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Belize Points of Interest

Where to go in Belize

Just a few hours flying time from the United States, Belize is a lovely tropical destination with gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, a stunning coral reef, jungles, ancient Mayan cities, and a friendly Caribbean atmosphere.

Below are some of our favorite places and points of interest in Belize.

placencia peninsula belizePlacencia Peninsula – A sparkling 16-mile long expanse of beach along the Caribbean, the peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize. The mangrove-lined lagoon on the mainland side is an ideal spot to enjoy fishing.

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Placencia Village – A laid-back fishing village, Placencia is a great place to get a drink in a cafe or bar, enjoy a delicious meal in a restaurant, or find an outfitter for a trip to the Belize Barrier Reef. The village is famous for holding the Guinness Book of World Records title for smallest main street in the world, a 4,000-foot long sidewalk too narrow to admit cars.

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San Ignacio Town – The cultural and entertainment capital of the west, San Ignacio is close to many of the country’s finest Maya ruins. The resort of Chabil Mar offers comprehensive jungle and sea packages that combine the best of Placencia Peninsula with an expedition to San Ignacio and its environs.

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Hopkins – A small village in the southeast, Hopkins is the cultural heart of the unique Garifuna culture.

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Caye Caulker – A small, unspoiled island, Caye Caulker is the picture postcard definition of a tropical island, complete with sparkling blue water, white sands, and palm trees.

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Toledo District – The heart of Belize’s cacao (chocolate) growing region, Toledo is the gateway to the unspoiled south of the country.

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Ambergris Caye – The largest island in Belize, Ambergris Caye is an easygoing mix of beaches, bars and some of the best food in the country.

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Belize Barrier Reef – The second largest coral reef system in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef offers spectacular diving, swimming, snorkeling and sailing opportunities.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – Perfect for day trips or longer hiking expeditions, the sanctuary provides a protected habitat for tapirs, monkeys, jaguars and hundreds of species of birds.

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Great Blue Hole – Regularly voted as one of the top natural wonders in the world, the Blue Hole offers experienced divers a unique opportunity to explore a system of underwater caverns.

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.

 

Discover Scuba Diving in Belize

Every year, thousands of professional divers from around the world come to Belize to plum the biodiverse waters of the Caribbean. Belize is blessed to have more than 200 miles of offshore reef, part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although coral reefs form just 1% of the ocean, they are home to a staggering 25% of all marine life, and Belize is home to a wide variety of fish, shark, ray, sea turtle, and dolphin species who use the reef as a nursery and feeding ground.

Some of the top dive spots in Belize include:

The Great Blue Hole

Sometimes known as the Belize Blue Hole, this natural phenomenon is a perfectly circular stretch of deep azure water measuring over 300 meters (984 feet) across and 108 meters (350 feet) deep.

Nestled on the inner side of Lighthouse Reef, the Great Blue Hole was known only to local fisherman until famed French marine biologist and documentarian Jacques Cousteau visited the area in 1971 and declared that the Great Blue Hole was one of his top 10 dive sits in the entire world.

Turneffe Atoll

Located approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) offshore of Belize City, Turneffe Atoll is just one of three coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere. Using the coral and thick vegetation for cover, thousands of aquatic species spawn here, making it a natural feeding ground for predators. The shallow waters, bright white seafloor, and thick density of marine life make this one of the best places to enjoy a “color” dive in Belize.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Located just offshore from the tourist island of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve contains a natural cut in the reef that many different species use to transit between the outer and inner portion of the reef. As a result of all this “traffic,” the area is a diver’s paradise where it is easy to find large schools of nurse sharks and rays on the hunt for prey.

Gladden Spit

One of the furthest points of the reef from the mainland of Belize, Gladden Spit is part of a larger marine reserve that also contains the three Silk Islands. The islands plus the spit itself contain a gentle underwater slope that gives divers a chance to explore every layer of the active biosphere that contains more than 25 different species of fish.

Chabil Mar has a complete set of scuba diving vacations that include expeditions to all of the locations listed above.

