Could Your Relationship Use a Boost? Rediscover Each Other in Placencia, Belize

 

If you have a closer relationship with your cell phone than you do with your partner, Belize is calling!

When was the last time you checked your cell phone? Five minutes ago? Can you wait an hour to see who pops up on your radar? It happens. Marriage counselors rarely mention electronics devices as reasons couples split up. But technology can destroy romance, says relationship coach Melinda Carver, who has seen her share of breakups as a result of too many disruptions that get in the way of intimacy.

Carver recommends a getaway to reconnect, and there’s no better place to do just that than in Belize, the escape capital of Central America. No matter the season, you’ll discover everything you need to get into the right mood quickly: warmth, sunlight, rainforests and pristine beaches. Paradise found!

A Villa awaits

The Most Romantic Place to Go in Belize This Summer

Placencia has it all when it comes to mending relationships and re-energizing them, but the resort you choose could make or break your romantic adventure. Happily, you couldn’t pick a hideaway that’s more inviting, romantic and intimate than Chabil Mar Villas. From the moment of your arrival, you’ll understand why Chabil Mar (“beautiful sea”) is exactly the destination you need to renew and revive your enthusiasm for each other.

This contemporary, full-service boutique beach resort is located along the Placencia oceanfront and villas are situated amid lush tropical gardens, so you get as much privacy as you need to reconnect. Interiors are magazine-worthy. Each villa is filled with original local art, hardwood floors and tropical touches. Every amenity a couple requires is provided, but it’s the views of the sea from your private balcony that will delight your senses most.

Can you spend the entirety of your stay in your luxury villa?

You wouldn’t be the first couple to do just that–but you’re situated on the Placencia peninsula where proximity to many of Belize’s natural treasures is too close to ignore. Snorkel or scuba dive off Laughing Bird Caye or the Silk Cayes. Tour rainforests, sail the Monkey River and visit the Cockscomb Wildlife Preserve where animals, waterfalls and jungle trails provide an intoxicating mix of beauty and fascination.

Return to your private world after any of your adventures and dine at the award-winning Restaurant by the Sea before you turn in for the night–or retire early so you don’t miss a single gorgeous sunset. What will your fondest memories be? The quiet hours with no distractions that are sure to remind you both of the time you fell in love.

Can you turn on your devices? That’s your call. But once you see how it easy it can be to enjoy quiet, uninterrupted hours together, you could realize that you don’t really have to keep checking your phone as often as you once believed!

For more information about vacationing in 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.

Where to Stay in Placencia Belize

placencia belize hotelsChabil Mar, the best resort for your Placencia Belize vacation

One of Belize’s top destinations is the lovely Placencia Peninsula, a gorgeous finger of land measuring one mile across and 16 miles long on the country’s southeastern Caribbean coast.

Placencia Peninsula

With a north-south orientation, the eastern side of Placencia Peninsula fronts the sparkling waters of the Caribbean while the western side is framed by a bio-diverse mangrove-lined lagoon. The pristine beaches are ideal for swimming or relaxing under the shade of a coconut tree while the lagoon side is an angler’s paradise, teeming with gamefish all year round.

The world-famous Belize Barrier Reef is just a few miles offshore, making Placencia an ideal jumping off point to enjoy some of the best fishing, sailing, snorkeling and diving opportunities in the world.

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Placencia Village

At the southern tip of the peninsula is the area’s unofficial capital, Placencia Village. Still a small, active fishing village, Placencia is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the smallest main street in the world (a 4,000 foot-long sidewalk that measures four feet across at its widest point). With several colorful cafes, ATMs, bars, and dive shops, the village makes a great base for visitors seeking to explore the nearby reef or mainland attractions.

Placencia Peninsula’s Attractions

Beyond the delicious foods and drinks, the village of Placencia is a popular attraction in its own right due to its position as a center of Garifuna culture. Visitors can meet and learn from master craftsmen or take classes to learn the unique Garifuna drumming techniques.

Just a few miles west from the village is the Cockscomb Basin Nature Preserve, a vast protected area covered in hiking trails that allow visitors to see exotic wildlife like monkeys, tapirs, and jaguars in their natural habitat. Another popular nearby destination is the Monkey River, where visitors can enjoy a leisurely boat ride up the river while observing tropical flora and fauna. Placencia is also close to the Belize Barrier Reef, including Gladden Spit Marine Reserve where travelers can snorkel or scuba dive with whale sharks.

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Where to stay in Placencia Belize

One of the finest resorts on the Placencia Peninsula is Chabil Mar, named for a Maya term meaning “Beautiful Sea.” With 24 beachfront villas equipped with all modern amenities, visitors can relax and be pampered in one of the most luxurious resorts in the country.

Located just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village, Chabil Mar has its own tropical gardens, award-winning restaurant, and infinity swimming pool.

Chabil Mar offers guided tours to all of the top attractions on the mainland and the Belize Barrier Reef.

How to Get to Placencia

The peninsula can be reached by car or private transportation from Belize City in about three to four hours. There are also regular domestic air connections from an airstrip just outside of Placencia Village to Belize City and other locations in the country.

For information about the Placencia Peninsula, 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.

Celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize

Garifuna Settlement Day in Belize

Nearly four centuries ago, the British Empire began the practice of taking slaves from Africa and putting them to work at plantation laborers in the Caribbean. As time went on, these people began to intermarry with the local Arawak and Carib peoples, blending cultural and linguistic traditions to create the Garifuna people. After standing up to Britain, the Garifuna were chased throughout the Caribbean, ultimately finding a safe haven on the shores of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The Garifuna discovery of Belize happened on November 19, 1802 and is regarded as a national holiday, Garifuna Settlement Day.

