Belize Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

The latest edition of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad magazine has featured the incredible Caribbean nation of Belize. The only former British colony in Central America, Belize offers stunning landscapes and mesmerizing backdrops that are tailor-made for destination weddings and honeymoons abroad in exotic locations. Once a hidden backwater, Belize is now a popular vacation destination with daily flights arriving from the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Belize is a relatively small country, but it has been blessed by nature with lush rainforests on the mainland and hundreds of postcard-perfect offshore islands set along the length of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage, like shimmering jewels. With sugar sand white beaches, enchanting sunrises, and a verdant landscape teeming with animals like howler monkeys, colorful toucans, and elusive jaguars, it’s no mystery why so many people choose Belize for their wedding and/or honeymoon.

Many couples are choosing Belize for their wedding because of the country’s natural beauty and simplified marriage license procedure. As an English-speaking country, the wedding documents don’t need to be translated for use at home, and local law allows foreign couples to easily get married in Belize, the only requirement being that both the bride and groom be present in the country three days prior to the ceremony.

The recently published edition of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad magazine included a lovely, two-page spread on Chabil Mar (Chabil Mar’s feature: pages 82 & 83). Featuring the resort’s motto “Beauty by Belize, Luxury by Design,” Chabil Mar was lavishly praised for being a haven of luxury. Decorated with local hardwoods and indigenous art, Chabil Mar was given high marks by the magazine authors.

If you’re looking for the perfect place for your destination wedding, Chabil Mar in southern Belize has it all. Located on its own privately owned stretch of beach, Chabil Mar is a luxury resort with elegantly appointed villas, a tropical garden, and two infinity swimming pools. Chabil Mar also has its own gourmet restaurant, and meals can be enjoyed on a lovely verandah or the resort’s private sea pier.

The Belize resort has an experienced team of wedding planners on hand to handle every detail of your special day, including the officiant, bouquets, catering, a wedding cake, and professional videography and photography services. Chabil Mar is close to all of the top attractions on both the pristine reef and the mainland and organizes Belize tours to all of the most popular areas.


For your dream wedding and/or honeymoon, choose Chabil Mar in Belize.

For more information about Belize weddings and honeymoons, 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.

Explore Belize’s Lush Nature and Caribbean Vibe in 2020

If you are looking for a laid-back Caribbean vacation with an abundance of lush natural sceneries for your 2020 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, 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 2020 Caribbean vacation with Chabil Mar Villas today!

 

Fall in Love with Belize’s Placencia Peninsula

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Is it possible to fall madly in love with an entire peninsula? The answer is yes–if that finger of land is named Placencia. Mother Nature must have loved her handiwork when she finished this gorgeous sliver of land because she included every sort of topography a visitor could desire: 16 miles of sandy beach, mountains that hug the horizon, a tranquil lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The area’s first settlers and descendants have nurtured this land over time by putting down deep roots so the peninsula is a perfectly-balanced mix of tropical green space, natural wonders and enough bistros, guest houses, luxury resorts and other amenities to satisfy anyone in search of a paradise.

The Placencia Peninsula

Feel free to circumnavigate the entire peninsula riding a beach cruiser bike because a car isn’t necessary to take in every inch of scenery. Visit the Garifuna Village in Seine Bight if you’re traveling from north to south. This cultural enclave is filled with color, music, food and fun courtesy of a distinct lifestyle established by residents whose ancestors settled here so long ago.

In close proximity to Belize’s acclaimed barrier reef, Garifuna Village is just the first stop on a journey to more populated areas further down the coast where sports enthusiasts can use the coastline as a jumping off point for kayaking, snorkeling, saltwater fly fishing, diving and other aquatic fun. No matter what your itinerary may include, you’ll find so many guides, dive shops and other commercial enterprises on the Placencia Peninsula, all you need do is pack shorts and leave the work of organizing your gear to everyone else!

