’s

Diving near the atolls and reefs in the Southern area of Belize are some of the most colorful I’ve seen yet.

See also: Belize Sailing Vacations


Sneaky Pipefish

Attempting to blend in but I found him anyway

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Mean Green

Moray eels look meaner than they actually are.

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Hovering Grouper

A Nassau grouper hanging out above a large sponge.

See also: Belize Fishing Vacations

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Spotted morays are smaller than their green cousins but have just as much attitude!
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The first batfish I’ve ever seen! Sure are pretty aren’t they?

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Had to add in a profile photo.. hard to beat how weird these guys look!

See also: Belize Island Vacations
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That’s one only a mother could love!
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Hide and Seek

This small sharpnose puffer fish tried to hide in a brightly colored sponge to no avail!

See also: Belize Scuba Diving Vacations

The Little Guys

It’s always fun to watch the little fish hiding close to the coral for protection.

If you are interested in discovering and exploring the great Belize reef, check out these Belize Sea Adventures. And if you have any questions on Belize, feel free to drop us an email reservations@chabilmarvillas.com

Here’s Why You Should Spend Your Spring Break in Belize

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With Spring Break almost here, it’s time to get away and enjoy the sun in the Caribbean! Here are some reasons why you should spend your Spring Break in Belize:

1. The beaches are beyond spectacular with white sand and crystal clear Caribbean water
2. English is the official language
3. It’s not that far from the U.S. – about a two hour flight from Houston or Miami
4. There are some really fantastic Belize all-inclusive resorts offering specials
5. Plenty of fun, relaxation, and adventure, all included in your Belize vacation

One 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!

Interior Living Area Lux Villas Chabil Mar Belize Resort

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 Carcol, 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.

Belize’s Biggest Sporting Event: La Ruta Maya-Belize River Challenge

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La Ruta Maya River Challenge

2019 will mark the 21st anniversary of one of Belize’s most exciting sports competitions. First held in 1998 as a corporate sponsorship event, La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge has blossomed into an exciting international race featuring teams from around Belize and the world as they compete in the grueling four-day canoeing challenge.

This year, more than a 100 teams will set off from the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio town for the first leg of the journey. Cheered on by thousands of excited fans, the canoeists are racing to promote awareness of the environment, ecology, and the beauty of Belize as they seek to be the first to cross the finish line in Belize City on the fourth and final day of the event.

Competing teams will be awarded based on eight different racing divisions:

  • All Male
  • All Female
  • Mixed Gender
  • Masters
  • Intramural
  • Dory
  • Pleasure Craft
  • Family Adventure Racers

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Teams will set out early in the morning on the first day from San Ignacio Town in western Belize for the first leg of the race, a trip approximately 46 miles long. On day two, teams will begin at Banana Bank for the difficult second leg, a grueling 60 mile course that ends at Double Head Cabbage Village. On the third day, racers will navigate 36 miles of treacherous currents to arrive at Henderson Bank in Burrel Boom. On the fourth and final day, teams will push themselves to the limit to finish the 28-mile long last leg to be the first to arrive in downtown Belize City.

This year, the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge will begin on March 8 and will conclude on March 11.

On behalf of Chabil Mar and its Staff, we wish the best of luck to all the participating teams.


Belize prepares to ban single-use plastic and Styrofoam products by April 2019


Last year, the government of Belize approved a proposal to phase out all single-use plastic utensils, shopping bags, straws, and Styrofoam containers starting April 22, 2019. The proposal applies to all restaurants, hotels and grocery stores in the country.

The proposal was written by a task force made up of representatives from the Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry; the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development; the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Commerce; and the Ministry of Tourism.

According to a task force report, Belize residents and visitors use millions of plastic and Styrofoam items every year. These cause immense harm to Belize’s environment and are costly to clean up. The proposal mandates that all businesses must switch to biodegradable containers and utensils.

Belize is a Leader in Sustainable Tourism

In recent years, Belize has taken aggressive steps to protect its rich biodiversity. The government has ended oil exploration and passed tough conservation laws. The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to many rare and endangered species. It is now protected by conservation laws. Belize also has a large number of wildlife and bird sanctuaries that provide a safe home to its many native species.

These efforts have made Belize a hub of eco-tourism. Travelers who want a truly authentic, wild experience find that Belize is a natural choice. These changes have also been warmly welcomed by those in Belize’s tourism industry.

“We welcome all of these efforts to preserve Belize’s rare beauty,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar in Placencia, Belize. “We know that travelers today want an experience that is sustainable and that respects nature. We are happy to ensure that they can enjoy Belize in a way that preserves its beauty for many generations to come.”

Experience Sustainable Luxury at Chabil Mar

Chabil Mar is a luxury resort on the stunning Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize. The property has its own private beachfront and offers full-service dining, swimming pools and posh amenities. These amenities are reserved exclusively for guests at Chabil Mar.

Chabil Mar is also a proud partner in the Pack for a Purpose initiative, which lets travelers help with local animal-welfare and childhood education efforts.

Chabil Mar is also close to the Belize Barrier Reef and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. If you want to experience the beauty of Belize, then consider staying at Chabil Mar on your vacation.

Visiting Belize in 2019? Here’s what you need to know


Visit Belize in 2019

Belize is a small country, a virtual hybrid of Central American and Caribbean cultures. Located just south of Mexico, Belize was once an isolated country difficult to get to. But now thanks to non-stop flights from all the biggest airlines in North America, more and more people are getting the chance to visit this nation dubbed “Mother Nature’s Best-kept Secret.”

Belize is a country where nature is king. You won’t find any high-rise shopping malls or traffic jams here. Instead, you’ll find a natural wonderland filled with lush rainforests, verdant jungles, and gorgeous sugar sand white beaches. All this plus more ancient Maya cities than anywhere else on the planet, and it’s easy to see why Belize is such a popular travel destination.

For Canadians, Air Canada and WestJet now fly non-stop to Belize from Toronto and Calgary. Americans have even more options, as Southwest, American, United, Sun Country, and Delta all offer non-stop flights from a dozen major cities across the country, including Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas. In just 2-5 hours, you can be enjoying the fabulous sunny skies and warm temperatures that bless Belize all year-round.

Exciting festivals and events to see include the Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival, a celebration of local artisans and artists, the renowned Placencia Lobsterfest to herald the opening of the lobster season, and the delicious Chocolate Festival that uses locally grown cacao beans to create a wide variety of sumptuous treats.

Activities to enjoy in Belize in 2019 include snorkeling or scuba diving with whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean, bird watching (over 500 species have been recorded in the country), hiking through a national park, or visiting ancient Maya cities such as Lubantuum, Xunantunich, and Nim Li Punit.

If that’s not enough, you can also enjoy world-class sailing, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving along the Belize Barrier Reef, second only in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Belize has hundreds of tropical islands and atolls, and few experiences can compare to watching the sun rise over the waters of the Caribbean.

No matter when you decide to visit, you’ll be sure to have a great time. All you’ll need is a T-shirt, shorts, sandals. Oh, and your passport, of course!

Mark your calendar now and make 2019 the year you visit Belize! Stay at the luxurious Chabil Mar resort in beautiful southern Belize. Chabil Mar offers travelers Belize jungle and sea packages to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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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