Belize Barrier Reef Photographed From Space by NASA Astronaut

Posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

belize reefLong known by residents and visitors as one of the most spectacularly beautiful ecosystems in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef was recently seen from a brand new angle when NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, currently on assignment aboard the International Space Station, posted high-resolution photographs of the reef on his Twitter feed.

The gorgeous color photograph taken from space pictures the entire Belizean coastline with the reef clearly visible. “Beautiful Belize coastal waters,” wrote Jeff Williams alongside the photograph. The next few pictures posted by the intrepid astronaut showed Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, commenting, “Fantastic Belize barrier reefs!”

If you’d like to experience the wondrous beauty of the Belize Barrier Reef from a much closer distance, the resort of Chabil Mar in Placencia offers comprehensive scuba diving and snorkeling packages that include lodging and guided trips to some of the best places to swim, dive and snorkel along the reef.

Belmopan Bandits FC is the PLB 2015-2016 Closing Season Champion

Posted on Monday, May 9th, 2016

Photo courtesy: The Amandala Newspaper

After a thrilling game against the Placencia Assassins in the final of the Premiere League of Belize football champions, the Belmopan Bandits secured the win with a 2-0 victory. Playing to a packed crowd at Isidoro Beaton Stadium, the hometown heros Belmopan Bandits and their star goalkeeper Shane Moody fought hard to end the match in a shutout.

After much exciting back and forth between the two evenly matched teams, the Bandits managed to end the deadlock with a minute 29 goal shot from Brazilian midfield Amilton Filho. The arcing hard shot from 35 yards out just managed to escape the control of Assassins goalie Anthony Williams. As the shot from Filho came rebounding to earth, Honduran forward Kervin Johnson outpaced Williams to tip in the goal with an easy kick for the first goal for the Bandits.

The crowd rose to their feet six minutes later when Assassins midfielder Delone Torres used fancy footwork to penetrate the Bandits defense and slide the ball over to midfielder Ashley Torres. The shot from Torres from just 18 feet out was just shy of the mark and hit the left cross bar. A corner kick a few minutes later from the Assassins Luis “Baaka” Torres also hit the crossbar, dashing Assassins fans hope for a chance to even the score.Placencia-assassins

The Bandits relentless attack soon proved its mettle 10 minutes into the half when flying forward Kervin Johnson arced a perfect shot into the middle for Jerome “Jarro” James to punch in to increase their lead to 2-0. The Assassins attempted to regain ground just minutes later but watched in dismay as another excellent shot caromed off of the cross bar.

Due to points, a draw would’ve given the Placencia Assassins the title but it was not in the cards as the Bandits successfully managed to fend off all attacks to end the match with a decisive 2-0 victory. A triumphant crowd roared as the Belmopan Bandits were crowned the PLB Champions of the 2015-2016 season.

In recognition of their dedication and success in this hard-fought season, the management and staff of Chabil Mar would like to congratulate the Placencia Assassins for their outstanding achievement of reaching the finals of the Belize Premier League.


Marie Sharp’s inducted into Hot Sauce Hall of Fame350

Posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2016

marie sharp belizeAt the fourth annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo, held in April 2016, Belizean legend Marie Sharp was formally inducted into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. Noted for being the “quintessential Central American hot sauce”, Marie Sharp’s signature brand of sauces began as a culinary experiment in her kitchen in 1980 and has since grown to become one of Belize’s leading exports.

After relatives and friends continued to clamor for more of Marie Sharp’s sauces, she began her small business in the Stann Creek District of southeastern Belize. Today, Marie Sharp’s line of signature sauces, jams and jellies have become one of Belize’s most recognizable icons and her products are exported throughout Central America, Europe, and the United States.

Still a friendly “Belize-sized” company, approximately two dozen employees work at the modern factory a few miles outside of Dangriga to produce hot sauces in different strengths, starting with mild and continuing to Belizean Heat, Beware, Fiery Hot and “No Wimps Allowed”.

Marie Sharp’s also produces a line of jams and jellies made from locally-grown fresh tropical fruits, with flavors that include banana, guava, mango, papaya, pineapple, coconut and orange. There’s even a red habanero jelly for aficionados of sweet jellies combined with a bit of heat.

Marie Sharp’s is also the premiere manufacturer of Belizean “season all”, a ubiquitous condiment made with annato that forms the backbone of the country’s cuisine. Annato is the seed commonly referred to as “achiote” in Spanish, a popular ingredient in Mexican and Caribbean foods because of its ability to add a warm golden color to dishes.

