Doyle’s Delight, The Highest Peak in Belize

Although it’s mostly a technicality, Doyle’s Delight in the Toledo District is the highest point in Belize. Measuring some 3,687 feet (1,124 meters) high, Doyle’s Delight is a peak in the Maya Mountain range that span much of Belize.

Because Doyle’s Delight is just a spur that is slightly higher than the surrounding mountain range rather than a true peak, it had no official name for most of Belize’s history. The current name was coined by the legendary animal rights activist and founder of the Belize Zoo Sharon Matola in 1989. Referencing a quote from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of the Sherlock Holmes books) book “The Lost World” that refers to Belize as a “wild and wonderful country,” Matola named the area Doyle’s Delight.

Although recent scientific measurements have revealed that it is actually eight feet (two and a half meters) shorter, Victoria’s Peak was long considered the highest point in Belize. Victoria’s Peak is a National Monument located in the eastern part of the Maya Mountains inside of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Hiking to Doyle’s Delight is relatively easy due to the shallow slope of that part of the Maya Mountains, but reaching Victoria’s Peak requires difficult hiking, and for much of the year, the trail is impassable. For hikers interested in visiting Doyle’s Delight, there is a small survey marker placed at the point by the British military in 1970.

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is an enormous protected conservation area in southern Belize and the world’s very first jaguar preserve. More than 200 jaguars roam the 150-square mile (400-square km) CBWS, although they are nocturnal creatures rarely seen by visitors. Most people visit the CBWS in order to enjoy the fantastically diverse environment which includes gorgeous tropical flowers, hundreds of bird species, and exotic wildlife, including monkeys and all five of Belize’s big cat species. The CWBS is also home to several lovely waterfalls, deep pools, river rapids, and an unexcavated ancient Maya site that was abandoned more than 1,000 years ago.

If you’d like to attempt to visit Victoria’s Peak or simply admire the view from the surrounding mountains and valleys inside the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the best place to stay is Chabil Mar. Located on the stunning shores of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, Chabil Mar is a luxury beachfront resort with lovely villas, a tropical garden, two infinity swimming pools, and a gourmet restaurant and bar.

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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 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.

Is Belize Worth Visiting?

Is Belize worth visiting? Ask anyone who has ever visited Belize, and they’ll give you a resounding yes! Whether you want to explore ancient Maya cities, snorkel and scuba dive on the gorgeous Belize Barrier Reef, relax to the gentle rhythms of Caribbean life, hike through unspoiled rainforests, canoe down jungle rivers, or eat fresh-caught seafood, then Belize is the place for you.

Just in case you’re not convinced, here are 10 great reasons to visit Belize:

Scuba Diving

In the 1970s, celebrated marine biologist Jacques Cousteau visited Belize and instantly fell in love with the diving opportunities here, naming the Belize Blue Hole (sometimes known as the Great Blue Hole) as one of his top 10 favorite diving spots in the world.

Maya Caves and Cities

Belize was the heartland of the ancient Maya civilization and is now home to more than 600 sites, including sacred caves and enormous pyramids that are still the largest manmade structures in the country.

The Belize Barrier Reef

The second-largest barrier reef after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to thousands of islands and atolls where you can sail, fish, scuba dive, snorkel, or simply enjoy a wonderful beachfront cookout.


More than half of Belize is a protected nature reserve, park, or animal reserve. Enjoy spotting rare avian species or some of Central America’s last remaining big cats as you travel through breathtakingly beautiful rainforests, jungles, wetlands, beaches, mountains, and rivers.


Vast trackless wildernesses such as the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve give visitors a chance to reconnect with the great outdoors while admiring interesting wildlife species such as tapirs, giant iguanas, and monkeys.

Whale Sharks

There are no man-eating great white sharks in Belize, but you can enjoy the unforgettable experience of diving with whale sharks (the largest fish in the ocean) near Gladden Spit or schools of friendly nurse sharks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.


The dress code is basic, clocks are rarely consulted, and an easygoing barefoot way of life is the norm in Belize, a country with locals that are world-renowned for their friendliness, amiability, and warm hospitality.

Waterfalls and River

Whether it’s admiring the stunning vista from the base of Thousand Foot Falls (the highest waterfall in Central America) or canoeing down pristine waterways like the Macal River, Belize is a land with wonderful nature areas to explore and photograph.

The Food

Enjoy Central American favorites like rice and beans, Mexican classics like escabeche, British standards like hot cross buns, spicy Caribbean dishes, unique Garifuna foods such as cassava bread, and, of course, lots and lots of delicious seafood.


