4 Reasons Placencia Belize Should be Your Caribbean Holiday Destination

 

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In your quest for the perfect holiday destination now that travel to Central America is returning to normal, make the smart decision to vacation on the lovely 16-mile-long Placencia Peninsula, located in Belize’s Stann Creek District. What is there about this place that makes it a stand-out when you could choose another spot? Everything!

Placencia is a finger of land nearly surrounded by water so if you can’t get enough water sports, this is a diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise. At the end of the 16 miles lies Placencia Village, commonly known as “The Island You Can Walk To”. The Village is the epicenter of the local population, culture, daily life, shops, markets, and other fun activities, including the areas’ annual festivals, such as Lobsterfest, Art & Music, and, home to Chabil Mar. Also home to jungles, Maya ruins, charming villages, and everything visitors crave in a Caribbean vacation, this area has so much to offer, we had a hard time coming up with just 4!

1. The beaches

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Whether it’s TripAdvisor, Conde Nast Johansen, or National Geographic, there’s no argument among these and other resources that Placencia beaches are out of this world. Whether you intend to swim in the Caribbean Sea or you’d just as soon float on the lagoon side of the peninsula, these magnificent stretches of beachfront never disappoint.

2. The food

 

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What determines a foodie destination? Diversity. Authenticity. Placencia’s food scene offers both which is why Belize cuisine is finding its rightful place on the international gourmet scene. While Belize food has distinct Caribbean flavors, you may seek variety during your stay. Frommer’s recommends De’Tatch Seafood Bar and Grill (Belizean), Mare (Italian), Maya Beach Bistro (Fusion), Omar’s Diner (Belizean) Pickled Parrot (comfort food) and Rumfish y Vino (international). These should get you started.

3. The Caribbean Sea

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Enjoy every minute of your time on “the island you can walk to.” Sail and fish the waters off Placencia or don gear and find out why world-renowned aquatic legends call this area the ideal jump-off point for activities under the sea and on the surface. Belize’s Barrier Reef, located close to the peninsula, is a must-see geological wonder, too.

4. Luxury Accommodations at Chabil Mar Villas

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How important is the quality of the place you stay during your Caribbean holiday? This can make or break your vacation, which is why Chabil Mar has become the peninsula’s lodging hot spot. Visit the Chabil Mar Belize accommodations page to see breathtaking choices that range from a luxury 2000-square-foot seafront villa to gorgeous suites.

Select from the Chabil Mar Belize vacation package menu for the best vacation of your life. These bundles include gourmet meals served at the resort’s award-winning restaurant, complimentary use of bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards, 2 infinity beachside pools, and a private beachfront made for relaxation and contemplation.

Specialized tours associated with each package allow you to customize your stay and if you could use a little more incentive, how about extending your holiday dates to qualify for discounted rates or avail yourself of current specials? Skip the crowds. Find tranquility. Fill your days and nights with fun. Don’t be surprised if you come up with at least 4 more reasons to choose Placencia for your next Caribbean holiday!

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.

Make Belize Your Company’s Travel Incentive Program Destination in 2021!

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When the Incentive Travel Council issued a recent white paper, it delivered a timely analysis on the role incentive travel has played over time in corporate America. Current prognostications are rosy! “After a lengthy downturn in workforce incentive travel programs, businesses are now starting to jump back into the pool,” researchers determined – but what they didn’t include in their analysis is the importance of destination when measuring program success.

A quick assessment of the current travel scene shows the missing puzzle piece to be Belize, a destination that has proven time and again how moral-boosting a trip to Belize can be on employee productivity. If you’re fashioning your own travel incentive program, Belize has it all — and it doesn’t hurt that the nation is so close to home.

What are the hottest trends in incentive travel?

Hard-working employees don’t necessarily want to go to urban cities, preferring instead a warm, welcoming and relaxing destination. Belize offers a great mix of towns, villages and luxury resorts where premier dining, upscale accommodations and an impressive range of memorable activities await.

As the world recovers from Covid, safety remains a major concern, and Belize outperforms other nations by implementing Gold Standard practices as recommended by international authorities at resorts, hotels and other establishments. Recipients receiving this travel benefit don’t have to worry about virus issues as long as they stay at a certified property.

How do management and administration benefit?

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Affordable airfares associated with Belize’s re-emergence as a prime destination for travelers are available and major airlines have re-instituted their former flight schedules. Belize resorts work with Human Resource managers eager to book incentive travel, thus amazing deals save companies money – even when that Belize destination happens to be Placencia, the trendiest area of all.

This Belize destination is packed with things to do and see. Access to Placencia Village where the friendliest people in Central America welcome visitors plus eateries, shops and points of cultural interest abound. As a small nation, sponsoring companies don’t run into huge in-country transportation costs to take employees to ancient Maya ruins, scenic waterfalls, jungles, rainforests and other popular sites because proximity to the best Belize has to offer is so close.

Rewarded employees want to stay where they play!

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Because team building and reward-granting are both goals of travel incentive programs,

employees who play together enjoy bonding experiences made easier by housing everyone at a luxury resort that offers something for everyone. Chabil Mars eminently qualifies for a long list of reasons. Onsite dining is luxurious and specialized tours can be tailored just for corporate guests.