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The wonder of Placencia Village

Founding fathers made it easy to remember the name of what might be called “the capitol” of Placencia Peninsula: Placencia Village. Located at the south tip of the isthmus, it’s so perfectly designed for fun in the sun, the area lacks for nothing. Indulge your sensibilities with rainforest hikes, mountain trails, Mayan ruins, the Belize Barrier Reef and deserted atolls perfect for exploring.

Placencia offers fast access to protected spots like Laughing Bird Caye, Gladden Spit, Monkey River, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and cave tubing opportunities, yet the village is a perennially popular social hub known for island cooking that ranges from local fare to gourmet delights. Shop ‘til you drop. Load up on Belize’s signature chocolates, wines and beers. It’s not unusual for visitors to say that they spent a week in Placencia Village and plan to return because they missed so much!

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Where to stay in Placencia Belize: Chabil Mar Resort

 Lodging at a beautifully situated resort elevates a good vacation to a perfect one, and if the folks at Chabil Mar Resort have anything to say about your experience, it’s a promise kept. One frequent guest said: “I only gave Chabil Mar 5 stars because 6 weren’t available!” What prompts such remarks? An experience that includes 400-feet of private beach, 19 fully-appointed luxury villas, a world-class gourmet restaurant–and every single suite offers complete privacy and a spectacular view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Spread out and relax in a 1,000 sq. ft. suite or book everything from tours to golf carts if Chabil Mar’s sea-facing infinity pools aren’t of interest. Roam tropical gardens and enjoy award-winning service that consistently wins awards from travel experts that range from Fodor’s to TripAdvisor. There’s a reason Chabil Mar is consistently on “Best Luxury Hotels in Central America for Luxury and Service” lists!

Some say that visiting Placencia Peninsula is no ordinary vacation, a sentiment echoed by Chabil Mar guests. Visit the website https://chabilmarvillas.com/ for a taste of what you can expect from the moment you wiggle your toes in the sand upon your arrival. And feel free to bring home some sand in your shoes as a reminder that paradise, in the form of Placencia Peninsula and Chabil Mar, really does exist.

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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.

Belize: A Unique Place to Celebrate Thanksgiving

At first glance, a perennially sunny and warm country like Belize may seem like a strange place to celebrate Thanksgiving. After all, Thanksgiving isn’t even an official holiday in Belize. But because of the close ties between Belize and the United States and the large number of American visitors who come to Belize in November to escape the cold and snow, Thanksgiving has become a very popular holiday in Belize.

Not only that, but many of the “classic” Thanksgiving foods have their origins in the Maya culture of Belize. Turkey meat and corn have both been staple Maya foods for over 3,000 years, and many of the tasty sides that adorn an American Thanksgiving meal are also common foods in Belize. Except maybe, perhaps, that Belizeans like to add a little twist to the cuisine with a touch more spice and some real Caribbean flavor.

And frankly, a lot of people prefer celebrating Thanksgiving abroad simply because of how easy it is. Instead of endless negotiations over where to eat Thanksgiving dinner, you can just hop on a plane and enjoy a delicious feast prepared by a top-ranked chef. And forget about schlepping to the store and dealing with all the clean-up!

Oh, and don’t worry about missing a minute of the big game, if that’s your thing. All of the top resorts in Belize have satellite TV with American channels.

From the United States, American Airlines, United, Delta, Southwest, and Sun Country Airlines fly non-stop to Belize from major cities across the country. And from Canada, WestJet and Air Canada offer non-stop service from Calgary and Toronto.

“There’s no better place to enjoy Thanksgiving in Belize than at our resort,” said Larry France, the marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “This year, we’ll be serving a full Thanksgiving dinner as well as some live entertainment at Café Mar. This year’s menu includes turkey, Belize-style holiday ham, and a full selection of delicious sides.”

Café Mar is the popular restaurant located on the grounds of Chabil Mar resort in Placencia, Belize. Thanksgiving dinner can be enjoyed by guests  and due to its popularity, advanced reservations are recommended.

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