8 Reasons Why Half Moon Caye is an Amazing Caye in Belize

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Half Moon Caye Chabil Mar - Belize Resort

Photograph by by Marius Jovaiša, author of Heavenly Belize

Half Moon Caye is located at the southwest corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll and just this week was selected as a top dive site by Jacksonville Business Journal, a popular business website in the United States.

Kristina Fazzalro, the writer who put together the article entitled “10 Best Dive Sites in North America” described the Caye as follows: Half Moon Caye in Belize offers divers the chance to go on a wall dive–a dive in which the vertical facades of the earth’s landmasses are explored. The depths at Half Moon Caye (and really at any wall dive) are tremendous, giving you the very correct feeling that you are staring into an abyss. The waters at Half Moon Caye are particularly clear, despite the depth, so you will be able to see all manner of wildlife, including loggerhead turtles, rays, barracuda, and eels.

See also: Atoll & Mainland Belize Vacations

Weather permitting, our dive package can include a trip to Lighthouse to dive the Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and Long Caye

Of course we agree with Fazzalro’s description on Half Moon Caye and we also have 8 great reasons why we believe this beautiful gem is an amazing Caye in the country. Here are our 8 reasons:

REASON # 1 the fact that the water in Half Moon Caye is ridiculously crystal clear

REASON#2 the fact that the area is diversely populated with abundant marine life like groupers, snappers, hogfish, stingrays, and sand eels and all of these beautiful and colorful creatures are protected under Belize Law

REASON#3 the fact that the spectacular coral growth makes it the ultimate destination for snorkeling and diving in Belize

See also: 5 Ways to get Seduced by Belize

REASON#4 the fact that Half Moon Caye is a historical national park and protected area

REASON#5 the fact that the Caye supports the only viable breeding for the Red-footed Booby colony in the western Caribbean.

REASON#6 the fact that the Island Leaf-toed Gecko, also known as the Belize Atoll Gecko, is endemic to Belize, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world.

REASON#7 the fact that its beaches are clean and gorgeous

See also: Belize Manatees

REASON#8 the fact that it is crescent- shaped and is divided into two ecosystems: on the western side it has dense vegetation with rich fertile soil and on the eastern section it sustains coconut palms and other vegetation.

For more information about Half Moon Caye or 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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Placencia in Belize Has the World’s Narrowest Street

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014

Placencia Sidewalk Chabil Mar Belize ResortDid you know that Placencia has the world’s narrowest street?

The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the “Placencia Sidewalk” which was constructed over 30 years ago as a means of wheel barrowing fish without fighting through the sand as the narrowest street in the world.

The street which runs to the center of the village is lined with homes, coffee shops, hotels, guest houses and restaurants.

For those who do not know, Placencia Village sits at the tip of a 16–mile peninsula in Southern Belize and is the onlySigns of Placencia Village Chabil Mar Belize Resort place on mainland Belize that offers unspoiled white sand beaches. The village is also known locally as “Barefoot Perfect.”

Miles of natural sandy beach, a virgin mangrove–fringed lagoon, a wonderland of coral–studded cayes just off-shore, nearby jungle rivers (home to the howler monkey) and pristine rainforests, Garifuna, Creole and Maya cultures and ancient ruins, all within a short tour away, make Placencia the ideal destination for the intrepid traveler.

For more information about Placencia or Belize, you can 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.

 

Barefoot Perfect Placencia Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Five Hottest Best Things to Do in Belize for Easter

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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 Grand 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.
Next month will be the 86th anniversary of the race and it will be fun and exciting to watch it in San Ignacio Town.
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.

5 Ways to Get Seduced by Belize

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

island-beach-630x392Parm Parmer, a freeland travel and food writer for Travel + Escape (T+E), Canada’s largest travel website recently published an article entitled “5 ways to get seduced by Belize” on T+E website.

Belize-musicians-630x420We do agree with Parm that once you visit Belize you will not want to go back home because Belize is truly a blissful paradise. With the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere that is ideal for snorkeling and diving, unspoiled rainforest for mountain biking or horseback riding, friendly people to have stimulating conversations, and delicious food from eclectic ethnic groups who would want to leave?

It was Parm’s third trip to Belize and it looks like she is now addicted to BELIZE.

She writes:

This former British colony bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south may be a small country, but it has a diverse geography that includes the second largest barrier reef, a tropical rainforest that’s home to hundreds of species, ancient Maya ruins, miles of white sand beaches and hundreds of islands. How could one not fall in love with the intoxicating beauty of this country?”

Belize-market-630x431Belize is so diverse in its ethnic and cultural backgrounds due to its multi-cultural ethnic groups – Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole, Mennonite, East Indian and Chinese, she remarks.

She then goes to describe the Belize Barrier Reef as one of the world’s most famed sites for snorkeling and diving.

Read more about how to get seduced by Belize here: http://www.travelandescape.ca/2014/03/5-ways-get-seduced-belize/

All photos by Parm Parmer – Twitter @parmiep

 

The Magnificent Belize Manatees

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

ManateeManatees are lovable and gentle water creatures that spend their entire lives in the water. According to researchers, manatees can have a life span of up to 60 years and are found habitually in warm shallow waters. They only eat plants making them herbivores.

Belize has the region’s largest concentration of manatees by the count of the United Nations Environment Programme due to the fact that our country has the largest coral reef in the western hemisphere and extensive mangrove swamps. In addition, Belize’s network of rivers and lagoons which is protected in part by the reef provides fertile feeding grounds and shelter for these amazing mammals.

See also: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife and Jaguar Preserve

Manatees can be spotted along Belize’s entire coast line and can weigh as much as 1000 pounds. According to a UNEP report, manatees in Belize number fewer than 1000 but the population’s birth rate and cub survival rate is moderately stable and analogous to the population of Florida’s Crystal River area.

There are three protected manatee areas in Belize: The Northern Lagoon/Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary near Belize’s border with Mexico, the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sactuary which is a few miles from Belize City and Gales Point Manatee Wildlife Sanctuary in the Southern Lagoon area.

Many of our guests have spotted manatees on their way to Monkey River Village for the Howler Monkey Tour which remains one of the top tours to do from Placencia. On this tour, you will not only see manatees but also a variety of exotic birds, crocodiles and howler monkeys in their natural tropical environment.

Contact our Reservations Manager to explore your Placencia, Belize Vacation.

Photo by Brigid Gallagher