Why Visiting Belize in 2016 Should Top Your Must-Do List!

Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2015

belize summer vacationWhy Belize is worth visiting in 2016

Is it too early to start planning next year’s escape? Of course not! Belize is a hot destination for myriad reasons and to attract even more visitors, the nation will roll out a giant welcome mat next year for newcomers and return visitors. Reasons you’ll want to visit in 2016 are courtesy of Mother Nature, airliners, attractions and resorts like Chabil Mar Villas  where hosts love showing off their hospitality.

Come for the weather

summer in belizeNo matter which month in 2016 you decide to make Belize your relaxation epicenter, temperatures will be consistent, averaging 88 degrees but dipping down to 70 at night in some seasons. One small suitcase can get you through a longish vacation if you pack right!

Come for the whale sharks

whale sharks in belizeArrange your 2016 calendar smartly to be on hand for Belize’s annual whale shark sightings near Gladden Spit. You can dive with them if you like or just watch friends frolic with these giants between March and June. Your diving adventure begins at the Chabil Mar booking desk.

Come for the rates

11208020_1616878608554980_1486141054_nOne of the reasons visiting Belize has become so popular has to do with the graduated rate structures offered by resorts throughout the country. In low season, discounts are as prevalent as colorful fish on the Belize Barrier Reef, so if you holiday on a budget, a 2016 visit won’t ruin yours!

Come for the Maya ruins

lamanai belize maya ruins siteVestiges of Mayan civilizations are scattered across Belize like stars in the sky, so if you’ve put off visiting sacred sites, what are you waiting for? Chabil Mar staff can set you up with as many Mayan ruin tours as your time allows.

Come for the flights


Once upon a time, direct flights to Belize were infrequent, but thanks to heavy demand, Southwest Airlines now serves Belize City, as do other major U.S. carriers. If you originate in Panama, catch a short Copa Air flight and you’ll be up and down before you can say 2016.

Come for the fishing

belize fishing vacationsEven the unluckiest of amateur fishermen have been known to strike it rich in the waters off Belize. Take a photo of your catch before you hand it off to the chef at Chabil Mar who will prepare it for you with a tropical flourish.

Come for the sailing

11695959_496381550520784_6276947026619079394_nIf 2016 is the year you’ve committed to ridding your life of stressors, set sail for relaxing time on Caribbean waters as you feel your blood pressure numbers drop. Hire the boat that meets your criteria and even picnics will be provided!

Come for adventure

10982040_496616377163968_674360294809811336_nWhich adventure, you ask? Select from excursions and day trips posted on the Chabil Mar website menu or customize your plan to fill every hour of your 2016 holiday with nature walks, jungle exploration, cave tubing, wildlife discoveries, zip lining and much more.

Come for the romance

belize honeymoonPrioritize Belize when making 2016 plans for romantic getaways including honeymoons. Intimate gardens, beaches and guestrooms so lavishly appointed, they redefine the term honeymoon suite await couples at Chabil Mar. You might even qualify for discounted rates during low season so you start your life together on a thrifty note.

Come for your wedding

Destination weddings in Belize are so trendy, resorts like Chabil Mar have designed different types of celebrations so couples enjoy exactly the type of wedding they dream about. Whether you desire a beach, garden or under-roof event, 2016 is your year to start your married life off right here in paradise!

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 your 2016 Belize vacation.

What’s on the Menu at Café Mar? The Dining Experience of a Lifetime

Posted on Monday, September 7th, 2015

placencia belize foodKnowing the names of the folks preparing palate-pleasing meals is a standard part of the Chabil Mar Villas experience. One Café Mar guest commenting on staff and food wrote: “Yours is not a restaurant in the traditional sense. I felt I was sitting down to dine with Mother Nature while experiencing freedom and beauty all around me.” If you’ve never felt this way about your dining hosts, you’ve been staying at the wrong Belize resort! Your table awaits at Café Mar. When can we expect you?

Darren serving at Bar 2 Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Darren mixing drinks at the Kaleidoscope Bar & Lounge

Junior with Trophy

Junior with Trophy

Start with drinks…
Mixologists Darren and Edwin–plus Beach Captain Sheldon—run the Kaleidoscope Bar & Lounge and Café Mar so deftly, whether you prefer a refreshing local beer or the most exotic Caribbean cocktail that’s ever been garnished with plump fruit, name your favorite and an icy glass will be in your hand fast. Don’t miss happy hour at the Kaleidoscope where you can order a daily special or crowd-pleasing favorites like Chunky Monkey or the Chabil Martini—shaken or stirred.

