Start Your Adventure: Your Perfect Summer in Belize

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Scenes 2nd Floor Seaview Chabil Mar Belize ResortSummer officially begins on May 1 in the lovely Central American nation of Belize. Whether you’re interested in exploring the jungle ruins of the Maya or enjoying swimming, snorkeling and diving in the warm waters of the Caribbean, Belize has it all. With a friendly, English-speaking population and warm sunny days, Belize is the perfect place to spend your summer vacation.

Chabil Mar

A beach lounge awaits you at Chabil Mar, the Guest Exclusive Luxury Resort of the Placencia Peninsula.

Located just a short walk down the beach from the picturesque Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is the ideal place to relax and unwind on your vacation to Belize. For nine consecutive years, Chabil Mar has been awarded with the Travelers Award for the Best of Belize and Central America. Chabil Mar offers al fresco dining throughout, giving diners an unforgettable experience as they savor gourmet food in full view of the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

The Best Food Anywhere in Belize

Rated by Fodor as the “Choice for Luxury” in Southern Belize, Chabil Mar features a team of top-quality chefs. With a wide variety of fresh-caught seafood, local delicacies, and gourmet fare, Chabil Mar serves up some of the most delicious food found anywhere in the country.

Belize Adventures

Imagine the perfect day in Belize…

  • Snorkeling in the pristine waters of the Caribbean…
  • Diving the great Belize Barrier Reef…
  • Sailing the turquoise seas…
  • Enjoying a sunset cruise…
  • Savoring a cocktail on the beach…
  • Spending the day exploring the pristine jungle…
  • Relaxing in a hammock underneath the shade of a palm tree…
  • Fishing for snapper, grouper, and many other gamefish…
  • Enjoying your fresh-caught fish prepared by one of our chefs…
  • Climbing to the top of an ancient Mayan pyramid…
  • Spending happy hour out on the lagoon…
  • Strolling down the beach to enjoy lunch at Placencia Village…

…and so much more!

Book Early and Save

Summer rates run from May 1 to December 15. Book early and save.

A few winter dates are still available. Act now to get the best accommodations anywhere in Belize.

Contact Us Today

To take advantage of these special rates while they’re still available, contact us today.

Toll Free US/CAN Telephone: 1-866-417-2377
Local Telephone: 011-501-523-3606

Chabil Mar features an on-site concierge with a full range of services, as well as a wedding and honeymoon planner for couples wanting to experience the ultimate romantic vacation in a tropical paradise.

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Placencia Lobsterfest

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016

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

10 Reasons Why You Should Have A Winter Holiday In Belize

Posted on Sunday, January 17th, 2016

A quiet, easygoing nation located in the heart of Central America, Belize is fast becoming one of the top destinations for people wanting to escape the cold and misery of winter. The weather in Belize is always pleasant and warm all-year round and the country features a uniquely harmonious mix of different cultures. Friendly, English-speaking natives will make you feel right at home as you explore some of the many amazing attractions that Belize has to offer.

Below are 10 reasons why you should pack your bags right now and have a winter holiday in Belize:

1 – Maya Ruins


Belize was once the heart of the ancient Mayan Empire. Today, dozens of Mayan cities can be explored throughout the country, featuring a rich mix of towering temples, beautiful carvings, and grand plazas.

2 – The Great Blue Hole


Declared by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau as one of the best diving sites on the planet, the Great Blue Hole is a unique circular depression adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. Divers can explore an enormous underwater series of caverns carved out during the last great Ice Age.

3 – Wildlife

Manatees in Belize
Whether you’re interested in viewing some of the rarest tropical bird species on the planet or want to see the last surviving jaguars in the region, Belize has it all. Visitors can see crocodiles, monkeys, and manatees at play in their natural habitat or embark on exclusive diving tours to frolic with whale sharks.

4 – Drinking in the Scenery

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Belize is a relatively small country but has a richly diverse natural landscape. Travel between destinations is affordable and safe, offering visitors the chance to observe verdant mountains, lush fertile valleys, and pristine rainforests on their journey.

5 – Beaches

Beaches abound in Belize, as the country is located on the western shores of the lovely Caribbean Sea. With hundreds of miles of pristine, white beaches, you can enjoy the tropical fantasy vacation of your dreams swaying in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree in Belize. Almost nothing can compare to watching the sun set over the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

6 – Food

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Belize is the home to a rich mix of indigenous cultures, resulting in some of the most delicious food anywhere on the planet. Casual food is king here, with plenty of fresh-caught lobster, savory Caribbean dishes, and spicy Mexican food to choose from.

