Have a Blast on a Belize Spring Break Vacation!

Have a Blast on a Belize Spring Break Vacation!

Spring break is a time for adventure, relaxation, and making memories that last a lifetime. If you’re searching for a destination that combines pristine natural beauty with endless opportunities for fun, look no further than Belize. This hidden gem offers everything from lush rainforests and exotic wildlife to stunning beaches and vibrant local culture, making it the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable spring break.

Placencia: A Gem Within Belize

A Gem Within Belize

Nestled in southern Belize, Placencia stands out as a premier destination for travelers seeking an extraordinary spring break experience. This charming peninsula is known for its breathtaking scenery, friendly locals, and laid-back vibe. Here, the Caribbean Sea meets golden sand beaches, creating a paradise for sun-seekers and water enthusiasts alike.

Adventure and Relaxation in Placencia

Adventure and Relaxation in Placencia

Placencia is the ultimate playground for both thrill-seekers and those looking to unwind. For adventurers, the Belize Barrier Reef, just a short boat ride away, offers world-class snorkeling and diving. Explore vibrant coral gardens, swim alongside colorful fish, and maybe even encounter gentle sea turtles in their natural habitat.

On land, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary invites nature lovers to explore its trails. This vast preserve is a haven for jaguars, exotic birds, and a myriad of tropical flora. Hiking here feels like stepping into another world, where the buzz of the jungle surrounds you and the beauty of nature is overwhelming.

After a day of exploration, Placencia’s village awaits with its cozy cafes, local eateries, and artisan shops. The warmth of the community is palpable, with every smile and greeting making you feel right at home. The evening brings with it a vibrant nightlife, where beach bars and open-air restaurants offer the perfect setting to relax, enjoy fresh seafood, and dance the night away under the stars.

Chabil Mar: Your Ideal Spring Break Resort

Spring Break Resort

When it comes to choosing a place to stay, Chabil Mar is unmatched in providing an exceptional spring break getaway. Positioned at the edge of Placencia, our resort is a haven where luxury meets comfort, offering guests an exclusive experience that blends seamlessly with the natural elegance of Belize.

Chabil Mar boasts beautifully appointed villas that offer privacy and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Whether you’re waking up to the sound of the waves or enjoying a sunset from your private veranda, every moment here is a reminder of the beauty that surrounds you.

Your Ideal Spring Break Resort

 

Our resort is designed with your ultimate relaxation in mind. From the infinity pools that seem to merge into the ocean, to the lush gardens that invite leisurely strolls, every aspect of Chabil Mar celebrates the joy of vacation. Our on-site dining offers a taste of Belize, with dishes prepared using the freshest local ingredients, promising a culinary journey that complements your adventure.

But what truly sets Chabil Mar apart is our dedication to personalized service. Our staff is committed to ensuring that every guest’s stay is unique, offering insights into local tours, activities, and hidden gems that make your spring break truly special. Whether you’re here to explore, relax, or both, Chabil Mar is your gateway to an unparalleled Belizean experience.

A Spring Break Like No Other

A Spring Break Like No Other

Choosing Belize, and specifically Placencia, for your spring break promises a blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. And at Chabil Mar, we elevate that promise, offering a sanctuary where the wonders of Belize are matched only by the comfort and luxury of your stay. Join us for a spring break that goes beyond the ordinary, where every moment is an invitation to celebrate and create memories that will stay with you forever.

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 in February

Belize in February

Belize is gaining recognition as an ideal destination for February travel, known for its extended days bathed in golden sunshine and a wide array of attractions. Its rising popularity as a must-visit location in 2024 is underscored by accolades from leading publications. Additionally, travel to Belize has become more accessible and cost-effective, thanks to recent fare specials from airlines such as JetBlue, Alaska Airlines and SouthWest. These offers, available from multiple U.S. cities, make planning a vacation to Belize in 2024 more enticing and feasible.

Events and Festivals in February

It may not be an official holiday on the calendar, but Valentine’s Day (February 14) is widely celebrated throughout the country.

Definitely don’t miss the San Pedro Carnival. The colorful island town goes to great lengths every year to top itself with concerts, dancing, parades, and food festivals during the week before Lent.

The titleholder of the world’s smallest main street, Placencia uses its iconic four-foot-wide “main street” to host the Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival every year. Artists from around the country will be on hand to demonstrate their wares, including paintings, handmade furniture, sculpture, clothing, and photographs. Enjoy a smorgasbord of food while dancing to live music.

