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:

lobsterfest in placencia 2014

1.) Because it is one of the biggest and best food festivals in Belize and the world, even MSNBC agrees: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/22540834/#.U42yMnb6NHA

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

Dinner plate Lobster Ian Jennifer Belize Wedding Chabil Mar Placencia

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!

Lobsterfest Tent Chabil Mar Belize Resort

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!

10 Best Belize Tours, Vacations & Adventures for 2020

There are some people with an unquenchable thirst for adventure – and for those people, nature made Belize. Home to an expansive coastline, the world’s second largest barrier reef, and a jungle rich with exotic wildlife and hidden Maya temples and pyramids, there’s nowhere else on the world quite like it. Chabil Mar partners with only the best guides in the country to provide one of a kind experiences tailored to a range of tastes.

Here are ten of the best tours available.

1. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

There’s a reason why the Mayas thought the ATM cave offered access to the underworld. Widely regarded as the best-sacred cave in the world, the ATM Cave demands adventurers who aren’t afraid to trudge through overgrown forests and swim through an underground river. The reward is one of the most sobering and well-preserved sites of human sacrifice in the world.

2. Xunantunich Maya Ruins

Xunantunich, or “Sculpture of Lady”, was once one of the largest cities in the Mayan Empire, and some say it’s still haunted by the ghost of a woman with fiery eyes and a white dress. But if you’re willing to brave the excursion and make a climb to the top, you’ll be treated to some of the most breathtaking views of Belize around.

3. Scuba or Snorkeling with Whale Sharks

The whale sharks that populate Belize’s barrier reef are a far cry from Jaws. These gentle giants are a sight to behold, but they’re just a fraction of the beautiful underwater world you’ll experience when you book a scuba or snorkeling excursion.

4. Explore Laughing Bird or Silk Cayes

These twin islands are some of the best spots in the country for snorkeling or diving, and they’re also a testament to Belize’s commitment to ecological preservation. Silk Cayes is home to a number of preserved species that you won’t find anywhere else, and it’s one of the friendliest adventure destinations for families.

5. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Speaking of preservation, Cockscomb is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in Central America. It’s also the number one site in the world if you’re looking to meet jaguars in their natural habitat. The trail system is eminently walkable and provides access to some truly gorgeous waterfalls.

6. Monkey River Tour

Howler Monkey Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Just as Cockscomb is known for their jaguar population, Monkey River is regarded for their thriving population of howler monkeys. This trip allows you to explore on the water and on foot. Even if you don’t catch a glimpse of the monkeys themselves, you’d be hard pressed to miss their signature calls.

7. Zip Lining in the Jungle

Looking for a more immediate adrenaline rush? Zip lining is one of the best options around. The boldest adventurers can start with the 2,300 foot single run, but there are over 12 platforms to try in the Belize jungle, totaling an impressive 2.5 miles in length.

8. Tikal Maya Ruins in Guatemala

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is more than just a crumbling edifice of stone. It’s a remarkably intact vision of one of the most thriving city centers in the Mayan empire. While the five temples are a highlight of Tikal Maya Ruins, there are plenty of squares and palaces to venture into as well.

9. Barton Creek Cave

Belize is a country known for its systems of caves, but Barton Creek Cave is a cut above the rest. It’s second only to ATM in terms of fame. Barton Creek Cave was once an important sacred site for the Mayas, and many of the artifacts of the time are still in place within this cave.

10. St Hermans Blue Hole and National Park

St. Herman’s Cave offers direct access to the Blue Hole – one of the clearest and most refreshing pools for swimming you’ll find anywhere. But the park is also home to the sacred Crystal Cave. This landmark is known for its otherwordly, glimmering crystalline structures.

If you want to go on an adventure you’ll remember for the rest of your life, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger. Book a Belize vacation package with Chabil Mar today.

How to Plan a Last-minute Belize Vacation

Okay, so you’ve got the itch to travel to somewhere new, somewhere cool, somewhere exotic, or just anywhere that’s different. No problem! Belize is just a short flight from the United States and Canada, and all the biggest airlines now operate non-stop flights to this jewel of a country.

Truth be told, you could grab a last-minute fare and enjoy some Belize travel without any advanced planning and still have a great time. But if you really want to experience all the best stuff in the country, it’s usually best to book your stay around three weeks ahead of time since many Belize resorts offer discounts on advanced bookings.

Our advice is to first head to your favorite travel agent or airline website and see what’s being offered for a non-stop flight to Belize City (all international flights to Belize land in Belize City). 

Once that’s settled, make sure your passport is in order and has at least six months left to go before it’ll expire. After that, your next question is probably, “Where to go in Belize?”

Well, you simply can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. Belize has the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, perfect for activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, and sea kayaking. Islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are great for seafood, too, all of it fresh-caught right from the surrounding Caribbean.

But don’t think it’s just about the islands. The mainland of Belize is amazing, too, with lots of wildlife to see and exotic birds. There are thick jungles, rainforests, and majestic waterfalls. Oh, and there are ancient Maya pyramids, palaces, and temples all over the place, too.

