Placencia Has the Best Diving Spots in Belize

Find The Best Diving Spots in Placencia Belize
Find The Best Diving Spots in Placencia Belize

Thanks to a combination of nature’s richness and a history of being protected from boats and commercial fishing, the waters off of the Placencia Peninsula have some of the best diving spots in all of Belize.

The southern part of the Belize Barrier Reef offshore from Placencia is farther away from the mainland and is formed of a large patchwork of different coral channels. Some of these channels are 80 feet deep or more and form a maze of underwater canyons that rise to the surface in the form of shoals, atolls and cayes (islands). This mixture of deep and shallow offers easy access for snorkeling while divers can easily access the deeper areas nearby.

The Inner Barrier Reef

The inner reef serves as a sheltering home where juvenile animals are spawned and spend the early part of their lives. Divers can see juvenile drum fish, barracudas, eagle rays, and sting rays. Adult animals who call the inner reef home include sea rods, seawips, cleaner shrimp, arrow crabs and giant hermit crabs in waters ranging between 60 and 80 feet deep.

The Outer Barrier Reef

Deep underwater canyons start around 35 feet deep and drop off to approximately 3000 feet, giving divers plenty of room to see a startling array of marine life. Diving in this area is restricted to 120 feet due to visibility, and it is possible to see sea turtles, moray eels, lobsters and manta rays. Outer reef diving spots includes Silk Caye, Ranguana and Tarpon Cayes, along with approximately 40 other nearby islands.

Gladden Spit

whale sharks in belizeThis tiny patch of land is the best place in the world to see migrating whale sharks when they arrive in Belizean waters between March and June. The largest species of fish in the oceans, some whale sharks can weigh up to 15 tons and measure more than 50 feet long. Because of the whale sharks’ unique feeding habits, they rise to the surface following a lunar cycle and can only be seen three days prior to the full moon until three days following the last quarter moon. Diving to see the whale sharks is done in relatively shallow water of 60 feet or less. Snorkeling on the surface gives a great chance to get close to the whale sharks as they feed on fish spawn.

Snorkeling is also spectacular in Placencia

Off the coast of Placencia, you can find a number of small cayes that are great for snorkeling. Laughing Bird Caye and Silk Caye are two tropical and beautiful cayes that offer amazing snorkeling experiences. Adventure travelers will enjoy swimming with trumpet fish, rays, parrot fish, angelfish and many varieties of tropical fish at both of these cayes.

For more information about scuba diving and snorkeling in Placencia Belize, 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.

The Best Maya Temple Sites to Visit in Belize

Archaeologists affirm that Belize was once the center of the Maya civilization because of the country’s varied flora and fauna and abundance of marine life which was favorable to the growth of the population.

Between 250 AD to 900 AD for example, over one million Maya people lived in present day Belize, and today a treasure trove of sacred caves, beautiful palaces and ball courts can be found throughout Belize.

Here are the top must-see Maya temple sites in Belize:

Xunantunich Maya Temples

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In Maya dialect, Xunantunich means “Stone Woman” or “Maiden of the Rock” and this archeaological site is an impressive and magnificent Maya temple that is located outside San Ignacio in the Cayo District. During the Classic period (300-900 AD), Xunantunich was a major ceremonial center and home to 25 temples and palaces.

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The largest structure is El Castillo which rises 130 feet from the Plaza floor and provides a breathtaking panorama of the Macal, Mopan and Belize River Valley.

Note: Xunantunich is one of the most visited Maya temple sites in Belize and can be reached by ferry between 8am to 5pm.

Ancient Maya City of Caracol

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Caracol is the largest Maya City in Belize and is located on the western edge of the Maya Mountains deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.

The site was discovered in 1938 by loggers and holds the tallest man made structure “Canaa” or “Sky Place” at 140 feet.

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Archaeologists estimate that at its highest peak, Caracol was home to 150,000 people. Caracol is 2.5 hours drive from San Ignacio Town and is open from 8am to 5pm.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

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Located outside of San Ignacio Town, Cahal Pech sits on the crest of a steep hill on the west bank of the Macal River and was first settled sometime around 1200 B.C. and abandoned around 800 -900 A.D.

Cahal Pech means “place of the ticks” and is made up of 34 structures with the tallest being about 25 meters in height and is one of the oldest sites in western Belize.

The site can be visited daily from 8am to 5pm.

Altun Ha

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Located 31 miles out of Belize City, Altun Ha meaning “rock stone water” was an ancient Maya city that dates back to 200 B.C. At its peak, over 10,000 people inhabited the area with around 3000 individuals living in the central core of the city.

Altun Ha is comprised of two main plazas and 13 structures including the Temple of Sun God.

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The area where the site is located is rich with a vast array of flora and fauna and is open from 8am to 5pm every day.

