The Must-Visit Caribbean Destination You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2017
In a recent article published by the trend-setting fashion and lifestyle magazine Vogue, the small nation of Belize in Central America was declared “the must-visit Caribbean destination you’ve never heard of.” Long overshadowed by better-hyped resorts and adventure vacation opportunities in Mexico and Costa Rica, Belize has recently emerged to become one of the hottest vacation destinations in the region.

The Vogue article highlighted the sleepy fishing village of Placencia located on the eponymous Placencia Peninsula on Belize’s southeastern Caribbean coast. With just 1,000 permanent residents, the village has slowly grown to become the eco-tourism hub of the country, mixing unspoiled nature, pristine beaches, and an eclectic collection of bars, spas, dive shops, and cafes to offer visitors a chance to experience Belize at its finest. Placencia has multiple daily air connections to Belize City and other prominent destinations in the country. Placencia can also be reached overland, approximately a three-hour drive from the international airport in Belize City.

“We are proud of everything that the Placencia Peninsula has done lately, especially its ability to draw increasing numbers of visitors to the unspoiled natural environment and ‘barefoot friendly’ Caribbean lifestyle that makes Placencia so special,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “We were happy to read the glowing praise found in the recent article in Vogue and look forward to welcoming Vogue readers to the relaxed rhythms and natural beauty of Placencia.”

Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located on the beautiful Caribbean shore of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. An oasis of comfort and beauty, Chabil Mar features elegantly appointed villas, a seafront pier, bar, tropical garden, and gourmet restaurant just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village. Guests of Chabil Mar enjoy the free use of bicycles, high-speed wireless internet, and kayaks. Chabil Mar also organizes tours to all of the top attractions in the country, including the nearby sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling paradise that is the Belize Barrier Reef.

Founded in 1892 as a weekly newspaper, Vogue has since emerged to become one of the most famous and respected fashion and lifestyle magazines in the world. With 21 different international editions and monthly circulation figures of over 1 million just for the U.S. edition alone, Vogue and its long-time editor-in-chief Anna Wintour continue to set the standards for glamor, beauty, fashion, and a global perspective on the best travel destinations in the world.

Visit our website 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.

Belize in April

Posted on Saturday, February 4th, 2017

With top airlines like Delta, United, Southwest, WestJet, and American offering non-stop flights to Belize, enjoying a wonderful April vacation is now easier and more affordable than ever. April in Belize is the perfect time to enjoy the country’s gorgeous sunshine, warm Caribbean waters, and pristine rainforests and jungles teeming with tropical birds and exotic wildlife.

Things to Do and See in Belize in April

With refreshing breezes and plenty of sunshine, Belize in April is a great time to explore nature and enjoy some of the many wonderful attractions in the country.


Belize is a deeply religious country, and the biggest faith-based holiday in the country is Easter, a time for families to come together, share food, and enjoy the great outdoors. This year, Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 16, 2017.

Easter in Belize always includes the preceding Friday (Good Friday) as well as the following day (Easter Monday), making it the only four-day holiday on the yearly calendar.

The Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic

In 2017, the Cycling Classic will take place on April 15, 2017, one of the country’s premier bicycle races. The oldest sporting event in the country’s history, the Cycling Classic has been pitting elite racers from Belize and around the world as they race from Belize City to San Ignacio/Santa Elena and then back again since 1928.

Dive With Whale Sharks

The largest fish species in the world’s oceans, whale sharks spend the year circumnavigating the globe in search of juvenile fish and spawn on which to feed. Every year in April, these magnificent creatures make their ways to the waters offshore of Belize, rising with the full moon to feed. Interacting with these gentle giants is a truly special diving experience.

Visit Placencia

Far from the tourist throngs in places like Ambergris Caye, the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize are home to the country’s burgeoning ecotourism industry. Whether you want to gaze at the sun dappling off of the waves from a beachside bar or head offshore to enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, diving, and sailing, Placencia has successfully managed to preserve its idyllic “barefoot” charm.

Placencia is also conveniently close to some of the top mainland attractions, including bird watching, hiking through the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, and exploring ancient Maya ruins like Xunantunich and Cahal Pech.

Chabil Mar

A multiple award-winning resort located just minutes from Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is an oasis of tranquility and luxury that welcomes guests with well-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant where diners can enjoy their meals al fresco on a private pier.

Chabil Mar is the perfect resort to celebrate Easter, cheer on the racers of the Cycling Classic, and head out to nearby Gladden Spit to go diving with whale sharks.

Visit our website 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 in April.



Luxury Latin America Magazine Recommends Chabil Mar

Posted on Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Luxury Latin America, the market leader in providing unbiased reviews of luxury hotel properties in Mexico, Central America, and South America has published an article highlighting the world-class services and facilities of the Chabil Mar Resort in Placencia, Belize.

Luxury Latin America noted the recent upgrades on the Chabil Mar property, including their brand-new 2,000-square-foot luxury villa. The article also commented on the growing popularity of the Placencia Peninsula, noting that Chabil Mar, with a private pier and luxury villas just steps from the beach, continues to lead the way. The article also highlighted the harmonious blend of luxury facilities like zoned air conditioning, high-speed WiFi, and modern kitchens with the lovely Belizean influenced architecture, ambience and furnishings made from locally sourced wood.

