Reefs and Rainforests and Ruins, Oh My! See them all in 2016
To reach Belize, patronize any of the domestic airlines servicing Belize, including Southwest, American, United and Delta. Flights originate in so many North American cities, it can take just hours to get you to Belize. If you’re coming from outside the U.S., book on Taca Airlines, but if you don’t plan to visit until 2016, you’ll have one more choice: Copa Airlines begins scheduled runs to and from Belize in December 2015.
Belize Reef adventures
Are you eager to get some exercise while exploring areas around the Belize Barrier Reef? Rent a kayak on Laughing Bird Caye to explore everything from mangrove swamps to white beaches. If aquatics are more your style, snorkel the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to see an astonishing mix of marine life around the reef where you’ll as likely run into scientists studying indigenous marine life as sports enthusiasts.
Belize Rainforests extraordinaire
If you only have time to visit one rainforest, make it to Monkey River where you will find howler monkeys and gain access to the many sites and wonders found in Belize that allows you to pair two Rs on one excursion. Not every rainforest in Belize has such a variety of things to see and do, which is why putting yourself into the hands of tour specialists at Chabil Mar resort is such a great idea. Ask about our signature excursion packages like an exciting jungle trek.
If your Monkey River excursion whetted your appetite to explore ancient Maya ruins, then request information from Chabil Mar reservationists about Maya ceremonial centers, villages, temples and ball courts in Belize; our staff can even get you to nearby Guatemala to see Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Extend your adventure by visiting two destinations: Guatemala and Belize. This exciting seven night Belize & Guatemala vacation package is all inclusive, so all of the planning is done for you.
Need we mention Relaxation and Rest?
Your Chabil Mar hosts are experts at arranging all sorts of jungle, sea and combination excursions. Consider a customized pairing of scuba diving with fishing, a visit to Monkey River and Cockscomb Basin or mix and match land-based attractions with adventures at sea. Of course, you can do nothing at all if you wish! You’ll be coming to Belize at a fortuitous time in 2016 because the nation just received two international travel awards for 2015 that portend great things for the year ahead!
The groom wore a tangerine-colored shirt. The bride donned an elegant white wedding ensemble and carried a bouquet of tropical flowers that were almost as gorgeous as the day on which Bill and Tess married on the beach at Chabil Mar, Belize on September 26, 2015.
Not any resort would do for Tess and Bill. They spent lots of time surfing the net before they agreed, after seeing photos, that there was no more idyllic place on earth to marry than Chabil Mar–especially after learning that staff wedding specialists would pull out all stops for their big day.
“They did a great job with our wedding details and this turned out to be the perfect place, not just for the ceremony but for the honeymoon, too,” said Bill. “The Chabil Mar team made things easy for both of us by being professional, courteous and eager to make sure our wedding was unique. After all, like most couples, we had some special requests.”
Tess agrees. “Our wedding went off wonderfully. I don’t know which part of the day was the most memorable, so I would have to say all of it: decorations, flowers—especially our wedding dinner. And what would we have done without our gorgeous wedding photos? Chabil Mar took care of everything!”
If you took a helicopter ride over Belize’s lush mainland and cayes, you might notice what looks like Hawaiian hula skirts fanned out into circles on the ground below. Upon closer inspection, you’ll discover that those circles are actually skillfully-woven roofs made of palm fronds that are so tightly wrapped, layered and interfaced, rains can pour down but anyone standing beneath this umbrella of vegetation will stay dry.
These thick umbrellas—known as a palapas—are part of the beauty and history that is Belize, and if you’d like to see some of the most beautiful ones, visit Chabil Mar Resort, an award-winning all-inclusive resort located in Placencia where the art of the palapa has been taken to new heights.
At the end of the resort’s long pier stands a serene palapa that invites guests to relax and de-stress (see pic above). Not far away is Chabil Mar’s other palapa: it tops a gathering place considered the epicenter of Chabil Mar Resort’s social scene. Finding a seat at the Kaleidoscope Bar & Lounge (see pic below) isn’t easy as the night moves on and stars come out, so get out from under the bar’s palapa if you want to see them!
