Placencia Belize: A Beautiful Tropical Family Vacation Destination

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When you consider what you want in a family vacation, your list probably includes lots of fun outdoor activities, opportunities to see animals, great food and a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. You can get all that and more when you choose Placencia, Belize, as your tropical family vacation spot.

Where Is Placencia?

When Belizeans talk about Placencia, they’re referring to the 18-mile coastline of the Placencia Peninsula. Belizeans have long known that Placencia has Belize’s most beautiful beaches. These include the quiet, secluded stretches of Maya Beach in the north, the sleepy fishing village of Seine Bight and the beaches of Placencia Village in the south.

Placencia Village is the main hub of the peninsula. It’s a laid-back, colorful village where you’ll find shopping, dining, nightclubs, adventure outfitters art galleries, and world-class luxury resorts like Chabil Mar.

Things to Do in Placencia

In addition to the wonderful beaches, Placencia has family-friendly outings that all ages will enjoy.

Get On the Water

Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve

Belize offers world-class snorkeling, scuba diving and sea kayaking in the waters around the Belize Barrier Reef. Placencia is a short boat trip across the water to the reef or the many uninhabited islands. Spend a day surrounded by an amazing array of fish and sea mammals including sea turtles, whale sharks, stingrays, and manatees.

If you like fishing or want to charter a boat to tour the islands, you can find many great charter services with experienced guides. Take a scenic daytime tour under the tropical sun or a romantic evening cruise.

Get Close to Nature

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As a largely untouched expanse of jungle, rainforest and savannah, Belize has rich biodiversity and an abundance of exotic flora and fauna. Almost half the country is protected by a national park, marine reserve or wildlife sanctuary.

Placencia is close to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a spectacularly scenic jaguar preserve that is home to jaguars, ocelots, coatimundi, tropical birds, monkeys, deer, foxes and Belize’s national animal, the mountain tapir.

If you’re into bird watching, Belize will fill your days with sightings. Belize is a nesting and breeding sanctuary for dozens of tropical bird species including scarlet macaws, hummingbirds, herons, and keel-billed toucans.

Learn About History and Culture

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For a small country, Belize enjoys incredible cultural diversity.

Spend a day at Hopkins or Dangriga to discover the history of the Garifuna. Take a cooking class or a class in drumming to experience their traditions first-hand.

Visit a Maya village to tour a cacao plantation where you’ll watch how cacao beans are harvested, roasted and processed into world-renowned Maya chocolate.

Belize boasts some of the most important Maya ruins and temples in Central America. Visiting these impressive remnants of a once powerful empire is like a living history lesson.

Stay at the Family-Friendly Chabil Mar Resort

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If you want a great Placencia location and all-inclusive family vacation packages, stay at the award-winning, family-friendly Chabil Mar Resort. Our beachfront location and top-ranked tours will help your whole family experience the wonders of Belize.

For more information about family vacation packages, tours, and excursions available to our guests from Placencia and Chabil Mar, chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

March Is the Perfect Month to Visit Belize

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Did you miss your winter vacation this year? You can more than make up for it by booking a trip to warm, friendly Belize in March.

Enjoy White Sandy Beaches and Lush Jungles in March

March is a great time to explore Belize’s beaches and lush jungles and the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize is the perfect base to enjoy both. Opt for a jungle and beach vacation package and you are guaranteed to have the time of your life in Belize.

Adventures You Can Only Have in Belize

The Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest barrier reef in the world, and it offers world-class snorkeling and scuba diving.

Try a cave tubing adventure, where you ride a rubber tube down a scenic river and through a network of mysterious sacred caves used by the thousands of years ago.

Belize has many nature preserves, wildlife sanctuaries, and marine reserves. Each is a fantastic destination for birders and anyone who wants to see rare, tropical wildlife.

La Ruta Maya-Belize River Challenge

Major March Events

The biggest sporting event in Belize, the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge, takes place in March. This grueling, 180-mile canoe race brings thousands of spectators and participants to San Ignacio Town, where the race begins. Before the race starts, San Ignacio holds a festival of music, food, and dance.

The race is a major event that draws competitors from countries all over the region.

Baron Bliss Day (March 9th) honors one of Belize’s greatest benefactors. Baron Bliss was an English aristocrat whose yacht spent two days in the harbor at Belize. Bliss never left his boat, but local Belizeans visited him while he was in the harbor.

Bliss was completely charmed by Belize. When he died in 1926, he left a generous trust fund to set up schools, roads, parks, and public services in Belize. He also asked to be buried here. Every year, Belizeans honor his memory with a parade and a boat race.

