Belize Reopens to International Travelers on August 15

Belize Reopens to International Travelers on August 15

Belize is unfurling the welcome mat. On June 25, the government of Belize announced that Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) will reopen to international travelers on August 15.

Tourism In a Post-Pandemic World

Life is slowly returning to normal after the COVID-19 crisis. Many Caribbean countries are looking for ways to balance the needs of tourists and the safety of their own citizens. The Belize government has developed a comprehensive plan to keep Belizeans, tourism-dependent communities and visitors safe.

Belize has had 23 cases of the virus and two deaths.

New Requirements and Restrictions

Belize is using guidelines developed by the Belize Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). All travelers must must pass a two-step test before they can enter the country.

A traveler can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or take the test at the airport. In addition, every visitor must pass through the electronic thermostat scanners.

See below rules you need to follow when you visit Belize on August 15th and beyond

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Tourism Board Launches Recognition Program

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB)has also taken steps to ensure the return of safe travel to Belize. To keep Belizeans and visitors safe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BTB has instituted the Gold Standard Recognition Program.

This program recognizes hotels and restaurants that follow the highest levels of safety and sanitation in cleaning practices, social interactions, workplace policies and standard operating procedures with only a slight impact on the guest experience. It is part of the government’s Nine-Point Checklist for Tourism Stakeholders that will allow Belize to reopen for tourism in a safe, responsible way.

What to Expect

If you plan to visit Belize, you must follow these requirements.

  • Social distancing and other requirements will add to your wait times at the airport. Be prepared to be patient.
  • Get a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours before you travel. If your test is positive at the airport, you will be forced to spend two weeks in quarantine at your expense. Avoid problems by getting the test ahead of time.
  • Book your stay at government-approved hotels only.
  • All visitors must register with the Belize Ministry of Health through its app. Do this before you travel.

Visit Belize

Belize is an ideal place to visit once travel restrictions start to lift. If you can meet the safety measures, we welcome you to our warm and beautiful country.

“Be at Ease at Chabil Mar” – Features of Chabil Mar Resort that provide safety without sacrificing service. Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information & on traveling to 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.

A Placencia Belize Vacation? Yes, Please – and Soon!

Placencia Belize Vacation

Could you find a better place to vacation now that travel restrictions are lifted than Placencia Belize? We don’t think so. Not only is the area’s history fascinating — it was settled by Puritans from North America whose roots are similar to those of colonists landing at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts — but the name Placencia was chosen to showcase the weather, a fabulous selling point for travelers eager to visit a place known for its cool breezes, warm waters and idyllic temperatures.

Since the Placencia peninsula is only 16 miles long, you won’t find another Belize location that’s got as much to see and do as this navigable area, and one of the best ways to see it all is to book reservations at Chabil Mar where luxury sets a new standard and post-Corona sanitary practices assure guests of both relaxation and safety.

Chabil Mar: A picture-perfect resort travelers will adore

Can anything compare to a resort that’s small enough to to explore on foot yet large enough to host all of the amenities you require for a getaway? This contemporary, luxury boutique beach resort, located along the seashore, was designed with guest relaxation in mind, which is why spa services are always on the menu.

Lodgings are roomy, gorgeous and fully-appointed. Interiors feature local art, Belizean hardwood furnishings and décor. Outside, the landscape is so gorgeous, you will be reminded of descriptions usually reserved for Eden. For a taste of this remarkable resort, take a virtual tour to see what you would be missing if you decide not to travel to Placencia Belize.

Choose the suite or villa best suited to your vacation style and budget, but if you really want value for your money, peruse Belize vacation packages designed to match your vacation needs. Whether you’re eager to spend your time diving, snorkeling, fishing or swimming or you prefer to stay on land and see cultural sites like Maya ruins, jungles filled with medicinal plants or nearby villages, you’ll be right in the middle of the action by picking Chabil Mar as your Placencia destination.

Can you customize your visit?

Indeed, you can. You might even find yourself able to take advantage of specials like the current “buy 4 nights and get one free” offer that is both budget friendly and gives you a full extra day on the house.

Pick and choose from tours and fascinating adventures or stick to the resort and borrow complimentary kayaks, paddle boards and bicycles when you’re not floating around in the resort’s 2 infinity pools tucked into lush tropical gardens. Gourmet meals prepared by Chabil Mar mega-star Chef Daniel are so delicious, folks residing in Placencia come to the resort for special occasions, but you never have to worry about a reservation since guests always come first.

While you’re in residence, make sure you visit the world’s narrowest street (Placencia Village’s boardwalk), take in small shops, and if you leave without sampling Belize’s sweet culinary treats, you’re going to regret saying no. At the very least, sample chocolate, gelato and coconut pies while you’re in town. We promise: none of these treats will spoil your appetite for dinner once you return to Chabil Mar!


Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Placencia and 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 your Belize vacation.

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.

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.

6 Ways to Make Your Belize Honeymoon Unforgettable!

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The cake is history. So are champagne toasts. Even the bridal bouquet has a new home. What began with a kiss, ended with “I do,” and as you two head for your Belize honeymoon, you’re probably so tired, all you want to do is sleep! Give it a day. You’ll both be eager to make memories—especially if you booked your romantic stay at Chabil Mar Villas, where honeymooners go for seclusion, pampering and superior hospitality. Once you’ve caught your breath, the Chabil Mar team stands ready to send you off on adventures that turn ordinary honeymoons into spectacular ones.

