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Find a Safe, Secluded Beach Getaway in Placencia Belize

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Discover a luxurious getaway on the gorgeous beaches of Placencia. Chabil Mar offers world-class amenities and sumptuous accommodations in an all-villa resort.

Safe, Secluded Hideaway

When you’re traveling in the pandemic’s wake, you want to travel safely. Belize is a superb choice because its small population means you’ll never be among crowds. At Chabil Mar, you’ll find a secluded spot where you can escape the crowds and relax in your private villa.

The resort has only 22 guest villas, and you’ll have all the privacy you want. You can enjoy dining, walking on the beach, and visiting nearby communities while staying safely distant. Enjoy wonderful, chef-prepared meals at the resort’s restaurant, on the resort’s private pier, or on your villa’s private patio.

Chabil Mar has instituted butler service so guests can have all their meals delivered to them to enjoy in their villas or outdoors.

Luxurious Accommodations and Guest-Exclusive Amenities

Each villa is decorated in a high-end tropical style with Belizean artworks and local craftsmanship. The accommodation also comes with a fully equipped kitchen, private bathrooms, cable TV, DVD player, zoned air conditioning, ceiling fans, hairdryers, iron and ironing board, eco-friendly luxury bath products, free wi-fi, washer and dryer, in-room safe, and umbrellas.

It’s everything you need to feel totally at home while you’re wrapped in the lap of luxury.

Some of Chabil Mar’s outstanding amenities are for the exclusive use of its guests. These include:

  • Private Placencia beachfront area.
  • Private pier.
  • Two infinity pools.
  • Roaming butler service and outdoor dining.
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas.
  • Free use of bicycles, kayaks, and paddleboards.
  • A free evening shuttle to and from Placencia Village.

An Incredible Location

Chabil Mar is minutes from Placencia Village, a charming seaside community. The beaches of Placencia are the most beautiful beaches in Belize. White sand, swaying palms, and turquoise water are waiting for you.

A Gold Standard Belize Certified Resort

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The Belize government has instituted strict safety protocols for visitors and providers of tourist amenities. Chabil Mar is a Gold Standard certified resort and has instituted a program of safety, sanitation, and social distancing.

Its privacy, seclusion and stringent safety standards make Chabil Mar the ideal location for a beach vacation. To book a room, contact the hotel directly.

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.

The Music of Belize

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Often described as a true melting pot, the modern-day nation of Belize is a rich blend of different cultures, including the Maya, Garifuna, Creole, and Mestizo people.

During its earliest history, Belize was briefly under the dominion of Spain but then became Britain’s only mainland colony in the area. Later emigration of Mennonites from Germany and Switzerland added to the many European influences in Belizean music, including polkas, quadrilles, schottisches, and polkas.

Primarily from the Garifuna culture, local styles feature musical instruments like drums, banjo, accordion, guitar, and a donkey’s jaw bone (played like a saw or zither). The Mestizos, immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico, brought the marimba, double bass, and drum sets.

These various influences have created a number of distinct styles of musical expression in Belize. Cumbia, related to salsa and merengue, is a popular type of music played by troupes in areas where Mestizos live. Probably the most famous musical Creole style is known as “brukdown” (breakdown), a melodic mix of calypso featuring percussion and rhythms from a donkey’s jawbone, drums and banjos. Newer forms of brukdown are called “boom and chime” and feature the use of electric guitars, congas, and bass guitars.

Two related genres of music created in Belize are known as punta and punta rock. Developed by Garifuna musicians, punta and punta rock mix traditional rhythms and dance steps from African melodies and add modern lyrics to create a style somewhat similar to reggae. Punta and punta rock were developed for parties and social events where dancing is just as important a component as the music and singing.

Probably the most iconic component of Belizean music is Garifuna drumming. Whether as an accompaniment to other instruments or played solely, Garifuna drums are traditionally made from local hardwoods covered with a skin from peccaries (a kind of wild pig) or deer. Garifuna drumming preserves the flavor and intensity of its African origins, and is often played along with “siseras”, a kind of maraca.

The award-winning luxury resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula is an excellent place to stay in order to experience all of the rich musical heritage of Belize. With close access to Dangriga, the culture capital of Belize, and other towns and villages with a rich heritage of Maya, Creole, and Garifuna music, Chabil Mar features well-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and its own gourmet restaurant featuring elegant beachfront dining, with live garifuna drummers and dancers during our Friday night beach-side grill nights (in-season), where our chefs prepare your dinner for you on open grills adjacent to the dining area, outside.