Why Garifuna Settlement Day is So Special

Anyone who happens to be in Hopkins, Seine Bight, Placencia or Dangriga knows just how uniquely the Garifuna have contributed to, and improved, Belizean society. Garifuna culture is about storytelling, drums, dances and the preservation of trades pursuits like farming and fishing.

November 19 is when the whole country show up to commend these people for making it to Belize over two centuries ago. It is on this day that many exhibitions of Garifuna music and dance styles are held, street dances are a common occurrence when people are not enjoying plates of cassava bread and hudut (fish that has been cooked in coconut) or listening to village elders’ tales of the Garifuna culture.

Where Is The Best Place to Enjoy Garifuna Settlement Day?

While it is a national holiday, the best places to experience it would be places rich with Garifuna people, like the four settlements mentioned earlier and also Punta Gorda Town in Toledo.

That being said, Dangriga has a special, historical tradition to witness on this day. At the crack of dawn, traditional dugout canoes, packed with locals dressed in traditional Garifuna attire, re-enact the Garifuna people’s arrival on the Belizean shores. After all the re-enactors ground their canoes, the celebration continues with drums, dances, music and lots and lots of food. Dangriga is also a great spot to witness “Jankunu” dancers, clad in elaborate masks and clacking bands of sea shells, listening to the sounds of drums and following through with leaps and terpsichorean motions.

Chabil Mar Belize Resort

If this at all sounds like a wonderful thing that you would like to experience and you plan on visiting Belize in November to witness it, consider staying at Chabil Mar. Chabil Mar is a resort that has regularly won awards each year for its amenities and hospitality.

For more information about traveling to 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.

Belize: A Warm-Weather Escape for Freezing Canadians

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Belize is a Central American country with English as its official language. This combination of factors is one of the leading reasons why North Americans and even Europeans have been visiting, and even retiring to, Belize. When you want to duck out of the freezing cold of the Great White North’s winters without needing to know a language other than English or French, Belize is the perfect option for your vacationing.

Belize Has Much to Offer

Cockscomb-Basin-Wildlife-Sanctuary

The Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize offers just about anything a potential visitor to the central Americas could want:

  1. Beaches to comb and lounge about.
  2. Cockscomb Basin has a 400 square kilometer wildlife sanctuary, making it ideal for nature lovers.
  3. Monkey River spans 16 kilometers and allows intrepid tourists a chance to see ocelots, jaguars, beautiful waterfowl and yes, even monkeys like the black howler.
  4. The world famous ATM Cave gives a chance to spelunk about while also riding an inner tube along subterranean waterways. Rather than be a place concerned with banking, the “ATM” is an abbreviation for a phrase that translates as “Cave of the Stone Sepulcher;” it contains one of the oldest surviving sites of sacrificial rituals performed by the ancient Maya in Belize.
  5. Fans of history and anthropology can visit one of the handful of ancient Maya cities like Xunantunich, Nim Li Punit and Uxbenka.

Getting Here

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While the previous list only offers a small sampling of the activities available to visiting Canucks, there is more good news for Canadians looking to fly this far south. Air Canada will be adding additional flights to Belize every other weekday from mid-December until April. Furthermore, WestJet can be used to travel from Calgary or Toronto and many of the major US outfits like American Airlines, Delta, United and Southwest make it relatively easy to fly into Belize.

If you are sold on Belize as a winter getaway spot, Chabil Mar is one of the best resorts you can choose.

Located right along the beach coastline of Belize, you only need a single layer of clothing, if even that, to enjoy your winter. Sure, the closest thing you will get to a white Christmas is building a fort out of white sands while dining in the outdoors, but the warm temperatures and variety of activities have been the siren song for many to vacation or even permanently stay within the nation 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.

Belize: Where Nature Cradles The Soul And Inspires New Adventure

Belize Adventure Travel

If you love nature, the great outdoors, and the majesty of the unconquered world, there are few vacation spots more deserving of your attention and visitation than Belize. This little pocket of paradise located along the Caribbean offers a variety of different ecosystems and nature experiences for any nature-lover or conservation-minded individual looking for an enriching break from the daily grind. For a better idea of just what Belize has to offer you, keep reading.

Adventures on the Land

Riding a Horse Across the Land. Belize is a relatively small country, and most of its land is suitable for some equestrian exploration.

Belize Adventure Travel

Hiking Through the Jungle. Belize has acres of jungles and rainforest to explore, with many of them leading to waterfalls or ruins belonging to the ancient Maya, and all of them flush with tropical flora and fauna.

Belize Adventure Travel

Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve. This is a 400-square-mile, multi-biome nature preserve and the sole place on the planet dedicated to preserving the indigenous jaguar, though it also houses many other animals.

Belize Adventure Travel

Adventures in the Water

General Aquatic Fun in Belize’s Pristine Barrier Reef. Given its close proximity to the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, there is obviously plenty of diving, snorkeling, and even fishing that you can engage in. There are also options to tour the rivers, spot various flora and fauna, or even canoe along the riverways.

Belize Adventure Travel

The Great Blue Hole. Belize is home to a gorgeous underwater landmark that is just as eye-catching during a flyover. This particular fixture is an underwater sinkhole that does a wonderful job at distinguishing the water within from the water without, resulting in an amazing gradient of blue. This venue is great for divers and aerial photographers.

Belize Adventure Travel

If any of these activities or venues has got you itching to come to visit Belize, be it the fall, winter, or just about any other time of the next year, you will need a place to hang your hat and use as a base of operations during your stay. There is no place better to suit a traveler’s needs than the award-winning Chabil Mar resort. Located along the southern portion of the country, Chabil Mar is found within the peninsula of Placencia and serves as a fine launching point for any nature excursion you might fancy.

Visit our website Chabilmarvillas.com for more information on traveling to 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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