Lamanai

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Lamanai meaning “submerged crocodile” in Yucatec Maya was occupied as early as the 16 century BC and is located in the Orange Walk District of Belize.

The archaeological site is surrounded by dense rainforest overlooking the new river lagoon and its temples are known for its elegant architecture.
The site opens from 8am to 5pm everyday and the best way to travel to the location is by means of water taxi up the river since an abundance of birds, iguanas and even crocodiles can be spotted on the river banks.

Another way to reach Lamanai is via the dirt road which is approximately 28 miles and runs from Orange Walk through several villages including San Felipe and Shipyard.

For more information about things to see and do in Belize, 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.

Best Spring Break Value Travel Destinations: Belize

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There is a lot more to Belize than beautiful beaches, perfect sunny weather, and many exciting attractions. Belize was the home of the ancient Mayan empire, and today the country has dozens of amazing Maya temples and pyramids to explore and climb. With a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and welcoming, English-speaking natives, Belize makes every visitor instantly feel right at home.

Spring breakers can snorkel the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, ride a zipline high up in the canopy of a tropical rainforest, or marvel at jaguars, monkeys, and manatees in their native habitat. More exotic and welcoming than the crowded resorts of Cancun or Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Belize is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for students, families and couples to enjoy their spring break.

Getting to Belize Is Now More Affordable Than Ever

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In 2015, Southwest Airlines entered the competitive US-Belize market, making airfare from the United States more affordable than ever. Flights from a variety of cities, including Atlanta, Houston, and Miami, arrive in Belize in just three or four hours. All international flights land in Belize City, located in the center of the country with easy access by ground, water or domestic air connection to any destination in Belize.

What You Can Do on Your Spring Break in Belize

  • Swim in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean
  • Soak in the rays on a pristine white beach
  • Dive or snorkel off the amazing Belize Barrier Reef
  • Relax in a hammock underneath palm trees
  • Savor delicious local cuisine, including seafood, Mexican, and Caribbean-themed dishes
  • Dance all night to the sounds of a local band
  • Spelunk the amazing ATM cave, once the home for sacred Mayan religious rites
  • Explore the ruins of a Mayan city
  • Go tubing down a jungle river, passing through a series of caves
  • Visit one of the wilderness refuges and spot rare birds or jaguars in their natural habitat
  • Paddle a kayak through one of the dozens of gorgeous islands
  • Go deep-sea fishing for big gamefish like marlin and swordfish
  • Enjoy a relaxing vacation at a luxurious tropical resort

Chabil Mar

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One of the hotspots to visit is Placencia Village located in Southern Belize. With eighteen miles of pristine beaches and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, there’s plenty of room to gather, snorkel, canoe, scuba dive the great barrier reef, kayak, zip-line, and sunbathe. Hiking in the rainforests or deep-sea fishing is also readily available.

There are private shuttles that can transfer you from Belize’s International Airport to Placencia Village, rental cars are available, or short flights via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air can connect you easily to the peninsula.

Chabil Mar is the place to stay in Placencia! Not only is it a luxury resort but also an award winning establishment with all the amenities of a five star resort. With its close proximity to the village of Placencia, it’s the perfect resort to stay for your spring break! If you were to ask anyone in the world where the best beaches in Belize are, they would tell you Placencia!

Chabil Mar offers an unbelievable variety of Jungle and Sea Belize Vacation packages so you’ll get the best of both worlds! Spend three or four nights inland enjoying adventures like the jaw-dropping ATM Cave, ancient Maya city of Caracol, canoeing in jungle rivers and hiking in rainforest trails.

Then spend the other three or four nights at the first-class resort of Chabil Mar where your package includes: a Monkey River tour,  snorkeling in the great Belize barrier reef, golf cart rental for two days, massage, and round trip transfers. You’ll also receive water, coffee, and soft drinks, along with all your meals. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Chabil Mar has two infinity pools with its own private pier?

Why not have a Belize spring break you’ll always remember? Belize luxury vacations are affordable and filled with fun for everyone! Why consider going to anywhere else but fabulous Belize?

For more information about visiting Belize and Chabil Mar, 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.

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The Mayflower Bocawina National Park

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Are you looking for a tropical vacation that includes amazing adventures, cascading waterfalls, warm people and lots of local history? Look no further than the Mayflower Bocawina National Park in east-central Belize, Central America.

Established in 2001, the Mayflower Bocawina National Park is situated on over 7,000 acres of lowlands and highlands. The park’s ecosystems serve as the bridge between the Mayan Mountains to the east and the coastal regions in the west. It is easily accessed from Belize City or Dangriga to the north or from Placencia in the south. The mission of the park is to conserve the integrity of Belize’s diverse ecosystems while educating the public. Your visit to the Mayflower Bocawina National Park helps fund research opportunities and helps ensure that its existence is sustainable for future generations.