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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25 Things You Need to Know Before You Travel to Placencia Belize

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Placencia Beaches

One of the most popular destinations in Belize, Placencia is a charming, low-key fishing village located at the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Bordered on one side by a lovely mangrove-lined lagoon and on the other by the Caribbean Sea, Placencia is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

The Placencia Peninsula measures approximately 19 miles from north to south but is just half a mile wide. With the look and feel of an island, it’s no surprise that Placencia is often described as the “caye (island) you can drive to.” But despite its popularity as a tourist destination, the main activities in Placencia are strolling the beach or motoring around on an electric golf cart.

The southeastern coast of Belize is famous for its natural beauty. Although luxury resorts and condominium developments have sprung up, Placencia has successfully managed to retain its old-world charm. Locals still head out to sea every morning in small boats to bring in the daily catch, and visitors can meander along the village’s 4,000-foot long “main street” that is a pedestrian-only sidewalk adorned with colorful murals and artwork.

Placencia is just one of three villages located on the peninsula but has lovely shops, charming cafes, seafood restaurants, a small medical clinic, and an airfield.

Whether you coming for a family vacation, a destination wedding, or romantic honeymoon, Placencia is one of the most beautiful spots in the country. It also serves as the gateway to the southern reef, a mecca for maritime activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and sailing.

And on the mainland, nearby attractions include hiking through the vast Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve (home to some of Central America’s last surviving jaguars), learning about native wildlife and plants on a boat trip up the aptly named Monkey River, and touring ancient Maya ruins such as Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum.

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Silk Cayes, a popular snorkeling destination off the coast of Placencia

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world describes Placencia as follows:

“How you wind up feeling about Placencia really depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s laid-back ambience, varied accommodations and some of the best restaurants in Southern Belize,  this beachfront paradise may well prove to be your personal Margaritaville. If it’s off-the-beaten-path adventure and cheaper living you’re after,Placencia might serve better as a way-station. Come on down for a few days of sandy beaches, sunny skies and great seafood before heading off to less trodden paths.”

If you are traveling to Placencia very soon, here are 25 things you need to know:

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Chabil Mar in Placencia Belize
  1. Placencia Village sits at the very tip of the narrow 16 mile Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize.
  2. Chabil Mar is located in Placencia Village. While other resorts along the Peninsula regularly advertise their location as Placencia Village, they are on the Placencia Peninsula as much as 12 miles north of the Village, in the communities of Seine Bight and Maya Beach, for instance.
  3. To a lot of people, the Placencia Peninsula feels like an Island but it is not. Less than 2000 people live in Placencia Village.
  4. The Placencia Peninsula is also home to two other communities: Seine Bight and Maya Beach.
  5. The name “Placencia” is actually a distortion of Punta Placentia, the name the Spaniards gave to the peninsula in the 1800s.
  6. In English, it means Point Pleasant.
  7. The Main Street in Placencia Village is just a sidewalk! In fact, the “Guinness Book of World Records” recognizes it as the narrowest main street in the world.

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    Whale Sharks off the coast of Placencia Belize
  8. Many people visit Placencia during the months of April, May and June to swim, dive or snorkel with giant whale sharks at the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve.
  9. Placencia’s Lobsterfest is the village’s most famous festival and is held in June of every year. In 2013, the Placencia Lobsterfest won an award from the Belize Tourism Board as the Festival of the Year!
  10. An Arts Festival is held in February each year, that brings artists from all over Belize to showcase their art along the 4071 foot (3/4 mile), 4 foot wide Placencia Sidewalk.
  11. Placencia was once a sleepy fishing village.
  12. The Placencia Peninsula boasts 16 miles of tranquil beaches.
  13. Many travelers who vacation in Placencia do the Monkey River and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Tours.

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    Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the top tours to do from Placencia
  14. Placencia has a range of Belize resorts and hotels that can fit almost any budget.
  15. Placencia is 35 minutes away from Belize City by air.
  16. The road into Placencia Village is bordered by the lagoon on one side and the turquoise Caribbean on the other, and ends at the end of the Peninsula.
  17. Placencia is world renowned for offshore fishing, diving and snorkeling.
  18. Placencia is also well known for its very laid-back, no-shoes ambience where locals go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your visit.

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    Laughing Bird Caye is another popular attraction that is located off the coast of Placencia
  19. The average temperature in sub-tropical Placencia is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  20. Anytime of the year is  good to visit Placencia.
  21. Getting around Placencia is very easy.
  22. Francis Ford Coppola, the American Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter owns a resort in Placencia.
  23. Placencia is home to many world class luxury resorts like Chabil Mar.
  24. Laughing Bird Caye is a favorite camping site for reef kayakers who base their expeditions in Placencia.
  25. Placencia is also known for its great food and restaurants.
  26. The Placencia Lagoon is an imperative breeding area for saltwater crocodiles, marine turtles and the rare and endangered manatees.

Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Placencia 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 your Belize vacation.

