The Famous “Bamboo Chicken” of Belize

Belize iguanasBelizeans are known for having a colorful sense of humor which is why the local nickname for the green iguana is “bamboo chicken”. The largest species of lizard in the country, an adult bamboo chicken can measure nearly seven feet in length, although most of the length comes from its enormous tail. The flesh of the “bamboo chicken” is popular in Belize and used for many local recipes. Even more popular are the creamy eggs of the green iguana which are considered a true delicacy by local gourmands.

Once heavily hunted for its eggs and meat, today the green iguana is protected by law and the Belize Zoo now organizes several captive breeding programs throughout the country. The native habitat of the green iguana is on tree branches overlooking a river as the lizard will dive into the water when it is startled or threatened by predators.

Juvenile green iguanas spend a lot of time on the floor of the rainforests of Belize, hunting for insects, snails, worms and grubs. Once they’ve matured, adult green iguanas start climbing higher in the branches of trees to eat berries, fruits and leaves. On occasion, green iguanas will eat small mammals and birds.

For information about Belize’s flora and fauna , 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.

Belize in January 2021

Visit Belize in January

There are few spots more beautiful to ring in the New Year than Belize, a small country located in Central America bursting with lush rainforests, misty mountains, and golden sands fronting the Caribbean Sea. Belize is blessed with warm temperatures, an abundance of sunshine, and colorful wildlife like toucans, parrots, monkeys, jaguars, manatees, sharks, and sea turtles. All of the top airlines in North America, including Delta, United, Southwest, WestJet, Air Canada, and American Airlines now feature non-stop service from major cities, making it easy and affordable to enjoy a January vacation in Belize.

Events and Festivals in January



New Year’s Day

Beyond the fireworks, food, parades, and parties, there’s plenty to do in Belize on the first day of the new year. One of the most popular activities is the Krem Cycling Classic. Beginning in Corozal Town in the north and ending in Belize City, large crowds line the road to cheer on the racers. (Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the event will not happen in 2021).

Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Day

While not an official holiday in Belize, large sections of the local population observe January 18 as a day to honor and celebrate the heritage of one of the 20th century’s most influential civic leaders.

Things to Do and See in Belize in January


There’s always something exciting going on in January, including:

  • Snorkel and scuba dive the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Ride a zip line through the jungle canopy.
  • Bird and wildlife spot in the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve.
  • Relax in a hammock at Chabil Mar in Placencia village.
  • Dive the Great Blue Hole, rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 dive locations on the planet.
  • Explore ancient Maya ruins or ceremonial caves.
  • Dine on some of the tastiest food found anywhere, including fresh-caught seafood and organic local produce.

January Weather in Belize

With plenty of fresh breezes, abundant sunshine, and mild temperatures, it’s no surprise that January is one of the most popular months to visit Belize. Occasional storms from the north bring a dose of rain and refreshing winds.

Where to Stay in Belize in January

One of the best places to stay in Belize in January is the multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar. Located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula, Chabil Mar has luxuriously-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and a beachfront pier ideal for enjoying gourmet meals prepared by the onsite restaurant while drinking in the view of the Caribbean.

Visit 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 winter vacation.

Getting To Placencia Village from the Belize Airport

Map of Placencia Belize -- How to get to Placencia Belize from the Belize International Airport

Seven Ways to Get to and from Belize Airports and Placencia

Booking a Belize vacation is easy. Pick a resort. Find an airliner. Arrange in-country transport to get you where you want to go. But before you get to the fun stuff, you must get from Belize City to your accomodation. Putting that task in the hands of your resort staff can eliminate a lot of work and worry. For example, Chabil Mar luxury resort in Placencia gets guests to and from its grounds every day, so it just makes sense to let staff help you traverse the 160-mile distance between Belize’s airports and Chabil Mar. Whichever method of travel you prefer, they’re happy to help!

Take a shuttle
They’re popular for many reasons: cost is reasonable, there are two running shuttles that service the Belize City-to-Placencia route and the three hour drive and beautiful scenery will slow your heart rate so you’re ready to vacation in earnest the minute you stop off the shuttle bus.

