8 Reasons to Make it a December to Remember in Placencia, Belize

Belize and Placencia in December

Have you declared 2020 the year you shake things up and end routines? Launch your mission by trading that December Florida or Arizona trip for Belize—and for all of the right reasons.

North America is awash in moody holiday shoppers by the time December 1st rolls around each year, which is why it’s not surprising to see more and more tourists grab their resort togs and flip flops and flee south.

While Florida and Arizona are traditional destinations for many, there’s been a sea change in December travel: These days, Belize is the idyllic solution to winter blues. It’s gorgeous, nearby, affordable and very therapeutic for those desperate for a respite once Thanksgiving leftovers are nothing but memories.

For tourists craving an extreme party scene, Ambergris Caye beckons. For those eager to have a blast, go adventuring, relax and avoid crowds, there is no better destination than Placencia, the destination that is fast becoming the trendiest place in Belize.

This 16-mile-long finger of land has the unique distinction of offering something for everyone, regardless of their vacation style, which is why you’ll hear it mentioned regularly when travel writers survey solo travelers, families, couples, honeymooners and groups eager to spend quality time far from obligations back home.

Consider these 8 incentives, each of which is compelling on its own.

1. Pile on the sunscreen. Daytime temperatures average 83; it’s a comfy 70-degrees F at night.

2. Flights to Belize from the U.S. and Canada are so frequent use your frequent flyer miles, fly last minute or take advantage of “deals” aggregators like Kayak offer.

3. The beaches along the Placencia coastline are pristine. Whether you are into sunbathing, kayaking, picnicking or finally getting that book read, take to the beach (and don’t forget sunglasses).

4. Placencia resorts are fast becoming known as Belize’s most beautiful properties and if you choose Chabil Mar, expect top-draw service, lush surroundings and movie set-worthy accommodations that can be hard to leave!


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5. Express your wildest wishes to your Chabil Mar host and you’ll be accommodated. The resort’s adventure menu is a smorgasbord of treats: rainforests, jungles, caves, Maya ruins, scuba diving, wildlife refuges and cultural experiences. Shopping Placencia Village is an adventure unto itself if this is your passion!

6. Belize food is an amalgam of exotic cuisines with deep roots in Creole, Garifuna and European culinary traditions. Chabil Mar chefs are skilled at preparing fusions that take advantage of locally-grown produce and freshly-caught seafood. Yes, you could gain a few pounds.

7. Enjoy an amazing Christmas or New Year’s Eve holiday if you come at the end of the month. From sacred services to fun activities, you won’t miss the traditions of either holiday and there’s a good chance you’ll spend less than you would back home, too.

8. Yes, we saved the best for last! Book immediately and as long as your reservation is on the books by October 31st, get a deal that could be too irresistible to ignore.

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 December Vacation.

FLIGHT An Inspirational Film For Future Astronauts and Families

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“FLIGHT,” is a short film made by Jamaicans that continues to wow audiences as it tours the international film festival circuit, including the esteemed “Belize Film Festival” which has been receiving and judging films since 2005. It was at the Belize Film Festival that FLIGHT took home “Best Short Film.”

Kia Moses, co-director of the film, expressed how surreal it was to her to have made such a prestigious film. Her wish was to produce a film that would reach people all over the planet. Despite the praise of critics, Moses is also humble enough to admit her doubts that her film had anything special to it. This attitude changed after receiving accolades from the “Black Women Film Network.” Between receiving commendation from that organization and then Guadeloupe’s Nouveaux Regards Film Festival, bolstered her faith that she had created something special.

FLIGHT is a story about a young Jamaican boy who longs to travel across the stars and explore the cosmos, if only to become closer to the mother he lost. The boy’s father, still quite active in his life, repeatedly shoots down the boy’s optimistic dreams until he discovers the reason why his young son aspires to join a space program. Wishing to help his son achieve his dreams, the father not only supports his son with all of his heart but is even brought on as the co-pilot of the boy’s imaginary space shuttle.