Sharks in Belize

The warm waters of the Caribbean Sea make Belize an ideal home for sharks. More than 350 different species of sharks can be found along the barrier reef, coral atolls, and mangrove estuaries, including the elusive hammerhead shark, black tip shark, bull shark, nurse shark, reef shark, lemon shark, nurse shark, and the enormous whale shark, the largest fish in the world’s oceans.

Southern Belize and the area of the reef near Placencia is an ideal place to see sharks. Underwater formations such as estuaries, the roots of mangrove forests, upwelling currents, fore reefs, and deep walls are all excellent places to have a safe and exciting encounter with sharks.

The hammerhead is rarely found in the oceans, but it’s not uncommon to see one when diving in Belize. Hammerhead sharks are very peculiar about the areas of the ocean that attract them, but the edge of the continental shelf of the Atlantic Ocean where it meets near Placencia attracts large schools of hammerheads. Named for their unique T-shaped head, hammerheads are peerless hunters, twisting their bodies to turn and chase prey. Hammerheads cruise the seafloor in search of crabs, lobster, octopus, and fish, using special sensors on its head to detect faint electrical signals.

Another interesting shark that inhabits the shallower areas of the reef near Placencia are lemon sharks. Named for their yellow skin that serves as excellent camouflage, lemon sharks like to park themselves on the sea floor while waiting for prey to cross their path.

But perhaps the most popular shark in Belize is the nurse shark. Once hunted nearly to extinction, nurse sharks are now a protected species in Belize. Generally docile towards humans, nurse sharks have a distinct mouth with two barbels on their upper lip.

Other kinds of sharks you may encounter in Belize include black tip sharks which often leap out of the water in pursuit of fish and reef sharks that gain their name from their penchant for hugging the shallow waters of the reef. Tiger sharks can be found in Belize, but these are far rarer.

Perhaps the most famous shark to visit the waters of Belize are whale sharks. Every spring, vast schools of migrating whale sharks visit the outer part of the reef, consuming enormous quantities of fish spawn and plankton.

Travelers interested in diving with sharks, including nurse sharks and whale sharks, can book their Belize snorkeling and diving vacation with Chabil Mar.

For more information about sharks 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.

10 Amazing Day Trips to Take in Placencia

Located on the Caribbean coast in southeastern Belize, the Placencia Peninsula is 16 miles of golden sands and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Below are 10 amazing day trips that visitors staying in Placencia can enjoy:

1 – Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Measuring over 150 miles in area, the sanctuary is home to a rich variety of landscapes and wildlife, including some of the last native jaguars in Central America.

2 – Bird Watching

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Belize is home to hundreds of species of migratory and local avian species, including toucans, scarlet macaws, and red-footed boobies.

3 – Xunantunich

 

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Excavated for more than a century, this impressive Maya city yielded up a major surprise in the summer of 2016 when a team of local archeologists discovered the largest royal tomb ever discovered.

4 – Inland Blue Hole

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Located in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, the Inland Blue Hole is a spring-fed circular body of bright blue water formed from the collapse of a cenote, the perfect place for a quick dip on a hot day.

5 – Monkey River

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Enjoy a boat tour up this pristine river, home to thousands of unspoiled acres of jungle where crocodiles, tapirs, toucans, and monkeys frolic.

6 – Laughing Bird Caye

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Measuring over two acres in size, the Laughing Bird Caye National Park is a protected nature reserve just 11 miles off the coast of the Placencia Peninsula, home to the laughing gull and dozens of other species of birds, marine mammals and flora.

7 – Snorkeling at Silk Caye

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The crystal clear waters make Silk Caye the ideal place for first-time snorkelers to marvel at the rainbow of marine life that thrives in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8 – Diving With Whale Sharks at Gladden Spit

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Whale sharks are the largest fish species in the world’s oceans, and once a year they migrate to the waters off of Placencia  to feed by the light of the moon. Few experiences can compare to interacting with these playful, gentle giants of the deep.

9 – Placencia Village

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The unofficial capital of the peninsula, Placencia Village is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat, a cocktail made from fresh local ingredients, purchase handcrafted souvenirs, and to mingle with locals.

10 – Fishing the coastline

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The interior side of the peninsula is home to a mangrove-lined lagoon, the ideal spot for anglers to try their luck at fly fishing and flats fishing for dozens of species, including tarpon, bonefish, and permit fish.

Where to Stay in Placencia

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If you are already thinking about where to plan your 2019 vacation, why not consider Placencia? The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar is located just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village. Featuring elegantly appointed villas, the resort has its own gourmet restaurant, swimming pools, and lush tropical garden. Guests at the resort can enjoy organized tours at all of the attractions listed above, a great way to make the most of your fabulous Belize vacation.

For more information about visiting Belize or Placencia in 2019 , 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.

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