Why are palapas frequently a part of Belize’s landscape? Because they represent history and the clever use of natural resources, pairing tropical charm with practicality: Mayan settlers built thatch-roofed huts thousands of years ago for shelter and to this day, their ancestors still craft them. If you’d like to follow in their footsteps, our instructions can help. Chances are, you’ll finish faster than they did since you’ve probably got some nice tools!
1. Acquire five bamboo poles—four poles of equal height that are tall enough for people to stand under, and one that’s at least 12-inches longer for the center. Use a table saw to trim one or more to make lengths uniform.
2. Decide where to build your palapa. Dig a post hole in the center of that area. Next, dig four post holes at equal distances from the center pole and from each other. They should be at least 6- to 8-feet apart.
3. Follow package instructions to mix cement with water so it resembles thin pudding. Fill each post hole half-way with cement mix. Use a large funnel to direct the liquid cement into the holes.
4. Put one pole into each hole and then verify all heights to be certain they’re uniform; make adjustments before the cement sets if necessary. Fill each hole to the top with the remaining cement mix.
5. Craft makeshift supports of scrap wood to brace the poles. You can nail or screw one to the bamboo if necessary. Use mounds of earth to brace other scrap wood so poles don’t budge while the cement hardens. Wait at least 24-hours before removing supports.
6. Make a frame. Measure the distances between the outer four poles. Cut lumber to size and attach them to form a square. Next, measure the distance from the four outer poles to the center. Cut wood to size and attach with screws. When you look up at the finished frame, you should see spokes radiating to the center.
7. Cover the frame with pre-cut sections of plywood so there’s a solid base for attaching palm fronds.
8. Use an industrial stapler to attach palm fronds, starting at the outer edges and moving into the center by fastening layer upon layer of fronds. Work in a circle. As space decreases, you may have to cross, weave or prune fronds for a good fit. The overlap should be so solid, you can’t see an inch of frame or plywood.
9. Hold a palapa-warming party. Invite friends and neighbors over for tropical drinks beneath your work of art.
Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information about 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.
If you smiled when you read the headline, you may already know the answers. Placencia Belize is a hot spot for multiple reasons: you’ll find all the hot weather you desire when snow falls on your coat, affordability makes this a hot destination most of the year, and you won’t find more variety in the place that’s both a quaint village and a verdant peninsula. Need more convincing? Keep reading.
If you’re going to make the most of your vacation in Placencia, you require accommodations that will keep you close to everything this area has to offer, so choosing Chabil Mar Villas, as so many travel authorities recommend, gets your holiday off to the right start. Chabil Mar gives paradise a run for its money and since the name of this luxe resort means “Beautiful Sea,” the 400-feet of Caribbean beach, just steps away from your beautifully-appointed villa facing the sea, offers all of the privacy, amenities and service you desire.
Using your Chabil Mar quarters as a base, take time to explore the peninsula. This ecologically splended area is home to some of Mother Nature’s finest work, so both your eyes and your spirit will be treated to a bounty of wonder. Visit a virgin mangrove-lagoon that’s so ancient and unspoiled, even elusive, endangered Manatees visit. Close proximity to lush, fascinating jungles and rainforests make for exceptional inland adventures that don’t require endless travel time to reach them.
Since Placencia residents are serious about conservation, you benefit as a visitor. Everywhere you travel you’ll be charmed by birds, butterflies, iguanas, flowers, trees, plants and lush gardens. Reverence for the land is not new to Placencia residents; this peninsula’s history is thousands of years old. Mayans may have left their mark before vanishing, but by the 17th century, North Americans, followed by Spaniards, colonized Belize and the Spanish stuck around long enough to bestow the peninsula’s name: Placencia or Pleasant.
