See Laughing Bird Caye off Placencia During Your Belize Vacation

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It’s a Belize island named for a quirky bird: Who wouldn’t want to visit?

In case you can’t tell one bird from another, visit the Laughing Gulls page on Cornell University’s “All About Birds” ornithology website to see exactly what these winged comedians are all about.

This breed of gulls are in constant competition with pelicans for tasty fish, but the characteristic that defines this breed of gull is a chirp that closely resembles the sound of human laughter. If you’re lucky enough to spot one while visiting Laughing Bird Caye National Park, perhaps they will let you in on the joke!

A beautiful, protected area

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Laughing Bird Caye National Park is a must-see for more than just the birds for whom the island was named. It’s a protected caye measuring 1.8 acres located just off the coast of Placencia Village. While these skittish gulls no longer breed on the island (they need more quiet than curious visitors are willing to give them), travelers love the solitude of the beach and enjoying the park’s natural beauty.

Spend your summer or fall vacation at Chabil Mar, where seasonal rates are low and surroundings are lush and luxurious, and you’ll have access to Laughing Bird Caye. Staff is delighted to make arrangements for your visit and you’re welcome to return to the caye as often as you like if your trip to Belize is all about grabbing as much solitude as possible so you can clear your head and relax.

A balance of nature and luxury

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Once you’ve had your fill of roaming the caye, Chabil Mar tours can satisfy the adventurer in your soul, especially if you love to scuba dive and snorkel Placencia’s chain of offshore cayes where beginners and seasoned divers find plenty of underwater splendor. Need gear? The resort has you covered. You can also arrange a fishing trip.

At the end of day, luxe accommodations beckon. This full-service boutique resort is located on the beach, so you’ll be sent off to sleep listening to ocean waves. Within your villa, furnishings, art and decorative touches are all Belize-inspired and your host provides every amenity to make your stay comfortable and restful. Don’t forget to add at least one heavenly massage at the resort’s spa to your itinerary.

Onsite dining is so exceptional, many guests refuse to go outside the resort because they can’t get enough of Chef Daniel’s eclectic menu. The award-winning Café Mar serves Belize-inspired and international dishes. If this virtual tour doesn’t compel you to book a villa and a secure a table reservation at the Café now, while summer rates are low, nothing will.

Fall is Fabulous in Belize

Autumn may mean chilly nights and trees changing colors in North America, but it’s the perfect time to visit balmy Belize. The sun is shining with temperatures in the high 80s, ideal for enjoying one of the many fabulous activities in Belize like snorkeling and scuba diving the offshore reef, horse back riding through the jungle, or climbing to the top of an ancient Maya pyramid.

Best of all, autumn is part of the “low season” in Belize, meaning there are fewer tourists and great discounts on lodging and organized tours. And there are plenty of colorful national events to enjoy in fall such as St. George’s Caye Day (September 10), Independence Day (September 21), and Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19).

Here are four other great reasons to visit Belize in the fall:

Seafood

With beautiful, pristine rivers and the spectacular Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the waters of Belize are a rich source of fish and seafood. Few experiences can compare to a meal of fresh-caught snapper, shrimp ceviche, or delicious lobster.

Nature


A vast unspoiled wilderness measuring 150 square miles (400 square kilometers) in size, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for a day hike or a multi-day expedition. With mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and a coastal area brimming with wildlife, the Cockscomb Basin Sanctuary is also home to the world’s first jaguar preservation site where scientists study some of Central America’s last remaining big cat populations.Other popular activities include boat safaris up the well-named Monkey River, learning about the vast cornucopia of indigenous plants that are still used to make traditional medicines as well as stopping off at a riverside village to enjoy a home-cooked meal.

Ancient Maya

Once the heartland of the vast Maya civilization, Belize has more ancient Maya sites than anywhere else on the planet. Popular destinations include the giant palaces of Caracol, the legendary lost city of Xunantunich, and the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, a spooky underground labyrinth once used by Maya priests to perform human sacrifices.

The Belize Barrier Reef

 

With hundreds of gorgeous islands, the Belize Barrier Reef is a mecca for snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, and fishing.

Chabil Mar is currently offering several special offers for travelers who visit Belize this fall.