For more information about diving 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.

 

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12 Reasons Why Belize Is One of the Best Vacation Destinations in the World

 
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These 12 reasons make Belize the best vacation destination in the world and they are just the tip of the iceberg.

Reason #1: Belize is for the birds. You don’t have to be a birder to appreciate the total of 608 species (as of January 2020) that stopover in Belize while migrating. Become mesmerized while spotting Cuckoos, Woodpeckers, Parrots, Toucans, and Owls.

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Reason #2: Belize national parks are amazing. Some are on land; others at sea. In concert, they are a majestic collection of national parks, forest reserves, marine reserves, natural monuments, wildlife sanctuaries, archaeological reserves, and private reserves.

Reason #3: Belize wildlife mix is — wild! Discover the mother lode of diversity within only 8,867 square miles. Belize is home to 145 species of mammals, 139 types of reptiles and you’ve already met some of the birds. Five big cats live within the nation’s boundaries, including the only Jaguar preserve on Earth, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Reason #4: Everything old is new again. Belize is home to 900 Maya ruins that rival Peru and Egypt in their grandeur and splendor. Included are caves once used for ceremonial rites plus above-ground cities. You may have to wade a river, repel into a cave or trek to reach them, but you won’t regret that effort for a minute!

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Reason #5: Belize is a foodie mecca. Thanks to an exotic amalgam of cultures unique to Central America, Belize’s food and beverage borrows from Mexican, Maya, Caribbean, and other Latin traditions, but don’t expect dishes to taste like anything you’ve eaten before. Produce is local. Seafood is more local! Must-try delights include Marie Sharp’s hot sauce, cashew wine, and world-famous Belize chocolate.

Reason #6: Beautiful beaches. Belize never disappoints when it comes to beaches; especially those located on the Placencia peninsula where visitors can frolic on the Caribbean or the lagoon side. Belize’s golden and white-sand beaches are national treasures, beloved by divers and sunbathers alike.

Reason #7: Fabulous resorts. Belize’s aggressive health and safety programs in reaction to the pandemic are notable, so for properties like Chabil Mar Resort, earning Gold Standard status elevates this resort above others. Luxury digs, gourmet dining, packages, and safety measures have turned Chabil Mar into a Belize resort superstar.

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Reason #8: The unique cultural vibe. Art, music, and natural wonders are everywhere visitors turn, from villages and towns to roadside artisans’ wares or gallery offerings. Paintings, textiles, furniture, sculptures, wood, slate carvings, and basketry showcase the nation’s distinct cultural mix. You won’t come home empty-handed.

Reason #9: Blessed proximity. There’s only one international airport in Belize and it is centrally located and in close proximity to the nation’s top resorts. Flights to Belize resumed on October 1, 2020. Major airlines stand ready to transport you to paradise in just a few hours.

Reason #10: Fall in love with Belizeans. You’ll never meet a mellower populace. In addition to speaking English, Belizeans are the most friendly, helpful people you will ever meet. You get the feeling that everyone you meet is really glad you came to their homeland.

Reason #11: Belize is a lover’s paradise. Snug bungalows, treehouses, adults-only islands, and other sexy spots make this nation an epicenter of passion and romance. Discreet resort hosts are savvy, welcoming, and discreet.

Reason #12: Belize is Central America’s adventure mecca. Dive into waterfall pools, zip line over jungle canopies, explore the Big Blue Hole and the Belize Barrier Reef. Set the tone for your vacation, customizing it to suit your interests and you’ll be convinced for yourself that Belize really is the best vacation destination on Earth!

Visit 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.

How to Find the Best Flight Options to Belize

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The Caribbean country of Belize is gaining a lot of attention to vacationers in the know — because while it offers lush vegetation and beautiful beaches all year long, it’s also surprisingly easy to get to. Travelers have plenty of options for direct flights into the country, and there are a number of options for getting where you need to go. Here’s everything you need to know before booking your flight.