Sheldon with Tray of Cocktails

Sheldon with tray of cocktails

Feast on the views
Al fresco dining gives new meaning to the word atmosphere at Café Mar. Sea breezes and swaying palm trees set a relaxed tone and since staff awaits any time between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., dine when you decide, even during off hours. Chefs Amintha and Marsha love surprising guests, thus trying new recipes is as much fun for them as the preparation of ethnic Belize dishes. Who are the logistics managers behind your effortless Café Mar dining experience? Servers Dany, Junior and Luis, of course! Obviously, everyone’s doing something right; another delighted diner commented, “”I am giving Chabil Mar a 5-star rating only because 6 is not an option!”

Chef Amintha

Chef Amintha

Bountiful breakfasts
Café Mar breakfasts are so hearty and filling, you’ll be well fortified to face the day. Included on the Chabil Mar breakfast menu are familiar dishes and new tastes. Order your favorite style of eggs if that’s your go-to breakfast, try Belize fried fish fillets with refried beans to change up your morning routine or get a true taste of Belize by ordering fry Jacks or Johnny cakes. Just-picked tropical fruits come with all orders and you can’t leave Chabil Mar without eating the house breakfast special at least once: yummy banana pancakes.

Chef Marsha

Chef Marsha

Server Dany

Server Dany

Leisurely lunches
If Café Mar staff was forced to choose a lunch menu theme, it would be light and bright because midday meals are brightly colored works of art. Depending upon the time of year, your stuffed avocado may be lavished with shrimp or lobster accompanied by vegetables and laced with savory mustard sauce. Enjoy a traditional club sandwich with a variety of fillings stuffed between freshly-baked bread plus generous portions of French fries and coleslaw. Ask about specials of the day and if the marinated shrimp and conch ceviche is available, you’ve got to eat at least one of these, served with fried corn chips, before you leave Belize.

Server Luis

Server Luis

Delightful dinners
If it’s harvested from the sea, count on Chefs Marsha and Amintha to impress you with their culinary skills. Menu favorites include sautéed-to-perfection shrimp marinated in Caribbean spices and coconut, bone-in, pineapple glazed pork chops, and Snapper Beurre Blanc, the artful marriage of pan-seared snapper atop delicate beurre blanc cream. Tired of chicken? Café Mar’s grilled Orangello chicken breast is guaranteed to please the minute the grilled onion sauce with hints of citrus reach your taste buds. Visiting Chabil Mar during lobster season? Grilled lobster tails in garlic butter are sure to wind up on your plate more than once during your stay.

Edwin with Dragon Fruit Cocktail

Edwin with Dragon Fruit Cocktail

Hector at Xunantunich

Food and Beverage Manager Hector atop Xunantunich Maya Ruins

Dessert? How sweet it is
Food and Beverage Manager Hector is downright obsessive about details, so whether you long for a fabulous dessert or you wish to dine beachside, on your private veranda, have meals brought poolside or you request relaxing service on the pier, just say the word. Prefer to stay sequestered in your Chabil Mar Villa? No problem. Our chefs can arrange a private meal there. Enthused one guest: “We brought our fresh caught fish back to Chabil Mar and chefs turned it into the most divine meal we’ve ever eaten!” Sure, Chabil Mar has plenty of desserts on the menu, but the resort’s award-winning kitchen staff, servers and bartenders are so sweet, you might not need one!

Canada 3, Belize 0: Jaguars must step up to keep Cup dreams alive

Posted on Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Belize vs CanadaBelize’s defensive display was not enough to keep Canada out of goal three times over in Toronto on Friday.

Canada dominated possession but their three goals came from a cornerkick and two tight angles, with initial attempts kept out by Woodrow West.

West was undisputed MVP of the team, making eight saves to keep the score down.

According to Opta Statistics, Belize completed 64% of passes overall and 43% in the attacking half, managing 31% in the final third. Unfortunately, there were no shots on target and Canada’s goalkeeper had a very easy night with no saves at all to make. Canada was much more efficient and accurate and will feel it stands an excellent chance of eliminating Belize in Belmopan on Tuesday.

However, Belize has already advanced once on aggregate with scores tied, dropping the Cayman Islands 1-1. A 3-0 victory sends the game to extra time, while 4-0 would seal a remarkable turnaround. In any event, Belize must return to the pressing, running, gunning style that saw them past the Dominican Republic, with a 3-0 victory in Belmopan in July.

It’s not over yet! Go Jaguars!