Chabil Mar, the premiere luxury resort on the Placencia Peninsula, offers guests an exclusive beachfront experience in tastefully appointed villas. The resort includes a bar and restaurant, with plenty of Marie Sharp’s delicious sauces and jellies on hand for guests to sample as well as dishes made with her signature season all Belizean spice.

On behalf of the staff and management of Chabil Mar, we congratulate Marie Sharp and all of her hardworking employees for their success in becoming one of Belize’s most popular and prosperous companies.


Incredible Belize Vacation Discounts for Military Personnel at Chabil Mar

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

belize vacation discountsIn honor of their service and patriotic duty, Chabil Mar resort in Placencia is offering a 15% price reduction on lodgings for active-duty or retired military personnel and their families from the United States, Canada and Belize.

In the past year, Belize has strengthened its relationship with the United States and Canada as part of the “Southern Partnership” and “New Horizons” programs. American and Canadian military personnel are now graciously providing medical and dental care in a number of villages and health clinics throughout Belize. In honor of their service and in recognition that they have only a limited amount of free time to relax in Belize, Chabil Mar now offers these military personnel and their families 15% off all accommodations at the resort.

Chabil Mar, a tropical Belize Caribbean-front resort is located on a private stretch of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. Located just a five-minute walk from Placencia Village, the Belizean-style resort has 19 luxuriously appointed villas and 1 honeymoon suite with an oceanfront view, an onsite restaurant and bar, powerful multi-zone air conditioning and a full range of complimentary services including high-speed wireless internet and bicycle, paddle board and sea kayak rentals.

With the summer season about to begin, now is the time to make your reservation. To obtain the military discount, please contact the resort’s reservations manager. For early reservations, a special offer of one free night is available when you book four nights.

Chabil Mar also offers a number of Belize vacation packages to enjoy the best mainland and offshore adventures that Belize has to offer. Whether you’re interested in visiting mysterious Maya ruins, exploring the rainforest, bird watching or enjoying a leisurely inner tube ride through a series of caves, there’s plenty to do nearby on the mainland. And just a few miles offshore from Placencia is the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO protected site renowned for its rich abundance of colorful marine flora and fauna, the perfect place to dive, snorkel, fish or simply enjoy a spectacular sunset. The staff of Chabil Mar can arrange for a customized tour of land and/or sea sites, including equipment.

To take advantage of these amazing vacation packages and enjoy the 15% military discount, make your reservation today.


Placencia Belize Is An Angler’s Paradise

Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

fishing in BelizeDue to a combination of mangrove-lined lagoons, nutrient-rich flats, and warm tropical currents, the waters in and around the Placencia Peninsula in Belize are some of the best fishing grounds in the world. Whether you’re interested in fishing for grouper, bonefish, permit, tarpon, snapper, jacks or snook, the Placencia Peninsula is truly an ideal spot for anglers.

The luxury resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula is an ideal base for enjoying an unbeatable fishing vacation in Belize. Both spincasting and trolling is possible just minutes from the resort while more adventurous fishing opportunities are available in the waters immediately offshore. For a complete list of amazing fishing vacations, click here. Each fishing package is individually tailored to suit your needs to make sure that you get a truly amazing experience in pursuit of the gamefish that are the most thrilling.

Day and half-day fishing opportunities are also available. Simply contact our knowledgeable staff and we can recommend the best spots as well as provide all of the necessary gear and permits to land some truly amazing specimens. Day and multi-day charters for deepwater fishing or transportation to the nearby atolls in the Belize Barrier Reef can also be arranged.

If other members of your party would rather skip out on your fishing adventures, we offer a number of relaxing options at the resort, including a luxurious spa offering professional massages, a gorgeous infinity pool, and a stretch of private beach to enjoy. The charming village of Placencia, complete with restaurants, shops and cafes, is only a short five-minute walk down the beach. Feel free to bring in your catch to the resort’s chef and have him prepare a gourmet dinner for everyone in your party.

With so many gamefish abundant in the rich waters off the coast of Placencia, the peninsula is truly an angler’s paradise. Fishermen from all around the world come to Placencia to enjoy fly fishing, open cast fishing, trolling, fishing from shallow skiffs, and deep water fishing. If you’re looking for a thrilling fishing vacation, the Placencia Peninsula in Belize is the place to be.

For more information about fishing in Placencia Belize, visit or call (011 501) 523–3606. If calling from the U.S. or Canada, use Chabil Mar’s toll-free number: 1-866-417-2377.