For more information about visiting Belize this fall, 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: A Honeymoon Destination You’ll Fall in Love with This Fall

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Belize – Best Fall Honeymoon Destination

June weddings are so yesterday! Your fall wedding will be held at the trendiest time of year—especially if you choose a romantic, affordable honeymoon destination like Belize.

Once upon a time, no bride would consider holding her wedding during any month but June. According to historian Christine Schultz, the restriction had everything to do with paying respects to the goddess Juno and in fact, choosing another month for getting married could have impaired a bride’s fertility, according to folklore.

But June weddings have gone the way of white dresses and throwing shoes at newlyweds. These days, June has been replaced by September and October as the most popular, and Paris has been replaced by Belize as an ideal overseas trip that’s close to home and where everyone speaks English.

Where to go in Belize? Chabil Mar Villas located on the Placencia peninsula. And if you’re marrying in the fall, you’ll be delighted to read that you can honeymoon here without emptying your savings account at a destination guaranteed to give your married life the most amazing start ever.

Why Chabil Mar?

This is an equal opportunity honeymoon haven. Bridal magazines offer women excellent advice but it’s rare to find a men’s magazine raving about a destination. “GQ” editors say, “no one would blame you for holing up” at Chabil Mar with your loved one.” Agreeing on a honeymoon destination couldn’t be easier!

This resort is sexy and exciting. Accommodations are luxurious, private and intimate. Imagine being sequestered in a honeymoon suite surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it; you can see it for yourself: https://chabilmarvillas.com/panoramas/virtualtour.html.

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Chabil Mar has won many awards. Listing them all here would test your patience but each one is well deserved! From gorgeous suites to the onsite gourmet restaurant, the number of honeymooners hanging “Do Not Disturb” signs on the doors of their lodgings for the entirety of their stays is staggering.

Fall honeymoons at Chabil Mar are affordable. Getting married in September or October? Take advantage of the resort’s “buy 4 nights; get 1 free” offer by reserving before September 30th and as long as bookings are available, you could save a bundle. You get the same white glove treatment you would enjoy if you came during high season when rates are at their highest.

Activities newlyweds adore. Chabil Mar offers an assortment of tours that suit all appetites. Whether you book a package that includes tours, or you want to choose activities when the mood strikes, you can marvel at Maya temples and caves, scuba dive the barrier reef, zip line over jungle canopies, fish the ocean or explore diverse cultural treasures. Staff does the work. You have the fun.

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Let’s say you have something more intimate in mind. Imagine a yachting island cruise, relaxing couples’ massages and intimate dinners served beachside, poolside or on your villa’s veranda. Why would you think of honeymooning anywhere else now that you know how splendid a fall honeymoon can be when it’s celebrated at Chabil Mar?

8 Must do Activities in Placencia Belize

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Top Things to See and Do in Belize

Placencia Village on the southeastern coast of Belize is a popular holiday destination for North American expats and tourists. The village is located on the southern tip of the 16-mile long narrow Placencia Peninsula, a relaxed “barefoot friendly” community that bills itself as the caye (island) that you can drive to as it is easily accessible by automobile via a paved 27-mile road that branches off from the Southern Highway.

Placencia is a popular destination for vacationers but each tourist brings their own expectations to the kind of experience that they have in the area. Many enjoy the laid-back barefoot atmosphere where you can wander up and down the public beaches or mosey into some of the best bars and restaurants in the area. Others visitors looking for a more pampered experience can stay at top-rated luxury resorts like Chabil Mar located just a few minutes’ walk from the village.

The high season in Placencia starts in mid-December and lasts until after Easter, although any time of the year is a good time to visit. There’s always a bump in the number of visitors during the full moons of the months of May and June as that’s when the whale sharks come to feed in the waters just offshore.

Here are 8 must do activities/tours in Placencia.

Explore Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary - Things to do in Placencia BelizeLocated in the Stann Creek District and not far from Placencia Village, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is globally recognized as the world’s first jaguar preserve and is home to cascading waterfalls to swim in, panoramic mountain views, nature trails, furry mammals, colorful insects, scaly reptiles and a variety of neotropical birds. In addition, river tubing is a favorite adventure for the many visitors to this unique tropical paradise. Tours leave daily from Chabil Mar.

