Placencia Belize Named a Top 10 Family-Friendly Beach Destination

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If you’re looking for a beach destination that everyone in the family will love, put Placencia, Belize, at the top of your list.

Finding the Perfect Beach Destination

Finding a destination everyone will enjoy isn’t easy. If you’re racking your brains to come up with a beach resort that adults, teens and kids will all enjoy, relax. You’ll find everything you’re looking for in Placencia.

Placencia’s Beaches are the Best in Belize

Most Belizeans will tell you the country’s best beaches are on the Placencia Peninsula. Get ready for 16 miles of clean, sandy beachfront, a huge lagoon, sparkling Caribbean waters and breathtaking scenery.

If you’re staying at a beachfront resort like Chabil Mar Villas, you can enjoy many guest-exclusive amenities like a private villa, private beach area, kayaks, bicycles and dining options. You won’t have to worry about finding places to eat or how to get around. At this award winning Belize resort, your family will feel warmly welcomed.

Placencia Was Named a Top 10 Beach for Families With Children

The News America Now Network named Placencia one of the top 10 family-friendly beaches in Central and Latin America.

Swim Among the Sea Life

The news report included Belize for its wonderful snorkeling. You children will get a thrill out of swimming among vividly colored tropical fish, manatees, sea turtles, friendly sharks and dolphins. Snorkeling is an activity the whole family will enjoy.

Get Wild With Us

If your children want to see more wildlife, there are many opportunities in Belize. Belize has many wildlife sanctuaries and nature preserves where they can get close to tropical fish, reptiles and mammals of all kinds.

Learn about Belize’s national mammal, the mountain tapir, and national bird, the keel-billed toucan. Visit howler monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Meet and greet the orphaned birds, monkeys and jaguars at the Belize Zoo. Head to Shark Ray Alley to snorkel or swim with whale sharks, barracudas and rays.

Inspire Your Little Explorers

Let your kids live their Indiana Jones and Dora the Explorer fantasies with a cave tubing expedition. In this adventure, you ride a professional inner tube down a sparkling, scenic river and through a network of ancient Maya caves. Cave tubing is a thrilling adventure that all ages can enjoy.

You can get to all these activities from your conveniently located Placencia resort. If you’re staying at Chabil Mar, we’ll be happy to arrange all your family’s excursions.

The Best Resort On the Peninsula

Chabil Mar welcomes families. Our full-service, all-villa resort offers wonderful accommodations just steps from the best beaches in Belize.

For more information about 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.

Visiting Belize in December? Don’t miss these exciting festivals

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December is easily one of the most popular months to visit Belize. With plenty of warm sunshine and fun festivals, there’s something exciting going on all month.

Here are a few festivals and events that you don’t want to miss in Belize in December:

End of the World Marathon

The End of the World Marathon first began on December 21, 2012 when many people around the world interpreted the ancient Maya calendar to predict the apocalypse on that date. After gaining widespread popularity, the End of the World Marathon has continued year after year, blossoming to become one of Placencia’s most popular events. Get more information on this event here.

Christmas Parades

Christmas is a very important holiday in Belize, and the locals love to celebrate with parades for adults and children. Don’t miss the famous Love FM Christmas Parade in Belize City where Santa and his elves share a bounty of goodies with the crowd.

Boat Parades

In coastal areas like Placencia and Ambergris Caye, locals and visitors alike turn out to enjoy the sight of hundreds of boats parading by in a sea of lights, decorations, and enthusiastic cheers.

The Sport of Kings

For more than a century, horse racing has been an important past-time in Belize. The small village of Burrell Boom outside of Belize City is home to a big race on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Years Day (January 1). This is no elitist affair, but a big party where people from all walks of life enjoy the action.

Junkanu Dancing

Spelled a variety of ways, Junkanu is a traditional Garifuna dance developed at a time when African slaves had little to celebrate. Dancers don special garb to mock and ridicule their former European masters in a cavalcade of music, singing, and dancing.

Posadas

Catholics in villages across Belize prepare for the birth of Jesus by re-enacting the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary in their quest for room at the inn during the nine days leading up to Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve

No one needs reminding of the “reason for the season” in Belize as shops shut down to allow for family members to go to church and sing hymns. Many Belizeans herald the arrival of the big day with a midnight mass.

Christmas Day

A full day of gifts, music, concerts, and lots and lots of delicious food. Don’t be surprised to hear traditional classics as carolers roam the streets to celebrate the big day. Christmas is also a great day to enjoy nature, hiking through the jungle, snorkeling and diving on the reef, or marveling at the enormous stone pyramids and temples left behind by the ancient Maya.

