10 Exotic Dishes From Around Belize

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

1. Chimole or Black Dinner

Chirmole which is also know as “Black Dinner” is a tasty black colored soup with roots in Maya and Mestizo cultures and is enjoyed throughout Belize.  (Photo by www.belizenewspost.com)


2. Sere

The Sere is a fish soup that consists of plantains, cassava, coconut milk and fry fish.

belizean sere

3. Rice and Beans

The Belizean Rice and beans is considered a creole dish and has been described as the “staple of Belize cuisine”. (Photo by www.belizenewspost.com)


4. Tamales

Belizean tamales are are a traditional Maya and Mestizo food and unlike the typical Mexican tamale, Belizean tamales are not wrapped in corn husks but are instead wrapped in plantain leaves. (Photo by Wikipedia)

belizean tamales

5. Salbutes

Belizean salbutes  are deep fried and are topped with chopped cabbage, chicken, tomato, onion, (sometimes avocado), and Marie Sharp pepper. (Photo by Trip Advisor)

belizean salbutes

6.) Panades

Belizean panades are like empanadas which are filled with either fish  or red or black beans and is served with cabbage, onion and pepper salsa. ( Photo by: http://evetravels.wordpress.com/).

panades in belize

7.) Boil Up

Boil Up is a national dish in Belize and consists of boiled vegetables, egg, fish and bread dumpling (boiled dough). Hence its name. (Photo by Wikipedia).


8. Pibil

Pibil is a traditional Belizean cuisine of Maya origin. ( Photo  by http://www.kaanabelize.com)


9. Cow Foot Soup

Cow Foot Soup is made from cowfeet that is simmered and slow cooked to render a thick soup along with black pepper, cilantro, carrots, onions, okra, and potatoes and is served with either corn tortillas or white rice and can be accompanied with onion and habanero pepper sauce. ( Photo by Trip Advisor)

cow foot soup belize

10. Tamalitos or Ducunu

Tamalitos are tasty mini tamales that are made of corn and are a traditional Mestizo food.

belizean tamalitos

For more information about these Belizean cuisines,  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.



9 Delightfully Geeky Facts About Placencia Belize

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Placencia was settled by the English Puritans who were originally from Nova Scotia in the 17th Century; however the settlement died out during the Central American wars of independence in the 1820’s.


The closest village to Placencia is Seine Bight, a historic Garifuna settlement.

Fishing - Cap and Friend Belize Resort Chabil Mar

Placencia is a former fishing village.

Placencia beach with Chabil Mar Resort Belize

The Placencia Peninsula is sixteen miles long.


The name “Placencia” is actually a distortion of Punta Placentia, the name the Spaniards gave to the peninsula in the 1800′s.


The average temperature in sub-tropical Placencia is 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average humidity is 83%.

Placencia Village Ben Kim Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Placencia’s Main Street sidewalk has earned the distinction as the World’s Narrowest Street in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Barefoot Perfect Placencia Chabil Mar Belize Resort

At the tip of a 16–mile peninsula, sits the quaint seaside Village of Placencia -the only place on mainland Belize that offers unspoiled white sand beaches and which is locally known as “Barefoot Perfect.”

Tipsy Tuna Beach Bar Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Miles of natural sandy beach, a virgin mangrove–fringed lagoon, a wonderland of coral–studded cayes just off-shore, nearby jungle rivers (home to the howler monkey) and pristine rainforests, Garifuna, Creole and Maya cultures and ancient ruins, all within a short tour away, make Placencia Village the ideal location for the adventure traveler.

For more information about Placencia,  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.

The Best Diving in Belize

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

scuba diving in belize

A recent article on allatsea.net, a website that covers the marine industry in the Caribbean described Belize as a mecca for scuba diving because of its 190 mile long pristine barrier reef which extends from the northern tip of Ambergris Caye to the Sapodilla Cayes in Southern Belize.

“The country offers a range of diving from shore diving in shallow water to the plummeting depths of the famous blue hole. Barrier reefs found here offer superb diving for beginners including Hol Chan Marine Reserve Park located a few miles south of Ambergris Caye”, asserts the article.

Joe Zentner, the writer of the article divides Belize into three dive locations each with its own personality and types of diving:

1.)    Three outer atolls: Lighthouse reef, Turneffe Island, and Glover’s Reef

2.)    Ambergris Caye and the Northern Belize Barrier Reef; and the

3.)    The Southern Barrier Reef and Placencia. Divers can mix and match each of these destinations on a single trip.

At Chabil Mar, we have crafted a plethora of Belize Scuba Diving Packages that will unquestionably immerse divers to the most enchanting dive sites in Belize.

