Belize Points of Interest

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016

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Where to go in Belize

Just a few hours flying time from the United States, Belize is a lovely tropical destination with gorgeous beaches, exotic wildlife, a stunning coral reef, jungles, ancient Mayan cities, and a friendly Caribbean atmosphere.

Below are some of our favorite places and points of interest in Belize.

placencia peninsula belizePlacencia Peninsula – A sparkling 16-mile long expanse of beach along the Caribbean, the peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize. The mangrove-lined lagoon on the mainland side is an ideal spot to enjoy fishing.

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Placencia Village – A laid-back fishing village, Placencia is a great place to get a drink in a cafe or bar, enjoy a delicious meal in a restaurant, or find an outfitter for a trip to the Belize Barrier Reef. The village is famous for holding the Guinness Book of World Records title for smallest main street in the world, a 4,000-foot long sidewalk too narrow to admit cars.

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San Ignacio Town – The cultural and entertainment capital of the west, San Ignacio is close to many of the country’s finest Maya ruins. The resort of Chabil Mar offers comprehensive jungle and sea packages that combine the best of Placencia Peninsula with an expedition to San Ignacio and its environs.

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Hopkins – A small village in the southeast, Hopkins is the cultural heart of the unique Garifuna culture.

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Caye Caulker – A small, unspoiled island, Caye Caulker is the picture postcard definition of a tropical island, complete with sparkling blue water, white sands, and palm trees.

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Toledo District – The heart of Belize’s cacao (chocolate) growing region, Toledo is the gateway to the unspoiled south of the country.

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Ambergris Caye – The largest island in Belize, Ambergris Caye is an easygoing mix of beaches, bars and some of the best food in the country.

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Belize Barrier Reef – The second largest coral reef system in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef offers spectacular diving, swimming, snorkeling and sailing opportunities.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – Perfect for day trips or longer hiking expeditions, the sanctuary provides a protected habitat for tapirs, monkeys, jaguars and hundreds of species of birds.

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Great Blue Hole – Regularly voted as one of the top natural wonders in the world, the Blue Hole offers experienced divers a unique opportunity to explore a system of underwater caverns.

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.

 

Fall in Love with Belize’s Placencia Peninsula

Posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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Is it possible to fall madly in love with an entire peninsula? The answer is yes–if that finger of land is named Placencia. Mother Nature must have loved her handiwork when she finished this gorgeous sliver of land because she included every sort of topography a visitor could desire: 16 miles of sandy beach, mountains that hug the horizon, a tranquil lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The area’s first settlers and descendants have nurtured this land over time by putting down deep roots so the peninsula is a perfectly-balanced mix of tropical green space, natural wonders and enough bistros, guest houses, luxury resorts and other amenities to satisfy anyone in search of a paradise.

The Placencia Peninsula

Feel free to circumnavigate the entire peninsula riding a beach cruiser bike because a car isn’t necessary to take in every inch of scenery. Visit the Garifuna Village in Seine Bight if you’re traveling from north to south. This cultural enclave is filled with color, music, food and fun courtesy of a distinct lifestyle established by residents whose ancestors settled here so long ago.

In close proximity to Belize’s acclaimed barrier reef, Garifuna Village is just the first stop on a journey to more populated areas further down the coast where sports enthusiasts can use the coastline as a jumping off point for kayaking, snorkeling, saltwater fly fishing, diving and other aquatic fun. No matter what your itinerary may include, you’ll find so many guides, dive shops and other commercial enterprises on the Placencia Peninsula, all you need do is pack shorts and leave the work of organizing your gear to everyone else!

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The wonder of Placencia Village

 Founding fathers made it easy to remember the name of what might be called “the capitol” of Placencia Peninsula: Placencia Village. Located at the south tip of the isthmus, it’s so perfectly designed for fun in the sun, the area lacks for nothing. Indulge your sensibilities with rainforest hikes, mountain trails, Mayan ruins, the Belize Barrier Reef and deserted atolls perfect for exploring.

Placencia offers fast access to protected spots like Laughing Bird Caye, Gladden Spit, Monkey River, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and cave tubing opportunities, yet the village is a perennially popular social hub known for island cooking that ranges from local fare to gourmet delights. Shop ‘til you drop. Load up on Belize’s signature chocolates, wines and beers. It’s not unusual for visitors to say that they spent a week in Placencia Village and plan to return because they missed so much!

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Where to stay in Placencia Belize: Chabil Mar Resort

 Lodging at a beautifully situated resort elevates a good vacation to a perfect one, and if the folks at Chabil Mar Resort have anything to say about your experience, it’s a promise kept. One frequent guest said: “I only gave Chabil Mar 5 stars because 6 weren’t available!” What prompts such remarks? An experience that includes 400-feet of private beach, 19 fully-appointed luxury villas, a world-class gourmet restaurant–and every single suite offers complete privacy and a spectacular view of the turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Spread out and relax in a 1,000 sq. ft. suite or book everything from tours to golf carts if Chabil Mar’s sea-facing infinity pools aren’t of interest. Roam tropical gardens and enjoy award-winning service that consistently wins awards from travel experts that range from Fodor’s to TripAdvisor. There’s a reason Chabil Mar is consistently on “Best Luxury Hotels in Central America for Luxury and Service” lists!

Some say that visiting Placencia Peninsula is no ordinary vacation, a sentiment echoed by Chabil Mar guests. Visit the website http://chabilmarvillas.com/ for a taste of what you can expect from the moment you wiggle your toes in the sand upon your arrival. And feel free to bring home some sand in your shoes as a reminder that paradise, in the form of Placencia Peninsula and Chabil Mar, really does exist.

