Cayo – The Eco-Tourism and Adventure Region of Belize

Belize doesn’t have states, provinces, or departments. Instead, the country is divided into six different districts. Cayo District is the largest district in the country, located in the west of Belize along the border with Guatemala.

While you won’t find many cowboys in Cayo, the area is often referred to as the “Wild West” thanks to its abundance of lush rainforests, mountains, pristine rivers, and enormous national parks. The biggest urban area in Cayo is San Ignacio Town and its twin Santa Elena across the river, the second-largest municipal area in the country. San Ignacio is a popular jumping off point to experience the beauty of nature in Cayo, but the town is worth a visit if only for its thriving open-air market where farmers, artisans, and villagers meet to exchange gossip and sell fresh produce, dairy products, handicrafts, and traditional medicinal compounds.

Cayo is home to several small villages dispersed throughout the territory, including the Mennonite settlement of Spanish Lookout where hardworking people of faith produce some of the country’s best cheeses and furniture.

Most people, however, come to Cayo to explore the rich abundance of wild nature in the area. There are several Important Birding Areas located in the district, as identified by the Belize Audobon Society. And massive national parks like the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve (some 106,000 acres/430 square kilometers), home to the tallest waterfalls in Central America and exotic wildlife like jaguars, monkeys, crocodiles, and endangered ocellated turkeys.

Adventure options in Cayo include horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, zip lining, and the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing at sites like Caves Brach. Cave tubing involves participants aboard an inflatable inner tube exploring vast underground river systems. Cayo District is also home to the Rio Frio Cave, once used by the ancient Maya for religious ceremonies, and Rio on Pools, a collection of swimming holes located at the base of a waterfall.

Other popular destinations in Cayo include ancient Maya sites, including Caracol and Xunantunich, two vast cities that once competed against Tikal (just across the border in modern-day Guatemala) for dominance of the region. And just across from San Ignacio lies the ruins of Cahal Pech, a cliffside community built exclusively for Maya nobles and members of the elite.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located on the Caribbean coastline in Placencia, Belize. Chabil Mar offers visitors Belize all-inclusive jungle and sea vacation packages that include guided tours to the best spots in Cayo.

For more information about Cayo, 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 Reasons to Book Your 2021 Belize Vacation Now!

5 reasons to book a belize vacation right now

Unless you’ve been living on a space station with no conduit to breaking news, you know that Covid vaccines have not only been approved for use but shipped to locations throughout the U.S.A. The U.K. had already gotten vials and other nations have come up with formulations for their populaces that can begin to reverse the pandemic. 
 
This ends your excuse for not vacationing in 2021! Whether you feel comfortable traveling in January or you’re extra cautious and want to wait until later in the year, Belize is the ideal destination for your first post-quarantine hiatus. 
 
This small, vibrant nation is the trendiest vacation destination in Central America thanks to the country’s tourism industry assuming a leadership role in cleaning and hygiene practices that turned the nation into a refuge for Corona-weary travelers eager to escape sequestration. If tropical breezes, surf, and sun are on your recovery menu, choosing another destination makes no sense. Here’s why: 
 
1. Belizeans speak English and airplane flights from the southern rim of the U.S. take just a few hours, so getting to the Belize international airport is a hassle-free experience. The airport has also put into place stringent health precautions to greet arrivals that are guaranteed to make you feel secure and welcome. 
 
2. Although airline and resort bookings are increasing, you can still afford your trip because luxury resorts like Chabil Mar, on the popular Placencia peninsula, are offering amazing deals for travelers throughout 2021. 
 
3. Nicknamed “The Island You Can Walk to,” once you see how many ways Chabil Mar delights guests, you won’t want to walk anywhere! Onsite amenities include extravagantly-decorated and fully-appointed villas, 400 feet of private beach, a private pier for lounging and dining, bikes, kayaks, paddleboards, and two infinity beach-front pools. And, Chabil Mar is a stroll along the beach to Placencia Village’s local character, gift shops, dining options, and beach bars. Becoming bored is nearly impossible.
 