Grab a second flight
You’re already at the airport, so if you’re in a rush to get to Placencia, five early morning or late afternoon flights to and from Belize International Airport or Belize Municipal Airport to Placencia take only about 40 minutes each on nine-to-13 seat Cessna airplanes. Plan to spend about $117 USD per one-way ticket.

Taxi, please
A Belize taxi can get you to and from the resort and airport expeditiously, and you can find one after you land, but you could pay more money than you would if you caught an in-country flight, so ask for pricing immediately. Here’s some good news: If you like to negotiate, this is the time to put your talent to work!

Van or private car
If you’re a celebrity, price is no object and you require door-to-door service from airport gate to your lodgings, a private car is likely your preference. On the other hand, hire a private van to get to Placencia. The typical fare for this ground transporataion is between $260 USD and $300 USD for one to four passengers. This is one case in which comparison shopping and/or additional people can translate to savings.

Car rentals
It makes sense to rent a car if you intend to cover a lot of ground during your Belize holiday. Vehicles await you at both Belize Airports and there are two car rental agencies in Placencia proper, but your car won’t come cheap: Average rentals per day run around $75 USD and don’t expect expansive choices when it comes to picking a vehicle.

Take the bus
Get the lay of the land, relax after your flight and pay just $15 USD each way to ride the bus to and from Placencia from your Belize City airport. The ride takes under five hours and if you miss a bus, you can always catch a second one or stay overnight in Belize City and see some sites before catching the early bus.

The best idea of all
Book your transportation needs with Chabil Mar staff and allow them to make recommendations based on your budget, time in Belize and travel goals. The reservations team can give you the bus schedule, arrange a private shuttle transfer from the Belize International Airport to Chabil Mar both ways, or if you take that flight, there’s no charge to retrieve you from the Placencia airstrip. Which will you choose?

 
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.

The Best Honeymoon Destination in Belize

Best Honeymoon Destination in BelizePlacencia: A Romantic Honeymoon Destination in Belize

Belize is a small country in Central America between Mexico and Guatemala with a long coastline on the Caribbean Sea. Thanks to its sunny weather all year round, gorgeous beaches, pristine jungles and rainforests, and offshore reef, Belize is becoming one of the most popular destinations for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic getaway in a tropical paradise with first-class hotels and resorts.

Ideal for swimmers, fisherman, snorkelers and diving enthusiasts, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef in the world. The mainland of Belize is an ideal mix of mountains, jungle, rainforest, rivers and lagoons, making it one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Coupled with some of the finest hotels and resorts found anywhere, Belize is an ideal place for couples to enjoy some intimate time in a truly beautiful and charming setting.

Where to Honeymoon in Belize

honeymoon in Belize
One of the most romantic locations in Belize is the Placencia Peninsula. Just a mile across, the peninsula stretches for 16 miles along the turquoise Caribbean Sea, featuring some of the most beautiful beaches found anywhere in the country. At the tip of the peninsula is the village of Placencia, a small and friendly community complete with gourmet restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and dive outfits with a full range of gear for exploring the nearby Belize Barrier Reef.

Best Honeymoon Resort in Belize

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Located just a few minutes’ walk up the beach from Placencia Village is the award-winning resort of Chabil Mar. From a Mayan term meaning “beautiful sea”, the gorgeous beachfront villas of Chabil Mar are all tastefully appointed and include a full range of modern amenities, including 400-thread-count linens, multi-zone air-conditioning, and high-speed wireless internet. The resort also has its own private seafront pier, an ideal spot for enjoying a romantic meal under the stars.

A Complete Belize Honeymoon Package

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If planning for your wedding has taxed your time and resources, then why not unwind with a delightfully romantic Belize honeymoon package? Instead of fretting over the details, this inclusive honeymoon package includes your stay at the luxurious Chabil Mar resort, trips to the mainland, and diving/snorkeling adventures on the majestic Belize Barrier Reef.

Start your new life together with a wonderfully romantic getaway vacation to the friendly nation of Belize. Whether you prefer to spend your time luxuriating on the beach or want a more adventurous trip exploring mysterious ancient Maya cities and snorkeling the crystal clear waters offshore, there’s something for every honeymooner in Belize.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize honeymoons, 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 honeymoon vacation.

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!

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