The scuba diving packages can be explored below:

Scuba Diving Vacations – Placencia Belize

About Chabil Mar Dive Services:
Chabil Mar is a full service guest exclusive resort in Placencia Village, with private concierge services. We have partnered with the award winning scuba diving centers of Placencia Village to provide you with a bountiful combination of luxury accommodations, resort amenities and dive services. Read More

Dive Belize Blue Hole – 4 to 7 nights Belize Vacation Packages

Where Belize’s “Barefoot Luxury”, “Barefoot Perfect” and “The Perfect Dive” come together. These 4 to 5 dive-site packages are your opportunity to experience land, sea and culture, Belizean style. Read More

Dive Placencia – 4 Night Belize Vacation Package

This dive package is designed for the diver who wants to explore the near southern Belize cayes, just offshore from the traditional fishing Village of Placencia. Includes two 3-tank and one 2-tank dives. Read More

Belize Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Vacations

The pristine waters off the coast of Southern Belize are home to some of the best diving in the world. Chabil Mar has partnered with the award winning scuba diving centers of Placencia and created a host of dive packages designed to take advantage of all that Belize has to offer. From beginner to expert or add land tours to your vacation. We are pleased to bring you award winning service, quality and guided tour specialization. Read More

Whale Shark Diving in Belize

Placencia, Belize Whale Shark Diving – An annual world renowned event! Package include 3 Whale Shark dives, 2 world–class reef dives along the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, and 7 nights at the luxurious Chabil Mar Resort. Custom scuba diving packages are out specialty. For groups or singles. Read More

Dive Belize – Turneffe Atoll and Southern Belize Dive Sites

With approximately 60 logged dive sites on the Turneffe Atoll alone, diversity and flexibility describe Turneffe Flats diving. Add the southern Belize dive sites, from Placencia and Chabil Mar, to your log. At last official count there are a minimum of 20 named dive sites in the southern waters of Belize, including Gladden Spit, home to the whale sharks, the Placencia inner reef and Glovers Reef Atoll. Read More

For more information about scuba diving in Belize or Placencia,  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.

Belize: “Un-Belize-able” Family Travel!

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Belize Family Vacations

The following is an excerpt from an article entitled “Belize: “Un-Belize-able” Family Travel” which was originally published on www.travelwithkids.tv, a website about traveling with kids. You can find the article in its entirety here.

Located on a long Peninsula about 2/3 of the way down the coast of Belize, Placencia is a small village filled with a fun vibe, lots of funky restaurants and shops and friendly people.  We stayed about 1/4 mile north of the village at Chabil Mar Villas, an elegant resort with a barefoot casualness about it.

The kids loved swimming in the pool and jumping off the dock into the ocean. We enjoyed the full-service…always with a friendly smile! We all enjoyed riding bikes and kayaks. Golf carts are the mode of transportation in Placencia (although there is a paved road and cars as well). For meals, we ate at the resort a couple of evenings – they do not have one restaurant, but instead will deliver your meal wherever you would like to enjoy it in the resort…a great concept for families!

Read also: Yahoo! Travel endorses Belize

We ate on our balcony and at dining tables on the beachfront, but you could also be served out on the pier or in the BBQ area. We also headed into town for some meals – highlights included stuffed jacks at De’Tatch, the fun atmosphere of the Pickled Parrot (uber-welcoming owners Eugene, Lynn and Tommy and a nearby playground made us all feel right at home), lobster cakes at The Secret Garden and burritos ($1.50) from a cart along the road.  After our time in the jungle hearing the grunting of the howler monkeys, the kids are keen to see some, so we head out with Monkey River Eco Tours, for a guided boat ride upriver.

After winding through the maze-like paths through the mangroves across the lagoon from Placencia, the guide tells us about his hometown, Monkey River, at the mouth of the river. Along the river, he points out iguanas, birds and a crocodile. Then he pulls over to a bank and off we hop for a short hike…and short it is! After about 10 feet of hiking, we find a troop of howler monkeys - including a couple of babies. They come down from the trees searching for food and get within 8 feet of us.

Watching the kids faces as they gaze in awe at the monkeys makes the trip! Their faces change – accompanied by “ewww” and laughing and shrieks – as the monkeys turn the tree we are standing under into a port-a-potty; an easy way to get the kids dashing back to the boat! While the kids have fun jumping off the pier and checking out the fish, we’re told the crystal clear waters the Caribbean is known for lie just off shore on the barrier reef (the second longest barrier reef in the world).

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So, we head out with Avadon Divers for a day of scuba diving on the reef. Out of the 13 people we are traveling with, only 3 of us (including Nathan, our 12 year-old boy) are certified. So, Avadon sends plenty of dive masters to support an enjoyable Discover Scuba Dive. They start out with a short class about diving – including essential skills you will have to perform in shallow water prior to diving. The first dive starts with each student performing skills like clearing their masks and retrieving a lost regulator. They we swim around checking out small coral heads. The second dive is off the boat where we spot huge coral formations, brain coral covered in Christmas tree worms, lots of fish, a shy lobster, an Eagle Ray and more. I’m busy counting kids (and adults) but enjoy watching them discover a whole new world!

For more information about traveling to Belize or Placencia with families, 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.

See also:

Family Vacations in Placencia Belize

Belize Vacation Packages & Specials

Placencia Belize


Photo of the day: Placencia Belize

Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2014


Today’s photo of the day is of Placencia which was recently described by GQ Magazine as “a quaint town that seems to have forgotten about mass tourism.”

Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet.

See also:

Belize Luxury Beach Resort

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All Inclusive Belize Honeymoon