What To Do In Belize – Experience The Best Of Both Worlds

Experience The Best Of Both Worlds in Belize

For the Maya Empire, Belize was an agricultural breadbasket that offered both saltwater and freshwater commercial trade routes. For the English buccaneers known as the Baymen, it was a lucrative source of lumber and later mahogany with direct access to international trade via the Caribbean Sea. Today, Belize’s tourism industry thrives on this combination of pristine jungles and amazing beaches. Even as the Caribbean and much of Mexico have become overcrowded with tourists, Belize offers a little bit of everything. Some of Belize’s most appealing tourist towns are directly to the north, while the country also offers direct access to the beauties of the Caribbean Sea and a path through the jungle to explore the rest of Central America. It blends together the best aspects of surf and turf without making sacrifices to either.

The Jungle

Belize Jungle Vacations

The thickest and most vibrant jungles in Belize sit in the Cayo District: an area which is commonly known as the Wild West of Belize. Some of the country’s most popular eco-lodges are here, but it’s also home to some of the most thrilling adventures and most peaceful respites you’ll find in the country. The verdant land here makes agriculture the major industry, but the low population density of Belize ensures that there’s still plenty of jungle left to explore. Some of the most popular and impressive Maya ruins in Central America — like Xunantunich and El Pilar — are located in the Cayo District, and the Cayo District’s Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave is one of the most spectacular natural sites you’ll find. More adventurous travelers will find opportunities to zip line, spelunk, and kayak through underwater caverns. But you can also find time for a romantic horseback ride through the jungle, birdwatching at dawn, or a gentle rafting trip down the Macal River. The town of San Ignacio offers a full range of modern amenities and conveniences and is treated as the gateway to the Cayo District’s natural treasures.

The Sea

Belize Jungle and Sea Vacations
175 miles of coastline offer plenty of opportunities to lounge along the warm and brilliantly blue Caribbean Sea, but the best way to see what’s out there is to venture further onto the water. More than 400 islands sit off the coast of Belize, and the world’s second largest barrier reef is also positioned within the country’s marine territory. But you don’t need to venture out to islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker to see what the waters have to offer. There are plenty of great coastal villages worth exploring, but the Placencia Peninsula stands out in particular. The narrow strip of land that constitutes this peninsula gives it the vibe of an island while still giving you easy access to the interior. Whether you’re looking to fish, snorkel, or dive, you’ll find plenty of options out on Belize’s Caribbean waters.

See Both at Chabil Mar Villas

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Chabil Mar offers you the flexibility to explore both the green and the blue of Belize. Chabil Mar Resort offers beachside relaxation on the Placencia Peninsula, while the Lodge at Chaa Creek sits conveniently in the major inland hub of San Ignacio. Our Reservations Team can help you find a Belize jungle and sea vacation package that gives you the perfect ratio of sea and land.

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 vacation.

15 Things to Know About Belize and Placencia Before You Go

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Private Pier at Chabil Mar for Lounging and Dining

Are you counting down days until Belize’s international airport is again open? It’s obvious that you’re eager to vacation in Belize, and if you’ve already dusted off your suitcase, bought sunscreen and found your flip-flops, here are things you should know before you arrive!

1. Choose the Placencia Peninsula as your vacation destination where Chabil Mar Villas awaits.  Chabil Mar is a contemporary full-service luxury boutique beach resort and is the closest full-service resort to Placencia Village. 

2.Once a sleepy fishing village, Placencia has emerged as an increasingly popular destination in Belize and the Caribbean. Stroll along the beach, bike, kayak or paddle board to the center of this traditional fishing village from Chabil Mar.

3. There are no sidewalks in the Placencia Peninsula, so you’ll share the road with scooters, bikes, golf carts and cars. No worries. Traffic is nothing like your home turf.

4. Don’t look for traffic lights. Speed humps substitute. These mounds regulate the ebb and flow of everything that moves, but once you assess the activities available at Chabil Mar, you’ll want to stick around the resort.

5. Free coffee refills at Placencia restaurants are not on the menu. But if you book a Belize vacation package at Chabil Mar, your meals are included, so drink as much coffee as you like on the house.

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6. Who needs to rent water toys? Chabil Mar’s inventory is at your disposal, whether you want to pilot a kayak, waterboard or Hobie cat.

7. You won’t be bothered by people selling things, even in town, but once you spot hand-crafted goods available from local vendors, saying no could be difficult.

8. Forget the whole “third world country” assignation. Would U.S. retirees be moving to Belize in droves if Placencia wasn’t a fabulous place to live? Everyone speaks English, so you’ll feel right at home.

9. You could fall in love with the people of Belize. It happens every day. These sweet, hospitable, helpful folks know how good they have it in this tropical paradise and they like showing off their homeland to visitors.