December 26

Celebrated both as Boxing Day, a holiday inherited from the long centuries of British rule, and as Kwanzaa, Belizeans keep the holiday season going strong to close out the year.

Where to stay in December

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The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula is an oasis of luxury and beauty. With well-appointed villas ideal for families, honeymooners, or adventure travelers, Chabil Mar is a great resort to stay for your vacation in December.

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 vacation  in December.

 

How Spending Time Outdoors in Belize is Good for Your Health

Belize is Good for Your Health

It’s the healthiest place in Central America in addition to being so much fun. Visit Belize and discover why Science Daily proves that there’s a relationship between good health and the great outdoors.

University of East Anglia studies prove “that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress and high blood pressure.” This data was gathered from 290 million people across the globe, so this is no wimpy research study.

Why mention this? Because we all want to stay healthy so we don’t miss out on life’s adventures, many of which can be found only in Belize. Next time someone asks you why you chose Belize over other vacation spots, tell them that this nation offers endless opportunities to pursue healthy activities. Here are just a few of them!

Belize is more than a place: It’s a state of mind

-“Bathe” in Belize’s lush forests. No undressing required. In Japan, forest bathing is a ritual undertaken by people eager to enhance their physical and mental health.

-Bathe in the sun, too. Soak in vitamin D that helps you absorb calcium and lift your spirits. A daily dose of Belize sun can boost your immune system and soothe you, too.

-Discover Belize’s people and culture by biking or hiking. Picturesque towns filled with local color beckon visitors eager to walk and browse or bicycle around. Find out what it’s like to do both without dodging traffic.

-Partake of water sports that make Belize the recreational capital of the Caribbean. Kayak, swim, sail and enjoy the rush as your heart pumps, muscles react and adrenaline courses through your body.

-Find inspiration everywhere. From hundreds of ancient Maya ruins to breathtaking waterfalls, jungles and wildlife, Belize is a treat for the eye, body and soul. You will need extra batteries for your camera.

A haven on Belize’s Placencia peninsula

Where’s the best place to enjoy all of this largesse? Chabil Mar Villas, the resort that specializes in customized stays for folks who are healthy and active as well as those eager to rest and relax long enough to restore their energy levels.

This luxury resort, known for excellence in service, gorgeous environs and amenities that delight returning guests, must be seen to believed. You’re invited to take a visual tour right now.

This exercise in visualization will have to suffice until you can get to Placencia! Imagine yourself feeling happy and healthy at Chabil Mar where the weather is idyllic, the people are friendly and tours are so amazing, it’s impossible to see everything during a single holiday.

Sound like the ideal way to get your share of sun, fun and healthy vacationing? Contact the Reservations Team at reservations@chabilmarvillas.com or use the toll-free number to do so: 1-866-417-2377 to learn more about Belize. Everything you crave awaits in Placencia Belize where Mother Nature reigns supreme and Chabil Mar staff looks forward to taking care of you.

21 Reasons to Get Married in Belize

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Do you crave a destination wedding but the distance issue is scary? No worries. Belize is fast becoming the destination wedding capital of Central America and resorts like Chabil Mar have a talent for turning even small celebrations into extravaganzas. From basic arrangements to all-inclusive packages customized to suit your taste and budget, why go elsewhere?

Here are 21 great reasons to get married in Belize:

1. You don’t have to feed the multitudes, including Aunt Mary who ruins most weddings anyway. Enjoy a lavish wedding for less cash because your wedding party is likely to be small enough to make the day both lavish and affordable.

2. Your photos will be perfect–especially if taken late in the day when golden rays of the sun make everybody look gorgeous, even mothers-in-law!

3. Find out who your real friends are. Invite your nearest and dearest; if they can’t get to your Belize affair, you know where you stand.

4. Make other newlywed connections. Since Belize is fast-becoming Central America’s wedding destination, you could bond with other newlyweds and stay in touch over the years.

5. Save money. According to The Knot, today’s average 150-guest wedding averages $29,000 USD. Compare that to a full-blown Chabil Mar affair. If your party is big enough, reserve the entire resort just for your big day.

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6. Everyone speaks English in Belize. Forget struggling with a second language as you put together your wedding celebration using skilled Chabil Mar event planners.

7. Beach? Jungle? Waterfall? All things are possible in this wonderland, so whether you want your wedding on a beach, in a cave, at a Mayan ruin or at a quaint local church, your choices are unlimited.

8. Save a bundle on your honeymoon. You’re already in Belize. Voila! Instant honeymoon.

9. The food is delish. Treat your guests to gourmet meals prepared by Chabil Mar chefs skilled in European cookery and ethnically-rich plates that reflect Belize’s diverse cultures.

