USA Today: Find paradise at Belize’s top beaches

Posted on Sunday, October 19th, 2014

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Yesterday USA Today published an article entitled “Find Your Paradise at Belize’s Top Beaches” which listed the top beach locations in Belize.

“USATODAY.COM is not only a top site in the US but also in the world” says Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar, a guest exclusive resort in Placencia which got a mention in the article.

“Belize is unlike many other Caribbean destinations, where it’s easy to isolate the best beaches of a particular island. The mainland coast of Belize is a tangle of mangroves, which is about as far as a person can get from ideal beach conditions,” writes Mark Rogers, the author of the article.

“Not to worry, Belize has literally hundreds of cayes (pronounced keys, as in Key West). These offshore cayes, or islands, are where beaches of all sizes can be found, although almost all have to be accessed by boat. While the country has a handful of mainland beaches, these cayes are where beach lovers should be concentrating their search for the ultimate Belizean beach holiday,” Rogers asserts.

The author states that the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize has the best mainland beaches in Belize and is a good jumping-off point to explore secluded beaches of the Silk Cayes and Laughing Bird Caye, two gorgeous gems not far away from Placencia Village.

Crystal clear water for prime snorkeling, a palm-fringed shoreline, high quality restaurants, and high-end properties like Chabil Mar can be found along the 18 mile Peninsula says Mark who didn’t forget to mention the amazing whale shark diving that travelers can do during the months of April and June in Placencia.

The beaches in Hopkins Village, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Half Moon Caye, Southwest Caye and South Water Caye were also highly praised in the article.

USA Today is a national American daily newspaper with a circulation of more than 1 million copies.

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Rough Guides: Visit Belize in December

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The travel news website has published a video titled “The Best Places to go in December” and Belize comes highly recommended.

Eleanor Aldridge, the expert editor recommends diving the great blue and exploring the majestic Belize Barrier Reef.

Even though Eleanor didn’t mention Placencia in the video, we believe Placencia is also a charming destination to visit this December.

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Chabil Mar, the guest exclusive resort in Placencia Belize. Photo by Uncommon Caribbean

Last week we also wrote a blog post on 10 reasons why travelers should visit Belize in 2015. Below is a summary of the post:

1. Great Belize Vacation Rates

You can now reserve a Belize vacation at the Guest Exclusive Chabil Mar Resort for 2015 at 2014 rates. Click here for more information.

2. Whale Shark Diving

Belize offers plenty of adventure with the opportunity to dive with whale sharks near Gladden Spit off Placencia. Guests can see the sharks feeding on plankton and other spawning fish during the full moon of March – June. For those who do not know, the Whale Sharks are the largest living fish in the world.

3. The Weather

Thousands of travelers visit Belize each year due to the incredible warm weather all  year-round. With an average temperature of 88 degrees, it’s a comfortable climate that can be enjoyed for those wanting to spend time outdoors.

4. Belize Maya Ruins

Belize contains some of the most majestic Maya ruins in Central America like Caracol, Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, Altun Ha, and Lamanai and according to Archaeologists  more than 8 million people lived in southern Mexico and northern Central America during the pre-Columbian era.

5. Fishing

Belize offers world class fishing thanks to its pristine and diverse barrier reef which is home to an abudant of marine life. On a fishing trip, you can catch a snook or permit and even enjoy it for dinner.
6. Sailing

Experience the beautiful and vast views of the Caribbean waters by taking a sailing trip where you can dine on-board and enjoy lounging on the deck while traveling to various points in Belize.

7. Jungle and Sea Belize Vacations

Both the jungle and sea can be explored when visiting Belize with vacation packages that will allow you to meet howler monkeys, ride in canoes, go on nature walks, and even climbing ancient Maya ruins.

8. Perfect for a Honeymoon

Unwind on your honeymoon in a relaxing and laid-back environment where you can stay barefoot during the vacation in one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

9. Ideal for a Wedding Vacation

To enjoy an intimate ceremony that offers spectacular views of the water, Belize is an ideal location for a wedding vacation. Professional wedding planners can make it an experience of a lifetime by planning all of the details for a relaxing event on the beach.

10. Belize is on Everyone’s Radar

More people are traveling to Belize for the amenities and accommodations that are available in the country. From the spectacular views to the historical sites that can be visited, it’s a hot spot for the coming year for thousands of tourists.

For more information about traveling to Belize in December or 2015, 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

Placencia Belize

Posted on Monday, October 13th, 2014

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Today’s photo of the day is courtesy of Uncommon Caribbean.

They visited Placencia and Chabil Mar recently and this is what they had to say:

My (Patrick’s) days of waking up to this view at the Chabil Mar Belize Resort may be behind me, but after a trip that included exploring the cayes, snorkeling with giant spotted eagle rays, eating amazing local food, climbing Mayan ruins, following spider monkeys in the jungle, drinking plenty of fresh fruit cocktails, and, of course, meeting great people—I have so much to share with you about beautiful Belize! 

You can read about their adventure in Placencia here: Friday Happy Hour: Get Bettah With Belizean Bittas

For more information about Placencia or Belize , 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.

Monkey River Nature Tour: Best Inland Day Trip From Placencia

Posted on Saturday, October 11th, 2014

The Monkey River Jungle Tour is easily the most popular mainland tour from Placencia!

If you want to immerse yourself in the pristine and natural beauty of southern Belize then you have to visit Monkey River, the northernmost village in the Toledo District.

Herbal medicines, tarantulas, crocodiles, howler monkeys and various birds including toucans and oropendulas are just a few of the wildlife you will experience on this tour.

See also: 10 Interesting Things About Monkey River

Many travelers who have done the tour have described it as “the best inland day trip from Placencia“.

As you will see in this video, Monkey River is an exquisite destination with a plethora of flora and fauna.


For more information about Monkey River or Belize , 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 is the best place to swim with whale sharks

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014


Photo: Martin Spragg Photography

Swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea is a one of a kind experience and there are only a handful of destinations on the planet where you can see these wonderful creatures. Every year in the months of March, April, May and June, around the full moon, you can see these gentle giants drawn to Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve near Placencia in Southern Belize.

The whale sharks congregate near Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve to feed on plankton and other spawning fish. Slow moving, filter-feeding sharks, these calm creatures live in all tropical and warm temperate seas and are known to be gentle with divers.

“Due to the Whale Sharks relatively brief stay and local protection and conservation efforts, Whale Shark diving is extremely limited in Belize, thus we offer a package that offers a rare opportunity to swim with these amazing aquatic creatures,” says Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar, a guest exclusive resort in the charming village of Placencia.

“Our unique Whale Shark Dive Package includes 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,” adds France who recommends that you shouldn’t wait longer to book the whale shark package which will soon be sold out.

According to Wikipedia, the largest accurately measured whale shark in the world was 40 feet, 7 inches in length, with a 4.5 foot wide mouth, a 4.5 foot high dorsal fin, and 6.5 foot long pectoral fins.

“On non-dive days, you can explore Mayan ruins, hike the trails of the world’s only jaguar preserve, or trek up the Monkey River where nature abounds. Or simply enjoy being pampered in your exquisitely appointed villas, relax on your private veranda, or lounge poolside or on the white sand beach at Chabil Mar” says Larry.

Whale Sharks can weigh up to 47,000 pounds and live for up to 80 years.

For more information about Whale Shark Diving in Belize, you can contact or check out the package here: