Why Placencia Belize is Your Must-Visit Destination this July

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As the northern hemisphere basks in the bliss of summer in July, the lure of turquoise waters, golden sands, and vivacious local events beckons from a hidden gem in Central America: Placencia, Belize. In this quaint fishing village, summer unfurls its magic through the vibrancy of Caribbean life, crystalline seascapes, and an extraordinary event – the Placencia Lobsterfest. To relish the spectacle in its full glory, there’s no place more fitting than the majestic Chabil Mar Villas.

In the heart of Placencia, the month of July is synonymous with the Lobsterfest. This year, the 14th to the 16th will see the seaside village transform into a lively gala of music, culture, and, of course, the festival’s pièce de résistance – the glorious Belizean Spiny Lobster. Locals and tourists alike gather in festive fervor, making Lobsterfest not just an event, but a cornerstone of Belizean culture and hospitality.

The Lobsterfest offers a splendid culinary journey. From the traditional grilled lobster tail to inventive lobster-infused dishes that cater to the daring foodie, the festival promises an explosion of flavors. And while lobster takes center stage, myriad other local delicacies and exotic cocktails serve as delightful accompaniments, making the culinary adventure an immersive experience.

Placencia Lobster Season

Beyond gastronomy, the Lobsterfest is an authentic cultural celebration. Expect to see local artists showcasing their talents, from soulful Garifuna drumming to lively Punta dancing. There are also interactive activities for the family, including fishing tournaments, beach games, and craft markets where you can find unique Belizean souvenirs.

After the day’s exuberance, retreat to the serene haven of Chabil Mar. Nestled on the edge of Placencia, the resort offers unparalleled luxury and comfort. From private verandas overlooking the Caribbean Sea to the lush tropical gardens that frame the property, Chabil Mar is a sanctuary of tranquility.

Must-Visit Destination this July

The resort’s location is perfect for Lobsterfest attendees. Just a short walk from the heart of the festival, it allows you to indulge in the lively festivities during the day and then retreat to the quiet comfort of your villa at night. Furthermore, the resort’s premier guest-only policy ensures an exclusive, peaceful escape when you need to recharge.

Moreover, Chabil Mar’s luxurious villas reflect the traditional Belizean architecture, blending harmoniously with modern comforts. The resort’s commitment to environmental sustainability also ensures you can enjoy your vacation guilt-free. The staff, known for its warm Belizean hospitality, cater to your every need, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Chabil Mar also boasts two infinity swimming pools that are just steps away from the beach, an al fresco dining area, and a private pier – perfect for those romantic sunset dinners. The in-house chefs excel in creating both international and Belizean cuisines, so even if you miss the Lobsterfest, you won’t miss out on the delectable local flavors.

Your Must-Visit Destination this July

So, this July, let Placencia bewitch you with its perfect blend of Caribbean charm, vibrant culture, and divine culinary offerings. And make Chabil Mar your home, as you unravel the true essence of Belizean life during the unmissable Placencia Lobsterfest 2023. This captivating Belize adventure awaits your arrival – it’s an experience you won’t want to miss, and one you will never forget.

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.  

Belize Birding Festival Makes a Grand Return: Bird Enthusiasts Set to Reunite After Three-Year Hiatus

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The Belize Birding Festival, a celebrated event for bird enthusiasts and ornithologists from across the globe, is poised to make its grand return on October 7th, 2023, in Belize City, after a three-year hiatus due to the global pandemic. The festival has consistently attracted an international audience to Belize, a genuine paradise for birdwatchers.

According to the Belize Audubon Society, Belize boasts over 593 unique bird species. These include the keel-billed toucan (the national bird), the harpy eagle, Lesson’s motmot, the endangered jabiru stork, and the colorful scarlet macaw. Interestingly, about 20% of these species are migratory, journeying thousands of miles from North America to adorn Belize’s lush forests with their vibrant colors and unique songs.

Amid Belize’s extensive forest cover, birdwatchers may spot up to 50 different species on a single trip and over 200 on extended journeys. This rich biodiversity is a testament to Belize’s commitment to conservation, with a significant part of the country dedicated to national parks, wildlife reserves, and marine reserves.

The annual Belize Birding Festival is a tribute to this bird abundance, attracting around 200 participants from various corners of the world. This unique event offers attendees the chance to learn from renowned speakers, explore vendor stalls and art exhibits, and participate in guided tours that showcase the diverse bird life of Belize. The festival offers something for everyone, from novice birdwatchers to seasoned ornithologists.

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Since 2020, the pandemic has necessitated a pause in this cherished event, with bird lovers eagerly awaiting its return. However, 2023 will mark the long-anticipated revival of the Belize Birding Festival, providing an opportunity for enthusiasts to gather, learn, and marvel at Belize’s beautiful bird species.

Whether you’re a lifelong birdwatching enthusiast or a newcomer looking for a fresh hobby, the Belize Birding Festival should be a prominent feature on your travel bucket list. Dive into the extraordinary bird life of Belize and join us in celebrating the festival’s return in 2023. Let’s collectively ruffle our feathers in anticipation of this celebration, honoring Belize’s winged wonders!