Maya Day honors the proud heritage of one of Belize’s largest ethnic groups. The Maya of Belize have built a thriving culture that preserves their traditions. You can learn about their culture and history during Maya Day at the Tumul K’in Center of Learning in the Toledo District, Southern Belize.

Enjoy traditional dances, music, games, and activities for children. Sample delicious, homemade Maya food and world-famous Maya chocolate.

What’s the Weather Like in March?

Unlike northern countries that are still shivering under gray skies and chilly winds, Belize is warm and sunny in March.

Daytime temperatures are in the 80s with low humidity and almost no rainy days. At night, the temperatures drop to the 70s. Sea breezes keep everything cool and fresh. The Caribbean Sea is warm enough to swim in all year round.

In short, it’s just about perfect.

Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Enjoy Belize at Chabil Mar in March

When you book your trip to Belize, make the most of your vacation by staying at Chabil Mar. Our award-winning Belize resort is located on the stunning Placencia Peninsula and offers luxurious accommodations and amenities to discerning travelers.

Contact us today to create a perfect March getaway.

Do Not Miss The Cross Country Cycling Classic This Year

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On Holy Saturday, Belize will see one of the most exciting and much-anticipating sporting events in the country. Known as the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, this challenging 140-mile roundtrip bike race from Belize City to San Ignacio Town will feature more than 100 competitors from around the country and the world.

Saturday, April 11, 2020 will mark the 92nd anniversary of the race which first began as a way to encourage Belizeans to attend more cricket matches. Due to uneven road conditions, the first roundtrip race between Belize City and San Ignacio Town was a punishing affair lasting more than 13 hours. In recent years the winners usually cross the finish line in less than six hours.

All cyclists will take off with the firing of the starting gun at 6:00 am on mile marker 1.5 on the George Price Highway but awards are given for four different categories of competitors: Masters (professional racers), women, men under 18, and men under age 23. Most competitors race individually but a separate category of award (called “Elite”) is given to the team that crosses the finish line with the best collective time.

Thousands of people will see the racers off at 6:00 am across from Leslie’s Imports in Belize City as well as cheer on the first finishers to arrive back in town at Memorial Park just before noon. The mid-point of the race is Queen Elizabeth Park in downtown San Ignacio, another popular location to witness all the action.

At the end of the race, there is an exciting awards ceremony followed by boisterous banquets and celebrations throughout the day for all of the competitors and their supporters. Falling halfway through the country’s four-day Easter celebration, the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is one of the most anticipated and popular sporting events of the year in Belize.

Visitors and locals alike line the streets to cheer on and celebrate the thrilling excitement of watching top athletes to compete in this grueling 140-mile roundtrip race from Belize City in the east to San Ignacio Town in the western part of the country.

On behalf of Chabil Mar and its Staff, we wish the best of luck to all the 2020 participating teams.

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Five Hottest Best Things to Do in Belize for Easter

Easter Break is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in Belize due to the fact that more than 80% of Belizeans are Christians. It is a time when a lot of Belizeans are off from work and school and travel around the countryside to enjoy Belize’s beauty.

Not only is the weather perfect on Easter, but it is also a good time to go diving with whale sharks, snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Barrier Reef, as well as exploring the famous Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or even climbing Xunantunich Maya Temples.

Many travelers also head to the exotic and stunning Peninsula of Placencia in Southern Belize to relax on the white sandy beaches or visit Cayo to watch the Cross Country Cycling Race – the biggest sporting event on Holy Saturday.

 
If you are looking for the hottest best things to do in Belize this Easter, here are 5 things to consider:

 

Watch the Cross-Country Cycling Race

 
 
The Cross Country Cycling Race is a one day cycling race that is held every Easter on Holy Saturday in Belize. It is the biggest cycling event in the country with an estimated distance of some 140 miles. The race has been going since 1928 and its origin has roots in the colonial era when Belizeans had to cycle from village to village to watch sporting events like cricket and football matches.
 

Visit Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

 
 
The ATM Cave is one of the most popular tours in Belize and visitors to this cave attest that the experience is not only breathtaking but also one of a kind. The cave is located in the karstic limestone terrain of Roaring Creek Valley in Cayo and is approximately 5 km long and contains a perennial stream that runs through it including a ledge with twostelae and a large chamber full of intact human remains and Maya pots.
 
According to Jaime Awe, Director of Archaeology , the ATM Cave was a sacred place to the Maya who utilized the cave during the classic period AD 250-909.
 
This Easter Break is a good chance to explore and learn more about the remarkable history of this cave.
 
 
Dive or Snorkel with Whale Sharks
 
 
Easter Break is an excellent time to snorkel or dive with the magnificent whale sharks at the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve near Placencia Belize. The giant whale sharks are attracted to this reserve by the spawn of the mutton and cuberra snapper which they enjoy eating.
 
