Explore the Amazing Underwater World of Glover’s Reef in Belize

Named for an infamous 17th-century English pirate (John Glover) who once used the area to stage attacks on Spanish galleons laden with gold, Glover’s Reef is the southernmost atoll in Belize.

There are only four atolls in the world that are located in the Atlantic Ocean, and Belize is home to three of them, including Glover’s Reef Atoll. Thousands of years ago, the area was home to an island surrounded by a ring of coral. Over time, the island eroded away, leaving behind the ring of coral with a large central lagoon in the middle.

The protected waters in that lagoon are why people come from around the world to scuba dive at Glover’s Reef Atoll. The lagoon measures some 15 miles (24 km) by four miles (six km) and is home to more than 700 patch reefs with dozens of different species of coral. This diverse landscape is home to a colorful underwater garden where schools of fish, sharks, conch, rays, lobsters, sea turtles, and even dolphins live, play, feed, and give birth to their young.

Scuba diving expeditions usually head to one of the islands located on the outer edge of the atoll. From there, several options await, including places for shelf diving, wall diving, and exploring the coral landscapes. Glover’s Reef has been a protected nature reserve since 1993, and the ban on commercial fishing has allowed the marine life in this area to thrive.

Don’t be surprised to see dozens of different fish species when you dive Glover’s Reef Atoll, including grouper, mackeral, barracuda, tarpon, angelfish, yellow jack, snapper, black durgons, parrotfish, and many more. The waters of the lagoon are incredibly clear, nearly transparent, making it feel like a gigantic aquarium.

There’s also plenty to enjoy on land as well. The islands around the atoll are home to mangrove forests, white sandy beaches, bright blue skies, and incredible views of the Caribbean. There are no full-time inhabitants on Glover’s Reef Atoll, but the Wildlife Conservation Society operates a research station that relies entirely on solar and wind energy. The research station is only open to marine scientists, but visiting the research station serves as a great introduction to the incredible beauty of the region.

If you’re interested in scuba diving Glover’s Reef, book your vacation with the Chabil Mar Resort. Located on the coast of southeastern Belize, Chabil Mar is close to Glover’s Reef and other top attractions on the Belize Barrier Reef.

Contact Chabil Mar’s Concierge at concierge@chabilmarvillas.com to discuss Glovers Reef and your diving options for Southern Belize.

November Is a Great Time to Visit Belize

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If you’re still thinking about visiting Belize, don’t hesitate a moment longer. November is a great time to visit.

Here are a few amazing reasons why you should travel to Belize in November:

Enjoy Great Weather

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November is the start of the dry season in Belize. The plants and trees are still lush and green, but there is less chance of rain. The days are long and sunny, and the nights are cool.

Get Great Deals

Best Luxury Destination For Winter Sunshine in Belize

Many hotels and transportation companies offer deep discounts in November. Explore Chabil Mar’s November packages and specials!

Garifuna Settlement Day

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Celebrate the heritage of Belize’s colorful Garifuna people. The Garifuna are the descendants of Africans who escaped from a sinking slave ship and made their way to Central America. On November 19, you can enjoy a festival filled with authentic Garifuna food, music and dancing.

Battle of the Drums

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Another homage to Garifuna culture, the annual Battle of the Drums is a drumming competition that draws competitors from all over Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Come and hear some the best drummers in Central America. It takes place in Punta Gorda, the capital of Belize’s Toledo District, on November 17.

Visit Some Wonderful Wildlife


Learn about Belize’s most enchanting, exotic wildlife species when you visit the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center. This wildlife sanctuary is home to dozens of orphaned or rescued mammals, birds and reptiles. It is the first sanctuary in Belize to be completely wheelchair-accessible.

See spectacular scenery and more exotic creatures at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar preserve. This beautiful park offers walking trails, waterfalls, bird-watching and the chance to interact with all kinds of wildlife.

Take It Easy on Placencia Peninsula

Placencia Belize Best Destination To Celebrate A Mother's Day Trip
The Placencia Peninsula is an ideal location for your Belize vacation. It’s close to most of the main attractions. It’s also a lovely area.

From Chabil Mar, it’s an easy walk or bicycle ride into charming Placencia Village, where you can enjoy shopping, dining and nightlife. The beaches of Placencia are the loveliest in Belize.

