Best Things To Do In Belize During Winter

Spend your winter in Belize

Throughout much of the world, winter is a time when activity slows down. As the cold sets in, the adventures of summer are put away in favor of the obligations of work, school, and holidays. That’s not the case in Belize. An idyllic paradise situated right along the equator, Belize’s winter is actually its tourist season. It’s during these months that the weather is the driest, but the temperatures stay in the same pleasant range of 70s and 80s that the rest of the year is known for. There are a lot of things to do in Belize during the winter, but here are the activities you have to consider.

Explore the Barrier Reef

The vibrant life that calls the world’s second largest barrier reef home is worth seeing, but how you see it is up to you. Snorkeling lets you get up close and personal, while scuba diving offers an even more immersive experience. Deep sea fishing expeditions offer you an even more leisurely way to enjoy the barrier reef and a fresh meal you can enjoy for dinner. From the Silk Cayes Marine Reserve to the Blue Hole, there are countless aquatic exploration sites perfect for everyone from beginners to accomplished scuba divers.

Venture Into the Rainforest

Belize Winter Vacation Packages

While there are plenty of beautiful islands off the coast of Belize, it’s worth staying at a mainland destination with beach access — like Placencia — because it allows you to truly explore the world on land. National parks are abundant throughout Belize, as are the surprisingly extant ruins left behind by the ancient Maya empire centuries ago. More adventurous travelers will find themselves satisfied with excursions offering chances to tube through pitch black underground caves, zipline over expansive rainforest canopies, or enjoy the peaceful experience of kayaking down interior rivers. And for those who like things a little more relaxed, winter is the perfect time for birding and horseback riding.

Enjoy Chabil Mar

Best Place To Stay in Belize During Winter

Winter can also be a time to relax, and no resorts offer an experience quite as luxuriant as Chabil Mar. Located on the Placencia Peninsula, guests are within reach of Belize’s coolest destinations but have everything they need right on the property. Our guest exclusive resort includes two infinity pools in addition to 400 feet of private beach just for you. Whether you’re looking to take a paddleboard out on the water, enjoy some seaside yoga, or simply spend your time napping on the beach with a good book, everything you could want is at reach when you stay at Chabil Mar.

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Belize in April: Events, Activities and Trip Ideas

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Who Needs the Riviera When April in Belize is so Close?

Much has been said, written, and sung about April in Paris, but there’s a place closer to home and you don’t have to master the French language to find your way around. Further, a short plane ride pales in comparison to transatlantic time changes, which is why Placencia Belize, where everyone speaks English, offers travelers so much more.

Placencia in April is magnifique! World-class beaches along this 16-mile-long peninsula offer visitors both the Caribbean Sea and Placencia Lagoon where bashful manatees hang out. Local villages are delightful to visit and major attractions are nearby. See and do it all from heavenly digs at Chabil Mar Villas.

Paradise awaits your arrival

Placencia Belize Accommodations

There’s a reason the owners of Chabil Mar chose the Mayan word for beautiful sea when seeking the ideal name for this resort. Everything about the resort showcases the Caribbean shore, from tropical architecture and landscaping to positioning accommodations for maximum sea views. They’re furnished to reflect Belize’s sun, sea, and sky.

Onsite amenities are equally spectacular as are Belize vacation package deals that bundle all aspects of a stay, including personalized service that is impeccable and where every guest has access to all types of tours and local events. Sound too good to be true? Check out this video and you’ll realize these are no exaggerations.

What to do during your April stay? Everything on this list!


•Swim, snorkel, and dive during your stay in water temperatures that average 72-degrees. There is no shortage of sporting options off the coast of Belize and you can take advantage of specialized tours so you get your fill of your favorite.

•Celebrate Easter in style. No worries if you aren’t around on Sunday the 17th. Easter lasts for weeks in Belize. Celebrate your faith or celebrate the Easter bunny – there are lots of opportunities to do both.

•The annual Cross-Country Cycling Classic attracts bicycle enthusiasts and fans and you’re invited to watch the action. Beginning in Belize City and looping San Ignacio, station yourself along the route to glimpse top competitors and if there’s a pub nearby, you’ll enjoy the race even more.