Things to Do and See in Belize in February

There are plenty of interesting things to do in Belize during the month of February, including:

  1. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a candlelit dinner under the stars.
  2. Tour ancient Maya ruins like Cahal Pech and Xunantunich.
  3. Let your freak flag fly and participate in Carnaval.
  4. Explore the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave in Cayo District where Maya priests once conducted human sacrifices.
  5. Cross into Guatemala and witness the majesty of Tikal.
  6. Go bird watching or wilderness spotting.
  7. Renew your wedding vows on the beach.
  8. Get married in a breathtakingly beautiful location.
  9. Enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, or sailing on the Belize Barrier Reef.
  10. Enjoy an intimate and romantic honeymoon.

Belize Weather in February

Tourism numbers are usually very high in February due to the sunny days and balmy temperatures that are typical for Belize during this month. Expect highs of 80F (27C) and nights that rarely drop below 70F (21C).

Where to Stay in Belize in February

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula. The resort offers visitors  beautiful villas set in a lovely tropical oasis, the perfect winter getaway or place to enjoy a romantic vacation on Valentine’s Day.

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.

21 Delicious Fruits to Try When Visiting Belize

No trip to the beautiful Central American nation of Belize would be complete without sampling some of our delicious food. The region is jam-packed with an abundance of mouth-watering fruits that you absolutely must try, such as:

1. Guaya

When eaten at its perfect ripeness, this fabulous fruit is wonderfully sweet. In Belize, the Guaya fruit is sometimes called Ginep – so you may need to use both names when speaking with vendors.

2. Dragon Fruit

Though it may look a little strange, dragon fruit is always a popular favorite among travelers to Belize. Depending on where you go, you may hear locals refer to it as Pitaya.

3. Pineapple

Pineapples may just be the perfect tropical fruit. Whether you want to enjoy a slice at breakfast or in your beverage, you won’t be disappointed with the selection on offer in Belize.

4. Sapodilla

Native to Belize and the Mexican Yucatan, this delicious fruit has a sweet and granular texture. It is not to be missed.

5. Soursop

This native Belizean fruit can be found throughout the country. If you want to indulge your sweet tooth, you can find Soursop flavored ice creams in stores and restaurants.

6. Mango

If you like to treat yourself to a mango while you are at home, you simply must have one while you are in Belize. For maximum freshness, try to travel during mango season.

7. Breadfruit

Though breadfruit is not native to Belize, it is nonetheless very popular in the area. It is traditionally baked or roasted and enjoyed at dinner time.

8. Papaya

This delectably sweet fruit is popular across Belize. If you look closely, you will even be able to spot the birds of Belize enjoying this fabulous fruit straight from the tree.

9. Apple Banana

Belize offers some of the tastiest bananas that you will find anywhere on earth. You simply must try an apple banana during your time there.

10. Coconut

Whether you prefer to enjoy coconut milk, coconut water, or something a little different, you will be pleased to know that Belize offers huge quantities of this delicious fruit.

11. Tamarind

You will find this fruit at convenience stores across Belize. Its sour, candy-like taste is always popular with tourists and locals alike.

12. Golden Plum

If you like your fruits to be tart and crunchy, you must try the Golden Plum. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can even dip it in some hot sauce.

13. Cacao

Belize is the perfect place to indulge in the fruit that is transformed into chocolate. The flesh that covers the beans is amazingly sweet.

14. Sapote

The Sapote’s sandpaper-like skin can be a little offputting at first. However, when you open it up you will be able to taste the creamy and sweet center that lies within.

15. Craboo

This delicious fruit is popularly eaten as part of a stew Craboo in Belize. You will sometimes hear locals refer to it as Nance.

16. Cashew Fruit

You may have heard of cashew nuts, but did you know that there is also a cashew fruit? When eaten fresh, this fruit is fabulously sweet and juicy. If you’re feeling thirsty, you can also purchase cashew fruit wine in many stores and restaurants.

17. Custard Apple

This fruit is a favorite among native Belizeans. It has a sweet and granular texture and is most often eaten with sweetened condensed milk.

18. Malay Apple

Originally brought to Belize by colonial settlers, this fruit has since become one of the most popular in the nation. It is sometimes referred to as a Wax Apple.

19. Sea Grape

Sea Grapes are found mainly in the coastal beach areas of Belize, so if you are staying at a resort you should definitely try them out. This mouth-watering fruit is incredibly sweet.

20. Starfruit

Though starfruit originally hails from Southeast Asia, it is now widely grown in Belize. Though it generally tastes quite sweet, it can sometimes be a little sour.

21. Guava

belize fruits

Whether you prefer to eat it in slices or drink it as a juice, you simply must try some Belizean Guava when you are in the area. You won’t be disappointed.

If you want to head to Belize to try out some of these delicious fruits for yourself, then you will need somewhere to stay. Of course, Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia Village, Belize is the perfect option. Aside from our fabulous culinary options, our amazing resort also offers beach access and luxurious accommodation. There is nowhere else quite like it on earth.

