The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret: A Honeymoon in Placencia Belize

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Are honeymooners hard to please? “No way!” say staff at Chabil Mar Resort on Belize’s Placencia peninsula coast. “Who doesn’t love being around couples who are so enamored of each other, it’s a pleasure to serve them during their stays with us!”

What’s it like being surrounded by lush tropical gardens, gorgeous environs and a staff eager to satisfy every desire of honeymooning couples?

“Far exceeded anything we could have imagined,” enthused one pair of lovebirds who recalled the names of Darren, Sheldon, Luiz and Hector when writing their glowing review for TripAdvisor: “These guys perform at the highest levels of their profession.”

Having read this, you may wonder why we bring up the importance of staff. It’s because service can make or break a vacation and poor service can ruin an entire honeymoon, say bloggers writing for ITravel.net. Post-honeymoon Chabil Mar reviews are especially reassuring as you make your own plans.

Staff-recommended things to do during your Belize honeymoon

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The most important thing to do, say staffers, is to take advantage of resort packages because they take the stress out of figuring out where to go and what to do during a romantic stay. Unlike other resorts, you don’t have to settle for one type of Belize honeymoon package, so count on your experience being tailored to your wishes.

Chabil Mar employees urge you to make your wishes known the minute you arrive on the property. Don’t be shy. If your intention is to lay low for the entirety of your honeymoon, say so and you’ll be informed about all of the things you two can do to ensure the ultimate amount of privacy, like meals delivered to your suite and the best parts of Placencia to visit if you hope to run into the fewest number of people.

Don’t want to hide away?

Every amenity at Chabil Mar is at your disposal. There are two freshwater infinity swimming pools on site and both are tucked into lush gardens lining the Caribbean beachfront so you may have one of them all to yourself. The resort’s 400-feet of private beach offers you two room to spread out and if the urge for a cocktail strikes, the beach captain will appear as if by magic. He says he’s not clairvoyant, but honeymooners insist that his timing is perfect!

Say the word and a kayak, paddle board and bicycles will be provided and tours associated with packages are so diverse, you two could get into the first tiff of your marriage if each of you picks a different one. No worries. Chabil Mar staff will share details of each so you’re both delighted. While you’re on that Belize vacation web page, take check out money saving specials.

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But staff has limits
-They won’t take one side if you two get into a spat because they’re as neutral as Switzerland.
-They won’t say no to special requests during your stay, especially if you want to do something romantic.
-They won’t disturb you if you post a “do not disturb” sign on the door of your suite.
-They won’t recommend dishes on the resort menu because everything the chef prepares is fabulous.
-They won’t stop you from writing your own review after your unforgettable Chabil Mar honeymoon experience either!

Visit Belize’s Fascinating Turneffe Atoll

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Belize is famous for its stunning offshore islands and atolls, and the Turneffe Atoll is one of the finest. This incredible destination is just a few miles from Placencia.

What Is the Turneffe Atoll?

An atoll is a ring of coral on the ocean’s surface. It differs from an island because it contains its own body of water.

Most of the world’s atolls are in the Pacific Ocean, but Belize has three of the four atolls in the Western Hemisphere. They are Glover’s Reef Atoll, Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Turneffe Atoll.

Why Is It Important?

Turneffe is one of the most diverse, critically important ecosystems in Belize. It has over 150 mangrove islands, littoral forest, saltwater flats and lagoons. It is a nesting and breeding site for dozens of rare and endangered fish, waterfowl and marine mammals. Sea turtles, manatees, crocodiles and whale sharks all find refuge in these waters.

The Belize Barrier Reef and its surrounding islands are important for Belize’s two biggest industries, eco-tourism and commercial fishing. Protection of these waters is crucial for Belize’s independent fishers and for Belize’s eco-tourism industry.

Why Should You Visit the Turneffe Atoll?

Like the other offshore cayes and atolls, Turneffe is breathtakingly beautiful with white sand beaches, lush tropical vegetation and clear blue water. With over 50 miles of coral reef, it is a magnet for snorkelers and scuba divers. Some of the world’s best dive sites are on this tiny island, and the legendary Blue Hole of Belize is only an hour and a half away by boat.