The Best Honeymoon Destination in Belize

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Best Honeymoon Destination in BelizePlacencia: A Romantic Honeymoon Destination in Belize

Belize is a small country in Central America between Mexico and Guatemala with a long coastline on the Caribbean Sea. Thanks to its sunny weather all year round, gorgeous beaches, pristine jungles and rainforests, and offshore reef, Belize is becoming one of the most popular destinations for honeymooners and couples looking for a romantic getaway in a tropical paradise with first-class hotels and resorts.

Ideal for swimmers, fisherman, snorkelers and diving enthusiasts, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef in the world. The mainland of Belize is an ideal mix of mountains, jungle, rainforest, rivers and lagoons, making it one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Coupled with some of the finest hotels and resorts found anywhere, Belize is an ideal place for couples to enjoy some intimate time in a truly beautiful and charming setting.

Where to Honeymoon in Belize

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One of the most romantic locations in Belize is the Placencia Peninsula. Just a mile across, the peninsula stretches for 16 miles along the turquoise Caribbean Sea, featuring some of the most beautiful beaches found anywhere in the country. At the tip of the peninsula is the village of Placencia, a small and friendly community complete with gourmet restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and dive outfits with a full range of gear for exploring the nearby Belize Barrier Reef.

Best Honeymoon Resort in Belize

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Located just a few minutes’ walk up the beach from Placencia Village is the award-winning resort of Chabil Mar. From a Mayan term meaning “beautiful sea”, the gorgeous beachfront villas of Chabil Mar are all tastefully appointed and include a full range of modern amenities, including 400-thread-count linens, multi-zone air-conditioning, and high-speed wireless internet. The resort also has its own private seafront pier, an ideal spot for enjoying a romantic meal under the stars.

A Complete Belize Honeymoon Package

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If planning for your wedding has taxed your time and resources, then why not unwind with a delightfully romantic Belize honeymoon package? Instead of fretting over the details, this inclusive honeymoon package includes your stay at the luxurious Chabil Mar resort, trips to the mainland, and diving/snorkeling adventures on the majestic Belize Barrier Reef.

Start your new life together with a wonderfully romantic getaway vacation to the friendly nation of Belize. Whether you prefer to spend your time luxuriating on the beach or want a more adventurous trip exploring mysterious ancient Maya cities and snorkeling the crystal clear waters offshore, there’s something for every honeymooner in Belize.

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize honeymoons, 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 honeymoon vacation.

Placencia Residents participate in the Hands across the Sand movement

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016

hands across the sand belizeHeld on Saturday, May 21st 2016 across Belize including Placencia Village, the Hands Across the Sand movement attracted hundreds of Belizeans who joined hands to protect and preserve what Mother Nature has blessed Belize with.

May 21st, 2016 marked the 6th anniversary of the Hands Across the Sand movement and according tohttp://www.handsacrossthesand.com/ more than 83 events were held around the globe to say no to filthy fuels and yes to clean energy.

placencia belizeIn Placencia Village, the event was held between Cozy Corner and Typsy Tuna and was sponsored by Oceana Belize.

Hands Across the Sand was founded in 2010 and has grown into an international movement after the BP oil disaster in April of that year. People came together to join hands, forming symbolic barriers against spilled oil and to stand against the impacts of other forms of extreme energy.

Chabil Mar is a proud supporter of Oceana Belize and the Hands Across the Sand movement.

Getting Excited For The Annual Placencia Lobsterfest

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016

lobsterfestAs the June sun shines high above the glistening waters and sandy white beaches of the Placencia Peninsula in Belize, one of the most popular events of the year is expected to draw record crowds. The world-famous Placencia Lobsterfest, held this year between June 24-26, will kick off the lobster season with music, games, and plenty of savory dishes made from everyone’s favorite crustacean.

Regular visitors to Placencia know that the area is famous for its abundance of fresh-caught seafood, including conch, shrimp, snapper, grouper, kingfish, lionfish and barracuda. The advent of the lobster season heralds an unparalleled opportunity to sample some of the finest cooking anywhere in the country, with local chefs competing to make the most savory dish from lobster.

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Starting with the ubiquitous boiled lobster served with drawn butter, culinary competitors will tempt festival goers with lobster curry, stewed lobster, lobster ceviche and gourmet dishes elevated to a fine art. Along with all of the seafood, market stalls, restaurants and cafes will also feature fresh local organic fruits, vegetarian dishes, and savory dishes made from chicken, pork and beef.

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“We like to kid our guests about the weight-loss benefits of going to Lobsterfest,” says Larry France, the marketing manager at Chabil Mar Villas, a luxury resort on the peninsula, “because lobster is packed with protein and very low in fat. Gorging on lobster in combination with dancing to all the great local music and participating in sporting events is really a lot of fun.”

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The main attraction of the Lobster Festival is, of course, all of the delicious food but it also has a serious side as well. The festival is organized by the Placencia Village Council to promote awareness of the local population as well as to raise money for charitable causes. A five-mile Walk for Cancer, starting at 5:30 am on June 24, will be held in Seine Bight. In order to preserve the natural beauty of the area, the Placencia Village Council has instituted a “Keep It Green, Keep it Clean” policy for the festival. All food vendors are required to use biodegradable containers and bars are restricted to pouring drinks into reusable “stadium cups”. Bottled water won’t be on sale but thirsty festival goers but can refill their stadium cups or personal bottles at free water stations located throughout the festival area.

Photo by Ben Kim

Photo by Ben Kim

Chabil Mar situated on the Placencia Peninsula just a few minutes’ stroll down the beach from all the action at the Lobster Festival, is an ideal place to stay. Because of the popularity of the Lobster Festival, rooms are filling up fast so be sure to make your reservation today.

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on the Placencia Lobsterfest, 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.