4. If you decide you want to take that walk, Placencia Village is close and it is filled with shopping, touring, dining, and nightlife opportunities and escapes. A former fishing village, the town has retained all of the charms, offering tourists an authentic taste of Belize culture. 
 
5. Since Chabil Mar is the only guest-exclusive full-service resort on the Placencia Peninsula, resort specials and packages far exceed what you will find elsewhere in Placencia, the place that always appears on “best beaches in Belize” lists. Visit our Belize vacation package page and you’ll see what we mean. 

6. Chabil Mar’s Early Bird Belize Reservation Special: Chabil Mar is making it possible for you to confidently reserve that dream vacation now without financial stress in addition to the uncertainties of traveling at this time. Therefore, they offer this opportunity for you Belize Vacation dreamers. Small deposits to reserve, pay later, and special rates. Won’t it be great to dream and have a Belize Vacation to look forward to? 

We warn you: Chabil Mar package choices are eclectic and varied. Deciding on just one can be hard, but it’s fun to browse all of them to see which calls to you and your travel pal. Each package covers everything you need for a worry-free sojourn: meals, lodgings, excursions, and more. 
 
If you can think of a more appropriate way to celebrate the distribution of Covid vaccines than a holiday in the Placencia sun, please let us know! Can’t think of a thing? There’s only one explanation: Chabil Mar’s lure is simply irresistible. The time is right. The choice is yours. Make that choice Chabil Mar Villas and discover paradise on earth. It’s exactly the experience you have waited so long for, right? 

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 or WhatsApp us at +501-633-7547. 

   

15 Rare and Wonderful Treasures from Belize

The word “treasures” usually refers to riches, precious metals and in some cases, your kids, but if you’re a frequent visitor to Belize, you know that the land is filled with natural treasures that have no equal. Belize is home to unspoiled rainforests, endangered species, ancient Mayan cities and lush beaches, so if these criteria don’t describe a nation rich in treasures, nothing will! We recommend the following 15 to begin your journey.

Silk Cayes

Silk_Caye,_Stann_Creek,_BelizeSilk Cayes: Just off the coast of Placencia Village, divers and snorkelers discover underwater jewels clinging to the Belize Barrier Reef in the vicinity of the Silk Cayes. Known for excellent water quality and modest waves, dive year round in this marine paradise.

Laughing Bird Caye

placencia belizeLaughing Bird Caye: Get away from crowds in nearby Placencia Village to kayak, snorkel, dive, scuba and picnic. When you’ve had your fill of ocean depths, spot another of the nation’s treasures: exotic birds that make this island their home.

Placencia Village

where to travel for summer vacation in belizePlacencia Village: Why is this colorful epicenter of fun and good times a treasure? Because it has everything a vacationer seeks in close proximity—water sports, Mayan ruins, nightlife and luxurious resorts like Chabil Mar.

Monkey River Village

rp_Elizabeth_Monkey_River_Welcome_650_Sign_Chabil_Mar_Belize_Resort.jpgMonkey River Village: This must-see trip balances howler monkeys with cool birds, butterflies and assorted lizards that inhabit this region. The gem-like colors of birds and butterflies will amaze you–and you’ll fall in love with those monkeys.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

cockscomb-basin-wildlife-sanctuary-belizeCockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: The world’s first jaguar preserve isn’t the only reason you’ll find this location a treasure: it’s home to Belize’s highest point, Victoria Peak, and so many colorful insects, mammals, birds and reptiles, you won’t want to put your camera away.

Chabil Mar Resort

summer in belizeChabil Mar Resort: There’s a reason travelers pick Chabil Mar over other Placencia Village lodgings when they visit: Hosts tuck guests into sea-facing villas offering the ultimate in privacy. Tropical gardens, infinity pools and al fresco dining are steps away, so you couldn’t avoid relaxing if you tried!

Blue Hole

The-Great-Blue-Hole-1Blue Hole: The famous Great Blue Hole is a one-of-a-kind diving destination that challenges even veteran divers thanks to its unique configuration of collapsed caves at the ocean floor. Celebrity Jacques-Yves Cousteau couldn’t stop talking about the geological wonders at this spot in the Caribbean. You’ll agree.

