Aurelio Martinez Celebrates 30 Years of Music

Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Although Aurelio Martinez was born and raised in Honduras, he has become one of Belize’s lasting icons due to his iconic blending of traditional Garifuna music with more modern styles like rock, soul, blues, and New Orleans style jazz. On April 10, 2017, Martinez returned to the Bliss Stage in Belize City to celebrate the launch of his latest album with a live concert featuring a 15-piece band that included the Garifuna Collective.

Thirty years ago, Aurelio Martinez made his professional debut on an album that featured his signature style of blending traditional Garifuna music with modern genres. Martinez’s latest album called Darandi, which means 30 in Garifuna, contains 12 tracks, including a cover of the classic Paul Nabor song “Naguya Nei.” According to Martinez, Darandi represents the closing of one chapter of his musical life and celebrating his moving on towards new beginnings and experimentations with different musical styles.

The album Darandi was partly mixed in Belize in studios in Benque Biejo and Dangriga by Al Obando, a celebrated Belizean producer. According to Martinez, the album is a tribute to his close friend Andy Palacio, a native of Belize who recently passed away. Martinez met Palacio in Honduras and the two musicians collaborated on several projects. The album is also dedicated to Paul Nabor, whom Martinez has referred to as his musical “grandpa”, the Belizean musician who helped popularize Garifuna music worldwide.

Martinez has been a musical prodigy since childhood. At age 6, he fashioned his first guitar out of fishing line and driftwood. At age 15, Martinez received his first guitar, leading him to a lifetime of producing, writing, and performing music. Although he is primarily known for his singing, guitar playing, and percussion work, Martinez is also a skilled dancer, often performing traditional Garifuna steps during his musical performances.

Perhaps the most popular track on his latest album is Yalifu, the Garifuna word for pelican. Martinez has described how the lyrics “Pelican, lend me your wings so that I can fly,” refers to his childhood separation from his father when he was left behind in Honduras while his father went to work in the United States. Martinez has stated that he wants the song to represent bigger issues as well, dedicated to anyone separated from a loved one and longing to be reunited.

Chabil Mar

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize and is close to many Garifuna centers such as the town of Dangriga and the villages of Hopkins and Seine Bight where visitors can experience the rich musical heritage of the Garifuna people.

Is Belize Worth Visiting?

Posted on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Is Belize worth visiting? Ask anyone who has ever visited Belize, and they’ll give you a resounding yes! Whether you want to explore ancient Maya cities, snorkel and scuba dive on the gorgeous Belize Barrier Reef, relax to the gentle rhythms of Caribbean life, hike through unspoiled rainforests, canoe down jungle rivers, or eat fresh-caught seafood, then Belize is the place for you.

Just in case you’re not convinced, here are 10 great reasons to visit Belize:

Scuba Diving

In the 1970s, celebrated marine biologist Jacques Cousteau visited Belize and instantly fell in love with the diving opportunities here, naming the Belize Blue Hole (sometimes known as the Great Blue Hole) as one of his top 10 favorite diving spots in the world.

Maya Caves and Cities

Belize was the heartland of the ancient Maya civilization and is now home to more than 600 sites, including sacred caves and enormous pyramids that are still the largest manmade structures in the country.

The Belize Barrier Reef

The second-largest barrier reef after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to thousands of islands and atolls where you can sail, fish, scuba dive, snorkel, or simply enjoy a wonderful beachfront cookout.

Nature

More than half of Belize is a protected nature reserve, park, or animal reserve. Enjoy spotting rare avian species or some of Central America’s last remaining big cats as you travel through breathtakingly beautiful rainforests, jungles, wetlands, beaches, mountains, and rivers.

Hiking

Vast trackless wildernesses such as the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve give visitors a chance to reconnect with the great outdoors while admiring interesting wildlife species such as tapirs, giant iguanas, and monkeys.

Whale Sharks

There are no man-eating great white sharks in Belize, but you can enjoy the unforgettable experience of diving with whale sharks (the largest fish in the ocean) near Gladden Spit or schools of friendly nurse sharks in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Hospitality

The dress code is basic, clocks are rarely consulted, and an easygoing barefoot way of life is the norm in Belize, a country with locals that are world-renowned for their friendliness, amiability, and warm hospitality.