Visibility in the warm Caribbean waters can be as deep as 200 feet near Belize. Here’s your chance to see live coral, sea turtles, eels, reef fish, sharks, groupers, barracudas and much more.

Feel at Ease at Chabil Mar

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You can create an unforgettable vacation when you stay at the Gold Standard Certified Chabil Mar in Placencia. We can arrange tours to Turneffe Atoll and other incredible places in Belize.

Booking at a Gold Standard Certified hotel ensures you will have a safe stay, but Chabil Mar has taken extra steps to protect guests and employees. We feature roaming butler service to your villa or private veranda. We reserve our amenities for the exclusive use of our guests. Enjoy dining al fresco at any of our onsite restaurants. We want you to be at ease when you stay with us.

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.

Barton Creek Cave, A Fascinating Cave in Belize

In a country with more than 100 navigable caves, Barton Creek Cave stands out for its unique history and impressive size. Unlike “dry” caves where spelunking is performed on foot, Barton Creek Cave has a large yet tranquil waterway running through it, meaning that visitors explore this impressive cave using canoes.

Belize is the heartland of the ancient Maya civilization, and Barton Creek Cave was used by Maya priests to conduct some of their most sacred rituals. The ancient Maya believed that caves were conduits to the underground world of the gods, known as Xibalba or “place of fear.” As such, Barton Creek Cave still contains many priceless artifacts, including ceremonial weapons, food offerings, pottery, and jewelry.

To explore Barton Creek Cave, modern-day visitors head east from the town of San Ignacio until they reach the village of Georgeville. From there, experienced guides will lead visitors along a narrow jungle path that includes a river crossing. After approximately one hour, the banks of Barton Creek are visible, and participants will board a canoe to begin their exploration of the cave.

Although the underground river running through Barton Creek Cave extends for at least five miles, only the first mile (1.6 kilometers) is safe for public exploration. Within a few minutes of boarding the canoe, participants will follow their tour guide into the stygian darkness of the cave. Using headlamps and flashlights, visitors will see a secret underworld that was once the exclusive domain of high-ranking Maya priests. The beams of light will reveal awe-inspiring cathedral-like chambers and beautiful stalactites that glitter and twinkle.

Along the way, the tour guide will explain about the natural history of the cave as well as the importance of the cave in Maya history, giving visitors a better understanding of the long-lost culture that built dozens of impressive cities across Belize.

After exiting the cave and emerging back into the bright tropical daylight, participants can enjoy a refreshing swim in the waters of the creek. Organized tours to Barton Creek Cave may also include a delicious picnic lunch.

Due to the nature of this tour, visitors who suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety about the dark are not recommended to participate. In some places, the ceiling of Barton Creek Cave is quite low. Although no swimming is required to explore Barton Creek Cave, swimwear, a change of clothes, and a towel are recommended. Other recommended items include insect repellant and rain gear during wet weather.

Chabil Mar offers Belize vacation packages that include all the best attractions of the jungle and sea, including an organized cave tubing tour of Barton Creek Cave.

For more information about Barton Creek Cave, 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.

The Ten Days of Christmas in Belize

 

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10 Festive Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at Chabil Mar in Placencia Belize

1. You know you’ll be freezing cold in December and that just the thought of leaving your coat, hat, gloves and boots in the closet and trading all this gear for a bathing suit and flip flops is the best gift you could give yourself.

2. Belize is so close to major southern U.S. airports, you can hop a plane, even at the last minute, and spend your holiday amid the pageantry, festivities and laid-back adventures at Chabil Mar without suffering a minute of jet lag.

3. You’ve always wanted to spend Christmas in paradise. While friends plow through snow and traffic getting to Grandma’s for the holiday, you’re focused on identifying over 600 species of birds flying overhead in Belize. Don’t tease your mates by confiding that you’re perpetually surrounded by fragrant flora and fauna during your Chabil Mar stay.

