The Cross County Cycling Classic Kicks Off This Saturday

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017

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This Saturday will see one of the most exciting and much-anticipating sporting events in Belize. Known as the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, this challenging 140-mile roundtrip bike race from Belize City to San Ignacio Town will feature more than 100 competitors from around the country and the world.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 will mark the 89th anniversary of the race which first began as a way to encourage Belizeans to attend more cricket matches. Due to uneven road conditions, the first roundtrip race between Belize City and San Ignacio Town was a punishing affair lasting more than 13 hours. In recent years the winners usually cross the finish line in less than six hours.

All cyclists will take off with the firing of the starting gun at 6:00 am on mile marker 1.5 on the George Price Highway but awards are given for four different categories of competitors: Masters (professional racers), women, men under 18, and men under age 23. Most competitors race individually but a separate category of award (called “Elite”) is given to the team that crosses the finish line with the best collective time.

Thousands of people will see the racers off at 6:00 am across from Leslie’s Imports in Belize City as well as cheer on the first finishers to arrive back in town at Memorial Park just before noon. The mid-point of the race is Queen Elizabeth Park in downtown San Ignacio, another popular location to witness all the action.

At the end of the race, there is an exciting awards ceremony followed by boisterous banquets and celebrations throughout the day for all of the competitors and their supporters. Falling halfway through the country’s four-day Easter celebration, the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is one of the most anticipated and popular sporting events of the year in Belize. Visitors and locals alike line the streets to cheer on and celebrate the thrilling excitement of watching top athletes to compete in this grueling 140-mile roundtrip race from Belize City in the east to San Ignacio Town in the western part of the country.

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Belize Destination Weddings – Our Experts Will Help You Plan

Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017

If you close your eyes and imagine the ultimate fantasy wedding in a Caribbean setting, you can practically feel the lovely sea breeze, hear the gentle crash of the sparkling blue waves, and see the pure white sand, tropical flower bouquets, and the face of your beloved beaming with love under a clear blue sky. If you’ve ever imagined getting married in such a place, then Chabil Mar is for you.

Quite simply, Chabil Mar is the ideal destination wedding resort in Belize. Whether you’re planning on an intimate elopement for just the two of you or a gorgeously chic wedding for your closest friends and family, Chabil Mar and its team of wedding professionals will make sure that your special day goes off perfectly. You and your guests will love staying in one of the luxurious villas, strolling through the tropical garden, swimming in the infinity pool, relaxing at the spa, and enjoying gourmet meals on the resort’s seafront piers.

Chabil Mar’s wedding planners have years of experience in arranging ceremonies customized precisely to each guest’s needs. Chabil Mar will assist you with every detail of your special event, including assistance with your marriage documents, filing fees, gourmet catering, floral arrangements, music, and officiants for the ceremony. Chabil Mar will work with you to ensure that your wedding is customized to your exact preferences, letting enjoy one of the most important moments of your life.

When you get married at Chabil Mar, you will be met at the Placencia Airstrip by your valet who will convey you to the resort. Your wedding planner will consult with you to arrange for the bridal bouquet, corsage, boutonnière, wedding cake, photographer, videographer, and other details according to your wishes. You and your spouse will enjoy a special candlelit dinner for just the two of you, and the resort can provide concierge, music, reception, and bar services for your wedding as needed.

After you’re married, you can enjoy a fabulous honeymoon in Belize. Chabil Mar is just a few minutes’ stroll down the beach from the idyllic fishing village of Placencia, famous for its eco-friendly “barefoot ready” environment. Chabil Mar is also the perfect place to head out for fun on the Belize Barrier Reef, a stretch of the Caribbean filled with coral reefs, sandy atolls, and beautiful islands surrounded by clear blue water teeming with colorful fish and marine fauna. The sandy white bottom and richly biodiversity make the reef the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.

And there’s much to see and do on the mainland as well, including boat safaris into the jungle, hiking in nature parks, exploring ancient Maya cities, visiting animal sanctuaries, picnicking at waterfalls, horseback riding in the rainforest, zip lining through the jungle canopy, and participating in the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing where you float down an underground river on an inner tube.