Whether you want to play castaway for a day or simply admire an unforgettable sunrise over the Caribbean, Belize has hundreds of gorgeous tropical islands.

Chabil Mar

A multiple award-winning luxury resort located right on the Caribbean coast of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize, Chabil Mar  offers Belize jungle and sea vacations so that visitors can experience a truly un-Belize-able experience.

Visit our website 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.


The Most Beautiful Beach Destination in Belize

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Placencia: Where Belize’s Most Beautiful Beaches Await

It’s a topic that continues to be debated by vacationers obsessed with beaches: Which is the best beach in the Caribbean? Insert yourself into this conversation and listen to what seasoned beachgoers have to say—-especially if the debate compares the beaches of Belize.

This small country has more coastline per mile than most nations of comparable size and hundreds of cayes with their own beaches. According to, “Approximately 450 Belize islands and islets stud the Belize Barrier Reef” alone. Sound a bit overwhelming? We can help.

From formal surveys to anecdotal research, you would be hard pressed to find beaches that receive more compliments and reviews than those lining Belize’s 16-mile-long Placencia peninsula.

Why Placencia?

For frequent visitors weary of the pace found at the Belize hot spots frequented by folks seeking the trendiest locations, Placencia offers a perfect compromise of beauty, tranquility and just enough nightlife to make things interesting.

For a resort like Chabil Mar, this combination of excitement and relaxation attracts couples seeking a unique wedding, honeymoon or couples experience and families are equally taken with this gorgeous oasis of luxury.

But it’s the beaches that are the focal point of tourists who, when offered myriad choices, choose Placencia over all other locations, and their reasons for doing so could convince you to join them!

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Reasons to put Placencia beaches atop your preference list

-Placencia is known as “the caye you can walk to,” so if island vacations don’t float your boat because you’re not a fan of isolation, this peninsula checks off both boxes.

-Placencia separates the Caribbean Sea from a protected lagoon so guests can explore both sides for a more diverse landscape.

-Access to Belize’s popular natural wonders are in such close proximity, Chabil Mar guests can book excursions like diving, seeing whale sharks in season, fishing, cave tubing, and barrier reef exploration without having to be driven miles to get to a launch point.

-That lagoon is amazing. Endangered manatees, dolphin, turtles, stingrays and other marine life find safe harbor there, so your chances of seeing these marvelous creatures increase.

-Placencia’s beaches offer secluded spots where nobody is around to ruin your privacy.

-If you’re a student of cultural diversity, Placencia could remind you of the United Nations: Residents and visitors include Latinos, Creoles, Maya, Mennonite, Chinese, East Indian, European and North Americans.

Stay at Chabil Mar for all the right reasons

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Access to the resort’s spectacular beachfront is a big tourist motivator, so you couldn’t choose a property that offers such close proximity to the white sand and soothing waves lapping along the coastline.

Every luxury you desire is included in a Chabil Mar experience: posh accommodations, delicious meals, the spa, and that beach!

Summer awaits at Chabil Mar, and in addition to those spectacular beaches, summer rates are in effect, so if you can think of a reason why you shouldn’t join the Placencia beach fan club before summer fades, we’d like to hear it!

10 Reasons to Attend the 2020 Placencia Lobsterfest in Belize

In 2020, the Placencia Lobsterfest will commence on June 26 and as we all know the festival is a grand celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize. Thousands of local and international visitors will attend this event which is organized by the Placencia BTIA and the Placencia Village Council.

Here are ten good reasons why you have to attend the Lobsterfest in Placencia this year:

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1.) Because it is one of the biggest and best food festivals in Belize and the world, even MSNBC agrees:

2.) Because lobster is one of the most delicious foods on earth

3.) Because it is the only time you can eat lobster in different forms: grilled, fried, stewed, and boiled

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4.) Because the event commemorates Fisherman’s Day and serves as a fundraiser for community projects in Placencia

5.) Because the event shows that the locals have not forgotten their roots and heritage. Note: before tourism became the main source of revenue for Placencia, lobster fishing was the primary source of income for the residents.


6.) Because the Lobster Festival has something for everyone – not only great food but also great music!

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7.) Because you can also enjoy Placencia beaches which have been rated as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean


8.) Because you can also go snorkeling or scuba diving on the second largest barrier reef in the world

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9.) Because you can also stay at Chabil Mar, one of the best resorts in Belize

10.) Because the lobsterfest event is only held once a year and it wont disappoint you

This is the most popular event of the season in Placencia so we hope to see you there!

Contact us today for more details on the 2020 Placencia Lobsterfest!

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