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National Geographic Recommends Visiting Belize in 2018

Recently, National Geographic published an article entitled “Best Winter Trips 2018” that included Belize. The article referenced the fact that Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Americas and the famous Great Blue Hole that ranked as legendary French marine biologist Jacque Cousteau’s top 10 favorite dive sites in the world.

Indeed, the National Geographic article described Belize as a “diver’s paradise.” Belize was also highlighted as being a country where English is the official language, making it easy to get around and interact with locals. Other highlights in Belize featured by National Geographic included ancient Maya sites on the mainland.

“National Geographic is right. Winter is the perfect time to visit Belize because that word doesn’t mean anything here,” said Larry France, marketing manager at Chabil Mar. “During the cold winter months in North America, Belize enjoys warm weather and clear, blue skies, making it the perfect time to dive, snorkel, or explore the mainland.”

The best place to enjoy all the fishing, diving, snorkeling, and other activities on the reef as well as explore ancient Maya ruins and other attractions on the mainland is the Placencia Peninsula. Located on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize, Placencia is often described as the “island you can walk to” due to its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere.

Placencia is the main gateway to the vast Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site composed of hundreds of gorgeous islands and coral atolls. All the top sites on the reef, including the famous Great Blue Hole, are easily reachable from Placencia.

Placencia is just a three-hour drive from the international airport and can easily be reached by the beautiful Hummingbird Highway or a quick, 15-minute domestic flight. Placencia measures approximately 16 miles north to south but is just half a mile wide, its western shore a large, mangrove-lined lagoon teeming with wildlife and birds and the Caribbean Sea as its eastern shore.

Placencia is also close to all of the top attractions on the mainland, including visiting ancient Maya sites, zip lining through the jungle canopy, exploring sacred sites like ATM Cave, horseback riding, bird watching, cave tubing (using an inner tube to float down underground rivers), rappelling, canoeing, boat safaris on the Monkey River and hiking through the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, home to the world’s only full-time jaguar conservation program.

The award-winning resort of  Chabil Mar offering outstanding accommodations just minutes away from all the action in Placencia Village in southeastern Belize. With gorgeous views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, each villa is a richly-appointed two-room suite combining traditional Belizean decor with modern luxury.

For more information about visiting Belize or Placencia, 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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