27 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Belize

 

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Here are 27 quirky facts that many travelers to Belize are not aware of.

1. The official language of Belize is English.
2. Most Belizeans are trilingual and Spanish and Kriol are also widely spoken in the country.
3. Belize was once home to over 1 million Maya people.
4. Belizean cuisine is an amalgamation of all ethnicities in the country.
5. If Belizean food is what you like, then don’t miss trying the traditional Belizean rice and beans.
6. Placencia, the captivating Peninsula of Southern Belize, offers a tropical paradise with everything from sun-kissed beaches to awe-inspiring diving sites. Arguably, Placencia is one of the most visited vacation spots in Belize.
7. After the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Belize stands second in the world with its longest reef featuring an abundant of marine life.
8. Belize is home to traditional Mennonites.
9. Belize has acres of pristine coastline featuring white sandy beaches and beautiful offshore islands. Laughing Bird Caye and South Water Caye are two such destinations.
10. Belize’s tropical setting is an ideal habitat for birds, and the country boasts over 300 species of native birds.
11. One of the famous dishes in Belize is made from Gibnut meat. This was the dish presented to Queen Elizabeth during her first visit to this country.
12. Belize’s jungle is home to wild cats, including jaguars and ocelots.
13. Apart from its historic archeological sites, Belize is known for its scuba diving sites. The Blue Hole, one of the world’s most popular sinkhole, is one famous dive site here.
14. Belize received its Independence from Great Britain on 21st September, 1981.
15. Unlike any urban city with high-rises, Belize is blessed with lush nature, acres of rainforest, and the tallest building in the country is Canna Temple, a Maya pyramid at Caracol.
16. Belize is home to many luxury resorts and jungle lodges. However, there are not many all-inclusive branded resorts here.
17. Belize’s size is close to that of New Hampshire in area wise. With a population just over 350,000, the country is one of the sparsely populated nations in the world.
18. Belizeans do use a number of funny Creole phrases such as the ‘Sleeping Policeman’ term for speed breakers.
19. Belizeans love ketchup with their fried chicken instead of hot sauce.
20. Belizeans eat the Marie Sharp hot sauce with almost everything.
21. No time to exchange money? You can use US dollars anywhere in Belize.
22. The locals here love the Punta Rock music.
23. Belize is one of the world’s top destinations for a wedding or honeymoon vacation.
24. Belizeans make some finest handmade chocolates from locally grown cocoa.
25. You will be surprised to find a jaguar crossing sign on the highway.
26. Fry jacks is a favorite breakfast of Belizeans.
27. Belize is home to the world’s loudest creature: the Black Howler Monkey.

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.

10 Reasons to Make Belize Your Honeymoon Destination In 2021

Is Belize a good honeymoon destination
Is Belize A Good Honeymoon Destination?

Your upcoming wedding is unique so why not make your honeymoon equally distinct? Reasons to choose Belize over other honeymoon destinations are so numerous, we don’t have room to list them all!

“Bride’s” magazine is the acknowledged Bible for Brides, so when Lane Nieset wrote about Belize morphing from a little-known nation into the perfect honeymoon destination, she described the beginning of what’s become a major travel trend.

Belize, she noted, offers “the perfect recipe for a romantic Central American getaway,” and honeymooners taking her advice agree. Why should you consider Belize for your post-wedding trip? Because no destination does it better.

1. Everyone speaks English. You’re already stressed so why add another burden to your list like learning a second language? Belizeans are warm, friendly and many are bi-lingual, so if your Spanish is rusty, grab some practice time.

2. The plane ride is blissfully short. Regularly scheduled, direct and bargain airfares are easy to find. Use your frequent flyer miles or book through aggregators. No fair looking smug when friends confide their Paris honeymoon travel nightmare!

3. Weather is heavenly. Even when it rains, showers are short and temperatures are delightful year-round, so get married any month you like; Belize will welcome you.

4. Get more bang for your buck. Whether you had a grand affair or your parents wrote the check, your new marriage gets off on a better foot if you don’t go into debt. The dollar goes twice as far in Belize. Conversion rate? $2 Belize to $1 U.S. It’s like winning a lottery.

5. For a tiny nation, sightseeing opportunities are everywhere you turn. Swim with sharks. Tour as many ancient Maya cities as time allows. Dive into the quirky Blue Hole, if only to say that you did it. And don’t forget a trip to the second longest barrier reef on Earth just off the Belize coastline.