•Come to Placencia in April to meet whale sharks. These shy creatures show up during migration season from March to June. Dive and swim with whale sharks by having Chabil Mar staff book this experience with a licensed tour operator since these creatures are protected by the nation’s conservation laws.

•You don’t have to get wet to love Placencia in April. Family-friendly rainforest and jungle expeditions include tours of spectacular Maya ruins and include daring adventures like zip-lining and cave exploration – all on Chabil Mar’s tour menu.

Sound like the place you want to be? April is fast approaching. Contact the Chabil Mar concierge for deals that can even save you money at or by phone at 1-866-417-2377 (toll-free). Should you tell reservations that whale sharks recommended Chabil Mar? Why not? You won’t be the first guest to do so!

Could Ants Offer a Blueprint For Humanity’s Future?

belize antsPhoto Courtesy of Mark Moffett

While most of us would freak out to find ants marching through our home, most of us think we understand how complex their networks of hives are. But we may understand less than we know, and the new facts that we’re discovering could help humans recognize better ways to build and maintain society.

There’s arguably no better habitat on Earth for researching ants than Belize. The Central American paradise may be most popularly known as a haven for ecotourism, but it’s also home to hundreds of different species of ant. But what’s most fascinating about these different species is how specialized they all are — and how they can share very unique niches within their ecosystem.

That’s a bold change of pace from the standard assumption — that there are merely worker ants, soldier ants, and queens. Biologist Mark Moffett has had a passion for arts since he was a child, and that lends him a unique perspective on the world around them. He sees these varied and generally co-habituating species as all members of a larger form of proto-society. Leafcutter ants are essentially farmers who bring home leaves that can be mulched and transformed into fungus. Smaller ants will often ride on these leaves to conserve their own energy and cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. Dozens of Belize’s ant species occupy rain forest canopies, and all of their behaviors change the environment around them and allow for uniquely beneficial relationships.

ants in belizePhoto Courtesy of Mark Moffett

The most important point, Moffett emphasizes, is that this sophisticated and largely autonomous form of quasi-society requires little in the way of brainpower. Ants aren’t especially smart creatures, but their single-mindedness allows for some incredibly sophisticated systems when different specialized ants are working in harmony with one another.

Moffett has a bold assertion that he’s drawn from his research — that the smartest way to solve some problems may be to make them less complicated. The method ants have for fulfilling their tasks is haphazard — one ant follows another which follows another, and they eventually settle into the route that offers the most efficient path. To test his hypothesis, Moffett tested out a more chaotic — and ant-like — alternative to traditional airline boarding practices. He discovered that when there is no assigned seating, less people are going to move seats on average.

That means if you decide to board a flight to see the unique varieties of ants (or beaches, or jungles, or ancient Maya sites) in Belize, you might want to suggest the airline offer free-for-all seating. And if yo do decide to stay, be sure to book your accommodation at the beautiful Chabil Mar in Placencia Belize.

7 Fabulous Reasons to Spend Christmas in Belize



1 – The Weather

Belize isn’t just a great place to escape the winter blues of North America, it’s also a lovely opportunity to enjoy some of the best weather anywhere on the planet with highs around 80F (27C) and lots of sunshine during the Christmas period.

2 – Festive

You’ll hear carols being played in all the cafes and bars, drummers on the street tapping out Christmas tunes, and both locals and visitors alike get caught up in a groundswell of old-fashioned Christmas cheer that’s rarely seen anymore in the United States and Canada.

3 – Surf and Turf

Not just a delicious menu item that you can enjoy at most restaurants in Belize, surf and turf refers to the wonderful vacation packages that top resorts like Chabil Mar offer their guests. By combining a trip to the top sites on the mainland (the “turf”) with scuba diving, snorkeling, and splashing in the Caribbean on the sun-drenched islands of the Belize Barrier Reef (the “surf”), visitors can enjoy a truly varied Christmas vacation.

4 – The Maya

Many visitors come to Belize solely for the opportunity to climb the ancient pyramids and ghostly ruins left behind by the Ancient Maya, touring top spots like Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, and Caracol.