Belize Barrier Reef

belize reefBelize Barrier Reef: Charles Darwin called it remarkable and deep sea divers from around the planet find no fault with his assessment! Add this section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System to your list of not-to-be-missed jewels or your Belize itinerary won’t be complete.

Placencia Lagoon

belize manateesPlacencia Lagoon: This rich, bio-diverse wonderland remains so pristine, Jabiru Storks, Morelet’s crocodiles and some dolphin species swim amid mangrove swamps within this verdant, protected lagoon. Pair a visit here with one to neighboring Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve.

Half Moon Caye

rp_Half_Moon_Caye_Chabil_Mar_-_Belize_Resort.jpgHalf Moon Caye: If you’ve never experienced “a wall dive,” it’s time to jump in. Once you settle into the tight space and discover a world filled with turtles, rays, eels, barracuda and other marine wildlife through crystal waters, you’ll be glad you took the risk.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

ATM-CAVEActun Tunichil Muknal Cave: Plunging into the depths of this karstic limestone cave could take your breath away. Included among the Mayan treasures found at this rare site are stelae, pottery and even skeletal remains of former inhabitants.

Belize Whale Sharks

scuba diving in belizeBelize Whale Sharks: The largest fish in the world uses the Gladden Spit off Belize’s Placencia coast as a playground at certain times of the year. Your best chance of spotting one is to visit during full moons in the months of April and May!

Xunantunich Maya Ruins

xunantunichXunantunich Maya Ruins: Ascend to the ridge above the Mopan River in the San Jose Succotz vicinity to find a Mayan ceremonial center unlike any other. The largest pyramid in Belize (El Castillo) is found here, so that alone is worth your journey.

Caracol Maya Ruins

caracol maya city belizeCaracol Maya Ruins: Caracol is a classic example of what archaeologists have unearthed in the Cayo District. Allow plenty of time to explore this huge compound, the former home of about 120,000 people!

Barton Creek Cave

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Barton Creek Cave: No list of Belize treasures would be complete without this impressive site, continuously inhabited by Mayans between 200 and 900 AD. Ten ledges near the mouth of the cave display artifacts that run the gamut from pottery shards to skeletons.

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.

The Best Honeymoon Resort In Belize For A Romantic Getaway

Best Honeymoon Resort in Belize

If your mom told you that all good things only come in small packages, you may want to call and tell her that this saying is no longer true. Engaged couples live in a world of big packages, especially after managing to get through 2020. As a result, they’re not reticent about planning grand weddings – although smart romantics are focusing as much on grand honeymoons as they are on extravagant ceremonies.

Where to go? No brainer. Belize is again taking its rightful place on the world stage as the most romantic place to honeymoon on the Caribbean rim. Couples who have no idea where to start looking for a resort are advised to look first to Chabil Mar Villas on the Placencia peninsula. What’s your first clue that this is honeymoon mecca? The word “villas.” Chabil Mar’s accommodations far exceed those of ordinary resort guest rooms.

Chabil Mar’s location is particularly unique. Placencia is known as “the island you can walk to” and it’s the epicenter of the highest-quality properties in the nation. Tucked into a huge expanse of palm trees, tropical flowers and adjacent to the beach and sea, Chabil Mar’s beauty is only surpassed by the wealth of amenities honeymooners discover the moment they arrive. There’s a reason “Fodor’s” travel editors gave the resort its “Choice for Luxury” designation and why TripAdvisor is so keen on this boutique resort.

Honeymoon Resorts All Inclusive in Belize
Having come to the realization that Chabil Mar is more than a destination (in fact, it’s a state of mind), rest assured the resort’s reputation as a superior honeymoon destination is secure! Honeymooners can look forward to privacy, intimacy and plenty of fun simply by opting for one of 3 Belize Honeymoon packages, each of which gets every marriage off to a great start by saving couples money, too.

Honeymoon Package #1: Simply called “Destination Honeymoon” you are invited to spend a week basking in the lap of luxury residing in lush digs while enjoying gourmet meals, couples massages, private tours, snorkeling and more, all included for a single package price.