Swim with the fishes

belize barrier reef

Marine reserves throughout Belize amaze honeymooners eager to see so many undersea wonders. Observe them from a boat or jump into the water, especially around the Belize Barrier Reef where you can swim with giant Tarpon, flirt with stingrays and Eagle Rays and introduce yourselves to dolphins and barracuda if they happen to swim by. There’s a manatee refuge, too. With hundreds of species of marine life, the only witnesses to your undersea hugs, Belize’s underworld adventures could be the highlights of your stay!

Meet the animals

Belize Jaguar

Not every honeymoon couple is eager to roam jungles and rainforests in hopes of spotting Belize’s big cats, howler monkeys and other animals indigenous to this region so opt for a Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center experience. Wear good shoes to explore all 29 acres of savannas and exhibits and do ask your guide to point out the orphans, critters born at the zoo, lovingly rehabilitated creatures and animals received as gifts from other zoological societies. Identify all 125 of Belize’s indigenous animals housed at the zoo and impress your new spouse.

Experience Belize’s past

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Long before Belize became a melting pot of diverse peoples and cultures, generations of Mayans roamed the land. They disappeared without a trace, leaving behind spectacular vestiges of palaces, temples, ball courts and artifacts that are mysterious, exotic and priceless. If you’re both curious and eager to learn more about the Mayans, explore some of Belize’s best ruins, caves and compounds. The Chabil Mar team recommends Xunantunich, Lubantuum and Nim Li Punit and can make arrangements to get you to one–or all three.

Dive in

Dive coral James Chabil Mar Resort Belize

It’s time to find out how daring each of you can be by visiting The Big Blue Hole, a natural wonder comprised of collapsed undersea caves that left a perfect circle in the ocean that’s 1,000 feet across and 412 feet deep. Maintained by the Belize Audubon Society, it was a favorite of iconic marine biologist Jacques Cousteau and a world-class dive experience that attracts people from around the world. If just the thought of dropping into this vast hole is scary, have Chabil Mar staff book a helicopter so you two can see it from the air instead.

Stroll Placencia

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Still recovering from wedding shopping? You may have told friends you’ve had enough, but you’re sure to change your mind if you visit Placencia Village, an epicenter of fun that is part of the reason Placencia took a prestigious travel award for being a top Caribbean destination. Because Chabil Mar is close to the village, you won’t have to go far to discover quirky shops, indulge in world-famous Belize chocolates, tour art galleries, check out pubs and indulge in delicious local foods. If you haven’t yet thanked your parents for throwing you the wedding of your dreams, pick out gifts for them here in Placencia Village to show them you were raised right.

Get your romance on

belize romantic resorts honeymoon

We think Belize sunsets are extraordinary. Our beaches are pristine. Belize’s sultry shoreline begs couples to stroll hand-in-hand along Placencia’s 16 miles of sand. You’re here for romance, so take full advantage of intimate moments and lush enclaves on Chabil Mar grounds or sail along the shoreline in a private boat provisioned with picnic foods, cold beer, rum punch and anything else you desire. Since Chabil Mar staff specializes in romance, find out why so many honeymooners recommend this resort to friends after they return home!

For more information about visiting Belize for your honeymoon , 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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Escape the Winter Doldrums with a Belize Vacation

Right now, winter is wreaking its wrath all across the United States and Canada. But there is one place where the sun is shining and the weather is perfect for T-shirts and sandals. Best of all, it’s just a short flight away from major cities across North America. That magical destination is the country of Belize.

In Belize, it never snows. In fact, the “winter” months in Belize are when the weather is at its finest. Refreshing trade breezes combine with long, sunny days for perfect weather to enjoy outdoor activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, or hiking.

Belize may be a small country, but it has everything you need to enjoy an amazing vacation: beaches, offshore islands, lush rainforests, thick jungles teeming with wildlife, waterfalls, and lots of exotic animals, birds, and plants. No matter where you go, you’ll discover just why Belize is nicknamed “The Jewel.”

For many people, all that’s needed is a quick visit to Google Flights or their favorite travel website, plug in the Belize airport code (BZE), and find a great price on a flight to this lovely Caribbean paradise. Depending on where you live, round-trip tickets can be as low as $300.

Once you’ve got your ticket, all you’ll need is a valid passport, a pair of flip-flops, a few pairs of shorts and T-shirts, a beach towel, swimsuit, and your suntan lotion. And it’s all just 2-3 hours’ flying time away!

The Placencia Peninsula

The best place to escape the winter doldrums is the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Located on the Caribbean coast, Placencia is called “The Island You Can Drive To” because of it’s laid-back charm, gorgeous beaches, and narrow isthmus connecting it to the mainland. In fact, Placencia stretches for more than 16 miles from north to south but is just half a mile wide.

One of the finest luxury resorts in Belize is located in Placencia, the fabulous Chabil Mar, which means “Beautiful Sea” in the local Maya dialect. Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning resort and a perennial TripAdvisor favorite due to its lovely villas, freshwater infinity swimming pools, tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant. Chabil Mar also has a lovely seafront pier that’s perfect for al fresco dining.

Chabil Mar specializes in creating all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that include all the best that the beach and jungle have to offer. If you’re ready to take a break from shoveling snow, book your vacation with Chabil Mar today.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information about 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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