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Where Should I Go For A Weekend In Belize?

Where Should I Go For A Weekend In Belize

Are you looking for a perfect destination to relax and enjoy your weekend? Look no further! Placencia is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway. The 16-mile peninsula is located in southeastern Belize and it features golden sand beaches, luxurious resorts, perfect nightlife, and top-notch food. All these factors make it an ideal place to unwind, relax and savor what Belize has to offer. 

Here are the top reasons why you should go to Placencia for a weekend escape:

1. Explore the Best Belizean Beaches

Belize is a country with many beaches, but the Placencia Peninsula has always been the best. Beaches here have soft golden sand and amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. The great news is that these beaches are open to the public, so anyone can visit them. There are also plenty of beachfront bars and restaurants, where visitors can eat, drink and relax. 

Where Should I Go For A Weekend In Belize

2. Go Snorkeling or Swimming with Whale Sharks

From around April to June, a huge number of docile whale sharks visit Gladden Spit near the coast of Placencia. These types of sharks are gentle, curious, and harmless, so you can go swimming or snorkeling with them. This has always been on the bucket list of many divers and snorkelers. 

Where Should I Go For A Weekend In Belize

3. Wildlife and Birdwatching on Monkey River

Another adventurous activity to do while in Placencia is going out on the Monkey River. Take a tour and spot a variety of birds such as the Heron, Toucan, and Tanager. You can also take your time to look for the loudest monkeys – Howler monkeys. 

Where Should I Go For A Weekend In Belize

4. Indulge Yourself in the Garifuna Culture

Initially, Placencia was a small fishing village, and the population here comprises of Creoles and other ethnic groups like the Garifunas, Mayas, and Mestizos. The Placencia Peninsula is also home to Seine Bight, a Garifuna village. By visiting this village, you’ll experience the vibrant Garifuna culture, traditions, music, art, and food. 

Where Should I Go For A Weekend In Belize

5. Walk on the World’s Narrowest Street

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Placencia has the world’s narrowest main street. The street measures 4,071 ft. in length and 4 ft. wide. You can take a stroll along this sidewalk and discover small eateries, the works of local artists, and numerous shops. 

Where Should I Go For A Weekend In Belize

While visiting Placencia, book your accommodation at Chabil Mar, an award-winning beach-front Caribbean luxury resort. The resort’s villas are brilliantly tucked in lush gardens, giving you excellent views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Here, you’ll enjoy modern amenities and experience world-class adventures. So, get in touch with the staff from Chabil Mar and book your accommodation today.

Battle of the Drums Returns After Two Years

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The 17th annual Battle of the Drums Competition and Show is returning for the first time in two years since the pandemic hit and with only a few more days to spare, the tempo among competitors and spectators is growing by the minute as they await the return of one of the biggest cultural events in the country.

The Competition

The Battle of the Drums as it is known locally is scheduled to take place this weekend on November 12th at the Punta Gorda Sporting Complex. It is held annually the weekend prior to Garifuna Settlement Day celebration and is used as a means to pay tribute to the Garifuna people, and their culture through traditional music. With the event being put on pause for two years due to the pandemic and having to revert to online, this year’s celebration is promising to be the biggest yet, with not only local competitors but drummers from Honduras and Guatemala, for a face-to-face duel. The competition will include Garifuna musical genres in gunjei, hungu hungu, parranda, punta and punta rock subgenres.

History of the Battle of the Drums

First introduced on November 17th, 2006, the first competition was held in Punta Gorda Town, and having been well received among competitors, locals, and visitors the event was dubbed a major success. Within the following two years, word of the competition had not only spread across the country but in the neighboring Garifuna communities across the border in Guatemala and Honduras, sparking interest among drummers, and drawing a much larger audience. While the festivities serve as a venue to display the Garifuna culture and music, proceeds from the sale of tickets are used to fund Garifuna cultural projects within Punta Gorda Town and other communities.