Waterfalls and River

Whether it’s admiring the stunning vista from the base of Thousand Foot Falls (the highest waterfall in Central America) or canoeing down pristine waterways like the Macal River, Belize is a land with wonderful nature areas to explore and photograph.

The Food

Enjoy Central American favorites like rice and beans, Mexican classics like escabeche, British standards like hot cross buns, spicy Caribbean dishes, unique Garifuna foods such as cassava bread, and, of course, lots and lots of delicious seafood.

Islands

Whether you want to play castaway for a day or simply admire an unforgettable sunrise over the Caribbean, Belize has hundreds of gorgeous tropical islands.

Chabil Mar

A multiple award-winning luxury resort located right on the Caribbean coast of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize, Chabil Mar  offers Belize jungle and sea vacations so that visitors can experience a truly un-Belize-able experience.

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 a Belize vacation.

 

The Cross County Cycling Classic Kicks Off This Saturday

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017

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This Saturday will see one of the most exciting and much-anticipating sporting events in Belize. Known as the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, this challenging 140-mile roundtrip bike race from Belize City to San Ignacio Town will feature more than 100 competitors from around the country and the world.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 will mark the 89th anniversary of the race which first began as a way to encourage Belizeans to attend more cricket matches. Due to uneven road conditions, the first roundtrip race between Belize City and San Ignacio Town was a punishing affair lasting more than 13 hours. In recent years the winners usually cross the finish line in less than six hours.

All cyclists will take off with the firing of the starting gun at 6:00 am on mile marker 1.5 on the George Price Highway but awards are given for four different categories of competitors: Masters (professional racers), women, men under 18, and men under age 23. Most competitors race individually but a separate category of award (called “Elite”) is given to the team that crosses the finish line with the best collective time.

Thousands of people will see the racers off at 6:00 am across from Leslie’s Imports in Belize City as well as cheer on the first finishers to arrive back in town at Memorial Park just before noon. The mid-point of the race is Queen Elizabeth Park in downtown San Ignacio, another popular location to witness all the action.

At the end of the race, there is an exciting awards ceremony followed by boisterous banquets and celebrations throughout the day for all of the competitors and their supporters. Falling halfway through the country’s four-day Easter celebration, the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is one of the most anticipated and popular sporting events of the year in Belize. Visitors and locals alike line the streets to cheer on and celebrate the thrilling excitement of watching top athletes to compete in this grueling 140-mile roundtrip race from Belize City in the east to San Ignacio Town in the western part of the country.

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Belize Destination Weddings – Our Experts Will Help You Plan

Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017

If you close your eyes and imagine the ultimate fantasy wedding in a Caribbean setting, you can practically feel the lovely sea breeze, hear the gentle crash of the sparkling blue waves, and see the pure white sand, tropical flower bouquets, and the face of your beloved beaming with love under a clear blue sky. If you’ve ever imagined getting married in such a place, then Chabil Mar is for you.

Quite simply, Chabil Mar is the ideal destination wedding resort in Belize. Whether you’re planning on an intimate elopement for just the two of you or a gorgeously chic wedding for your closest friends and family, Chabil Mar and its team of wedding professionals will make sure that your special day goes off perfectly. You and your guests will love staying in one of the luxurious villas, strolling through the tropical garden, swimming in the infinity pool, relaxing at the spa, and enjoying gourmet meals on the resort’s seafront piers.

Chabil Mar’s wedding planners have years of experience in arranging ceremonies customized precisely to each guest’s needs. Chabil Mar will assist you with every detail of your special event, including assistance with your marriage documents, filing fees, gourmet catering, floral arrangements, music, and officiants for the ceremony. Chabil Mar will work with you to ensure that your wedding is customized to your exact preferences, letting enjoy one of the most important moments of your life.

When you get married at Chabil Mar, you will be met at the Placencia Airstrip by your valet who will convey you to the resort. Your wedding planner will consult with you to arrange for the bridal bouquet, corsage, boutonnière, wedding cake, photographer, videographer, and other details according to your wishes. You and your spouse will enjoy a special candlelit dinner for just the two of you, and the resort can provide concierge, music, reception, and bar services for your wedding as needed.