Chow Down on Conch

belize conch season

November is conch season in Belize. It’s a great time to try this tasty shellfish in conch fritters, conch soup and many other local delicacies. If conch doesn’t do it for you, Belize has wonderful restaurants of all kinds.

Indulge Yourself at the Chabil Mar

Enjoy every moment of your Belize vacation when you indulge yourself at the luxurious Chabil Mar.

10 Activities Guaranteed to Heat Up Your 2021 Belize Honeymoon

According to folks in the know at EverAfterGuide.net, couples following editor’s advice start out on better footing than couples who don’t take their honeymoon advice, so launch your marriage in style by following their recommendations:

-Get a couples massage
-Read a sexy book
-Go on adventures
-Order room service
-Take erotic photos
-Light candles
-Share fantasies
-Go dancing
-Have private dinners

Do all of this and more at Chabil Mar Villas

At Chabil Mar Villas, every item on that list is included at our luxurious honeymoon mecca, and we add another perk to that list: When honeymooners book our Honeymoon or Jungle and Sea Belize all-inclusive packages, they save money, making honeymooning even sweeter.

Perhaps the most exciting item on that list takes place outside the bedroom: Chabil Mar’s activity options. They can shape the tone, photos, and memories built on shared experiences during your honeymoon. Browse this menu to see what we mean.

10 opportunities to make memories

1. Sail the Belize Barrier Reef, a geological wonder that has fascinated visitors since Darwin’s visit in 1842. See how many of the 500 species of fish and invertebrates plus 100+ coral species you can find.

2. Visit a world that has long ago disappeared: the ruins of majestic Maya civilization. People roamed this land thousands of years ago, leaving remnants of their society that are chilling, beautiful and sacred.

3. Follow that couples massage advice as soon after your honeymoon begins as possible. This sensuous, relaxing, shared experience is the epitome of bliss. You may not be able to resist scheduling more than one during your stay.

4. If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying a private candlelight dinner staffed by discreet servers, you’re in for a treat. You only have eyes for each other, and you won’t be the first couple to ask for dessert-to-go.

5. Stroll around Placencia village to take in the crafts, meet the people, sample food delights and learn about this area’s history, folklore and mix of religions.

6. Schedule a Monkey River trip. Howler Monkeys congratulate honeymooners in their own language. Gibbons Monkeys mate for life, but Howlers haven’t shared their feelings about monogamy. Maybe you can find out!

7. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is the world’s first jaguar preserve, nestled amid waterfalls, mountains, trails, and exotic birds. Get your fill of Mother Nature while exploring this exotic jungle.

8. Get shot. Having a private photo shoot is the ideal way to explore your sexual side, so whether you do the job yourself or desire a professional, Chabil Mar staff can help since this resort is all about discretion.

9. Visit Laughing Bird Caye, if only to tell friends that you failed to meet any laughing birds during your honeymoon. This World Heritage Site is dominated by coconut palms. Sneak behind one if you two want to share a laugh or two.

10. Some honeymooners never leave their Chabil Mar digs. That could describe you. Sea-facing villas with verandas give couples plenty of room to explore each other’s dreams within their 950- to 2000-square foot hideaways.

You probably won’t need 2,000 feet—-unless you bring company, a prohibition included in the EverAfterGuide.net guide. We suggest reading the entire guide before packing. There’s a lingerie tip you won’t want to miss.

The Ultimate Belize Vacation: Ambergris Caye and Placencia

Enjoy Two of Belize’s Top Destinations in One Amazing Vacation Package

Two of Belize’s top destinations are Placencia and Ambergris Caye. Now, you can enjoy a luxurious Belizean vacation that highlights these two places in one package at Chabil Mar. Enjoy the best of Belize’s beaches, adventure, and incredible scenery while experiencing posh accommodations, transportation, and dining options.

Ambergris Caye is a favorite destination for travelers, expatriates, and retirees. It is the largest island of Belize, with miles of unspoiled, white sand beaches protected by the stunning Belize Barrier Reef. The clear blue water and rich biodiversity of the coral reef make it ideal for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

Ambergris Caye was once a busy port used by the ancient Maya and later by pirates, whalers, and traders in exotic fruits and spices. Today, it is a classic beach community where you can stroll through quiet streets and take life at a slow, easy pace. San Pedro, the town on Ambergris Caye, has shops, nightclubs, beach bars, and fine dining.