Your wedding is your special day, one that you will never forget. Begin the rest of your life in an unforgettably beautiful setting with a perfect destination wedding at Chabil Mar.

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information on getting married in 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 wedding.

Best Spring Break Value Travel Destinations: Belize

Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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There is a lot more to Belize than beautiful beaches, perfect sunny weather, and many exciting attractions. Belize was the home of the ancient Mayan empire, and today the country has dozens of amazing Maya temples and pyramids to explore and climb. With a friendly, laid-back atmosphere and welcoming, English-speaking natives, Belize makes every visitor instantly feel right at home.

Spring breakers can snorkel the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, ride a zipline high up in the canopy of a tropical rainforest, or marvel at jaguars, monkeys, and manatees in their native habitat. More exotic and welcoming than the crowded resorts of Cancun or Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Belize is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for students, families and couples to enjoy their spring break.

Getting to Belize Is Now More Affordable Than Ever

southwest airlines to start flying to belizeIn 2015, Southwest Airlines entered the competitive US-Belize market, making airfare from the United States more affordable than ever. Flights from a variety of cities, including Atlanta, Houston, and Miami, arrive in Belize in just three or four hours. All international flights land in Belize City, located in the center of the country with easy access by ground, water or domestic air connection to any destination in Belize.

What You Can Do on Your Spring Break in Belize

  • Swim in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean
  • Soak in the rays on a pristine white beach
  • Dive or snorkel off the amazing Belize Barrier Reef
  • Relax in a hammock underneath palm trees
  • Savor delicious local cuisine, including seafood, Mexican, and Caribbean-themed dishes
  • Dance all night to the sounds of a local band
  • Spelunk the amazing ATM cave, once the home for sacred Mayan religious rites
  • Explore the ruins of a Mayan city
  • Go tubing down a jungle river, passing through a series of caves
  • Visit one of the wilderness refuges and spot rare birds or jaguars in their natural habitat
  • Paddle a kayak through one of the dozens of gorgeous islands
  • Go deep-sea fishing for big gamefish like marlin and swordfish
  • Enjoy a relaxing vacation at a luxurious tropical resort

Chabil Mar

Belize green globe certified resortsOne of the hotspots to visit is Placencia Village located in Southern Belize. With eighteen miles of pristine beaches and the beautiful Caribbean Sea, there’s plenty of room to gather, snorkel, canoe, scuba dive the great barrier reef, kayak, zip-line, and sunbathe. Hiking in the rainforests or deep-sea fishing is also readily available.

There are private  shuttles that can transfer you from Belize’s International Airport to Placencia Village, rental cars are available, or short flights via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air can connect you easily to the peninsula.

Chabil Mar is the place to stay in Placencia! Not only is it a luxury resort but also an award winning establishment with all the amenities of a five star resort. With its close proximity to the village of Placencia, it’s the perfect resort to stay for your spring break! If you were to ask anyone in the world where the best beaches in Belize are, they would tell you Placencia!

Chabil Mar offers an unbelievable variety of Jungle and Sea Belize Vacation packages so you’ll get the best of both worlds! Spend three or four nights inland enjoying adventures like the jaw-dropping ATM Cave, ancient Maya city of Caracol, canoeing in jungle rivers and hiking in rainforest trails.

Then spend the other three or four nights at the first-class resort of Chabil Mar where your package includes: a Monkey River tour,  snorkeling in the great Belize barrier reef, golf cart rental for two days, massage, and round trip transfers. You’ll also receive water, coffee, and soft drinks, along with all your meals. Oh, and did we forget to mention that Chabil Mar has two infinity pools with its own private pier?

Why not have a Belize spring break you’ll always remember? Belize luxury vacations are affordable and filled with fun for everyone! Why consider going to anywhere else but fabulous Belize?