There is so much to do at Chabil Mar and in nearby Placencia Village, vacationers needn’t be attached at the hip during their stay. And HR managers eager to get the most amount of fun and pleasure for the least impact on the corporate bottom line are favorably impressed by Chabil Mar Belize vacation packages where everything about these corporate stays save money, too.

Discover for yourself why Chabil Mar represents the best win-win solution to your travel incentive program needs by contacting staff toll free at 1-866-417-2377 to see what the resort can do for your deserving employees. And it’s okay to mention to the CEO that you’ve managed to pull off this coup without stressing out the company’s budget for the current fiscal year!

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.

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Best Birding in Southern Belize

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Belize has long been a birder’s best-kept secret. In fact, some people say that if you’re not a birder when you arrive in Belize, you’ll be one by the time you leave. 

Almost half of the land in Belize is managed as reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and protected habitats. Many are managed by the Belize Audubon Society and these protected areas provide a rich diversity of natural ecosystems where birds thrive. 

Southern Belize is the primary location for bird lovers looking for keel-billed toucans, ringed and pygmy kingfishers, pale-billed woodpeckers, squirrel cuckoos, pygmy owls, hummingbirds, keel-billed motmots, scarlet macaws and every species of parrot and parakeet imaginable. And don’t forget our local chachalaca birds, purple gallinules, spotted sandpipers, black catbirds and the list goes on and on. 

What’s more, you’ll see all of these marvelous birds in settings that are breathtakingly beautiful. The following are some prime birding spots in southern Belize. 

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Red Bank Village

Red Bank is a Maya village located near Placencia. The community is a favorite hangout of vivid, fast-flying scarlet macaws that flock here to find food. For the past 10 years, the village has cooperated with conservation groups to monitor and protect the macaws. Sadly, scarlet macaws are endangered, so this is a rare opportunity to spot these beautiful birds in their natural habitat. 

Aguacaliente

Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary protects more than 6000 acres of wetlands ecosystems. Getting there requires a two-hour hike from the village of Laguna in Toledo District. In the lagoons, you’ll see egrets, herons, wood storks, flycatchers, ibis and kingfishers. You might see jabiru storks, another rare and endangered species. It’s a good idea to visit Aguacaliente with a guide. 

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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the world’s first jaguar preserve and an important watershed conservation area. You’ll see a huge variety of animals, plants, and birds here, including white-collared manikins, crimson-collared and masked tanagers, bat falcons and more. 

Sir Thomas at Toucan Sittee

Sir Thomas at Toucan Sittee is located in southern Belize. It is s privately-owned bird sanctuary where one birder reported seeing 100 different species in an hour. The top birds you will encounter at this location include kingfishers, hummingbirds, toucans, and parakeets. 

If you’re already packing your bags and binoculars, make sure you book your stay at Chabil Mar. Our resort offers luxury accommodations in Placencia Village and our “Treasures of the Sky” Belize birding package provides guided tours led by local experts to top birding spots in the country.

The Mestizo Culture of Belize

Mestizo Culture of Belize

In Spanish, the term “Mestizo” means “mixed” as in mixed race, but this is not a very apt description for the Mestizo people of Belize. In reality, the Mestizos were originally immigrants that began arriving in Belize after fleeing from a race-based civil war in neighboring Mexico in the 19th century called the Caste War.

Initially, the Mestizos brought much of their original culture with them, including the Catholic faith and the Spanish language. Over time, however, the Mestizos have integrated into the wider Belizean society, many having adopted other Christian faiths as well as being bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Today, the Mestizos are primarily located in the two northernmost districts of Belize, Corozal and Orange Walk, as these border regions were largely uninhabited in the mid-19th century. The Mestizos were instrumental in Belize’s burgeoning agricultural sector, especially sugarcane production. The Mestizos now form the second-largest cultural group in Belize after the Creoles.

Mestizo culture is rich with a blend of Catholic and indigenous traditions. Perhaps their most well-known story tells a tale of Xtabai (pronounced ish-ta-buy) who was a powerful spirit that lives in the jungle. According to legend, the Xtabai waits at night on the edge of town for an intoxicated or lost man to wander by. The Xtabai then lures the man into the jungle, sometimes just to taunt them, but sometimes to hurt or even kill them. During the day, however, the Xtabai takes the form of a tree or a snake.

Mestizo music is heavily influenced by Spanish traditions. No Mestizo gathering would be complete without some guitar music, especially a song called the Serenata (Serenade) that was traditionally sung by young men outside the bedroom window of their beloved. Mestizo music often recalls the rollicking rhythms of flamenco, rumbia, and salsa with lyrics that tell stories of rural life, love, and death. Other typical Mestizo musical instruments include harps, trumpets, and violins.

Mestizo cooking is similar but distinctly different than Mexican food. Mestizo villages often have a large communal kitchen where tasty treats are made such as tortillas, tacos, and tamales. Mestizos are also renowned for their textile work and handicrafts that feature simple yet elegant floral designs.

The lovely beach resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize is a great place to stay for visitors who want to learn more about Belizean culture and people, including the Mestizos.

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