When to Fly

No matter where you’re coming from, the availability of flights is going to depend on the time of year. Tourist season runs from November into April, and many airlines only offer flights during this period. You’ll find more direct flights from more cities during these months. On the contrary side, flying during the off season will typically allow you to get better deals on tickets, although you may have to work a little harder to find a flight that’s convenient to you.

Direct Flights From North America

All three North American countries offer direct flights into Belize, and chances are good that you can at least catch a connecting flight from any decently sized airport in North America. Here’s what you need to know about traveling in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

  • Alaska, United, American, and Delta airlines all provide direct flights in the United States throughout the entire year. Those who decide to travel during the peak season can also take advantage of flights from Southwest, Frontier, and Sun Country Airlines.
  • The only non-stop flights available out of Canada are offered by WestJet. Unfortunately, they only fly during the high season — so you’ll likely have to make a transfer in the U.S., Mexico, or Latin America from May to October.
  • Tropic Airline — an airline created explicitly for travel to and from Belize — provides direct flights from Cancun. They depart twice a day and are a sensible option if you need to schedule a connecting flight.

Flights From Europe

You won’t find any direct flights coming into Belize from Europe or the United Kingdom, but American Airlines offers a regular flight that leaves from Heathrow and stops at Miami. It’s the most convenient option that doesn’t require an overnight connection. Cancun is also a popular connection point.

Of course, once you land in Belize City, you’ll need to find somewhere to stay. Placencia Peninsula is regularly called “The Island You Can Walk To”, and it offers some of the most pristine beaches in the country. And if you want to make the most of your stay, book your trip at Chabil Mar. We’ll roll out the red carpet for you and your whole party.

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 +501-633-757.  

6 Belize History Facts You Need To Know

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When you visit a new place, it’s always fun and helpful to understand the history. Belize is a country with a rich history from the ancient Maya civilization to the arrival of European settlers. Let’s explore six important historical facts about Belize.

1. What’s In a Name?

The name Belize has two possible origins. One theory says it comes from the Mayan word for muddy water, which was belix. This is thought to refer to the Belize River. Another theory suggests it may have been the Spanish pronunciation of a pirate’s surname who made the first Belize settlement. That happened in 1638 and the man’s name was Peter Wallace.

2. Belize Settlers

The ancient Maya flourished in Belize between 1500 BC and 900 AD. European settlers began to move in around 1638 as privateers explored the area. The first group of European settlers were called the Baymen. They were shipwrecked British sailors who decided to settle in the area. They worked in cutting logwood and soon exported it to Europe. Spain and England fought over Belize several times during this period.

3. Battle at St. George’s Caye

In 1798 on September 10th, there was a historic battle between the Spanish troops and the British Baymen. This was part of the war between England and Spain at the time. The Baymen were outnumbered and the odds were strongly against them, but somehow they prevailed and defeated the Spanish troops. That allowed England to take more control of the settlement. Today, the battle continues to be celebrated in Belize as a national holiday.

4. History of Belize Industry

The Baymen left another legacy in the history of Belize’s logwood industry. Logwood was highly prized in Europe at the time. Eventually, logwood export was overtaken by mahogany, which was another highly prized tropical wood. By the early 1900s, Belize exports began to take the form of crops such as sugarcane, bananas and citrus. Today, Belize continues to export mahogany as well as the edible crops.

5. Colonization

The earliest colonizing settlement of Belize was located in the Bay Of Honduras. It was eventually called British Honduras in the early 1800s. It became a Crown Colony in 1871. The original capital of Belize was Belize City, but it was severely damaged by a hurricane in 1961. This caused concern in the government that a coastal location was too risky. The capital trappings were slowly moved over to Belmopan and that was declared the new capital. British Honduras was renamed to Belize in 1973.

6. Disputed Territory

The land of Belize has long been disputed territory with Guatemala. The other country has continued being contentious on land borders, and the dispute is technically unresolved. However, last year, both Belize and Guatemala voted to take the issue to the International Court of Justice to resolve it.

If you’re planning to visit Belize, consider staying at the Chabil Mar in Placencia. Our full-service luxury beach resort offers you the relaxing, tropical vacation you deserve.

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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