Luxury Latin America’s article goes on to note the wide range of complimentary services provided to guests of Chabil Mar, including secure parking and golf cart rentals for exploring the nearby village. The article highlighted the resort’s full-service restaurant, attractive bar, and professional staff that arrange custom tours and vacation packages, concluding by recommending Chabil Mar as an ideal destination both for couples on their honeymoon and families on vacation.

“We are very honored to have been featured by Luxury Latin America,” said Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar. “They are a highly respected publication trusted by elite travelers because of their strict policy of writing only unbiased reviews of hotel properties. We warmly welcome their readers to Chabil Mar and look forward to delivering our world-class customer service and providing tailored vacation packages and tour bookings for these elite guests.”

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize featuring luxury villas on a property that includes a seafront pier, swimming pool, restaurant, tropical garden, bar, and spa. Chabil Mar was awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award for ten consecutive years, including 2017, and has been featured in premier publications like Destination Travel Magazine, FWT (Food, Wine, and Travel), GQ and Jetsetter.

Luxury Latin America does not receive remuneration for its reviews, and all content is generated from authentic experiences.

Visit our website for more information about Chabil Mar, 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.

Choose Belize For The Best Family Adventure Trip

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017

Located in Central America between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala, Belize is a wonderland of golden beaches, tropical offshore islands, misty mountains, savannas, pristine rainforests, and jungles teeming with exotic wildlife. The only English-speaking country in the region, Belize is a popular family destination thanks to its warm weather, excellent food, relaxed atmosphere, and fun educational adventures like exploring sacred caves and climbing ancient Maya pyramids and temples.

One of the best ways to enjoy a wonderful family vacation in Belize is by choosing Chabil Mar’s Belize all-inclusive jungle and sea vacation package.

Families can enjoy 3-4 nights at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge located deep in the jungle of western Belize while participating in their choice of three signature tours. The package also includes one nighttime safari into the jungle or an early morning bird watching tour, ground transportation, meals, and drinks.

The beach part of the vacation package includes 3-4 nights in a luxury villa at the Chabil Mar resort, free use of golf carts, bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boards, and access to the infinity pools. The package also includes one full day of snorkeling and your choice of a trip to the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve or a boat safari on the Monkey River.


The above video is of a family who recently visited Belize with Chabil Mar’s jungle and sea vacation package

This excellent jungle and sea family vacation package includes ground shuttle service from the Belize City International Airport and return domestic flight from Placencia to the Belize City Airport.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. The resort features lavishly appointed villas just steps from the beach. The resort has its own gourmet restaurant serving up three courses of mouthwatering Belizean and international fare, and guests can enjoy outdoor dining at the resort’s beachfront pier.

Traveling with the entire family for a vacation has a number of proven benefits. Beyond the immediate rewards of having fun together, the entire process of planning and participating in a group vacation has long-lasting benefits. By watching videos and researching where you’ll go, children can learn valuable organization and planning skills, plus they’ll be ready and primed to enjoy the vacation as soon as you arrive.

And, in this modern world where we’re often extremely busy or spend long hours staring at screen, a family vacation to Belize is a great way to break away from the normal stresses of life and enjoy healthy group activities outdoors where there is plenty of sunshine and fresh air. Seeing and interacting with wildlife in Belize is a fantastic experience for children, and exploring ancient Maya sites is a great way to become more well-rounded and cultured.

Visit our website 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 a Belize vacation.


Belize in February

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Belize in February

With long days filled with golden sunshine and plenty to do and see, it’s no surprise that Belize is becoming a popular destination to visit in February. Capitalizing on that trend, Belize has been garnering strong praise from leading publications recently, including the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, MSN Travel, and Lonely Planet, all of which recommended Belize as a top tourist destination in 2017. Combined with recent announcements from Southwest about new air routes to Belize, it is now easier and more affordable than ever to enjoy a vacation in Belize.

Events and Festivals in February

It may not be an official holiday on the calendar, but Valentine’s Day (February 14) is widely celebrated throughout the country.

Definitely don’t miss the San Pedro Carnival. The colorful island town goes to great lengths every year to top itself with concerts, dancing, parades, and food festivals during the week before Lent.

The title holder of the world’s smallest main street, Placencia uses its iconic four-foot-wide “main street” to host the Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival every year. Artists from around the country will be on hand to demonstrate their wares, including paintings, handmade furniture, sculpture, clothing, and photographs. Enjoy a smorgasbord of food while dancing to live music.

Things to Do and See in Belize in February

There are plenty of interesting things to do in Belize during the month of February, including:

  1. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a candlelit dinner under the stars.
  2. Tour ancient Maya ruins like Cahal Pech and Xunantunich.
  3. Let your freak flag fly and participate in Carnaval.
  4. Explore the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave in Cayo District where Maya priests once conducted human sacrifices.
  5. Cross into Guatemala and witness the majesty of Tikal.
  6. Go bird watching or wilderness spotting.
  7. Renew your wedding vows on the beach.
  8. Get married in a breathtakingly beautiful location.
  9. Enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, or sailing on the Belize Barrier Reef.
  10. Enjoy an intimate and romantic honeymoon.

Belize Weather in February

Tourism numbers are usually very high in February due to the sunny days and balmy temperatures that are typical for Belize during this month. Expect highs of 80F (27C) and nights that rarely drop below 70F (21C).

Where to Stay in Belize in February

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula. The resort offers visitors  beautiful villas set in a lovely tropical oasis, the perfect winter getaway or place to enjoy a romantic vacation on Valentine’s Day.

Visit our website 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 a Belize vacation.