The Best Belize Vacation Packages to Book This Year

Posted on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Summer really is the perfect time to visit Belize. Long days, cool breezes at night, and deep discounts on all of the top tours, nature parks, and destinations, a summer vacation in Belize is the perfect way to relax, unwind, and have an unforgettable adventure in the great outdoors.

Chabil Mar is a multiple-award winning resort located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. Featuring luxurious villas, a lush tropical garden, and one of the best seafood restaurants in the country, Chabil Mar is perfectly positioned close to both the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef and all the top destinations on the mainland.

Chabil Mar offers guests several different all-inclusive vacation packages to make the most of their time in Belize. The four-night package includes:

  • Round-trip airfare to Placencia from Belize City
  • Three full meals a day
  • 1 day snorkeling tour of the islands
  • Complimentary use of golf carts, paddle boards, kayaks, and bicycles to explore the area.
  • Award-winning concierge services.
  • Your choice of of two tours, including: a boat tour up the Monkey River, a guided hike through the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve, and an excursion to ancient Maya ruins like Lim Ni Punit and Lubaantun.

The four-night package also includes lodging at the fabulous Chabil Mar resort.

For guests staying longer in Belize, Chabil Mar also offers a seven-night all-inclusive vacation package that includes everything above plus:

  • A full day of fishing on the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • A special dinner under the stars on the resort’s private pier.
  • Three of the resort’s signature tours to the top spots on the mainland.

As with the four-night package, the seven-night package includes lodgings in one of Chabil Mar’s luxury villas.

Other activities that you can enjoy when staying in Chabil Mar include:

  • Swimming with whale sharks – These gentle giants are the largest fish in the world’s oceans.
  • Learning about Belize’s unique Garifuna culture, an Afro-Caribbean people honored by the United Nations for their music, drumming, and dance.
  • Lobsterfest – A beach party and three-day festival celebrating the opening of the lobster season in Belize.

“We came to Belize and stayed at the Chabil Mar resort last year for our summer vacation after one of our friends went there and raved about it. The entire family had a blast! Whether it was lounging on the beach or getting our Indiana Jones on at an ancient Maya temple, our vacation to Belize was truly amazing.”

-Tom Schroeder and Family, Norwich, Connecticut

For more information about vacationing 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.

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Southwest Launches New Flight from Fort Lauderdale to Belize

Posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2017

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On June 4, 2017, the first plane took off from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (FLL) and landed in Belize City some two hours, part of Southwest’s increasing international expansion plans. Southwest currently operates two non-stop flights from the United States to Belize, one from Houston’s Hobby Airport (HOU) that began operating in 2015 and one from the Denver International Airport (DIA) that began in March of 2017.

Southwest’s website is listing fares for the new Fort Lauderdale-Belize route beginning at just $79 per segment for travelers flying from August 22 through December 13, 2017. Currently, the estimated round-trip price for the new Fort Lauderdale-Belize City route is $412, far more affordable than rival American Airlines Dallas-Belize City flight that averages $785 roundtrip.

Best of all, the new Fort Lauderdale to Belize City route lands at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville (a suburb of Belize City) in time for travelers to make a connecting domestic flight to Placencia in the southeast of the country. The Fort Lauderdale flight departs Florida at 11:30 AM and arrives in Belize two hours and 20 minutes later (11:50 AM Belize time). Both of Belize’s domestic air carriers, Maya Island Air and Tropic Air have multiple flights connecting the Belize City airport (BZE) to the Placencia airstrip (PLJ), a journey that takes around 40 minutes.

Placencia is a 16-mile long strip of golden beaches on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize. Famed for the beauty of its beaches in a country filled with beaches, Placencia is a laid-back waterfront community where the main form of transportation is bicycles and electric golf carts.

At the southern tip of the peninsula lies Placencia Village, a fishing community which more than lives up to its “barefoot ready” motto. Home to small shops, cafes, restaurants, and dive shops, Placencia hosts a three-day Lobsterfest every June to coincide with the opening of the local fishing season. Featuring dozens of chefs competing to craft the tastiest lobster dishes, the festival also has games, local art, and lots of live music.

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Just a short walk from Placencia Village is the award-winning resort of Chabil Mar. With luxuriously appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and one of the top restaurants in the country, Chabil Mar is the perfect base to enjoy a fabulous vacation in Belize.

Chabil Mar also organizes tours to the top attractions in the country, including diving with whale sharks, exploring ancient Maya ruins, and scuba diving and snorkeling excursions on the nearby Belize Barrier Reef.

For more information about 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.

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The 2017 See & Taste Belize Festival

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
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The exciting See & Taste Belize Festival is coming to Miami, Florida with lots of food, games, art, and cultural exhibitions highlighting the small Central American nation of Belize. This year, the See & Taste Belize Festival will be held between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM on October 7, 2017, at the Deauville Beach Resort located at 6701 Collins Avenue in Miami. Tickets for this special event begin at $40 for adults and $20 for children.
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Organized by See & Taste Belize, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Coral Gables, Florida, dedicated to improving the education, health, and living conditions of the youth of Belize, the See & Taste Belize Festival first began in 2015 as a way to showcase the art, culture, and cuisine of Belize. In 2017, the See & Taste Belize Festival will be co-hosted by the Belizean Office of Special Envoy for Women and Children, Beltraide, and the Belize Tourism Board. Prominent sponsors include the Belize Natural Energy Charitable Trust, Oceana, Roses Southwest, and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.Miami is a popular destination for Belizeans working overseas as well as tourists, making it a great place to learn about and experience the Caribbean nature of Belize. Proceeds will go towards See & Taste Belize’s special projects, including The Inspiration Center, a facility in Belize City that provides physical therapy, community rehabilitation, medical services, speech therapy, and social support for children. 

