American Airlines to Open London to Belize City Route

Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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American Airlines has announced that they be offering direct service from London Heathrow to Belize City starting in November of this year, marking the first time that Britons will be able to fly to the former British colony of Belize without having to transfer in the United States or Mexico. Beginning November 4, 2016, American Airlines will be offering outbound flights in the afternoon from London that land in Miami before continuing on to Belize City.

American Airlines currently offers non-stop service to Belize City from Miami, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Charlotte and Los Angeles. The new flights in November departing from London will have a brief layover in Miami before continuing directly to Belize City. Return flights to London via Miami will operate on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday year-round. Passengers will be able to depart from London through Miami and onto Belize City seven days a week.

“We’re really excited about American Airlines offering direct flights from London starting in November,” said Larry France, Marketing Manager of the Chabil Mar resort in Placencia, Belize. “Belize experienced an 11.4% increase in visitors from the United Kingdom in 2014 and we look forward to seeing more Britons experience the magic of a holiday in Belize.”

English loggers known as “Baymen” first settled on the Caribbean Coast of what is now Belize in the 1600s, drawn to the area as a source of valuable hardwood timber. By 1786, Great Britain had formally wrested control over the area from Spain and began administering the region as a colony. Granted full independence in 1981, Belize is Central America’s only county where English is the official language. Today, Belize has a parliamentary democracy and is a member of the British Commonwealth. Belize City was founded in 1638 and served as the colonial capital until 1970. Belize City is still the largest municipality in Belize and the port for all international flights and cruise ships.

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located on the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. It is served by domestic air carriers Maya Island Air and Tropic Air with connections from Belize City.

Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016

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Xunantunich Mayan Ruins in Belize

Pronounced shoo-na-too-nitch by most people, this ancient Maya site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize. With an interactive museum on site, visitors can learn about this majestic city that was once a luxury residence for Maya elites. Today, visitors approach the site by crossing the Mopan River using a hand-cranked ferry and then climbing to the top of one of the site’s fabulous temples to be rewarded with an amazingly panoramic view of the countryside.

About Xunantunich

In modern Belize, Xunantunich is located just a short distance from the town of San Ignacio in Cayo District and one mile north of the border with Guatemala at Benque Viejo. Built on a natural limestone ridge, the site was constructed to serve elite nobles and their retinue during the Classic Period.

With a central area measuring just 300 square meters (3,230 square feet) in size, Xunantunich isn’t the largest Maya ruin in Belize, but it’s unique residential structures and ceremonial center make the site one of the top attractions in the country. One of the first lost cities rediscovered in the modern era (excavations first began in 1892), archeological renovations at Xunantunich have revealed three ceremonial plazas, houses, and a large palace decorated with friezes and masks.

The most famous building in Xunantunich is “El Castillo” (The Castle), a pyramid soaring 130 feet above the main plaza. El Castillo was the tallest man-made structure in the country until the Sky Temple at the Maya site of Caracol was discovered a few decades ago. El Castillo is remarkable due to its large stucco frieze on its eastern side that details stories of the gods and stories from Maya creationist myths. Xunantunich was heavily populated until an abrupt event in the Classic Period that left the top of “El Castillo” partially damaged.

Although no one knows the original name of the city, today the site is called the “Stone Lady” (Xunatunich in modern Mayan) due to persistent stories of a woman in white that haunted the original British archeologists and has been regularly seen even up until modern times.

Chabil Mar in Placencia Belize & Xunantunich

The lovely Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula is close to all of the most exciting mainland destinations in Belize. Guests of the resort can include a visit to Xunantunich as part of one of Chabil Mar’s fantastic Belize Reef & Jungle vacation packages.


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.

Unbeatable Travel Deals at Chabil Mar. Book Now & Save!

Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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Chabil Mar is now offering two travel specials for the months of August and September

The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize has announced two special offers for guests making reservations during the months of August and September 2016. Any guest who books three nights during August and/or September will receive a fourth night free, a 25% savings over the regular price. Similarly, any reservation made for August and/or September for five nights will get two nights free, a 28% savings over the regular price.

“Traditionally, the months of August and September are far less crowded than other times of the year,” said Larry France, Marketing Manager for Chabil Mar. “Our resort’s new special offers will give visitors a chance to experience the very best of Placencia and learn why Belize is fast becoming one of the top vacation destinations in the world.”

Chabil Mar, which means “Beautiful Sea” in the local Maya dialect, is an exclusive luxury resort located just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village on the southern end of the peninsula. With 19 luxuriously appointed villas and 1 honeymoon suite, a private dock and beach, a lush tropical garden, and a beach-side restaurant and bar, Chabil Mar is the premiere resort on the Placencia Peninsula. Regularly voted a top destination in Belize by TripAdvisor, the resort is an oasis of luxurious modernity with world-class customer service.