After you’re married, you can enjoy a fabulous honeymoon in Belize. Chabil Mar is just a few minutes’ stroll down the beach from the idyllic fishing village of Placencia, famous for its eco-friendly “barefoot ready” environment. Chabil Mar is also the perfect place to head out for fun on the Belize Barrier Reef, a stretch of the Caribbean filled with coral reefs, sandy atolls, and beautiful islands surrounded by clear blue water teeming with colorful fish and marine fauna. The sandy white bottom and richly biodiversity make the reef the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.

And there’s much to see and do on the mainland as well, including boat safaris into the jungle, hiking in nature parks, exploring ancient Maya cities, visiting animal sanctuaries, picnicking at waterfalls, horseback riding in the rainforest, zip lining through the jungle canopy, and participating in the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing where you float down an underground river on an inner tube.

Your wedding is your special day, one that you will never forget. Begin the rest of your life in an unforgettably beautiful setting with a perfect destination wedding at Chabil Mar.

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on getting married in 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 wedding.

Best Spring Break Value Travel Destinations: Belize

Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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There is a lot more to Belize than beautiful beaches, perfect sunny weather, and many exciting attractions. Belize was the home of the ancient Mayan empire, and today the country has dozens of amazing Maya temples and pyramids to explore and climb. With a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and welcoming, English-speaking natives, Belize makes every visitor instantly feel right at home.

Spring breakers can snorkel the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, ride a zipline high up in the canopy of a tropical rainforest, or marvel at jaguars, monkeys, and manatees in their native habitat. More exotic and welcoming than the crowded resorts of Cancun or Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Belize is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for students, families and couples to enjoy their spring break.

Getting to Belize Is Now More Affordable Than Ever

southwest airlines to start flying to belizeIn 2015, Southwest Airlines entered the competitive US-Belize market, making airfare from the United States more affordable than ever. Flights from a variety of cities, including Atlanta, Houston, and Miami, arrive in Belize in just three or four hours. All international flights land in Belize City, located in the center of the country with easy access by ground, water or domestic air connection to any destination in Belize.

What You Can Do on Your Spring Break in Belize

  • Swim in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean
  • Soak in the rays on a pristine white beach
  • Dive or snorkel off the amazing Belize Barrier Reef
  • Relax in a hammock underneath palm trees
  • Savor delicious local cuisine, including seafood, Mexican, and Caribbean-themed dishes
  • Dance all night to the sounds of a local band
  • Spelunk the amazing ATM cave, once the home for sacred Mayan religious rites
  • Explore the ruins of a Mayan city
  • Go tubing down a jungle river, passing through a series of caves
  • Visit one of the wilderness refuges and spot rare birds or jaguars in their natural habitat
  • Paddle a kayak through one of the dozens of gorgeous islands
  • Go deep-sea fishing for big gamefish like marlin and swordfish
  • Enjoy a relaxing vacation at a luxurious tropical resort

Chabil Mar

Belize green globe certified resortsOne of the hotspots to visit is Placencia Village located in Southern Belize. With eighteen miles of pristine beaches and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, there’s plenty of room to gather, snorkel, canoe, scuba dive the great barrier reef, kayak, zip-line, and sunbathe. Hiking in the rainforests or deep-sea fishing is also readily available.

There are private  shuttles that can transfer you from Belize’s International Airport to Placencia Village, rental cars are available, or short flights via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air can connect you easily to the peninsula.

Chabil Mar is the place to stay in Placencia! Not only is it a luxury resort but also an award winning establishment with all the amenities of a five star resort. With its close proximity to the village of Placencia, it’s the perfect resort to stay for your spring break! If you were to ask anyone in the world where the best beaches in Belize are, they would tell you Placencia!

Chabil Mar offers an unbelievable variety of Jungle and Sea Belize Vacation packages so you’ll get the best of both worlds! Spend three or four nights inland enjoying adventures like the jaw-dropping ATM Cave, ancient Maya city of Caracol, canoeing in jungle rivers and hiking in rainforest trails.

Then spend the other three or four nights at the first-class resort of Chabil Mar where your package includes: a Monkey River tour,  snorkeling in the great Belize barrier reef, golf cart rental for two days, massage, and round trip transfers. You’ll also receive water, coffee, and soft drinks, along with all your meals. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Chabil Mar has two infinity pools with its own private pier?

Why not have a Belize spring break you’ll always remember? Belize luxury vacations are affordable and filled with fun for everyone! Why consider going to anywhere else but fabulous Belize?

For more information about visiting Belize and Chabil Mar, 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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