The Only Belize Weather Guide You’ll Ever Need

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015

belize weather calendarIf it’s your habit to throw a dozen separates into a duffel bag and arrive at your airport departure gate just as the gangway is being removed, we salute you. You’re probably a spontaneous person who finds the process of packing tedious and bothersome. But let’s say you pack thoughtfully and you wouldn’t dream of choosing which articles of clothing to bring to Belize without first learning what temperatures to expect. We’ve got your year-round forecast, so packing for your tropical holiday will be a breeze.

Belize Weather in January
In case an infrequent shower at the end of the rainy season interrupts your Belize outings, relax. It won’t last long. Getting a little wet is part of the Belize experience as you think of friends battling snow and ice back home! Tote a light poncho and you’re good to go. January temperatures run about 70-degrees F at night and max out at around 80-degrees F by day.

Belize Weather in February
If you crave the same weather January visitors enjoyed—from 70- to 80-degrees F—you’ll love visiting in February. This month officially launches “the dry season,” so you can leave that rain gear home if you like and use the space in your luggage for more sunscreen, an extra pair of flip-flops and a Valentine.

Belize Weather in March
If it rains in March, Belize weathercasters are quick to apologize because it’s not typical. Days and nights are usually crystal clear and slightly warmer, so bring clothing appropriate for between 74- and 83-degrees F temperatures. Nights are so delightful, you won’t need a sweater, but if you find a charming wrap at a local market, snap it up!

Belize Weather in April
Because Belize is a chill-out destination, it may come as no surprise that this time of year has several nicknames. Call it the “Green Season” or refer to infrequent showers as “Iguana Rains”—your call. Love puddle jumping? Do it fast, ’cause the sun will be back out in minutes. Temperatures in April, by the way, range from 76- to 85-degrees F.

Belize Weather in May
As spring settles in, you’ll notice a gradual temperature increase to between 79-degrees at night to 87-degrees by day in Belize. The rain gods are kind in May: The occasional nighttime thunderstorm or early morning shower will likely find you abed at Chabil Mar, where soft sheets, gorgeous suite appointments and a tropical breakfast get all five of your senses off to a relaxing day.

Belize Weather in June
There’s a smaller range of temperature fluctuations throughout Belize in June—between 82- and 86-degrees—so you can dress for the entire day in the morning. Enjoy easterly breezes on your Chabil Mar veranda. Afternoon showers could interrupt a plan or two, but if you’ve settled into a Belize state of mind, you’ll shrug them off—especially if you nab early season rate reductions.

Belize Weather in July
When your nearest and dearest complain about heat waves back home, you may find it irresistible to let them know that Belize nighttime temperatures are around 79-degrees F. Morning rains are so cooling, they will help you transition into your plans for an outdoor adventure like diving the Belize reef. Wear as little as you like (within reason) during the month of July. You’ll find it liberating!

Belize Weather in August
Mother Nature is very predictable: she shifts those easterly sea breezes away from Belize in August, replacing them with drier winds, which is how the nickname “Little Dry” was picked to describe the month. If temperatures dip to 78-degrees F after an 86-degree F day, that lightweight wrap will come in handy.

Belize Weather in September
As the Green Season moves into September, temperatures dip to 77-degrees F at night, so dodging early morning showers is no big deal. Anticipate sunny days filled with fun and festivals as Belize celebrates its independence throughout September. Wear an outrageous costume at Carnival in Belize City to be an official part of the fun!

Belize Weather in October
Northerly winds bring bountiful rainfall and temperatures drop to 75-degrees F by night. Daytime highs of 84-degrees F are ideal for taking tours and outings. Should an unexpected storm blanket the Maya Mountains, repair to Chabil Mar’s Kaleidoscope Bar where a tightly-woven thatch roof, new friends and the perfect Mojito will keep you dry and happy until the rain passes.

Belize Weather in November
This is the month dreams come true in Belize: Summer visitors are gone, there’s room to stretch out, and if you seek solitude on a budget, you won’t find more generous price breaks. Chabil Mar offers discounts in November and since the resort dresses up for Thanksgiving, come late in the month, reserve a large suite for your family and expect to find turkey on the restaurant’s menu!

Belize Weather in December
Temperatures? Heavenly. Crowds? Not if you come early in December. Swim or snorkel the day away in 80-degree F weather. Cuddle at night when temps drop to around 71-degrees F. Whether your goal is an unforgettable Christmas, you’re auditioning retirement locations or you want to see for yourself why Belize has become so popular, visiting in December will be the gift you give yourself.

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.