The Placencia Peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize. A 16-mile long isthmus of land with the beautiful waters of the Caribbean on one side and a mangrove-lined lagoon on the other, the Placencia Peninsula is an ideal place to enjoy fishing, learn about the unique Garifuna culture, set off for snorkeling, sailing and diving on the Belize Barrier Reef, or head towards the mainland to explore nature reserves, the scenic Monkey River or ancient Maya ruins.

See below video showcasing the best features of the Placencia Peninsula and Chabil Mar

Click here for a virtual tour of the luxurious Chabil Mar resort.

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

 

Belize: Getting here is now faster…and cheaper

Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

getting to BelizeOne of the hottest trending spots for vacations is the English-speaking Central American nation of Belize, and thanks to new deals on flights, getting to Belize is now more affordable than ever.

A few months ago, expats and tourism professionals were jubilant when the popular low-cost carrier Southwest announced that they were adding new direct flights to Belize from Houston. Southwest joins the growing ranks of American carriers offering direct flights to Belize City, including American, Delta, United and U.S. Air. American carriers offer non-stop flights from Houston, Charlotte, Miami, Newark, Atlanta, and Dallas.

flights to belizeTravelers coming from other countries in the region can enjoy direct flights via TACA Avianca from San Salvador or via Tropic Air from Merida and Cancun in Mexico and Flores in Guatemala.

All international flights land at the Philip Goldson International Airport on the outskirts of Belize City. Domestic air carriers Maya Island Air and Tropic Air offer domestic service to popular vacation destinations such as Placencia, San Pedro, Dangriga, and Caye Caulker.

With so many airlines now competing for business, finding an affordable airfare to enjoy a wonderful vacation in Belize is now easier than ever.

Where to Stay in Belize

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Take advantage of these hot airfare deals to Belize by making a reservation at Chabil Mar, a luxury resort located on the golden Placencia Peninsula. Named from a Maya term meaning “beautiful sea”, Chabil Mar offers guests oceanfront luxury in a beautiful natural setting complete with a lovely tropical garden.

Located just a five-minute walk from the popular Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is home to the famous Cafe Mar restaurant that serves up delicious local favorites as well as international cuisine. Chabil Mar is a luxury villa resort that combines tasteful local aesthetic with every modern convenience, including multi-zoned air conditioning, free wireless internet and modern kitchens. Relax in comfort and style enjoying a fresh-made cocktail at the Barefoot bar or explore the peninsula with the use of complimentary bicycles, sea kayaks and golf carts.

Just a few miles offshore is the world-famous Belize Barrier Reef, an enormous coral reef ideal for snorkeling, diving, sailing, and swimming. On the mainland, the top vacation destinations in Belize are just a short distance from Chabil Mar, including the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, the Garifuna village of Hopkins, the bio-diverse Monkey River, and the Maya ruins of Xunantunich, Caracol, and Cahal Pech.

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.

 

St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2016

inland blue hole belizeLocated in Belize’s western Cayo District near the capital of Belmopan, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is a site of natural beauty spanning more than 500 acres (2 square kilometers) in size. Three of the principal attractions are the inland Blue Hole, St. Herman’s Cave, and the Crystal Cave.

Visitors to the park usually enter off the Hummingbird Highway. Located about 200 yards from the visitor center is St. Herman’s Cave which was used for centuries by Maya priests to conduct ceremonies and to collect water dripping from stalactites that they considered to be holy. St. Herman’s Cave is an enormous underground structure but it is possible for unguided visitors to make their way approximately 200 yards into the cave before they will need a trained guide to go further. At the rear of the cave is a stream, allowing visitors to float their way back to the cave entrance using an inner tube.

St. Herman’s Cave is connected by an underground stream to the Blue Hole, often referred to as the Inland Blue Hole to prevent confusion with the Belize Blue Hole located offshore in the Belize Barrier Reef. The (Inland) Blue Hole is where the underground stream comes to the surface, providing visitors with a source of cool and refreshing water for swimming. Formed by the collapse of a cavern, the Blue Hole measures about 8 meters (26 feet) deep and is almost perfectly round with a diameter of 100 meters (330 feet).

Beyond the Blue Hole lies the Crystal Cave, sometimes called the Mountain Cow Cave. Visitors will need the assistance of a trained guide to explore spectacularly beautiful stalactites and caverns shimmering with accumulated crystalline structures. Just as with St. Herman’s Cave, the Crystal Cave was a sacred cite for the Ancient Maya who believed that it was a nexus to the world of the gods.

During the path to the country’s independence, Belize acquired the land in and around St. Herman’s Cave, declaring it a park on November 23, 1986. In order to maintain and preserve the natural beauty of the park, foreign non-profit organizations were brought in. Currently, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is maintained and operated by the Belize Audubon Society.

The park is located approximately 12 miles southeast of Belmopan and both entrances are located immediately adjacent to the Hummingbird Highway. The principle entrance leads to a visitor center, gift shop, hiking trails, a picnic area and the path to St. Herman’s Cave. The second entrance leads to a picnic area, hiking trails, washrooms and leads directly to the Blue Hole.


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.