While each film festival has its own stipulations for submission and excellence, Moses believes that the human element of her story is what has continued to grab the hearts and minds of audiences. Moses opines that the natural development of the characters, the realistic, at-home depiction of Jamaica and the dynamics between father and son are the major draws.

When asked about other film-makers, Moses believes that it is never too late to begin a career as a director. Despite the imminence of her 35th birthday, Moses has no formal film training, only some familiarity with advertising. She advises anyone with dreams of filming to not overthink themselves or their decisions, just run and see how things turns out; fight any perfectionist tendencies, allow the picture to flow naturally and you will be amazed at what you have when you step back and see the final product.

Chabil Mar Villas wishes to congratulate Kis Moses and Adrian McDonald and wishes the duo continued success.

Chabil Mar Resort Congratulates Belize’s Newest Beauty Queen

Chabil Mar Resort Congratulates Belize’s Newest Beauty Queen

She’s beautiful. She’s charming. And she’s Belizean! Imagine the excitement this nation felt on November 26, 2019, when Jalyssa Arthurs was crowned Miss Central America.

Beauty pageants come and go, but that doesn’t diminish the excitement an entire nation feels when a crown is placed on the head of “one of their own.” That dream came true for Belize when the 5th edition of the Miss Central America pageant was held at the Јоѕé Dе Lа Сruz Меnа Тhеаtеr іn thе сіtу оf Lеón, Nісаrаguа.

Belizean beauty ambassador Jalyssa Arthurs may only be 19, but she exhibited the poise and elegance necessary to take the crown over all other contestants on that warm September evening. Jalyssa was so thrilled to win, she could hardly believe it had happened. “Тhіѕ іѕ thе fіrѕt tіmе thаt Веlіzе hаѕ wоn thіѕ раgеаnt!” she exclaimed.

“І lеаrnеd а lоt,” she told reporters eager to interview her after her win. “Representing mу bеаutіful јеwеl Веlіzе was the thrill of a lifetime,” despite the fact that she experienced what many travelers do when visiting foreign lands. “Belize is thе оnlу Еnglіѕh-ѕреаkіng соuntrу іn Сеntrаl Аmеrіса, so there was a lаnguаgе bаrrіеr. But not only was I able to соmmunісаtе wіth fellow contestants, I еvеn lеаrnеd some Ѕраnіѕh!”

What will Jalyssa do now that she has achieved this honor? No mystery. “І hоре tо rерrеѕеnt nоt оnlу Веlіzе but аll оf Сеntrаl Аmеrіса іn thе mоѕt impactful way I can. І wіll dеfіnіtеlу uѕе thіѕ рlаtfоrm tо hеlр іmрrоvе Belize’s role on the world stage and I intend to be an ambassador for Сеntrаl Аmеrіса, too.”

Having represented Belize in the 2018 Miss World Pageant without a win, Jalyssa offers this advice to women eager to achieve success: “Don’t give up if you don’t win the first time!”

Chabil Mar Resort is proud to congratulate this bright, talented young woman. Resort management and staff can’t wait to see what Jalyssa accomplishes for herself and her homeland in the years ahead.

Snorkel with Whale Sharks, Stingrays and Manatees in Placencia, Belize

Placencia is a beautiful, 16-mile long stretch of golden sand beaches in the Stann Creek District of Belize and serves as the gateway to some of the country’s most spectacular marine wildlife, including whale sharks, stingrays, and manatees.

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean and can measure up to 12 meters (41 feet) long and weigh up to 21 tons. Despite their enormous size, whale sharks pose little danger to humans as they feed on tiny krill and fish spawn. Every spring, the whale sharks migrate to the outer areas of the Belize Barrier Reef in southern Belize, and a limited number of divers get the amazing opportunity to interact with these immense creatures.