10. Food you encounter will delight you. Belize offers an exotic mix of cultures and cuisine. At Chabil Mar, Daniel — the ultimate chef with credentials to match — has never served a meal that didn’t win guest approval.

11. You might stay longer than you planned! Small, personalized island-hopping, scuba diving, fishing, sailing and sightseeing tours are so compelling, fitting everything you want to do into your itinerary could be challenging.

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12. This is your chance to drive a golf cart. No need to join a golf club to ride around Placencia in one, and if you want to wear a golf shirt, that’s your call.

13. You don’t have to rent a car. Why go to the trouble or expense? Everywhere you need to go will be handled by the Chabil Mar concierge, including getting to and from tours.

14. Every season is a great season to visit Belize. Summer is heaven for folks who hate crowds and Chabil Mar summer rates have triggered happy dances – especially if they are accompanied by Garifuna drummers!

15. It’s okay to roam around, beer in hand. Make it a Belikin. Yes, Belize has laws (and carrying glass bottles makes no sense), but as long as you behave, you’ll be just one more happy member of the crowd.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize and Placencia, 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: The Best Place For A 2022 Destination Wedding

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Are you planning your 2022 wedding and starved for good advice? Adopt the measures suggested by Olson’s panel and you’ll be proclaimed the ultimate trendsetter yourself!

-The trend of sending cat and dogs down the aisle with the rings is disappearing.
-Eliminate pampas grass, floral foam and barn weddings from your upcoming affair.
-Experts recommend dumping “flower walls” that kill entire wedding budgets.
-Huge weddings are fast becoming as endangered as Dodo birds. Who wants all that debt?
-Large bridal parties filled with female attendants dressed in similarly unflattering dresses? No thanks.
-Photo booths and guest books featuring Polaroid photos? So yesterday.
-Experts agree: dump the table favors. A survey proved many guests leave them behind.
-The biggest trend? Long affairs like destination weddings where a small number of guests enjoy days of carefree fun in place of a pricey splash that ends in 4 hours!

Plan your own “long celebration” to show off your style

Having eschewed extravagant ideas that include expensive favors that won’t be missed and photo booths, leave Fluffy and Rover home with their pet sitters by making the most stylish move on the list: A big celebration with the people closest to you on a tropical beach or within a lush garden at a Belize resort that checks off all of the boxes brides and grooms want when they get married.

Since Belize has been proclaimed Central America’s wedding Mecca, you won’t have to host a long list of people you can barely identify, feed them and send thank you notes for gifts you and your new spouse already own. Where to hold your extended celebration with your nearest and dearest? Chabil Mar Villas, where brides and grooms not only have a magazine cover-worthy affair but they save lots of money, too.

Chabil Mar: Where paradise meets affordability

Chabil Mar Villas is best known for is putting together memorable weddings for couples eager to share this sacred moment with people they adore. Who needs a ballroom filled with crystal chandeliers when palm trees, a warming sun, and the turquoise Caribbean Sea surround you and your guests?

Cost? Visit ValuePenguin.com  where researchers verify the fact that the average cost of a U.S. wedding is $29,858, which means it could be even more expensive in your state. Compare your state’s total to Chabil Mar’s Belize Wedding Packages starting at $2,750 USD!

Chabil Mar wedding package perks are amazing. You get:

-The services of a personal wedding planner
-Beach or garden ceremonial decor
-Bouquet and boutonniere
-A wedding cake
-Bottle of champagne
-Minister’s fees
-Private pier dinner
-Services of a photographer
-Transfers to and from the resort.

Your personal wedding planner helps with paperwork that includes registering your marriage with Belize authorities and a certified copy of your marriage certificate. There’s lots more. Visit the resort’s wedding page to peruse extras you can add to your package.

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Everyone stays together at the resort

Since guests stay at the resort to attend your wedding, the fun doesn’t stop with the ceremony. Treat everyone to group excursions like diving, snorkeling, touring Maya ceremonial sites plus cultural activities that bring friends and family members together for more than the chance to witness the beginning of your shared life.

Given the affordable cost of this basic package, couples find they can add extras, so your grand adventure is guaranteed to meet the 2022 criteria for the “long celebration” destined to be next year’s biggest wedding trend. Expect your big-spending friends to be envious when you return home tan, blissful and without a cent of wedding debt!

Visit our website for more information on getting married in 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 wedding vacation.

Belize Turneffe Atoll Dive Trips

Belize is a small country in Central America with hundreds of offshore islands strung along the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Amongst these islands is the Turneffe Atoll, one of just three atolls found outside of the Atlantic Ocean, and the largest coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere.