But what if you’re interested in Belize vacation packages? The good news is that all the top resorts offer great deals for one fixed price that usually include ground transportation, meals, lodgings, and even guided Belize trips to nearby attractions. They often throw in some great freebies like wireless internet and the use of bicycles or golf carts to get around, too.

If you’re looking for the best resort to stay in Belize, be sure to stay at the fabulous Chabil Mar Resort located on the beautiful Placencia Peninsula.

Exploring Southern Belize

Because the international airport is located in the northern part of the country, many visitors overlook the majestic beauty and exciting attractions in southern Belize.

Belize is a small country, so the southern region can be reached in just a short drive of two to three hours. Whether it’s gorgeous Caribbean beaches, vast wildlife refuges, fragrant citrus plantations, or the softly rolling slopes of the Maya Mountains, southern Belize has a lot to offer.

Some of the top southern Belize attractions include the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS). Just a short distance from the Placencia Peninsula, the CBWS measures more than 150 square miles (400 square km) of trackless wilderness, including mountains, jungles, savannahs, beaches, and waterfalls. Although rarely spotted in the daytime, the CWBS is also home to hundreds of jaguars which are continuously monitored by conservation scientists.

Other attractions in southern Belize include boat tours along the very well-named Monkey River. Heading upstream from the coast, the Monkey River passes through some of the wildest, most unspoiled jungle terrain in Belize, a great place to see exotic birds and animals in their native habitats, including, of course, troops of black howler monkeys.

And not to be outdone are the world-class scuba diving and snorkeling sites located on the southern end of the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Americas. There are several protected marine areas in the reef, making it an ideal place to see huge schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, sharks, manatees, and even dolphins.

If you’re interested in touring southern Belize, you should definitely stay at Chabil Mar. An oasis of luxury, this southern Belize resort features elegant villas fully equipped with all modern conveniences, two freshwater infinity swimming pools, a lush tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant.

Chabil Mar is located on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, often called “the island you can drive to” because of its golden sand beaches and narrow connection to the mainland. In the Mayan tongue, “Chabil Mar” means “Beautiful Sea,” a very apt description for the turquoise Caribbean Sea that borders Placencia’s eastern shore.

Chabil Mar regularly organizes tours to top activities in the region, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the reef, expeditions to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey River, visits to Mayflower Bocawina National Park, and explorations of ancient Maya sites like Nim Li Punit and Lubaantum.

On your vacation to southern Belize, stay at Chabil Mar.

Forget Disney: Belize Family Vacations Can Make Your Kids Smarter

“Parent’s” magazine has been dispensing advice for decades, so when writers like Hollee Actman Becker are given opportunities to see how family members benefit from taking vacations together, she put her own kids on a plane to test the theory. They flew south. On their return flight, her kids’ eyes sparkled as they asked, “When are we going again?”.

The glow in their eyes was no accident. It’s the look kids get when they’ve been pried away from electronics devices and delivered to a beautiful place where television pales in comparison to marine life of a great barrier reef. Staff at Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia, Belize are familiar with that look. That’s why they have carefully crafted family vacation packages designed to suit people of all ages and interests.

Family vacations up a family’s HQ (Happiness Quotient)

British child psychologist Oliver James states, “Family holidays are valued by children, both in the moment and for long afterward in their memory.” He says that traveling boosts a child’s brain development thanks to sensory experiences (like sailing, diving, experiencing wildlife in their own habitats) and cultural ones (meeting people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, practices, and even foods).

Dr. Margot Sunderland agrees. She says family vacations are “associated with higher IQ in children,” so a trip to Belize could make your kids smarter while you and your spouse get the respite you need. How smart? Find out for yourself by coming to Chabil Mar where recreational opportunities are everywhere you turn.

Oh, the places you’ll see!

-Stroll Placencia Village so the kids learn about Belizean culture—no geography class substitutes.
-Visit ancient Mayan Ruins, some of which contain the skeletal remains of sacrificial victims.
-No kid takes a Belize chocolate tour pass where parents say yes to sampling.
-Cockscomb Basin, the only jaguar preserve on the planet, teaches kids that not all Jaguars are cars!
-Invite the kids to chat up the noisy Howler Monkeys on a Monkey River visit.
-Introduce them to kayaking and scuba diving on visits to Laughing Bird or Silk Cayes.

Belize vacation packages are amazing

At Chabil Mar, vacation packages for families are so popular, parents have taken their children out of school for visits because they know that classroom lessons don’t hold a candle to what they can learn on a visit to a country like Belize. The entire family can spend quality time together within the large, luxurious accommodations at Chabil Mar that are guaranteed to bring all family members closer.

Expect to be impressed by the number of extras you and your family enjoy at single package pricing when you browse this web page with your children. If that doesn’t convince you to start planning right now, we are pretty sure your children will make a convincing argument for a family vacation!

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