There are many ways to explore the park on your own, as part of a tour, or with a guide. A hike is a good way to explore the forest and its vast array of mammal wildlife, such as howler monkeys, ocelots, deer, and foxes. The forest is also home to several species of bats, several endangered animals, and the near-threatened jaguar. If you’re an avid bird-watcher or new to the hobby, you will appreciate birding with an experienced guide. Bird enthusiasts have identified over 200 different bird species in the park, including toucans, oreoles, woodpeckers, and the rarely-seen spectacled owl. Many tour operators offer day and night tours.

The park has three waterfalls known collectively as the Three Sisters Waterfalls. You can access the lower and upper Bocawina falls by a short hike on a well-maintained trail. Your trek to the upper falls is rewarded by a dip in the cool pool at the base of the 50-foot falls. The more intrepid hikers can continue to the 100-foot Antelope Falls, the top of which allows for stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. You can find a tour guide that will provide safe and professional rappelling activities at each of the three waterfalls for every skill level. For a more exciting experience, you and your family can try exploring the forest with the longest zipline course in Belize.

During your hikes through the lush rainforest, you will see Maya ruins, unexcavated Maya temples, and other Maya sites that have yet to be explored. Once excavations are completed, scientists believe that the ruins will represent one of the largest Mayan ruins sites in the country. The park includes a teaching center displaying numerous artifacts found within the park’s boundaries, exhibits about the history of the Maya people in the region, and interactive activities for young visitors.

Although the park does not have overnight accommodations other than camping, there are several hotels nearby. Located approximately eight miles south of the park in the laid-back village of Placencia, Chabil Mar is a full-service luxury beach resort. Access to on-site concierge and beach captain services are included in your stay. Enjoy activities such as swimming in the infinity pools, biking along the beach, and dining at the resort’s restaurant. You are minutes away from shopping, listening to music, or sightseeing in the nearby village.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on southern 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.

Hungry for Adventure? Look No Further Than Belize!

Where to Find Belize Adventurous Side From Snorkeling to Hiking.

If lying in the sun non-stop is your idea of a fabulous Belize vacation, stop reading now. We’re exploring the adventurous side of Belize and it’s not for wimps!

Everyone’s vacation style is unique and we certainly don’t want to put people down who are eager to do nothing more than veg on the beach. But what a wasted trip that would be! Belize is a hotbed of adventure that includes hiking jungles and rainforests, diving the Belize Barrier Reef and if you haven’t zip lined in paradise, you don’t know what you’re missing.

What can you expect…

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…if you pack your hiking boots, dive gear and very little else? A euphoric, challenging holiday in a nation that measures just 8,867 miles in size, yet it’s possible to undertake twice the number of adventures you might in a larger nation, even if your vacation time is limited. And since everyone speaks English and U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere, you haven’t a single reason to stay home.

What’s the secret to memorable adventures in Belize? A home base that’s a tranquil haven of posh digs, gourmet food and the most helpful staff on the planet: Chabil Mar Villas. Whether your idea of fun is going off on your own or you rely upon tours, say the word and staff will get you where you want to go safely and quickly.

Push your limits!

 

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-Stroll Belize’s version of Hollywood. So many celebs flock to Ambergris Caye, you can practically hear Madonna sing about San Pedro Town. There’s lots on the Ambergris adventure menu but a nighttime croc-watching tour at the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary should get you started nicely.

-A Belize Barrier Reef tour offers the ultimate in snorkeling and diving. Go deep-sea fishing, too. Meet all manner of critters hanging out at the reef and around the ocean; spot everything from giant turtles to reef sharks–and fellow divers of course.

-You’ll need sturdy boots to explore the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, but a reward awaits at the end of your trek: swim in dramatic waterfalls like Big Rock Falls and Rio On Pools to cool down once you’ve logged an impressive number of miles required to reach these gorgeous spots.

-See how many of the 900 Maya ruins you can get to during your Chabil Mar stay. Since you’re staying at one of the most centrally-located districts in Belize, you can rack up a sizeable number of ancient cities, caves and ceremonial sites during your visit.

-Run with the big cats. Literally. Forest preserves, parks and sanctuaries serve as home to endangered jaguars, puma and cats you’ll find only in zoos or on the pages of National Geographic magazine. You probably won’t have to run from them because many are surprisingly shy, but plan to cover serious ground by foot to reach these remote areas.

-You’re invited to pick up the pace in a way that is guaranteed to fill you with joy: Visit villages that are home to Belize’s Garifuna people, declared the friendliest people in the nation. You cannot end your adventures without learning to drum and dance Garifuna style. Say the word and your Chabil Mar host will make sure you do it all!

For more information about Belize and Chabil Mar, chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

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