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10. Your host does all the work. Included in Chabil Mar’s basic wedding package are the honeymoon suite, bouquets, beach or pier deck ceremony, help with your license and tropical reception, all at one price.

11. Chabil Mar offers a wide range of extras, like reception planning, couples massages, in-country airfare, photographer, videographer and even clergy.

12. It’s easy to get a marriage license. Show up three days before the big day. Present your passport with photo as proof of the day you arrived in Belize and you’re done.

13. Your marriage will be recognized everywhere, so it’s just as official in Belize as it would be if you exchanged vows in Ottawa, Detroit or Los Angeles.

14. The weather is divine. Year-round. Seriously.

15. Wear what you like. White gown. Floral sarong. Bedazzled pedal pushers. Swimsuit. Bridal Fashion Police officials avoid Belize, so don anything you fancy.

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16. No clothing restrictions for guests, either. Inform guests that your ceremony and/or reception is to be held on a boat, on the beach or at Chabil Mar Resort so they can wear whatever they consider appropriate.

17. It’s easy to get to Belize. Anyone wishing to attend your wedding can find lots of flights from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Adventurous guests may wish to make your event the object of a long and relaxing road trip!

18. Stress-free planning. Use your phone or the Internet to do all of your planning with Chabil Mar staff. Since no grumpy, frazzled couples are permitted in Belize, you fly down and hit the beach to get the tan other couples pay for at tanning beds back home.

19. Save on pricey décor because Mother Nature is another of your wedding planners. Brides lament that their floral bill is as daunting as a student loan, but in Belize, everything is perpetually in bloom.

20. Take advantage of rate drops during low season at Chabil Mar and save even more on airfares and accommodations so you can spend it on the reception instead.

21. Make exceptional memories. This reason to marry in Belize is strictly up to you!

Discover Adventure in Belize: 10 Things To Do For An Epic Vacation

Discover Adventure in Belize

Ever wonder why there are so many “Top 10” lists floating around? Society has “an affection” for round-numbered lists say researchers at the Journal of Consumer Research, calling the phenomenon “The top 10 effect.” In fact people pay more attention to lists of 10 than they do to those with other numbers.

Why mention this fact? With so much to see and do in Belize, there’s a good chance you might miss out on something important, memorable or life-changing if you leave your itinerary to chance and go off without a plan. Wouldn’t you rather visit all of Belize’s hot spots, so you don’t waste a moment of your vacation time?

Top 10 Belize hot spots

1. Snorkel the Belize barrier reef. It’s the 2nd longest reef on the planet so show it some respect.
2. Visit a nature park like the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the world’s only jaguar reserve.
3. Sail down Monkey River where banks are filled with plants and creatures you may never have seen before.
4. Hang out with locals in Placencia Village. Everyone speaks English and they really love tourists.
5. Go island hopping around the Silk Cayes and Laughing Bird Caye.
6. Visit at least one sacred cave. We recommend ATM, an underworld that’s a feast for the senses.
7. Browse the ruins at Xunantunich or Lubantuum to see how ancient Maya people once lived.
8. Fall in love with Garifuna culture; the food, the music, the art and world view.
9. Sample Belize-style rice and beans, stew chicken, fry jacks and ceviche. Your taste buds will thank you.
10. Behold the majesty of nature at Maya King waterfalls before diving into the pool below for a refreshing swim.

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Where to stay in-between sightseeing tours

Belize is a relatively small country, but you still don’t want to waste precious time getting to and from each hot spot. Here’s your solution: Stay at Chabil Mar  so you are in close proximity to all of the destinations on this list. Chabil Mar is not only your gateway to these sites, but your stay will be unforgettable.

Chabil Mar is located in Placencia, today’s most popular Belize destination. This beachfront Caribbean boutique resort sets new luxury standards, offering beautifully-appointed accommodations and staff trained in the art of customer satisfaction, but it’s the lush and mystic gardens  enclosing this private resort that will win your heart.

 

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Make it easy on yourself

Award-winning hospitality, onsite dining that sets culinary standards and a heavenly Caribbean vibe combine to make Chabil Mar the ideal jumping off point for all of your adventures courtesy of Belize’s most experienced independent guides. Book a Chabil Mar Belize vacation package to save more time and money.

Seeing all 10 of Belize’s most enticing sites is a goal you can achieve simply by securing your reservations and booking your flight. Leave all remaining details to your friendly Chabil Mar hosts so no detail of your top 10 holiday is left to chance!

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 vacation.

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