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History of the Garifuna People

The Garifuna people in Belize are descendants of a shipwreck slave ship who intermarried with the Arawak Indians of the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. To escape further persecution, they fled to Central America, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Over the years they have settled along the coast of Belize in areas such as Dangriga which is considered the cultural capital as well as Punta Gorda, Hopkins, Seine Bight, and other smaller communities in the south. Garinagu are a proud set of people who have managed to preserve their unique culture through songs, dance, food, and language. They mostly express themselves through their dance and music, which have specific functions and are embedded with their values, morals, history, and identity.

Where to Stay When in The South

Whether or not you can keep up with the fast-paced dancing and drumming, we can guarantee that by the end of the day you will be beaten by exhaustion and looking for that perfect escape. We suggest that you take advantage of our impeccable service at Chabil Mar. We pride ourselves in being a top-tier resort located in Placencia Village and within close proximity to Punta Gorda Town where the event is scheduled to take place.

Doyle’s Delight, The Highest Peak in Belize

Although it’s mostly a technicality, Doyle’s Delight in the Toledo District is the highest point in Belize. Measuring some 3,687 feet (1,124 meters) high, Doyle’s Delight is a peak in the Maya Mountain range that span much of Belize.

Because Doyle’s Delight is just a spur that is slightly higher than the surrounding mountain range rather than a true peak, it had no official name for most of Belize’s history. The current name was coined by the legendary animal rights activist and founder of the Belize Zoo Sharon Matola in 1989. Referencing a quote from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of the Sherlock Holmes books) book “The Lost World” that refers to Belize as a “wild and wonderful country,” Matola named the area Doyle’s Delight.

Although recent scientific measurements have revealed that it is actually eight feet (two and a half meters) shorter, Victoria’s Peak was long considered the highest point in Belize. Victoria’s Peak is a National Monument located in the eastern part of the Maya Mountains inside of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Hiking to Doyle’s Delight is relatively easy due to the shallow slope of that part of the Maya Mountains, but reaching Victoria’s Peak requires difficult hiking, and for much of the year, the trail is impassable. For hikers interested in visiting Doyle’s Delight, there is a small survey marker placed at the point by the British military in 1970.

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is an enormous protected conservation area in southern Belize and the world’s very first jaguar preserve. More than 200 jaguars roam the 150-square mile (400-square km) CBWS, although they are nocturnal creatures rarely seen by visitors. Most people visit the CBWS in order to enjoy the fantastically diverse environment which includes gorgeous tropical flowers, hundreds of bird species, and exotic wildlife, including monkeys and all five of Belize’s big cat species. The CWBS is also home to several lovely waterfalls, deep pools, river rapids, and an unexcavated ancient Maya site that was abandoned more than 1,000 years ago.

If you’d like to attempt to visit Victoria’s Peak or simply admire the view from the surrounding mountains and valleys inside the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the best place to stay is Chabil Mar. Located on the stunning shores of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, Chabil Mar is a luxury beachfront resort with lovely villas, a tropical garden, two infinity swimming pools, and a gourmet restaurant and bar.

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.

Common Languages Spoken in Belize

As a former British colony, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. The vast majority of people in Belize speak standard English, but a variety of dialects and other languages are often spoken at home.

These include:

Creole/Kriol

Traditionally spelled Creole, the Kriol dialect (preferred modern spelling) is not a different language than English but a distinct dialect that can be difficult for non-speakers to understand. Many Kriol speakers “code switch,” speaking the Kriol dialect with friends and family and standard English in public.

Approximately one-third of the population speaks the Kriol dialect as their first language.

Spanish

Located in Central America, Belize has been strongly influenced by Spanish, including groups of self-styled Mestizos (literally “mixed race”) who emigrated in the early 19th century following a civil war in neighboring Mexico.

Today, many people in Belize speak Spanish as a native language, particularly near the Mexican and Guatemalan borders. In addition, some Belizeans speak a “kitchen Spanish,” a simplified version of the language used by people whose first language is English.

Mayan

The descendants of the ancient Maya that built the impressive pyramids, palaces, and ceremonial sites that dot the Belizean landscape, the Maya in Belize speak three different dialects: Kekchi (various spellings), Mopan, and the increasingly rare Yucatec.

Maya communities tend to be located in rural areas, but most Maya speakers are bilingual in either English or Spanish.