4. Discover how it feels to lie in a hammock on Christmas day without a care in the world. Temperatures in Belize range between 71°F (22°C) and 80°F (27°C), averaging 75°F (24°C) in December. It’s not too cold. It’s not too hot. Perfect.

5. Spend Christmas exploring the past. Head for an ancient Maya ruin where you examine relics, artifacts and perhaps skeletal remains of those who lived in Belize before Christ was even born.

6. Book a Christmas Vacation that exposes you to the best Mother Nature has to offer: Visits to both a lush rainforest and the second longest barrier reef on the planet. These all inclusive Belize vacation packages are affordably priced so you could return home in less debt than family members who are broke from too much holiday gift shopping.

7. Let Chabil Mar staff treat you like a visiting dignitary. You already know the story of The Three Wise Men who followed a star to find Baby Jesus. Think of yourself as a wise traveler minus the camels when you arrive at Chabil Mar to find luxe rooms, special holiday menus and enough festivities in Placencia to give you plenty of Christmas spirit.

8. Surprise the one you love with a Christmas trip to Belize instead of buying him more “stuff.” Whether you choose to say “Happy Anniversary,” “Marry me!” or “Let’s renew our vows at this magical time of year,” you’ll find that Chabil Mar Resort is dressed in holiday finery to welcome you.

9. Start a tradition. Leave the snow, sleet and blizzards behind to start a scuba diving or snorkeling tradition in Belize. Remarkable spots off Placencia will thrill you even more than unwrapping gifts of sweaters and fruit cakes! Spending Christmas beneath the sea at the Great Barrier Reef makes an unforgettable holiday even better.

10. Do something daring. Get a head start on New Year’s by making resolutions that get you out of your comfort zone. Go cave tubing, zip lining, kayaking or canoeing. Be forewarned: Chabil Mar Staff will tempt you with so many choices, your head could spin. Or perhaps that’s just a vision of what awaits as you imagine yourself drinking champagne on the beach while contemplating the night sky on a typical Belize Christmas Eve!

Interested in a Belize Christmas vacation? Email 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 Commended For Long-term Mangrove And Seagrass Protection

Belize Commended For Long-term Mangrove And Seagrass Protection

Like many Caribbean countries, the natural beauty of Belize has given birth to a booming tourist sector. But it’s also a nation that’s aware of the devastating impact that the tourism industry can have on that natural beauty. The Belize government has been good about fostering long-term policies whether that takes the form of eco-tourism initiatives or their widely lauded hospitality standards in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. But the latest praise for Belize is borne from their willingness to preserve some of the region’s most unique ecosystems.

That’s especially promising because the mangrove forests targeted by the initiative aren’t regular attractions for tourists — but that doesn’t mean that preserving this ecosystem isn’t important to the larger ecology of Belize and Central America. Mangroves serve as a safe place for fish, birds, and animals of all stripes to raise their young and feed — but the dense and marshy structure of these ecosystems also help minimize the force of tropical storms that hit the coast. Thanks to the fact that they can survive anywhere from freshwater rivers to coastal seawater expanses, mangroves are resilient and capable of surviving just about any natural disaster.

But mangrove wetlands are less equipped to survive threats that come directly from humans. They’re frequently a target for residential development, but Belize has taken some serious and impressive steps to help both nurture existing mangrove ecosystems and restore those that have been decimated in the past. This includes the promise to preserve an addition 6,000 hectares of mangroves by 2025 and 6,000 more by 2030. It also necessitates the development of a portfolio which identifies the most important mangrove ecosystems and those at greatest risk.

These new policies are being overseen by the National Climate Change Office which falls under the purview of the federal Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. NCCO CEO Dr. Kenrick Williams sees it as more than an investment in eco-tourism by recognizing that ecological preservation helps build a better world for all of us.

All of this is being done as part of Belize’s commitment to the Paris Climate Change Accord. By helping bolster coastal ecosystems, the Belizean government is protecting wildlife both deeper inland and in the neighboring Caribbean Sea. Here’s hoping that it will signal a tide change in the region and the world and encourage other countries to start pursuing more aggressive conservation efforts.

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.

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