Although the jaguar (the largest spotted cat in the world) is what the reserve is famous for, you are unlikely to see one as the cat is nocturnal. However you will see its tracks along with tracks of tapir, deer, and other wildlife that inhabit the nature reserve. Cockscomb Basin is also home to one of Belize’s highest points — Victoria Peak and many travelers who vacation in Placencia go on this tour.

Go on a Kayaking expedition at Laughing Bird Caye

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Kayaking in Placencia is a joy! The crystal clear waters, tepid sunshine and balmy Caribbean breezes that Belize offers make for an ideal kayaking expedition. As you glide across the warm waters, you will observe untouched coral reefs, white sandy beaches and abundant marine wildlife like the amazing sea turtle.

Belize has numerous cayes that can be explored on a kayak. Laughing Bird Caye National Park for example, is a mini atoll and is a favorite stopover for reef kayakers.

Pay a Visit to the Resident Howler Monkeys

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Take a boat to Monkey River Village and head up Monkey River and into the jungle to pay a visit with the resident howler monkeys. Complete your adventure along the ride to observe crocodiles sunning along the river banks, along with exotic birds, iquana hanging in the trees, a few bats and lizards and enjoy a lunch with the villagers in Monkey River. On the way back to Placencia you may even see a few manatees along with their pups.

Explore Maya Temple Sites

belize mayan ruins - things to do in placencia According to archeologists, over 1 million Maya people lived in present day Belize. Today there are a range of Maya temples scattered throughout Belize. If you are vacationing in Placencia, you might want to explore Maya Temples like Nim Li Punit and Lubantuun in the Toledo District or Xunantunich and Cahal Pech in western Belize. While visiting some of these sites, maybe even add on a swim up river and into a cave! That is a thrill of a lifetime.

Dive or Snorkel – even with Whale Sharks

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Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize is a diver and snorkeler’s dream come true. In addition, over 100 islands dot the coastline, just offshore from Placencia, providing endless opportunities for diverse diving and snorkeling opportunities.

During the months of March, April, May and June around the full moon, giant whale sharks will emerge in the turquoise clear waters of Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve near the Placencia Peninsula. This marine reserve is used by over 30 species of tropical fishes to release their eggs and it is the eggs of the cubera, mutton and dog snappers that the whale sharks munch on.

Both divers and snorkelers can swim with these giant whale sharks in the pristine and warm waters of southern Belize without any risk from these magnificent creatures as they do not pose any significant threat to humans.

Fishing is Extraordinary

fishing in Belize - things to do in PlacenciaAs a traditional fishing Village, Placencia is the residency of some of the finest fishing captains in Belize. And, due to its location on a peninsula, the lagoons to the west, the Caribbean to the east and the barrier reef 18 miles offshore, while being dotted with multiple islands (cayes, pronounced “keys”), fishing is inherent in the population and history of this beautiful Village of 1500 residents. A grand slam is a definitely a possibility while visiting Placencia.

Enjoy delicious Belizean Cuisines

belize food - things to do in placencia Placencia Village is a traditional fishing Village with a tourist element. It is this small tourist exposure that has encouraged its residents to populate it with amazing restaurants like Tipsy Tuna, Rum Fish, Barefoot, La Dolce Vita, Secret Garden, Yoli’s, Pickled Parrot, Purple Space Monkey and Wendy’s (no not the fast food restaurant) and these well known restaurants offer a variety of fresh sea food at a reasonable price. Dotted along the streets are many vendors serving some of the best Belizean dishes in the country, passed down from generations and prepared with local ingredients. Rum Fish for example, sells the best fish tacos and if you are into gourmet burgers you’ll have to try Barefoot Restaurant & Bar which is located right on the beach.

You can also check out the Italian Gelato Shop that offers incredible and authentic fruit gelatos. Gelato in Placencia? Yes, and we dare say among the best you will ever have the pleasure to put to your palate.

Placencia Beaches

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In a country with more than 180 miles of beaches, the Placencia Peninsula truly stands out. Lovely white sand, refreshing tropical breezes, and the sight and scent of the sparkling waters of the Caribbean combine for a truly unforgettable tropical beach experience.