For more information about visiting Belize and Chabil Mar, 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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American Express Recommends Visiting Belize

Posted on Monday, April 3rd, 2017


The credit card company American Express recently featured Belize as one of the best places to visit for its cardholders. In a video posted on the company’s Facebook account entitled “Golden Travel Tips,” American Express described how its members can double the number of countries that they visit by taking advantage of stopovers, brief trips taken in between journeys to other destinations. American Express specifically recommended that its North American customers take advantage of special pricing and discounts to make a stopover to Belize when traveling to Argentina or other destinations in South America.

The American Express video received a lot of positive attention, garnering more than 24,000 views and a lot of supportive comments about the idea. With more than 6 million fans, it is likely that the American Express video will do a lot to raise awareness about the benefits of visiting Belize and exploring all of the wonderful attractions in the country.

Belize is located in Central America between Mexico and Guatemala. With hundreds of offshore islands, 200 miles of coastline on the Caribbean, and a diverse interior of rainforests, waterfalls, and jungles, Belize is known for its beautiful nature, warm and friendly locals, and a relaxed approach to life. Thanks to airlines like American, United, Southwest, WestJet, and Delta, it’s easy and affordable to find non-stop flights to Belize from major cities in the United States and Canada. Once in Belize, the small size of the country makes it easy to get around and explore a bevy of attractions, including offshore islands, nature reserves, ancient Maya ruins, and beautiful national parks.

American Express customers who want to see the very best that Belize has to offer should consider staying at the lovely Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula. A multiple award-winning resort and a TripAdvisor favorite, Chabil Mar is a quiet oasis of luxury located right on the Caribbean. With a lush tropical garden, gourmet restaurant, open air dining on a beachfront pier, professional spa services, and upscale villas, Chabil Mar guarantees American Express customers a truly “UnBelizeable” experience.

Guests of Chabil Mar are warmly invited to attend Placencia’s popular Lobsterfest in June, a combination street party and cooking combination to come up with the most unusual and savory ways to incorporate the world’s favorite crustacean in a dish. Other popular attractions near Chabil Mar include diving with whale sharks that visit the nearby Gladden Spit each spring.

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.

 

Giant Octopus Discovered in Placencia

Posted on Saturday, April 1st, 2017

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Last Tuesday, on his way to work at the Chabil Mar Resort on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, a local man came across an enormous octopus just outside Placencia Village, estimating it to be in excess of 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and almost three meters (nine feet) in length with concentric blue rings on its tentacles. According to the man, who refused to identify himself, the gigantic cephalopod was alive and alert, making its way across the sand towards the Caribbean Sea on the eastern side of the peninsula. Taking several photos of the giant octopus with his phone, the man rushed to the resort to report the sighting, causing quite a stir amongst the guests and staff alike.

Over 300 species of octopuses have been documented around the world but they are rarely seen in Belize so close to the shore. The nearby Belize Barrier Reef, just a few miles offshore from Placencia, is home to the Caribbean Reef species of octopus which rarely exceeds 60 cm in length and 1.5 kg in size.

Jeffrey Eickhoff, a marine biologist from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, was amongst the guests at Chabil Mar who viewed the photographs of the eight-legged marauder. “From the pictures I saw, it looks like an octopus krakenus, the so-called ‘cow eater’ of Madagascar in Africa. How it came to be on a beach in Belize is truly mysterious”.

The presence of the giant octopus was reported to local Belizean officials who scoured the area but found no trace of the creature. Lance Reault, a French citizen who resides full-time in the village of Placencia, told reporters that several tourists have reported having their clothing, beach towels and picnic items stolen in the same area as where the giant cephalopod was seen. “Last week, two American tourists staying at Chabil Mar went for a swim right in the same spot. And when they came out of the water, they said all their food had been eaten and a pitcher of daiquiris had been drained, even though no one was in the area.”

Photographs of the mysterious octopus have been forwarded to marine biologists in the United States and Canada. If confirmed, the sighting of the octopus krakenus will be the second incident involving the newly-discovered species of giant octopus, which was filmed dragging a large cow into the water in Madagascar in 2011.

Happy April Fool’s Day, everybody!

 

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