Honeymoon Package #2: If you both think big, the “Islands of Adventure” all-inclusive package has your names written all over it. In addition to accommodations, dining, amenities and you more, romantics eager for island time get their wishes by pairing an inland/island experience that makes this an extraordinary honeymoon choice.

Honeymoon Package #3: “Three Belize Resorts” is the ultimate honeymoon. Couples sojourn at three locations instead of just one. In addition to Chabil Mar, you’ll spend time on Ray Caye Island Resort plus a jungle hideaway called Chaa Creek. All three represent the best of Belize and give adventure seekers infinite cultural and activity choices.

luxury belize honeymoon accommodations
All three Belize honeymoon options are brimming with extras, so you will want to review each option before making a decision. You’ve got plenty to celebrate in 2021 and the ideal place to begin that romantic celebration is Chabil Mar, the only choice for discriminating honeymooners.

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 or WhatsApp us at +501-633-7547.

6 Places To Visit With Kids in Belize

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Kids and Belize go together like PB&J—especially if you take your brood to these wild places!

Travel agency owner Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell knows a thing or two about family vacations abroad. He has been booking them for 25 years and has concluded that even school curricula can’t compete with visits to exotic destinations. Global vacations helps kids “grow up with an awareness of the world that can’t be gleaned from textbooks,” he says, adding, “well-travelled children often find more meaningful careers in their adult lives.”

Love the idea of broadening the horizons of your children but the thought of wrangling youngsters on lengthy overseas flights gives you pause? How about a plane ride that takes only a few hours to bring your brood into contact with a culture that’s so fascinating, you’ll wonder why you never considered Belize before now?

Regardless of their ages and stages of life, you can make it a carefree vacation by putting arrangements into the hands of a centrally-located property where Belize family vacation packages save time, stress and money. The ideal pick? Chabil Mar Villas where packages include tours your kids will adore:

belize zoo

1. Belize Zoo: Called the best little zoo in the world, your kids will meet Belize’s indigenous wild animals. Once a small collection of species movie-makers used for documentaries, there are now 175 animals, all of whom were orphaned, rescued or rehabilitated before they joined their zoo family. Lessons of compassion and conservation won’t be lost on your little ones.

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2. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: The Belize Audubon Society prides itself on helping to support the first jaguar preserve on earth. But jaguars don’t occupy this expansive park alone; they share it with other wildcats, deer, tapir and creatures big and small. Searching for critters is a blast, but don’t be surprised if your children are impressed by dramatic waterfalls, nature trails, plants and mountain views that make a visit to Cockscomb unforgettable.

St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park

3. St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park: Also managed by The Belize Audubon Society, this intriguing site is a little bit mystery and a whole lot of nature. Located southeast of Belmopan, this sink hole sits amid 500 acres of tropical rain forest where 200 bird species coexist with howler monkeys that are so loud, your kids will want to yell back! Cool down in Mother Nature’s unique pool and be sure to take lots of photos.

Monkey River Tour

4. Monkey River: If Howler Monkeys on your St. Herman’s trip left your children wanting more, a Monkey River tour, where relatives of those primates hang out in large numbers along the riverbank, can get them closer. Other animals live in harmony at this site, but chances are, your children will ignore birds, medicinal plants and even a river swim to get in more monkey time.

laughing bird and silk cayes

5. Silk and Laughing Bird Cayes: Get two fun island visits on the same day by taking the kids to these cayes. Visitors recommend Laughing Bird Caye’s sandy beach and snorkeling down to where lobster and barracuda may be found, while turtles, rays and nurse sharks call Silk Caye home. In either case, if your children are just earning their water wings, either makes a great first-time snorkeling adventure.

Maya King Waterfall in Southern Belize

6. Maya King Waterfalls: Even boisterous kids’ voices may be drowned out on a visit to Maya King Waterfalls, located within a privately-owned park. Central America is renowned for having the most dramatic waterfalls in the hemisphere and if your youngsters haven’t had the pleasure of splashing in a pool that’s located directly under rushing cascades of water, they will be impressed, too.

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 family vacation.

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