6. Who needs a rental car? Resorts like Chabil Mar on the Placencia peninsula keep inventories of bikes, kayaks, Hobie cats and other crafts on hand for guests and since the peninsula is only 18-miles long, plenty of honeymooners jog, take water taxis and borrow bikes to get around.

7. Meet the natives. Spot the 500 species of fish swimming off the Belize coastline, 590 types of birds in Belize’s forested areas and some of the loudest primates you’ve ever heard: Howler Monkeys. Belize is home to the world’s only Jaguar reserve, too.

8. Your honeymoon photos will be breathtaking. Pose in front of dramatic waterfalls, take selfies while paddling around small atolls and don’t forget to memorialize yourselves enjoying the Placencia nightlife that has made this area so popular.

9. Explore the arts. Destinations like Placencia Village are goldmines of Belizean cuisine, art, music and the traditions of Caribbean, Mayan and Mexican descendents. Drink Belizean wines and beers and indulge your inner chocolate urge. Belize chocolates are divine and if you get enough diving, trekking and exploring, you won’t gain an ounce.

10. Save a bundle! Chabil Mar’s popular Belize honeymoon packages deliver an all exclusive experience for a single price. Included are luxurious accommodations, meals, local transport and hand-picked tours to fabulous sites.

Having survived a detail-filled wedding with endless “to-do” lists, what could be better than a honeymoon that required you to make decisions no more complicated than “What time should we eat dinner, Honey?” Sound like your kind of honeymoon? It’s okay to say “I do” one more time when you answer that question!

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 honeymoon vacation.

The Beers of Belize

Few people might think of beer as one of the most enjoyable parts of a vacation in Belize, but the small Central American nation has a proud history of brewing delicious local lagers.

Perhaps the most famous brewer in Belize is Belikin Beer. With their distinctive logo featuring the ancient Maya site of Altun Ha, Belikin is a multi-generational family-owned business based in Ladyville just outside of Belize City. The name Belikin comes from a Maya term for the Belize River, literally meaning “road to the east.” Founded in 1969, Belikin is the largest domestic producer of beer, producing 450 bottles per minute in their state-of-the-art breweries.

Belikin’s beer offerings include:

  • Belikin Beer – The flagship brew, Belikin Beer is a classic European-style lager with an alcohol content of 4.8%.
  • Belikin Stout – With a velvety, rich head, Belikin Stout has a delightful smoky taste. Made with German hops, Canadian malt, and cane sugar from Belize.
  • Lighthouse Lager – A refreshing, crisp beer, Lighthouse Lager is a Canadian Pilsner with a 4.2% alcohol content.
  • Belikin Premium – With a malty, hearty taste, Belikin Premium is made with two different hops and three different malts.
  • Guinness Stout – Belikin is a licensed brewer of this classic stout featuring a rich color and assertive bitter overtones.

Belikin also makes a number of seasonal brews, including:

  • Chocolate Stout – Inspired by a traditional Maya recipe, Chocolate Sout is a creamy beer with a velvety chocolate finish.
  • Sorrel Stout – Introduced for the first time a few years ago, Sorrel Stout features a careful blend of German hops, specialty malts, and local sorrel.

Other Beers Available in Belize

Beer lovers can enjoy a variety of other brews in Belize, including:

  • Red Stripe – The Jamaican classic in an iconic rounded bottle.
  • Heineken – One of the most popular beers in Europe, Heineken is a pale lager with a distinctly crisp finish.
  • Carib – This refreshing lager is brewed in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Dragon Stout – Brewed in Jamaica, Dragon Stout has a rich, velvety head with a lovely dark color obtained from barley.

Enjoy Belizean Beers at Chabil Mar

The bar and restaurant at the award-winning resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula has a full range of Belizean and international beers in stock.

Visitors to the resort can ask the bartender for a recommendation of the best beers to try. The experienced, professional bartenders at Chabil Mar can recommend food pairings and other details about the different beers available in Belize.

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.

 

Belize Vacation Ideas to Help Plan Your Adventure

The popular British travel website Wanderlust recently published an article entitled 4 great Belize itineraries that discusses some travel ideas for first-time visitors to Belize.

