Suitcase Stories Recommends Placencia Belize

Posted on Saturday, September 6th, 2014

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Suitecase Stories is a luxury travel blog that provides travel tips, destination guides and stories for those who prefer the finer things in life. The blog also share tips for affordable luxury travel via house sitting to help long term travelers stay on the road longer.

The founders of the site Michael and Nicole were recently vacationing in Placencia Belize and wrote about their experience in a blog post entitled “Things to do in Placencia”.

They described the peninsula as follows:

Placencia to the south of the country is sited on the long ribbon of beaches which runs parallel to the mainland. It is a popular destination for visitors wanting to dive, fish and swim around the atolls and reefs teeming with some of the highest marine diversity in the world.

Getting to Placencia is a breeze with Maya Island Air.  Flights are available almost hourly from Belize International and it will take you around 30 minutes to get to the destination.  Mayan Island Air will save you time and money!

And of course they stayed at Chabil Mar and recommended our guest exclusive resort to their readers.

“The vibe is laid back, understated efficiency, with a knowledgeable concierge service who are able to arrange experiences tailored specifically to suit your interests. Each villa comes with a fully equipped kitchen but if you do not want to cook (and who can blame you) there are private chefs who will deliver a meal to your veranda dining table. The Cafe Mar has a beautifully delicious no fuss menu based on local cuisine, seafood and produce. They will even cook your daily catch for you,” they wrote about Chabil Mar.

Both Michael and Nicole also endorsed Laughing Bird Caye as a diving and kayaking destination.

Monkey River, Cockscomb Basin and Lubaantun were the other popular tours they recommended to travelers who vacation in Placencia.

You can read the article in its entirety here:

Belize’s Blue Hole Named Top Wonder in the World

Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014

great-blue-hole-belize has listed the great blue hole of Belize as one of the top wonders to explore in the world. The blue hole was among a collection of 19 other best underwater attractions in an article entitled “Top 20 wonders of the underwater world”.

“Charles Darwin described it as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies,” a statement that still rings true today. Forming part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, this underwater World Heritage Site is home to a cornucopia of marine life, including 500 species of fish and 106 species of coral. The jewel in its crown, though, is the Great Blue Hole, a large submarine sinkhole that attracts divers and snorkelers from around the world”, asserts the article which was published on the travel section of

See also: What It’s Really Like To Dive The Great Blue Hole

At Chabil Mar we offer a 4 to 7 night’s scuba diving package that entails diving the great blue says Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar, the guest exclusive resort of Placencia in Southern Belize. The package also includes diving Glovers Reef, the world renowned atoll as well as a plethora of jungle or maya ruins tours says France.

See also: 5 Beautiful Photos of the Great Blue Hole

Rated as one of the top attractions in Belize, the great blue hole is a stunning jewel set in a ring of corals that measures 1000 feet across and 412 feet deep. It is believed to be the world’s largest blue hole and it is a rich habitat for a variety of marine life like nurse sharks, reef sharks, black tip sharks and even giant groupers.

See also: Skydiving the Great Blue Hole of Belize

For more information about the traveling to Belize or diving the great blue, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager at: Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

September is a Celebration of Patriotism in Belize

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014


Belize celebrates two important events in September, St Georges Caye Day and Independence Day. St George’s Caye Day is celebrated on September 10 and commemorates the victory of the Baymen who won the battle that took place on September 10, 1798 between military forces from Mexico in an attempt to assert Spanish claims to present-day Belize.

On that day, the entire country dresses in patriotic colors of red, blue and white and in every corner of the country, you hear the lyrics of the patriotic song “The Tenth Day of September”.

st georges caye day photo by ambergris today

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The song and lyrics are below:

The tenth day of September
words by B. F. Abeling

It was the 10th day of September In ninety-eight Anno Domini
when our fore-fathers won the
glorious fight at Old St. George’s Caye

Then hail them – cheer them.
Let our grateful loyal hearts not fail them,
as we march and sing and shout in merry glee
The Battle of St. George’s Caye.
Hip! Hip! Hurrah. Hip! Hip! Hurrah.

You can hear the song below courtesy of Lord Rhaburn Combo & Calypso Rose:

This year also marks the 216th anniversary of the Battle of Saint George’s Caye Day.

The second most important event for the month of September in Belize is Independence Day. This year, Belize will celebrate its 33 anniversary of Independence from Great Britain and traditional events around the country include the Queen of the Bay Pageant, Carnival Parade, St. George’s Caye Day Citizens Parade, Expo, Official Independence Day Celebrations and live musical concerts.