15 Rare and Wonderful Treasures from Belize

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The word “treasures” usually refers to riches, precious metals and in some cases, your kids, but if you’re a frequent visitor to Belize, you know that the land is filled with natural treasures that have no equal. Belize is home to unspoiled rainforests, endangered species, ancient Mayan cities and lush beaches, so if these criteria don’t describe a nation rich in treasures, nothing will! We recommend the following 15 to begin your journey.

Silk Cayes

Silk_Caye,_Stann_Creek,_BelizeSilk Cayes: Just off the coast of Placencia Village, divers and snorkelers discover underwater jewels clinging to the Belize Barrier Reef in the vicinity of the Silk Cayes. Known for excellent water quality and modest waves, dive year round in this marine paradise.

Laughing Bird Caye

placencia belizeLaughing Bird Caye: Get away from crowds in nearby Placencia Village to kayak, snorkel, dive, scuba and picnic. When you’ve had your fill of ocean depths, spot another of the nation’s treasures: exotic birds that make this island their home.

Placencia Village

where to travel for summer vacation in belizePlacencia Village: Why is this colorful epicenter of fun and good times a treasure? Because it has everything a vacationer seeks in close proximity—water sports, Mayan ruins, nightlife and luxurious resorts like Chabil Mar.

Monkey River Village

rp_Elizabeth_Monkey_River_Welcome_650_Sign_Chabil_Mar_Belize_Resort.jpgMonkey River Village: This must-see trip balances howler monkeys with cool birds, butterflies and assorted lizards that inhabit this region. The gem-like colors of birds and butterflies will amaze you–and you’ll fall in love with those monkeys.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

cockscomb-basin-wildlife-sanctuary-belizeCockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: The world’s first jaguar preserve isn’t the only reason you’ll find this location a treasure: it’s home to Belize’s highest point, Victoria Peak, and so many colorful insects, mammals, birds and reptiles, you won’t want to put your camera away.

Chabil Mar Resort

summer in belizeChabil Mar Resort: There’s a reason travelers pick Chabil Mar over other Placencia Village lodgings when they visit: Hosts tuck guests into sea-facing villas offering the ultimate in privacy. Tropical gardens, infinity pools and al fresco dining are steps away, so you couldn’t avoid relaxing if you tried!

Blue Hole

The-Great-Blue-Hole-1Blue Hole: The famous Great Blue Hole is a one-of-a-kind diving destination that challenges even veteran divers thanks to its unique configuration of collapsed caves at the ocean floor. Celebrity Jacques-Yves Cousteau couldn’t stop talking about the geological wonders at this spot in the Caribbean. You’ll agree.

Belize Barrier Reef

belize reefBelize Barrier Reef: Charles Darwin called it remarkable and deep sea divers from around the planet find no fault with his assessment! Add this section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System to your list of not-to-be-missed jewels or your Belize itinerary won’t be complete.

Placencia Lagoon

belize manateesPlacencia Lagoon: This rich, bio-diverse wonderland remains so pristine, Jabiru Storks, Morelet’s crocodiles and some dolphin species swim amid mangrove swamps within this verdant, protected lagoon. Pair a visit here with one to neighboring Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve.

Half Moon Caye

rp_Half_Moon_Caye_Chabil_Mar_-_Belize_Resort.jpgHalf Moon Caye: If you’ve never experienced “a wall dive,” it’s time to jump in. Once you settle into the tight space and discover a world filled with turtles, rays, eels, barracuda and other marine wildlife through crystal waters, you’ll be glad you took the risk.

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

ATM-CAVEActun Tunichil Muknal Cave: Plunging into the depths of this karstic limestone cave could take your breath away. Included among the Mayan treasures found at this rare site are stelae, pottery and even skeletal remains of former inhabitants.

Belize Whale Sharks

scuba diving in belizeBelize Whale Sharks: The largest fish in the world uses the Gladden Spit off Belize’s Placencia coast as a playground at certain times of the year. Your best chance of spotting one is to visit during full moons in the months of April and May!

Xunantunich Maya Ruins

xunantunichXunantunich Maya Ruins: Ascend to the ridge above the Mopan River in the San Jose Succotz vicinity to find a Mayan ceremonial center unlike any other. The largest pyramid in Belize (El Castillo) is found here, so that alone is worth your journey.

Caracol Maya Ruins

caracol maya city belizeCaracol Maya Ruins: Caracol is a classic example of what archaeologists have unearthed in the Cayo District. Allow plenty of time to explore this huge compound, the former home of about 120,000 people!

Barton Creek Cave


Barton Creek Cave: No list of Belize treasures would be complete without this impressive site, continuously inhabited by Mayans between 200 and 900 AD. Ten ledges near the mouth of the cave display artifacts that run the gamut from pottery shards to skeletons.

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.