Perhaps because this area has been such a melting pot over time, Placencia has a proud history of welcoming people from all points on the compass, so when you visit, you’ll find an international mix of residents, ex-pats and tourists alike. Walk the streets of Placencia village and you’ll as likely run into Chinese immigrants as those whose native tongue is German or members of the region’s Garifuna society, yet everyone speaks English so you can converse with them all.
Getting to know the people of Placencia is a delightful experience, but the excursions, tours, activities and adventures in which you engage will remain forever in your memory. Chat with Chabil Mar Resort hosts and they will take care of booking details so you see and do everything you’ve dreamed about: snorkeling, diving, fishing, tours to see Belize’s Howler Monkey population, river and cave tours, sailing, river kayaking and the unforgettable Belize Barrier Reef that’s so close Placencia, can be geared up for your first dive into the Caribbean Sea in no time.
When you’ve had your fill of nature and history, stroll the village where you will encounter every sort of entertainment and service you require. From fine dining at Placencia bistros to street vendors offering tasty servings of rice and beans and stew chicken to tourists who don’t want to sit down long enough to eat because they’re too busy shopping, having fun and sending selfies back home—it won’t take long for you to discover why Placencia is the only place to visit in 2016.
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2015 World Travel Awards
The night proved to be a high-profile, red carpet affair as Bogota, Columbia welcomed travel dignitaries from around the globe to celebrate this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA). First-time winner Belize took not one but two top spots in the Mexico and Central America categories.
Ambergris Caye was named the Leading 2015 Destination and Placencia, the area’s Leading Beach Destination in 2015. For a young nation with a fledgling tourism industry, winning one award is big news–but two on the same night? Cause for celebration.
While Ambergris Caye, Placencia, Bladen Nature Reserve and the Belize Tourism Board all placed highly in other World Travel Award categories, the stars of the night were Ambergris Caye and Placencia, winning over 2,700 influential travel professional judges and getting the most number of votes in each category.
On hand to accept accolades was Mr. Einer Gomez, Vice Chairman of the Belize Tourism Board’s Board of Directors, and his wife. Gomez hadn’t expected to make an acceptance speech–but hoped he might–so being called to the podium twice before the travel industry’s most prominent movers and shakers proved a heady experience.
Graciously accepting the Placencia award, Gomez told attendees that this vibrant area is known as the “Barefoot Perfect” center of Belize. “We owe this honor to countless numbers of stakeholders who work tirelessly to make Placencia a friendly, safe and entertaining place to visit,” he told the crowd.
Contributing to this award are the resorts that make Placencia such a popular destination. Accommodations like Chabil Mar, a luxury resort that is no stranger to winning awards and earning traveler accolades, expects to see brisk traffic driven, in part, by Placencia’s newfound notoriety. Known for gorgeous suites, lavish amenities and one of the most accommodating staffs in Belize, Chabil Mar is typical of resorts that helped Placencia take the 2015 World Travel Award for top beach destination.
When Gomez heard the WTA awards night host announce that Ambergris Caye had taken the Leading Destination prize for 2015, he was almost speechless, but recovered his composure fast by thanking the people of Belize and tourism industry, each of whom stands committed to “day-in and-day-out to quality customer service.”
He concluded his remarks with this generous tribute to everyone within the Belize hospitality community: “Your hard work and dedication to sharing Belize with the world has clearly not gone unnoticed.”
What do these prestigious accolades mean for Belize tourism? Plenty. The World Travel Awards is one of the most influential international industry competitions on the planet and has been for 22 years. Awardees are cited for pushing the boundaries of excellence and going above and beyond what’s expected of them to stand out from other nominees.
Beating out other destinations shows that Belize is living up to its growing reputation for being the hottest emerging Caribbean destination in the hemisphere. Since both Placencia and Ambergris Caye were singled out for top prizes, tourism is likely to increase by leaps and bounds, reason enough to prompt the Belize Tourism Board to invest in a very large trophy case sooner, rather than later!
Visit our website www.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 your 2016 Belize vacation.