The September Celebration theme is “Industrious Hands, Intelligent Minds, Together for Belize”.

According to the September Celebration’s Commission, the theme evokes a spirit of nationalism and a call to work for Belize and thus, the  Commission encourages and  invites  all  Belizeans: individuals, organizations, schools and businesses –to incorporate  the  theme  and  its   significance  into  their  preparations  and celebrations for the National Celebrations this year.

Listen to some instrumental Belize National Songs here:

If you will be visiting Belize in September, don’t miss the chance to celebrate these two important events!

For more information about the traveling to Belize or Placencia for the month of September, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager at: Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Belize to Hold Third Annual End of the World Marathon

Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2014


Placencia Belize, Larry Waight Reporting:

For many, the end of the 13th Baktun in the Maya Long Count Calendar, December 21, 2012, was a prediction of end times. Didn’t happen. To commemorate the event, the annual “End of the World Marathon” was organized in Belize, the heart of the Maya civilization.

This year’s marathon is scheduled for December 7 in picturesque Placencia, a town nestled up against the white powdery beaches and azure waters of the Caribbean Sea.

The event kicks off on Saturday, December 6, with registration and the traditional pre-race carb packing dinner. Sunday’s race events include a full marathon, half marathon, and two miles fun run.

The completely flat course is a loop along the Placencia peninsula, rapidly becoming one of the choice vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Runners will be alongside the sea at several points in the race.

See also:This Breathtaking Video By Discovery Channel Will Compel You To Visit Belize

All entrants who complete the course will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in both the men’s and women’s marathon, with special awards also given to the victor in age classes: under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.

At the conclusion of the marathon, an after party will keep winners and contestants reveling well into the wee hours.

Race registration is open until midnight EDT on October 15, 2014, and all registrants will receive a race tee, and have a chance to win prizes donated by local sponsors. Minimum age requirements are 18 for the full marathon, 16 for the half.

Race participants can plan to experience the wonders of Belize, arriving early or staying post race with an all inclusive race package from Chabil Mar Villas.

For water enthusiasts, Belize is home to the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef, a spectacular underwater environment for divers and snorkelers, and home to turtles, rays, nurse sharks, dolphins and moray eels. Playfully darting between the reef and onshore mango groves, communities of sea manatees inhabit the area from November to January.

See also: 9 Delightfully Geeky Facts About Placencia Belize

One of the top things to do on a Belize vacation is the very unique caving tubing. On inner tubes, you’ll float through the Maya underworld, viewing amazing stalactites and stalagmites, “curtains” made entirely of crystal, cave drawings, and even skeletal remains. Up on the surface, the Maya world offers many surviving structures to visit, including ceremonial centers, tombs, and a complete astronomical observatory. Seek answers on where the Mayans came from, and what happened to them.

The special package put together by Chabil Mar Villas includes everything race participants need or desire. It includes your round trip flights between the international airport at Belize City and Placencia, ground transfers, race registration, five nights in a luxury villa, five breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Your package includes a half day snorkeling trip and a choice of one of three specially designed land tours.

Chabil Mar is an exclusive, boutique resort, with just 19 villas and one honeymoon suite facing the Caribbean. Guests can expect to be pampered in luxurious accommodations at a resort full of amenities tailored to discriminating travelers.

Travel Channel Features Placencia as a Daily Escape

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Travel Channel, one of the most popular travel sites on the Internet is currently featuring Placencia as a travel escape on their website which reaches thousands of intrepid travelers every day.

“Today’s #DailyEscape is from Placencia, Belize. “ says the tweet which was tweeted at 8am today.

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“Made up of 2 deserted islands fringed by crystalline waters and covered in snow-white sand, the Silk Cayes are the preeminent spot to live out one’s deserted island fantasy. Located just 20 nautical miles from the bustling beach town of Placencia and nestled beside a barrier reef, it’s a popular spot for locals and savvy tourists who come here to free dive and snorkel while taking in the tropical aquatic life. Bring along some fish from the market and prepare to make friends; sunset island barbecues beneath coconut trees are becoming a nightly tradition,” reads the description of Silk Cayes on their website.

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Speaking about the recognition, Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar, the only guest exclusive resort in Placencia said that he was delighted to see a respected organization like Travel Channel feature Silk Cayes as a daily escape on their website.

“It definitely helps in promoting not only Placencia but the entire tourism industry of Belize,” he added.

For more information about the traveling to Belize or Placencia, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: or contact our Reservations Manager at: Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.