7 – Diving and Snorkeling

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The clear waters of the Caribbean make snorkeling and diving in Belize some of the best to be found anywhere on Earth. The nearby Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world, is home to dozens of species of colorful fish, nurse sharks, and unique invertebrate species.

8 – Belize Adventures

Whether you’re interested in tubing down a river through a network of caves, hiking mountains, spelunking in huge caves, or exploring the jungle, there is plenty to do for the adventurous-minded in Belize.

9 – Belize Islands

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Locally known as cayes (pronounced “keys”), Belize has hundreds of gorgeous islands, ranging from the laid-back party town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye to the diving paradise of atolls fronting the Belize Barrier Reef.

10 – The Belize Weather

With a warm, tropical climate, and sunny skies nearly all year-round, the weather in Belize is fantastic. You’ll rarely need anything heavier than a sweater when in Belize, and T-shirts and sandals are the dress code of choice for visitors and locals alike.

Where to Stay

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The award-winning resort of The Villas at Chabil Mar offering outstanding accommodations just minutes away from all the action in Placencia Village in southeastern Belize. With gorgeous views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, each villa is a richly-appointed two-room suite combining traditional Belizean decor with modern luxury.

For more information about visiting Belize or Placencia in 2016 , 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.


A drive along the Hummingbird Highway gives visitors a great taste of Belize

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016

A drive along the Hummingbird Highway gives visitors a great taste of Belize. Holly Firfer reports for CNN.

Visit our website for more information on southern 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.

2016 Placencia Belize Lobsterfest Expected to Draw Record Crowds

Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016

lobsterfest in placencia 2016

An unprecedented number of tourists are expected to make pilgrimages to Belize in June, but not for religious reasons. They will come to enhance their mental and physical health as the 2016 Placencia Lobsterfest takes place from June 24th to 26th, honoring a tradition that’s been around for 18 years.

Do frequent visitors use this humble crustacean as a reason to escape to Belize every June? Of course they do. Talk about a vacation with a purpose: attend Lobsterfest, eat as much as you like of this low-calorie, protein-packed seafood and return home slimmer after undertaking multiple recreational/sporting events associated with this lively three-day party.

“We joke about myriad health benefits visitors get when they attend Lobsterfest, because it’s so much more than a seafood eating orgy,” says Larry France, Marketing Manager at Chabil Mar Villas, a popular high-end resort where chefs hold court at the resort’s award-winning onsite restaurant. “Our chefs elevate lobster preparation to a fine art,” France adds, promising guests the experience of a lifetime if they stay at the resort throughout this big celebration.

Curious about how this lobster bacchanal began? Members of the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association sought a unique idea to improve the local economy while introducing Placencia to visitors and showcasing its fishing industry in 1998. Lobsterfest was born.


See also: A Brief History of The Placencia Lobsterfest


“Our first Lobsterfest was a humble affair,” recalls France with a chuckle. “A small bunch of enthusiastic eaters gathered at a single table to eat lobster bruschetta and enjoy makeshift carnival games. Word spread that guests had a blast, and every year since, crowd sizes have doubled.”

Over time, Placencia restauranteurs turned the celebration into a friendly culinary competition, at which point, other businesses jumped on the bandwagon, so visitors eager to see what can be crafted, prepared, designed and sold related to the humble lobster are going to be impressed.

What can travelers expect at Lobsterfest? A vacation that’s part tropical island party and part New Orleans at Mardi Gras without the bad weather. Resorts like Chabil Mar roll out the red carpet for guests who are encouraged to head for Placencia Village where 60+ booths filled with arts and crafts, beverages, t-shirts, art, games and attractions await. Little lobsters won’t be ignored: fun carnival games are sure to wear kids out.

Each year, the long-awaited culinary parade introduces new palates to delights like lobster stews, fajitas, pies, exotic beverages and treats while attendees wait to hear if they’ve won the Lobsterfest raffle. Meanwhile, the ongoing music scene fills the air with Garifuna and other trendy musical genres unique to Belize.

As of this posting, organizers have confirmed these 2016 Lobsterfest events, but there are likely to be more:

-A Belikin beer drinking contest
-Biggest lobstah’ competition
-Crowning of Mr. and Ms. Physique
-Tipsy tuna toss
-Spicy hot wing eating contest
-Kayak races and a “reel in the kayak” event that’s not for the frail
-Net casting competition (catch a schilling in a fishing net)
-Beach fly fishing contest.

For more information about Lobsterfest, specific events and times or to find out more about Chabil Mar accommodations, packages, rates and amenities, please don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606.