Placencia Village is the largest and busiest community on the Placencia Peninsula. It was once a quiet fishing village and is now a bustling tourist destination. This friendly and colorful village is small enough to explore on foot. It caters to travelers, so you’ll find many shops, vendors, food carts, restaurants, beach bars and tour guides dotting the main streets.

Placencia Village is a favorite spot for tourists who want to explore Belize’s wilder side. This is where you’ll find deep-sea and fly-fishing charters, diving guides, hiking excursions, and sea kayaking trips. Popular land activities include hiking and climbing in the famous Maya ruins like Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum, exploring Belize’s many caves, zip-lining, and bird watching. Another favorite excursion is the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Sanctuary, where you can walk, swim and sunbathe among a plethora of exotic birds and mammals.

Your Belize vacation isn’t complete without seeing Placencia and Amerbris Caye. Make sure your vacation itinerary includes a visit to these favorite destinations by booking the Ambergris Caye and Placencia vacation package at Chabil Mar Resort.

Chabil Mar is one of the finest Belize resorts in the region. Our seven-day Placencia and Ambergris Caye package includes three nights at our luxurious sister resort on Ambergris Caye and four nights at our Placencia Village resort. It includes all local airfare from Belize City, ground transportation, excursions, expert guides, and most meals.

Contact Chabil Mar and ask about our “Sea to Shining Sea” package for more details!

The Butterflies of Belize

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They’re ethereal, beautiful, delicate and eye candy, but the butterflies of Belize do more than flit around from flower to plant, waiting to be admired. Thanks to low population density and enough flora and fauna to dazzle any insect, Belize butterflies may not live long lives, but they contribute mightily to a nation’s ecosystem, say ButterflyConservation.org researchers.

Why Belize butterflies are important

-Butterflies have been around for 50 million years, say scientists, so they’re of great ecological value
-The butterfly symbol is so sacred and revered, you’ll find images on resorts, restaurants and boutiques
-Butterfly studies undertaken by Belize experts prove insect migration patterns
-Butterfly wing patterns and iridescence are unique to these creatures
-Scientists of all disciplines (including genetics and population dynamics) study butterflies.
-Climate change researchers study butterfly group behaviors to reach conclusions
-Butterfly populations are a sign that an ecosystem is healthy
-They provide unparalleled organic pollination and pest control tasks
-Butterflies help feed Belize’s insectivorous populations
-Spending time watching butterflies can mediate depression
-Belize’s economy benefits from several butterfly farms from which visitors can choose!

Belize is awash in butterfly farms

Consistently vulnerable to weather fluctuations that can turn Belize from a tranquil land to wild and unpredictable weather fronts that sweep in, butterflies have grown adroit at hanging on throughout these dramatic weather changes.

Leaving Belize would be counter to butterflies’ ancestral behavior since this nation has exactly the environment necessary to keep these winged creatures healthy and thriving: flower nectar, tree sap, plant and flower pollen. Because butterflies are so important to the nation’s ecosystem, five Belize butterfly farms have been established to showcase these magnificent creatures:

1. Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm in the Toledo District is home to eight species
2. Cayo’s Green Hills Butterfly Ranch hosts the Blue Morpho, a rare specimen
3. Chaa Creek, also in Cayo, is also home to a rare Blue Morpho specimen collection
4. Tropical Wings Ecocenter in Cayo shows visitors how butterflies are raised
5. The Shipstern Nature Reserve in Corozal District is a 27,000 acre breeding area.

Fascinated? Why not visit?

belize butterflies

Book accommodations at Chabil Mar, one of Belize’s most highly-rated resorts and located on Placencia peninsula, today’s trendiest place to vacation. When you make your arrangements, ask the concierge about the resort’s popular tours, some of which include visits to butterfly farms.

In addition to visiting butterfly farms, explore other wildlife habitats. Browse our Belize vacation packages to see which ones give you the most access to Belize jungles, forests and botanical gardens. While you’re on the page, don’t miss the specials and packages being offered that cover everything from luxurious digs and fine dining to resort surroundings that showcase Mother Nature’s bounty.

If all you want to do during your stay at Chabil Mar is to learn as much about butterflies and see as many species as possible, customize your visit. Bring the kids. Bring your camera. Most of all, bring your sense of wonder. You’ll never again look at butterflies in the same way after spending time 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.

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