Here’s our take on Wanderlust’s suggestions:

Relax and Chill

Belize Vacation Ideas

Many travelers come to Belize simply to relax and unwind.
Sample itinerary:

  • Head to the island of Caye Caulker, just 45 minutes from Belize City.
  • Enjoy snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking or just chill on the beach.
  • Head to the island of Ambergris Caye and enjoy amazing seafood.
  • On the mainland, head to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary to do bird watching.
  • Visit a resort and visit a spa, enjoy a champagne dinner under the stars, or relax in a hammock.

Nature’s Beauty

Belize Vacation Ideas

With so much gorgeous nature to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to do!
Sample itinerary:

  • From Belize City, head to the western Cayo District.
  • Explore an ancient Maya ruin like Xunantunich.
  • Zip line and cave tube in the jungle.
  • Enjoy a picnic at a waterfall in a national park.
  • Head to the offshore Belize Barrier Reef and enjoy world-class scuba diving and snorkeling.
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise.

Culture

Belize Vacation Ideas

Belize may not have an opera house, but it more than makes up for a lack of high arts with an eclectic mix of cultures, traditions, and languages. English is the official language, but it’s possible to hear Spanish, Maya, Creole, Chinese, and Mennonite German as you travel around the country.
Sample itinerary:

  • Belize City to Dangriga, the home of the Garifuna people.
  • Visit the Garifuna museum and Pen Cayetano workshop.
  • Head to the nearby village of Hopkins, another Garifuna community, and learn how to cook Garifuna food..
  • Visit the Maya Center.
  • Stay at a Maya home in Toledo District.
  • Visit a Mennonite community at Spanish Lookout.
  • Visit a festival, concert, or holiday celebration.

A Bit of Everything

Belize Vacation Ideas

Combine the best of all worlds with this comprehensive itinerary:

  • In Belize City, visit the Belize Zoo.
  • Head to the interior and hike through a national park.
  • Visit an ancient Maya site or ceremonial cave.
  • Zip line and cave tube in the jungle.
  • Head offshore to enjoy sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and/or scuba diving on the islands.
  • Finish up in Ambergris Caye for delicious food and fun festivals.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize. Guests of Chabil Mar can see all of the above attractions and more.

For more information about Belize or Placencia,  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

7 Reasons Placencia Is The Ultimate Vacation Spot In Belize

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Placencia is a name that seems to evoke peace and tranquility, and there’s definitely an air of that in this small fishing village along Belize’s southern coast. But there’s a reason why Placencia draws travelers from all over the world in numbers far outstripping most of Belize’s other mainland settlements.

Here’s why Placencia is the perfect Belize travel destination for you.

placencia belize beaches

The narrow peninsula on which Placencia is placed is 16 miles long but only about half a mile wide at many points, meaning that a beach is always right around the corner no matter where you are in Placencia.

Whalesharks

It’s one of the best places to see whale sharks in the Caribbean. Whale shark migration patterns see them passing by Placencia from March through June, and you can even swim with these gentle giants if you time it right.

Garifuna people

Placencia is home to two of Belize’s most interesting ethnic groups. Creole people are common in Placencia, and the nearby settlement of Seine Bight is the best place to interact with the Garifuna people.

placencia sidewalk

The beaches may be the main attraction, but Placencia is home to the narrowest main street in the world. This pedestrian sidewalk may only be four feet wide, but it’s filled with colorful murals and a ton of local color in the form of quirky boutique shops and restaurants.

Fishing in belize

It’s still mostly a fishing village. While there are a decent amount of tourists who come to Placencia, it still maintains the sensibilities of a legitimate small fishing community. If you want a break from crowds of North Americans, it’s a far cry from Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye.

Belize barrier reef

It’s ideally positioned for exploring the Belize Barrier Reef. Placencia is just a few miles away, providing visitors to the fishing village with snorkeling and diving opportunities that allow you to catch a glimpse of everything from sea turtles and manatees to dolphins and sharks.

Monkey River

Monkey River is about 10 miles away from Placencia proper, but it’s well worth a visit for anyone who hasn’t been. The river got its name from the large population of black howler monkeys who live along the bank, but chances are that you’ll see all types of indigenous life.

There’s no vacation destination quite like Placencia, and there’s no better way to explore Placencia than in the luxuriant resort of Chabil Mar. With different Belize vacation packages for any sensibility, we’re the premium choice for Belize travel accommodations.

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