The Turneffe Atoll is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) offshore from Belize City and measures 30 miles (48 km) from north to south and 10 miles (16 km) from east to west. A protected marine reserve, the Turneffe Atoll is one of the most spectacular dive sites in the country.

Surrounded and protected by the Turneffe Islands, the atoll is home to more than 500 species of fish, 65 species of coral, sea turtles, seabirds, manatees, dolphins, and a colorful array of marine fauna. The 400+ tiny islets that surround the atoll make Turneffe one of the most visually spectacular locations in the country, and the dense mangrove forests serve as a nursery and feeding ground for the diverse forms of wildlife that inhabit the area.

With so much amazing underwater terrain to explore, diving Turneffe is an all-day affair. Divers can explore sandy ledges, sheer walls, and spur-and-groove formations that offer challenges to divers of every skill level. Water levels in the lagoons are very shallow with crystal clear water before sloping down to shelves at a depth of around 60 feet. Nutrient outflow from the mangrove forests cause huge schools of fish to congregate.

Perhaps the most famous dive site in Turneffe is known as “The Elbow.” This area is used by hundreds of fish species as a nursery, including black grouper, tiger grouper, mutton snapper, splendid toadfish, and horse eye jacks. Other species seen in abundance in the area include cleaner shrimp, southern sting rays, channel crabs, French angelfish, nurse sharks, moray eels, and three different species of endangered sea turtles.

The Turneffe Atoll was once used as a base of operations by the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. In the 18th century, Blackbeard and his crew captured several ships in the area and used the islands to launch operations throughout the Caribbean.

Chabil Mar is a luxury resort located on the Placencia Peninsula, the gateway to the Belize Barrier Reef and the Turneffe Atolls. Chabil Mar offers unique scuba diving vacation packages that include trips out to the Turneffe Atolls.



Best Family Beach Resort in Placencia Belize

Best Family Beach Resort in Placencia Belize

If you think that the Covid-19 pandemic has been stressful, imagine how your restless kids feel after months of missing school and their classmates. Life as they knew it has been jarringly interrupted. Even teens admit to feeling stir crazy.

Your kids need a vacation. So do you. And there’s no safer place to take a family vacation than Belize beach resorts where properties are undertaking extraordinary hygiene and sanitizing precautions so guests return home healthier than they were when they arrived.

Nothing brings a family closer than a vacation, and Belize family vacations at Chabil Mar Resort are exceptional. All inclusive package designed for all ages give every member of your family something to remember. That’s why returning families agree that this is the best family beach resort in Placencia Belize.

Kids have no clue this fun vacation is educational

Make up for the time kids missed attending school in person by taking the kids on real-life social studies adventures to archaeological sites that include fascinating Maya ruins like Lubaantun or Lim Ni Punit.

Help them understand more about diversity while visiting the Village of Placencia Belize, a traditional Belizean fishing village. No biology classes can come close to watching the faces of your kids as they experience the Monkey River Howler Monkey Tour or roam the Cockscomb Jaguar Nature Preserve, the only jaguar reserve on Earth.

Teach your youngsters to snorkel, dive and appreciate marine wildlife at the tranquil inner reef waters where even kids afraid of the water find the area shallow enough to enjoy their experience. Families can also borrow Chabil Mar kayaks from the resort’s inventory or just enjoy the property’s 400 feet of private beach. Belize family vacations give everyone a chance to do something each one loves!

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Elegance designed just for exhausted parents

It’s okay to let the kids think that this Chabil Mar vacation was planned just for them, but nothing could be further from the truth. Turn the kids loose to explore the resort while you two grab some private time within the walls of your luxurious villa and then meet the kids at one of the two resort swimming pools for a family dip.

Switch your dining locations for new perspectives on this gorgeous resort: enjoy Chef Daniel’s specialties served beach- or pool-side, on the pier or at the Kaleidoscope Bar and Lounge. 

Suites sized to accommodate your family give you all of the room you need to relax and enjoy your escape, knowing that Chabil Mar staff has been trained in all of the new hygiene techniques recommended by international health authorities during the worst of the pandemic. Best of all, everything about your all inclusive package is pre-paid, so you don’t have to take out your wallet unless you want to add tours to your itinerary.

Now is the time to book your reservation

Discovering all of this wonder as a family is guaranteed to become a milestone in your family’s history, but you can’t start collecting memories until you secure a reservation. The process is as easy as calling the resort’s toll free number: 1-866-417-2377 or visit the website to make sure the dates your family wants to travel are still available at Reservations@chabilmarvillas.com.

Prepare to come home with a new perspective that is likely to be doubly meaningful in light of the fact that you have all made it through this pandemic together. Make this the adventure trip you rediscover each other in ways you could only imagine at Chabil Mar, the best family beach resort in Placencia Belize.

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