7 Breathtaking Places in Belize You Need to Visit

Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014

If you are looking to escape to a private island then go to Laughing Bird Caye

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If you are looking to immerse yourself in nature then check out Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

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If you are a cave enthusiast, then go explore Actun Tunichil Muknal, one of the most popular Maya caves on the planet

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If you are into street foot, then check out Brenda’s Food Shack in Placencia Belize

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If you want to see a howler monkey in the wild, then go on the Monkey River Tour. Chabil Mar Concierge can book that tour for you!

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If you want to go on an amazing scuba diving expedition, then go dive the great blue hole – one of the largest sink holes in the world. I am not kidding!

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If you are in western Belize, check out Xunantunich Maya Site – one of the most visited Maya ruins in Belize. You won’t be disappointed!

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Chabil Mar Welcomes New US Ambassador to Belize

Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014

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The Management and Staff of Chabil Mar Resort is pleased to welcome the new United States Ambassador, his Excellency Carlos Moreno to Belize.

Prior to becoming appointed US Ambassador to Belize by President Barack Obama, Moreno served more than 20 years on both the federal and state benches in California leaving a “legacy of decency” in the words of the California Bar Journal (CBJ). According to the CBJ, Moreno is a well accomplished jurist who also authored some of California’s key gay rights opinions and helped spark recent changes in the foster care system.

While he is a native Spanish speaker he may not need his mother tongue on the job, as Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.

The new ambassador arrived on June 21 to Belize and succeeds Vinai Thummalapally.

On behalf of Chabil Mar Management and Staff, we want to welcome his Excellency Carlos Moreno to Belize and we would also like to take this opportunity to invite him to visit us in Placencia.

12 Images That Prove Chabil Mar is a Beautiful Belize Resort

Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014

This year Chabil Mar was recognized by Fodor’s as one of the best resorts in Southern Belize and they also won the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice award which honors hospitality excellence, and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on Trip Advisor.

For those who do not know, Chabil Mar is located along the 26-mile-long beautiful Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize and sits between an indigenous Garinagu settlement and the former Creole fishing village of Placencia.

In this blog post, we are delighted to share with you 12 images that showcase the beauty of Chabil Mar.

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For more information about Chabil Mar or traveling to Placencia 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.

8 Hidden Gems around Belize You Need to Visit

Posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2014

In almost every corner you visit in Belize, you will encounter something beautiful – a Maya site, a diverse culture, a pristine nature reserve. The charming beauty of Belize is one of a kind and will certainly entice you to become one with Belize as the Belize Tourism Board alludes.

Below, we share with you 8 hidden gems that in our opinion are top attractions in the country that you must explore on a Belize vacation.

Xunantunich

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Xunantunich is the most visited Maya sites in the Cayo District and is located atop a ridge above the Mopan River in the quaint village of San Jose Succotz in western Belize. The site served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the late terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region and Xunantunich’s name means “stone woman” in the Maya language.

“El Castillo”, the largest pyramid offers an impressive and panoramic view of the area.

Monkey River

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The Village of Monkey River is habitat to a plethora of flora and fauna and as a result it has been rated as one of the top destinations to visit in Southern Belize. Tropical birds, butterflies, crocodiles, iguanas, and of course howler monkeys are just a few of the wildlife that you will find encounter in this hidden gem.

Laughing Bird Caye

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Laughing Bird Caye is an elegant and stunning Belizean Isle that is located 11 miles from Placencia Village and serves as an ideal destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. In fact, many travelers who vacation in Placencia visit this gorgeous piece of paradise for a full day of diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and even picnicking.

Laughing Bird Caye got its name from the Laughing Gulls – the birds that once used to breed on the Caye, however due to a growing human presence, the colonies moved to a nearby undisturbed Caye for breeding. Presently, the Island is home to a number of exotic birds like the brown pelican, green heron, and melodious blackbird.

Placencia

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Over the years, Placencia has been recognized as one of the best beach destinations not only in Belize but in the Caribbean, and this exquisite hidden gem can serve as a base to a potpourri of adventures like snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, hiking, and even exploring ancient Maya cities.

See also: Belize Family Vacation Package

ChabilMar, a guest exclusive resort is located right on the beach and their professional staff can assist you in arranging tours to the natural attractions in Placencia and surrounding areas.

 Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Cockscomb Basin is recognized globally as the world’s first jaguar preserve and this hidden gem has been voted by travelers as a must see nature reserve in Belize.

See also: 13 Photos That Will Make You Want to Vacation in Belize

Cascading waterfalls, panoramic mountain views, nature trails, furry mammals, colorful insects, scaly reptiles and a variety of tropical birds are just a few of the things you will see at this sanctuary. Cockscomb Basin is also home to one of Belize’s highest points — Victoria Peak.

Half Moon Caye in Belize

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Another hidden gem in Belize that a lot of travelers do not know about is Half Moon Caye. This incredible caye 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 divers the very correct feeling that you are staring into an abyss.

The waters of this beautiful gem are particularly clear, despite the depth, so you will be able to see all manner of wildlife, including loggerhead turtles, rays, barracuda, and eels.

Great Blue Hole

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The world famous Blue Hole is an incomparable natural wonder in Belize. It is located at the center of Lighthouse Reef and measures 1000 feet across and 412 feet deep. Giant stalactites, dripstone sheets and columns, and colorful marine life are the enchanting geological wonders that will fascinate you if you decide to dive this gem in Belize.

See also: Dive Blue Hole Belize Vacation Packages

It is interesting to note that Jacques-Yves Coustea, the popular ocean explorer revealed the secrets of the Blue Hole to millions of viewers in 1971 through the television serious The Undersea World of Jacques-Yves Coustea.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

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Actun Tunichil Muknal or the ATM Cave as it is locally known is one of the most breathtaking caving experiences you will have in Belize. The cave is located in the karstic limestone terrain of Roaring Creek Valley in the Cayo District and is approximately 5 km long and contains a perennial stream that runs through it including a ledge with two stelae and a large chamber full of intact human remains and Maya pots.

See also: Belize Beach and Jungle Vacations

Jaime Awe, Director of Archeology asserts that Actun Tunichil Muknal was a sacred place to the Maya who utilized the cave during the classic period AD 250-909.

For more information about traveling to 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.

5 Must-Watch Web Videos on Belize

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The Caribbean Tourism Organization just ranked Belize as the second fastest growing Caribbean destination thanks to Belize’s natural beauty, enigmatic Maya history and rich exotic flora and fauna.

Belize remains one of the last unspoiled jewels in Central America and the Caribbean and as you will see in these videos, vacationing in Belize will certainly change your life forever.

For more information about Belize or Belize vacation packages, 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.