5 Super Ways to Relax in Placencia Belize

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Relaxation can add years to your life. Find your bliss in Placencia, and you could live even longer!

There is no place in Belize that holds a candle to Placencia. This finger of a landmass has become a hot spot because it’s so relaxing. Spend a bundle? Not you. There’s lots to do that won’t empty your wallet but you’ll still immerse yourself in the area’s most relaxing experiences if you check out these 5 suggestions.

1. Visit the Placencia Municipal Pier by day or night. There’s plenty to do and see, including watching cruise ships sail by on their way to docking for off-ship excursions.

Home to “the Boardwalk,” this hub is an ideal place to stroll after dining at local eateries or skip the meal and head straight for a cool ice cream treat. Not big on sweets? Grab a frosty Belikin. If you spot a school of tarpon surfacing to snag small fish and insects after the sun goes down, it’s not the brew. It’s nature!

2. Stake out a spot on the beach outside your Chabil Mar Villas accommodation where luxury and award-winning service await. Have your breakfast out on the beach or grab a spicy summer read. Find out how it feels to read an entire chapter without the kids interrupting or the dryer notifying you that it’s time to fold.

Exquisitely furnished sea-facing villas with verandas that offer up to 2,000 square feet of living space are available, but if you’re in Placencia to regain your equilibrium, you’ll still get all of the luxe perks you crave in the smallest digs.

3. Feed your active soul. Not everyone relaxes by lying about in the lap of luxury while summoning staff to bring cocktails to their lounge chair. You may belong to the school of relaxation that requires you to stay busy.

Chabil Mar has everything you require to stay on the go from morning to night. Bike, kayak or paddle board using the resort’s equipment to try something new. Swim in both of Chabil Mar’s infinity pools. If you can’t detach from reality, use the Wi-Fi connection provided by the resort, but remember your mantra: RELAX.

4. Become a sunset watcher. From the perch on your villa veranda, the resort’s beach or other vantage points that offer unobstructed access to the sea, reap benefits from watching the sunset every day during your vacation, say scientists.

Sunsets have been proven to improve moods, make meditation a more powerful experience and slow down time. Isn’t that what exactly what you crave when you’re on vacation?

5. Find balance by investigating specialty tours arranged by Chabil Mar that can challenge you to do things you’ve yet to try. Packages and specials may tap into a part of you that needs to be discovered.

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Browse the Belize vacation package menu to see if something irresistible calls out to you. Something surprising could upend your definition of relaxation and leave you hungry for more!

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.

Second Annual Birding Festival Promises to be Bigger Than The First!

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For avid bird-watchers, there are few better places to be than the beautiful Central American nation of Belize. The country’s lush jungles and rainforests are filled with a wide variety of unique birds, such as the keel-billed toucans, lineated woodpeckers, and gartered trogons.

On October 19th and 20th, 2019, the 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival promises to take the region’s avian appeal to a whole new level. The event, organized by the Belize Audobon Society (BAS), Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), will take place at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Renowned birding experts such as Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Dr. H. Lee Jones, and Serge Arias will be present.

While the inaugural festival took place over just one day, the second iteration of the event is set to deliver two days of tours, presentations, exhibitions, and conferences. The first day will begin with an Urban Bird Walk, a three-hour hike through the bird-filled San Ignacio area. Throughout the rest of the day, visitors will be able to spend time on the exhibition room floor, attend the keynote address, view the panel discussion, and enter competitions and raffles. The day will conclude with cocktails and snacks by the pool.

Day two looks set to be just as exciting. Attendees can begin the day with a birding excursion to Black Rock, Cahal Pech, or the Crested Caracara Provete Teserven Private Reserve. During the rest of the day, visitors can tour the exhibits, attend a Q&A session, and attend a discussion about bird watching in Central America. There will even be another round of competitions and prizes. The day will finish with a thank you address by the organizers and the presentation of awards.

Whether you want to attend the 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival in October or just want to visit Belize to marvel in its natural beauty, you will undoubtedly need a place to stay. Chabil Mar in Placencia, Belize is an excellent option. Our villas are luxuriously appointed and our location provides easy access to a host of nearby sights and attractions.

Put simply, there’s a lot to love about this amazing resort. If you would like to learn more, contact our team, or make a booking, all you need to do is visit the website.

The Best Birding in Southern Belize

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Belize has long been a birder’s best-kept secret. In fact, some people say that if you’re not a birder when you arrive in Belize, you’ll be one by the time you leave. 

Almost half of the land in Belize is managed as reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and protected habitats. Many are managed by the Belize Audubon Society and these protected areas provide a rich diversity of natural ecosystems where birds thrive. 

Southern Belize is the primary location for bird lovers looking for keel-billed toucans, ringed and pygmy kingfishers, pale-billed woodpeckers, squirrel cuckoos, pygmy owls, hummingbirds, keel-billed motmots, scarlet macaws and every species of parrot and parakeet imaginable. And don’t forget our local chachalaca birds, purple gallinules, spotted sandpipers, black catbirds and the list goes on and on. 

What’s more, you’ll see all of these marvelous birds in settings that are breathtakingly beautiful. The following are some prime birding spots in southern Belize. 

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Red Bank Village

Red Bank is a Maya village located near Placencia. The community is a favorite hangout of vivid, fast-flying scarlet macaws that flock here to find food. For the past 10 years, the village has cooperated with conservation groups to monitor and protect the macaws. Sadly, scarlet macaws are endangered, so this is a rare opportunity to spot these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. 


Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary protects more than 6000 acres of wetlands ecosystems. Getting there requires a two-hour hike from the village of Laguna in Toledo District. In the lagoons, you’ll see egrets, herons, wood storks, flycatchers, ibis and kingfishers. You might see jabiru storks, another rare and endangered species. It’s a good idea to visit Aguacaliente with a guide. 

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world’s first jaguar preserve and an important watershed conservation area. You’ll see a huge variety of animals, plants, and birds here, including white-collared manikins, crimson-collared and masked tanagers, bat falcons and more. 

Sir Thomas at Toucan Sittee

Sir Thomas at Toucan Sittee is located in southern Belize. It is s privately-owned bird sanctuary where one birder reported seeing 100 different species in an hour. The top birds you will encounter at this location include kingfishers, hummingbirds, toucans, and parakeets. 

If you’re already packing your bags and binoculars, make sure you book your stay at Chabil Mar. Our resort offers luxury accommodations in Placencia Village and our “Treasures of the Sky” Belize birding package provides guided tours led by local experts to top birding spots in the country.

Top Ten Reasons to Love Belize for Scuba Diving

Thanks to a combination of the reef, a white sandy seafloor, and crystal clear waters, Belize is one of the world’s best places to enjoy scuba diving.

Here are 10 reasons why you’ll love scuba diving in Belize:

Belize Blue Hole

Rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 favorite dive sites in the world. Measuring some 300 meters across, the Belize Blue Hole sits above an enormous system of flooded caves and caverns. For experienced divers only.

Lighthouse Reef

The Belize Blue Hole lies in the center of Lighthouse Reef, but there are plenty of excellent dive spots around the reef itself, including Half Moon Wall, the Gorgonian Forest, and the Silver Cayes.

Gladden Spit

Located on the outer edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, Gladden Spit is part of a protected marine park. Measuring 15 miles by 6.5 miles, there are plenty of rewarding dive spots where divers can see unique species found nowhere else.

Whale Sharks

Every year during springtime, migrating whale sharks pass through Belize near Gladden Spit. The largest fish in the oceans, whale sharks pose no risk to humans, giving divers a truly unique opportunity to approach these gentle giants. To protect the whale sharks, only authorized tour operators are allowed to approach, and the number of divers in the area is strictly regulated.

Turneffe Atoll

Turneffe Atoll in the Rain

One of the top diving spots in the country, the Turneffe Atoll has several islands and lagoons brimming with beautiful spots ideal for diving.

Silk Cayes

A national marine park, the waters of Silk Caye near Gladden Spit have some spectacular walls and holes for divers to explore.

South Water Caye

There is a natural cut in the reef near South Water Caye, giving divers an excellent opportunity to see diverse marine flora and fauna.

Laughing Bird Caye

Another one of Belize’s national parks, the island is known for its excellent snorkeling. But divers benefit from crystal clear waters and a kaleidoscope of marine life.

Long Coco Spit

Approximately three miles from Laughing Bird Caye, this formation is ideal for novice divers. Perfect for observing enormous schools of fish and black coral.

The Wreck of Miss Pamela

Laughing Bird Caye by Kurt Repanshek Chabil Mar Belize Resort

In 2002, the Miss Pamela was deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef. Clear waters and an abundance of huge barracuda feeding on schools of fish make this a rewarding dive.

For more information about scuba diving in Belize or Placencia,  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.




This Is the Best Resort for Your Belize Honeymoon

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located directly on the beach in Placencia, Belize. The resort features beautifully appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, gourmet restaurant, and a private seafront pier ideal for enjoying romantic candlelit meals under the stars.

If you’ve ever imagined an exotic getaway honeymoon to a gorgeous tropical destination, Chabil Mar is that dream come to life. From the moment you are greeted by the staff to your first glimpse of the sparkling waters of the Caribbean from the veranda of your luxury villa, you will know that you’ve arrived in a truly special place.

Some honeymooners love to curl up in a hammock strung beneath palm trees or take long walks along the beach. For more adventurous couples, Chabil Mar offers the free use of bicycles, paddle boards, and sea kayaks.

Each villa at Chabil Mar comes with Turkish robes, eco-friendly luxury bath products, 400 thread-count linens, a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a full-size kitchen. When you’re ready to step outside, you can enjoy lounging on the resort’s private beach or step into the Seaview Bar and Lounge for a delicious tropical cocktail. If you get hungry, you can eat at the renowned Cafe Mar restaurant that serves up a fresh-caught seafood and a wide array of local and international dishes.

Chabil Mar in the local Maya language means “Beautiful Sea,” and the resort is perfectly situated for excursions to the nearby islands on the Belize Barrier Reef. A UNESCO World Heritage Site of stunning beauty, the clear waters and white sandy seafloor of the reef are ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.

On land, there’s lots to enjoy as well. Just minutes away is the enormous Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, a pristine wilderness where jaguars still roam. Other top tours include boat trips up the well-named Monkey River, exploring ancient Maya pyramids and temples, and cultural visits to places like Dangriga and Hopkins where the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people still enjoy their traditional foods, music, and distinctive drumming.

Whether you’re coming to relax in luxurious intimacy or want to enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures with your new spouse, Chabil Mar is the best resort for your honeymoon.

Chabil Mar has a range of Belize honeymoon packages that include transportation, meals, and exciting activities so that you and your beloved can unwind and enjoy an unforgettable romantic vacation in Belize.

For more information about our honeymoon packages, 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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