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Other projects sponsored by See & Taste Belize, Inc. include the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. The PICU and NICU are designed to provide critical care for babies born prematurely and those born with serious illnesses like cancer that require extensive medical treatment and tertiary care.A special welcome reception will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the evening before the See & Taste Belize Festival. Spaces are limited and the ticket price is $75. The special welcome reception includes delicious Belizean hors d’oeuvres, a Belizean rum tasting, and a meet and greet with See & Taste Belize, Inc. and its many sponsors and partners.

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Chabil Mar Resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize supports the See & Belize Festival and celebrates exhibitions that allow people around the world to learn about and experience the food, culture, and art of Belize.

Belize Vacation Ideas to Help Plan Your Adventure

Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017

The popular British travel website Wanderlust recently published an article entitled 4 great Belize itineraries that discusses some travel ideas for first-time visitors to Belize.

Here’s our take on Wanderlust’s suggestions:

Relax and Chill

Belize Vacation Ideas

Many travelers come to Belize simply to relax and unwind.
Sample itinerary:

  • Head to the island of Caye Caulker, just 45 minutes from Belize City.
  • Enjoy snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking or just chill on the beach.
  • Head to the island of Ambergris Caye and enjoy amazing seafood.
  • On the mainland, head to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary to do bird watching.
  • Visit a resort and visit a spa, enjoy a champagne dinner under the stars, or relax in a hammock.

Nature’s Beauty

Belize Vacation Ideas

With so much gorgeous nature to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what to do!
Sample itinerary:

  • From Belize City, head to the western Cayo District.
  • Explore an ancient Maya ruin like Xunantunich.
  • Zip line and cave tube in the jungle.
  • Enjoy a picnic at a waterfall in a national park.
  • Head to the offshore Belize Barrier Reef and enjoy world-class scuba diving and snorkeling.
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise.

Culture

Belize Vacation Ideas

Belize may not have an opera house, but it more than makes up for a lack of high arts with an eclectic mix of cultures, traditions, and languages. English is the official language, but it’s possible to hear Spanish, Maya, Creole, Chinese, and Mennonite German as you travel around the country.
Sample itinerary:

  • Belize City to Dangriga, the home of the Garifuna people.
  • Visit the Garifuna museum and Pen Cayetano workshop.
  • Head to the nearby village of Hopkins, another Garifuna community, and learn how to cook Garifuna food..
  • Visit the Maya Center.
  • Stay at a Maya home in Toledo District.
  • Visit a Mennonite community at Spanish Lookout.
  • Visit a festival, concert, or holiday celebration.

A Bit of Everything

Belize Vacation Ideas

Combine the best of all worlds with this comprehensive itinerary:

  • In Belize City, visit the Belize Zoo.
  • Head to the interior and hike through a national park.
  • Visit an ancient Maya site or ceremonial cave.
  • Zip line and cave tube in the jungle.
  • Head offshore to enjoy sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and/or scuba diving on the islands.
  • Finish up in Ambergris Caye for delicious food and fun festivals.

Chabil Mar is an award-winning resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize. Guests of Chabil Mar can see all of the above attractions and more.

For more information about 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

5 Belizean Festivals You Simply Cannot Miss This Year

Posted on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

One of the great things about visiting Belize is that there’s always something going on. No matter what time of year you come to Belize, you can join in on the fun with one of the country’s many exciting festivals, holidays, and events.

Here are 5 festivals in Belize that you shouldn’t miss this year:

Placencia Lobsterfest

 

Summer kicks off with style every June on the Placencia Peninsula with a festive three-day party that celebrates the mighty lobster. Local chefs compete to create the most savory dish from the world’s favorite crustacean while diners work to burn off all those extra calories with fun games, live music, and a beach party that lasts until dawn. There’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy, including other seafood treats, face painting, and homemade handicrafts and artwork for sale.

This year’s Lobsterfest in Placencia runs from June 23-25, 2017.

September Celebrations

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Sometimes it seems as though the entire month of September is one big holiday. Beginning on September 10, the national holiday of St. George’s Caye Day celebrates the historic 1798 triumph of British settlers over a Spanish armada which led to Belize becoming the only English-speaking country in the region. Patriotic celebrations, parades, and red, white, and blue (the national colors of Belize) festooned everywhere culminate with big bang on September 21, Independence Day, celebrating the moment in 1981 when Belize became a free and independent nation.

Garifuna Settlement Day

 

More than 200 years ago, the Garifuna people were exiled from their Caribbean home after an uprising against the British. Seeking sanctuary, the Garifuna arrived in Belize on a fleet of dugout canoes, an event which is re-enacted on the morning of November 19 every year for the national holiday of Garifuna Settlement Day. Although the Garifuna compromise only 4% of Belize’s population, their contribution to music, dance, and food has the whole country celebrating on November 19.

Mango Festival in Hopkins

 

Many consider the mango to be the tastiest tropical fruit grown in Belize, and the idyllic coastal village of Hopkins grows no fewer than 20 different varieties. Besides all the tasty fruit and mango-themed dishes, there’s live music, games, contests, and dancing in the street to herald the arrival of the mango crop.

In 2017, the Hopkins Mangofest will run from June 3-4.

International Costa Maya Festival

 

Originally a celebration of Maya heritage from around the region, the International Costa Maya Festival is now one of the biggest festivals of the year. Held in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye, the International Costa Maya Festival has top musical acts, plenty of delicious food and drinks, and a beauty pageant.

In 2017, the festival will run from August 3-6.

For more information about Belize, 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.

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