Garifuna

An Afro-Caribbean tongue, Garifuna is a unique language spoken by approximately 4% of the population. The Garifuna tongue is a blend of indigenous Caribbean languages and West African languages and was recognized in 2001 by the United Nations as a valued contribution to the intangible heritage of humanity.

German

Different than standard high German (Hochdeutsch), the German spoken in Belize is predominantly the Plautdietsch or Mennonite Low German variety similar to the Pennsylvania Dutch spoken by Amish communities in the United States. Belize has a well-established Mennonite community consisting of several villages and towns.

Most German-speaking Mennonites in Belize are also bilingual in English.

Chinese and Arabic

Belize has a small but well-established community of Chinese communities located primarily in urban areas. Originally brought into the country as an unskilled labor force, the Chinese community of Belize soon expanded into more entrepreneurial activities.

Predominantly hailing from Lebanon, there is also a small Arabic-speaking community in Belize.

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.

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Belize: The Best Place For A 2022 Destination Wedding

placencia belize the best place for a beach destination wedding

Are you planning your 2022 wedding and starved for good advice? Adopt the measures suggested by Olson’s panel and you’ll be proclaimed the ultimate trendsetter yourself!

-The trend of sending cat and dogs down the aisle with the rings is disappearing.
-Eliminate pampas grass, floral foam and barn weddings from your upcoming affair.
-Experts recommend dumping “flower walls” that kill entire wedding budgets.
-Huge weddings are fast becoming as endangered as Dodo birds. Who wants all that debt?
-Large bridal parties filled with female attendants dressed in similarly unflattering dresses? No thanks.
-Photo booths and guest books featuring Polaroid photos? So yesterday.
-Experts agree: dump the table favors. A survey proved many guests leave them behind.
-The biggest trend? Long affairs like destination weddings where a small number of guests enjoy days of carefree fun in place of a pricey splash that ends in 4 hours!

Plan your own “long celebration” to show off your style

Having eschewed extravagant ideas that include expensive favors that won’t be missed and photo booths, leave Fluffy and Rover home with their pet sitters by making the most stylish move on the list: A big celebration with the people closest to you on a tropical beach or within a lush garden at a Belize resort that checks off all of the boxes brides and grooms want when they get married.

Since Belize has been proclaimed Central America’s wedding Mecca, you won’t have to host a long list of people you can barely identify, feed them and send thank you notes for gifts you and your new spouse already own. Where to hold your extended celebration with your nearest and dearest? Chabil Mar Villas, where brides and grooms not only have a magazine cover-worthy affair but they save lots of money, too.

Chabil Mar: Where paradise meets affordability

Chabil Mar Villas is best known for is putting together memorable weddings for couples eager to share this sacred moment with people they adore. Who needs a ballroom filled with crystal chandeliers when palm trees, a warming sun, and the turquoise Caribbean Sea surround you and your guests?

Cost? Visit ValuePenguin.com  where researchers verify the fact that the average cost of a U.S. wedding is $29,858, which means it could be even more expensive in your state. Compare your state’s total to Chabil Mar’s Belize Wedding Packages starting at $2,750 USD!

Chabil Mar wedding package perks are amazing. You get:

-The services of a personal wedding planner
-Beach or garden ceremonial decor
-Bouquet and boutonniere
-A wedding cake
-Bottle of champagne
-Minister’s fees
-Private pier dinner
-Services of a photographer
-Transfers to and from the resort.

Your personal wedding planner helps with paperwork that includes registering your marriage with Belize authorities and a certified copy of your marriage certificate. There’s lots more. Visit the resort’s wedding page to peruse extras you can add to your package.

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Everyone stays together at the resort

Since guests stay at the resort to attend your wedding, the fun doesn’t stop with the ceremony. Treat everyone to group excursions like diving, snorkeling, touring Maya ceremonial sites plus cultural activities that bring friends and family members together for more than the chance to witness the beginning of your shared life.

Given the affordable cost of this basic package, couples find they can add extras, so your grand adventure is guaranteed to meet the 2022 criteria for the “long celebration” destined to be next year’s biggest wedding trend. Expect your big-spending friends to be envious when you return home tan, blissful and without a cent of wedding debt!

Visit our website for more information on getting married in 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 wedding vacation.

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