While many people partake in organized adventures on both the mainland and nearby Belize Barrier Reef, one of the truly special joys of a Belize vacation is relaxing and exploring the beaches of the Placencia peninsula.

Below are a few ways to make the most of Placencia’s golden beaches:

  • Take a long walk – In some parts, it’s considered a cliche to say that you enjoy a long walk on the beach, but in Placencia the words won’t matter. Whether you’re strolling hand in hand with a loved one or simply admiring the view on your own, walking along the beach in Placencia is undeniably good for the soul.
  • Enjoy a fine meal – Whether you’ve packed a picnic basket filled to the brim with tasty local goodies or you’ve decided to enjoy a seafront view at one of the peninsula’s amazing restaurants, few experiences can compare to dining on delicious food and drinks on the beach.
  • Main Street – New York has Fifth Avenue and Paris has the Champs-Élysées, but the village of Placencia has its own unique claim to fame. Officially declared the smallest main street in the world, the central “boulevard” running through the middle of the village is actually a sidewalk just four feet across. No cars are allowed which makes it the perfect place to visit cute little shops, grab a coffee, or sit down for a delicious snack.
  • Relax! – Many people get so wound up trying to cram in as many activities and tours during their vacation that they forget the reason why they decided to visit Belize in the first place. The lovely golden dunes of Placencia are a great place to work on your tan, swing in a hammock, or dip your toes in the Caribbean while unwinding and relaxing.
  • Seine Bight – Heading north from Placencia Village, visitors walking along the beach have the opportunity to go see the village of Seine Bight. Home to Belize’s unique Garifuna culture, Seine Bight is a great chance to experience Garifuna music, dancing, and food.
  • Take unforgettable photos – Whether you want to impress your friends on social media with your amazing selfies or simply want to capture the happy memories of vacation, the beaches of Placencia are ideal for taking photographs.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize and Placencia, 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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Caracol Mayan Ruins

The Maya Ruins of Caracol

Caracol is one of the most interesting and well-preserved ancient Maya sites in Belize. Previously known as Uxwitza (“Three Water Hill”) to the ancient Maya, the current name of the site was coined in 1938 when the local British head archeologist dubbed it Caracol (Spanish for “Snail Shell”) on account of the curving access road that leads to the site.

Far bigger than even Belize City, Caracol once housed up to 180,000 people at the height of the city’s power. Caracol dominated the ancient Maya geopolitical world, variously allying or fighting against other city-states, including Naranjo and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal that is currently located just across the border in neighboring Guatemala.

The most famous building in Caracol is the Canaa (“Sky Palace). An enormous period that contains four palaces and three temples, Canaa is still the tallest building in the country at 141 feet (43 meters) high. Other important buildings and items discovered in Caracol include 24 religious altars, three large ball court, five big plazas, 24 carved stelae, reservoirs, causeways, and a very advanced astronomical observatory. A total of 35,000 lesser buildings have also been identified in Caracol along with more than 100 tombs.

Due to its enormous footprint (some 75 square miles), much of Caracol is still awaiting further excavation. A 2009 aerial survey was used to create a 3D map of how the city stands, including large sections of causeway and agricultural terraces that still lie buried in the jungle. The remote location of Caracol in the foothills of the Maya Mountains in southwest Belize also add to the difficulty of performing large-scale archeological work.

Caracol rose to the height of its power during the Maya classic period but the city seems to have been abandoned around the year 1050 for unknown reasons relating to the wide scale collapse of Maya civilization in the area. Once reclaimed by the jungle, the city was accidentally rediscovered in 1938 by a local logger named Rosa Mai who was in the area searching for mahogany trees.

Today, Caracol is located approximately 25 miles south of San Ignacio in the western Cayo District of Belize. The site of Caracol is within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve and is surrounded by both primary and secondary tropical rain forest. The abundance of carved stelae, altars, markers in ball courts, walls, and capstones have allowed archaeologists to accurately document the history of the city, including a monumental military victory of Tikal in the year 562 AD.

Chabil Mar in Placencia Belize & Caracol Mayan Ruins

Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula is close to all of the most exciting mainland destinations in Belize. Guests of the resort can include a visit to Caracol Mayan Ruins as part of one of Chabil Mar’s fantastic Belize Reef & Jungle vacation packages.


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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