Belizean Fry Jacks Recipe for Foodies!

fry jacks

One of the quintessentially Belizean dishes out there would be fry jacks. While this dish is hardly healthy, it is certainly popular. Resembling mini puff pastries, fry jacks are wads of dough fried to a golden brown. While it remains unclear how they got their name, fry jacks are cherished by  Belizeans.

Why No Belizean Vacation is Complete Without Some Fry Jacks

Fry jacks are more common than sliced bread and a common breakfast combines them with scrambled eggs, refried beans and some sort of cheese. Fry jacks are also a common lunch staple, paired with dishes like rice and beans or stewed chicken.

Where Can You Get Some Fry Jacks? Cafe Mar, Chabil Mar!

At Chabil Mar, we pride ourselves on providing authentically unique flavors and presentations while using the freshest possible ingredients and from-scratch preparations on all dishes. Our Chef Daniel and Marsha, bake our breads every morning, fresh for you, and our Fry Jacks to order for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The ease of preparation of fry jacks means that you can find them in just about any restaurant in Placencia and throughout Belize. 

If you happen to stroll down the beach or hop on an easy 5 minute bike ride into Placencia Village from Chabil Mar for some eats, it’s easy to find a nice family-run and/or beach-front restaurant just minutes away as well.

What is the Best Time of Day for Fry Jacks?

While you can have them for lunch, breakfast is the best time for fry jacks. Remember that you should have them hot and fresh.

What is the Best Way to Eat Fry Jacks?

The fry jack serves the same role as bread on the Belizean plate, working as accompaniment rather than a main dish. A traditional Belizean lunch is fry jacks served with re-fried beans, some sort of meat and cheese. A traditional Belizean breakfast would combine the fry jacks with many of the same things you would put on a pancake, although honey is more easily acquired than maple syrup.

How to Make Belizean Fry Jacks at Home

Fry jacks are a traditional breakfast food paired with either a sweet (honey, jam or powdered sugar) or savory (cheese or refried beans) aspect. Fry jacks are also great for soaking up the sauces and gravies of other savory dishes.

Ingredients

  • Flour, all-purpose, 2 cups
  • Water, 1 cup
  • Salt, 1 tsp
  • Shortening, 1 tbsp
  • Powder, baking, 3 tsp
  • Oil

Directions

  1. Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Cut the shortening into your flour.
  3. Slowly add the water, mixing as you go, until you have a soft, non-sticky dough.
  4. Halve the dough and give it 15-20 minutes rest.
  5. Add flour to your work surface and roll the dough into rounds between 10″ and 20″ in diameter.
  6. Cut the dough into 3″ strips twice, leaving you with the proper size. Fry jacks are commonly made into triangles.
  7. Make a small slit into each piece of dough and then fry each side in very hot oil until the fry jacks reach a golden brown coloring.
  8. Remove from the fryer, garnish as you like and serve.

So there you have it; everything you ever wanted to know about Belize’s version of quick bread and even a recipe to make it yourself. Eat up!

The Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo

The Belize Zoo is truly a unique experience and far more than just a collection of animals kept locked up in cages. Located just a few miles outside of Belize City, the zoo was founded in 1983 as the Tropical Education Center to provide refuge for animals that had been abandoned after being used in a documentary film.

Today, the Belize Zoo is an interactive wildlife park that is the first location of its kind to be completely accessible to handicapped persons. Measuring more than 29 acres in size, the Belize Zoo is home exclusively to more than 140 animals that are native to the country, including birds, reptiles, and mammals. Continuing its original mission, all of the 45 species of wildlife at the Belize Zoo are rescued animals.

Some of the most popular residents of the Belize Zoo include Junior Buddy (a jaguar), Panama (a harpy eagle) and Fuego, a Baird’s Tapir, the national animal of Belize.

Although Belizeans live in one of the most ecologically diverse environments on the planet, many of them are unaware of the rich diversity of wildlife to be found in their country. The Belize Zoo doubles as an educational center, providing information and hands-on experiences in order to encourage respect for the animals and plants of Belize and emphasize the importance of preserving the natural heritage of the country for generations yet to come.

More than 68,000 people visit the Belize Zoo every year including school groups from local schools in Belize. Student career training, summer camps, reading programs, and birthday parties for the animals are regular events at the Belize Zoo to help increase awareness of the rich diversity of wildlife in Belize.

Visit the Belize Zoo

Chabil Mar strongly encourages all visitors to Belize to visit the Belize Zoo and our concierge would be very pleased to make those arrangements for a visit there for you.

A luxury resort located just a short distance from Placencia Village, Chabil Mar features lovely well-appointed villas on an immaculate property complete with a lovely tropical garden, infinity swimming pool, and a top-rated restaurant and bar.

 

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