For an enriching birding experience in Belize, consider staying at Chabil Mar. This luxury resort offers prime accommodations year-round and is situated in an ideal location for exploring Belize’s avian diversity. Our specially curated birding package (find more details here) offers a comprehensive birding experience, from guided tours led by seasoned birdwatchers to comfortable stays in exquisite villas. Whether you’re planning to attend the Belize Birding Festival or organizing a private birdwatching journey, Chabil Mar serves as an excellent base for your Belize birding vacation.

A Local’s Guide to Placencia Village in Belize

A Local's Guide to Placencia Village in Belize

Located amidst the captivating charm of the Caribbean Sea and an array of varied scenery, Placencia Village stands as an enchanting jewel in Belize’s collection of wonders. This tranquil hamlet, nestled at the farthest point south on the Placencia Peninsula, presents a calming sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of daily routines. Featuring expansive sandy beaches, top-notch diving spots, and a vibrant local culture, Placencia Village reveals itself as a mesmerizing tableau eager for your discovery.

Wander down Placencia’s narrowest main street in the world, as recognized by Guinness World Records, and you’ll find an enchanting array of vibrant murals and colorful Caribbean-style buildings. The “sidewalk” as locals call it, hosts a multitude of small businesses, including art galleries, quaint cafes, and handmade souvenir shops. Placencia’s charm lies not only in its stunning natural beauty but also in its people, who are known for their warm hospitality and vibrant culture.

Adventure and Relaxation, A Stone’s Throw Away

Placencia Village is not just a haven for beach enthusiasts and sunseekers; it also provides ample opportunities for adventure. From the village, it’s a short trip to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar preserve. Here, you can trek through the heart of the Belizean jungle, spotting diverse wildlife, and getting up close and personal with the ecosystem.

Adventure and Relaxation, A Stone's Throw Away

The sea around Placencia teems with marine life, making it a prime spot for snorkeling and diving. Dive into the world’s second-largest Barrier Reef, where you can swim with nurse sharks, stingrays, and an array of colorful fish. For those keen on fishing, Placencia is a world-class destination for catching snook, tarpon, and bonefish.

After an adventurous day, indulge in some local cuisine. Belizean gastronomy is a delightful blend of Caribbean and Latin American influences, with a particular emphasis on fresh seafood. Savor a traditional Creole ‘Boil Up’ or the Belizean national dish of rice and beans, while enjoying a magnificent sunset.

Immerse Yourself in the Local Culture

Placencia’s culture is as enticing as its natural beauty. Local festivals like the Placencia Lobsterfest in July and the Art Festival in February offer an immersive experience into the soul of this community. These events not only showcase local artistry and music but also celebrate unique culinary traditions with a plethora of seafood dishes. You’ll dance, feast, and celebrate alongside the locals in a true Belizean fashion.

Immerse Yourself in the Local Culture

As you explore Placencia, take time to converse with locals, learn about their traditions, their folk tales, and their way of life. This genuine interaction transcends any touristy veneer, helping you experience the essence of Placencia’s spirit.

Choose Chabil Mar for an Unforgettable Stay

To fully savor the allure of Placencia, consider Chabil Mar as your perfect home away from home. This award-winning Belize resort aligns perfectly with the beauty and charm of Placencia. With its private beach, two infinity pools, and carefully curated gardens, Chabil Mar is a sanctuary of tranquility.

Choose Chabil Mar for an Unforgettable Stay

The villas at Chabil Mar offer stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, coupled with an unrivaled level of comfort and privacy. What makes Chabil Mar stand out, though, is its dedication to providing guests with an authentic Belizean experience. Whether it’s arranging a tour to nearby attractions or serving you traditional Belizean cuisine at the resort’s restaurant, Chabil Mar ensures you fully experience the magic of Placencia.

A visit to Placencia Village is not merely a vacation, but a chance to experience a lifestyle that embraces tranquility, celebrates nature, and cherishes community. So come, feel the sand under your feet, soak in the warmth of the Caribbean sun, dive into the emerald waters, and let the magic of Placencia seep into your soul.

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.

“Unknown Belize”: A Documentary Unveiling the Hidden Beauty of a Conservation Beacon

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Sometimes, the most captivating secrets are hidden in plain sight, waiting for the right moment to be revealed. This holds true for Belize, a small nation tucked away in the heart of Central America. Its rich biodiversity, stunning landscapes, and dedicated conservation efforts have long flown under the radar of many travelers, but that’s about to change with the debut of the groundbreaking documentary, “Unknown Belize.”

“Unknown Belize”, an enthralling four-part series hosted by The European Nature Trust (TENT), premiered this week at the Royal Geographical Society headquarters in Kensington, London. This series dives deep into the nation’s verdant rainforests, extensive savannahs, biodiverse wetlands, and astonishing coral reefs, bringing the little-known Belize to the forefront of nature and wildlife cinema.

A Celebration of Nature’s Marvels

Paul Lister, TENT Founder, believes that “Unknown Belize will help the world realize how much biodiversity this small nation harbors.” It’s a nation the size of Wales, yet it is home to over 500 bird species, 150 mammals, 150 amphibians and reptiles, over 550 fish, and more than 3,400 plant species.

As the film unfolds, viewers will embark on an exhilarating journey in search of Belize’s exceptional wildlife. The elusive jaguar, agile spider monkey, and the threatened scarlet macaw all feature capturing the beauty and diversity of Belize’s fauna. The filmmakers note, “We meet passionate conservation biologists and community members who strive daily to protect Belize’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems.”

A Testament to Belize’s Conservation Success

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Belize stands as a testament to what can be achieved with dedicated conservation efforts. With 80% of the nation remaining undeveloped and 60% forested, Belize is a verdant haven on Earth. It also houses the second-longest barrier reef globally, offering breathtaking marine sights, echoing the country’s commitment to preserving the natural world.

“Unknown Belize” highlights these extraordinary feats, shedding light on Belize’s successful commitment to protect 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030 as per the United Nations mandate. It’s an English-speaking nation, only populated by around 400,000 people, yet it is an international leader in conservation.

Belize’s Hidden Gem: Chabil Mar

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After immersing yourself in “Unknown Belize,” there’s no doubt that you’ll feel the urge to personally explore the remarkable landscapes and biodiversity that Belize has to offer. And there’s no better place to start your journey than at Chabil Mar.

Located on the Placencia Peninsula, Chabil Mar, meaning “Beautiful Sea,” is a luxurious resort designed to provide guests with the ultimate Belize vacation experience. Surrounded by Belize’s abundant nature and wildlife, the resort acts as the perfect base for exploration and allows guests to step into the world portrayed in “Unknown Belize.”

Experience Belize’s captivating conservation story up close and personal at Chabil Mar. From exploring the rainforest to diving into the mesmerizing world of the barrier reef, a stay at Chabil Mar is a step towards supporting and appreciating Belize’s commendable commitment to conservation. After all, why just watch the documentary when you can live it?

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.

JetBlue To Start New Nonstop Flights to Belize from New York’s JFK Airport

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In a significant boost to Central American tourism, the esteemed American airline, JetBlue, has recently announced its newest venture, connecting New York to the beautiful nation of Belize. From December 6th, 2023, Belize will join the network of the airline’s Caribbean destinations, turning a new leaf in the story of international accessibility for this charming nation.

Emphasizing its dedication to introducing travelers to captivating and unique destinations, JetBlue will be offering year-round roundtrip flights three times a week – on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. This addition is expected to solidify JetBlue’s commitment to creating exceptional travel experiences for its customers while showcasing the splendors Belize has to offer.

“We’re excited for JetBlue to join the family of airline partners offering nonstop flight options to Belize,” Belize’s Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Hon. Anthony Mahler, exclaimed. An air of optimism surrounds this expansion, as it marks New York as the 11th U.S. city offering nonstop service to Belize.

Discovering Belize: A Tropical Paradise

Explore the Belize Barrier Reef

Stepping into Belize, you are greeted by the enthralling allure of its diverse landscape – a pristine blend of Caribbean waters, lush tropical jungles, wondrous aquatic habitats, wildlife reserves, and cascading flora and fauna. The country hosts the largest Barrier Reef in the Northern and Western Hemispheres, offering an underwater spectacle for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

Belize’s rich history is etched in its mystical Maya caves and preserved indigenous cultures. The nation also holds the unique distinction of being the only English-speaking country in Central America, and the wide acceptance of the U.S. dollar makes it even more inviting to American travelers.

As of April 2023, American travelers accounted for more than 68% of all overnight arrivals in Belize. This figure is expected to surge with the introduction of the new direct flight service, bolstering the dynamic growth of the Belize tourism industry.

Chabil Mar: The Crown Jewel of Placencia

As you plan your next Belize vacation, consider the Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize. This gem is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, offering travelers an intimate encounter with Belize’s mesmerizing natural beauty. Lined with sandy beaches and teeming with a colorful array of marine life, Placencia stands as a testament to Belize’s rich biodiversity.

The heart of Placencia houses Chabil Mar, an award-winning, full-service resort. Here, you can immerse yourself in the epitome of Belizean luxury, experiencing breathtaking views, exceptional services, and authentic Belizean cuisine. It’s the perfect location for travelers looking to combine relaxation with exploration.

The introduction of JetBlue’s direct flight service to Belize is undoubtedly a game-changer for American travelers. It brings the untouched beauty of Belize within easier reach and promises unforgettable experiences. Get ready to explore the enchanting landscapes of Belize, lose yourself in the labyrinth of ancient Maya cities swim among vibrant marine life, or simply relax on the golden sands of Placencia. The adventure of a lifetime awaits you, so pack your bags, book your tickets, and let JetBlue and Chabil Mar be your guides to the captivating world of 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.

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