5 – The Language

When you want to relax and unwind on your holiday vacation, there’s simply no destination quite like Belize. As the region’s only country where English is the official language, you’ll never struggle to read signs and menus, talk to the locals, or enjoy the music.

6 – The Locals

Although the country is the size of Massachusetts, a unique blend of just 350,000 locals call Belize home, a mix of Garifuna, Creole, British, German Mennonite, Maya, and Mexican peoples who live together in true harmony. Belizeans are world famous for their easygoing nature, abundant smiles, and natural generosity.

7 – Affordable Airfare

Thanks to new routes announced like AA’s non-stop service from Los Angeles, airlines now connect Belize City to most of the major cities in North America. All these competitors entering this hot market mean that the consumer – you – benefit from reduced airfares and great flights.

Chabil Mar

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Chabil Mar, the multiple award-winning luxury resort on the Placencia Peninsula, is where wonderful winter holiday vacations begin. Located right on the beach just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village, the resort features a lush tropical garden, gorgeous infinity pool, a full-service spa, a gourmet restaurant, and beautifully-appointed villas to make the most of your stay in Belize.

With so many delightful reasons to visit Belize during the winter holidays, you’ll definitely enjoy a wonderful end to the old year and beginning of the new.

Belize in May – The Best Month To Visit

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The month of May is the perfect time to visit Belize. A combination of pleasant weather, reduced rates on tours and attractions, and vacation time on Memorial Day in America make visiting Belize in May a great way to appreciate all of the beautiful nature and exciting adventures this small Central American country has to offer.

May is when a lot of the major airlines, including United, Southwest, American, and Delta offer special fares on non-stop flights to Belize from major American cities. Combine affordable flights with special offers from resorts, hotels, lodges, and tour companies throughout the month of May, and you can enjoy a fabulous Belize vacation for less.

Here are just some of the many interesting festivals and activities you can enjoy during your May vacation in Belize:

Mother’s Day

May 14 is not an official holiday in Belize, but it’s Mother Day’s in America. Why not surprise Mom with a lovely getaway vacation to Belize? She can get pampered at a full-service spa, relax by the pool, sip on fresh cocktails, sample locally produced chocolate, and dance all night to Caribbean rhythms.

Swim with Whale Sharks

Every year, migrating whale sharks visit the waters offshore of Belize. Rising from the depths to feed on spawning fish and juvenile marine fauna, whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean but pose no risk to humans.

Note: In order to protect whale sharks, only licensed tour operators are allowed to bring divers to the whale shark feeding grounds.

Chocolate Festival

May 20-22, 2022, is when the annual Chocolate Festival of Belize will be held in the town of Punta Gorda. Snack on a delicious assortment of chocolate-based dishes, including unusual items like chocolate beer, and enjoy all the fun, music, and games of the street fair.

Outdoor Adventures

Adventures abound in Belize where visitors can scuba dive, snorkel, hike, zip line, go caving, bird watch, and explore long-lost Mayan cities.

Cashew and Agricultural Festival

Belize’s fertile soil and warm weather produce a bounteous harvest. One of the best ways to enjoy fresh, local food is by attending the Cashew Festival and Agricultural Show in the village of Crooked Tree in northern Belize.

Sovereign’s Day

The entire nation of Belize uses the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday and Commonwealth Day to celebrate on May 22 with horse races in Belize City and Orange Walk Town, a bicycle race in Belmopan, and plenty of fun, games, and music across the country.

Labour Day

May 1 is Labour Day in Belize, a unique holiday that begins with a formal speech by the Labour Minister and then continues with parades, rallies, and festive demonstrations across the country. There’s also kite flying contests, cycle races, horse races, and even a harbor regatta to enjoy.

With fabulous weather, an abundance of public holidays and festivals, and affordable rates on flights and lodging, May is definitely a wonderful time to enjoy a getaway vacation to Belize.

Where to stay in Belize

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Chabil Mar

A multiple award-winning resort located just minutes from Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is an oasis of tranquility and luxury that welcomes guests with well-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant where diners can enjoy their meals al fresco on a private pier.

Visit our website for more information about 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 in May.



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