Whale sharks circumnavigate the globe every year. They normally spend their time in very deep waters that are inaccessible to humans, but they rise to the surface in conjunction with the phases of the moon in order to feed.

Stingrays are powerful hunters, but their prey in the waters of Belize are small fish and squid. Natural channels in the reef serve as “superhighways” for fish and other marine life, drawing in vast schools of stingrays. Divers and snorkelers face little danger from stingrays, and being surrounded by stingrays as they flit and dart through the water is a truly magical experience.

Sometimes known as “sea cows” and sometimes known as “mermaids,” manatees are gentle, vegetarian mammals that thrive in the shallow, warm waters of Belize. Feeding on the vast beds of seagrass along the coast and estuaries of Belize, manatees are a wonder to behold.

Manatees pose no danger to humans, but their numbers have dwindled over the past century as boat propellers can easily injure or kill them. Today, manatees in Belize are protected animals. Manatees are very docile animals, slowly swimming through the water, but they are very intelligent, often recognizing human beings after just one meeting.

Visitors to Belize are not permitted to touch manatees, but it can be very enjoyable watching them play and frolic. Manatees breathe air and must surface every 15 minutes, making them easy to spot. Manatees communicate with one another with whistles and clicks in a similar manner as dolphins.

Chabil Mar has a number of Belize vacation packages that include snorkeling, visiting the manatees, and diving with whale sharks. To book these activities or to learn more about customizing the perfect Belize vacation, contact Chabil Mar reservation’s office today!

Tropical Bliss: Lush Beachfront Weddings in Belize

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Belize beachfront weddings are extraordinary and so affordable, you may not believe your eyes when you see how much you can afford on your budget.

One wedding blogger called destination weddings “one of the best ideas since Steve Jobs invented the iPhone”! If you’re skeptical about her comment, try running around getting quotes for reception venues, elaborate formal wear and enough flowers to fill a cathedral and you’ll find plenty of reasons to rethink your skepticism.

Impressive numbers of destination weddings are held on Belize beaches year-round, so pick the month that fits your schedule. What couple wouldn’t want to walk barefoot through sand, carrying freshly-picked tropical flowers, as breezes caress their cheeks? But there’s just as much practicality as there is romance when couples decide to take their vows on a Belize beach:

-Destination weddings dramatically reduce the tension during one of the most stressful occasions on the planet. By the time the big day arrives, nerves are as shredded as budgets, but if you work with a wedding planner at a lush venue like Chabil Mar, you will likely stay calm enough to enjoy every minute of the planning and the big day.

-A few years ago, destination weddings represented only 5-percent of the entire wedding market. That number is now 25-percent. The reason? Traditional wedding costs are around $30,000, writes Business Insider journalist Sarah Jacobs. A “destination wedding in Belize can cost you as little as $2,000,” say researchers at Caribya!

See also: Requirements for Getting Married in Belize

Chabil Mar’s all inclusive wedding package saves even more money. Couples enjoy an elegant suite, wed on the resort’s pier or beach, bouquets and boutonnières are included, and your host helps you handle all of the legal paperwork. Champagne, wedding cake and other impressive benefits are included.

-You don’t have to invite everyone on the planet if you choose a destination wedding in Belize, but the people who want to be there can fly to your wedding in just a couple of hours. Chabil Mar hosts are happy to house all of your guests and if the number of attendees is big enough, your party may qualify for reduced rates.

-Wear what you like. You will save so much money on your wedding, you can afford the attire you dreamed of but discounted as soon as you browsed price tags! Throw a reception that’s both gorgeous and memorable with all of the champagne your guests deserve for being on hand for this important occasion.

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Stick around for your honeymoon once your guests leave. Whether your master plan is to stay sequestered in your beautiful villa or you intend to book every tour on the Chabil Mar menu, you will return home and tell your friends, “I hoped things would be perfect, but to be honest, it was more than perfect. It was unforgettable!”

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize weddings and honeymoons, 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 destination wedding.

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