For those who do not know, the whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and one of the largest creatures of any kind alive today. Despite their size, whale sharks are remarkably gentle and curious and thus swimming with them is a special treat for divers and snorkelers.
 

Spend a weekend in Placencia

 
 
Placencia was recently nominated as one of the best beach destinations in the Caribbean by Turopia, a popular travel blog in the world and is an ideal eco-destination to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, deep sea fishing, diving and even exploring Maya ruins.
 
ChabilMar, a guest exclusive resort is located right on the beach and can serve as a base to explore the natural attractions in Placencia and surrounding areas.
 

Visit Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins in Cayo District

 
 
Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins are the most visited Maya sites in the Cayo District.
 
Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above theMopan River and served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the late terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. Xunantunich’s name means “stone woman” in the Maya language and “El Castillo”, the largest pyramid offers an impressive and panoramic view of the area.
 
Cahal Pech is one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Belize that dates back as 1200BCE and was home to an elite Maya family. The site consists of 34 structures with the tallest temple being about 25 meters in height which is situated around a central acropolis.
 
According to archaeologists, the site was abandoned in the 9th center CE for unknown reasons.
 
For more information about the adventures, tours and excursions available to our guests from Placencia and Chabil Mar, chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Easter in Belize: Everything a Spring Holiday Should be–and More

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When spring arrives, the faithful eagerly await Easter, a holiday filled with pageantry and fun. Should you decide to celebrate the holy season here in Belize, make it the kind of vacation that suits your religious needs and sensibilities while enjoying weather that’s heavenly. As a Christian, you’ll celebrate in a nation where 80-percent of the populace shares your faith; if you’re not Christian you’ll have an equally fabulous time of it since Belize serves up some of the most beautiful sights, sounds and tastes in the Caribbean at this time of year.

What sets Belize apart from other Central American nations when Easter rolls around? As a society that takes the season of Jesus’s resurrection very seriously, your visit will coincide with a four-day celebration that’s a non-stop ride through parties, events and religious rituals. The nation shuts down in deference to the pious nature of the season, but you won’t care if you visit because you are in Belize to slow down and relax, right?

If you’ve limited time in Belize and wish to see the best of the best, we urge you to attend this Good Friday tradition: evening mass followed by a moving re-enactment of The Way of the Cross staged in the town of Benque Viejo del Carmen in western Belize. Other re-enactments of the Via Crucis will also be held in the Districts of Orange Walk and Corozal, in case one of these locations is more convenient for you.

If you think a suitcase filled with fancy Easter duds is necessary for your holiday trip, re-think your packing strategy. Bring one nice outfit to attend services at any of Belize’s churches on Good Friday, but because the weather’s hot and lots of activities surrounding Easter are more secular than sacred, lightweight shorts, shirts, skirts and traditional resort wear plus swimsuits will have you covered in the fashion department.

Be forewarned that alcohol is not served in Belize on Good Friday, so if you can’t imagine a day that doesn’t include the cocktail hour, follow the lead of tourists and stockpile your bubbly before this 24-hour period begins. Some visitors say that the parties, church services, water sports and visits to attractions keep them so busy, they don’t even miss having alcoholic beverages on this holy day.

Change up the pace of your Belize Easter visit by attending the annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycle Race. The antithesis of religious pageantry, this cycling race is an excitement-filled, 140-mile-long event that takes cyclists from Belize City to San Ignacio/Santa Elena and back. This wildly popular competition attracts big crowds, but if you’ve no interest in the sport, your resort host can help you find things to do for this short period of time that are away from the race route along the Western Highway.

Once you’ve experienced Good Friday and Holy Saturday Belize style, you can expect a more familiar day on Easter Sunday. Churches throughout the nation proclaim the Resurrection of Christ during services and then, in fairly typical fashion, families get together for meals as do tourists in country for the holiday. By afternoon, athletic events, fairs other secular events liven up the third day of this holiday—leaving Easter Monday to be observed. On this day, the last of the fairs, athletic events, dances and parties wrap up this four day celebration!

If reading about Easter in Belize whets your appetite, we recommend accommodations at Chabil Mar in Placencia. The recipient of myriad hospitality and media awards–plus recommendations from travelers who keep coming back–this luxury resort offers gracious surroundings, superior accommodations and service. Staff is delighted to help guests find and attend celebrations held during the Easter holiday season, but to see the full extent of what awaits at Chabil Mar, take a peek at the resort’s website.


For more information about visiting Belize or Chabil Mar for Easter, 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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