Belize, the perfect destination for a surf and turf vacation
The gentle rhythms of the turquoise waters and the sun-kissed beaches of the Caribbean have long made the region a popular choice for vacationers. Belize, a tiny Central American nation with hundreds of offshore islands and more than 180 miles of coastline, offers visitors not only the chance to enjoy an authentic Caribbean experience but also marvel at exotic wildlife, pristine rainforests, and mighty waterfalls on the mainland.
Whether you’re the intrepid traveler eager for an adventure, a family looking for a fun and educational experience, or a romantic at heart looking for the ultimate getaway, Belize has it all. With diving spots rated as the best in the world by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau, tropical islands that are ideal spots for playing castaway for a day, and beautifully green jungles teeming with life, Belize has an ideal combination of land and sea attractions for an unforgettable vacation.
The Belize Barrier Reef
As part of the Mesoamerican Reef system, the second-largest in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef stretches for hundreds of miles. Coral reefs constitute less than 1% of the ocean’s volume but play home to more than 25% of all marine life, the hardened exoskeletons of the living coral serving as a shelter for fish and mammals, a place to feed, and a place to pursue prey. Thanks to the transparent waters of the Caribbean and a bright white sandy sea floor, the Belize Barrier Reef is a world-famous destination for snorkeling and scuba diving who come to marvel at the rainbow kaleidoscope of underwater flora and fauna that make their home amongst the coral.
Rainforests and Jungles in Belize
On the mainland, centuries of careful preservation have blessed Belize with pristine rainforests that have never been logged and natural jungles teeming with wildlife, rare flowers like orchids, and brightly-colored tropical birds. More than a third of Belize’s mainland is either a protected nature reserve or park, giving visitors the chance to enjoy unparalleled horseback riding, hiking, and other activities like sailing through the canopy on a zip line. The forests and jungles of Belize are home to some of its most iconic animals, including tapirs (the national animal), monkeys, and jaguars.
Maya Ruins and Ceremonial Caves in Belize
Thousands of years ago, the mighty Maya civilization dominated most of Central America. The heart of this empire was Belize, lying along the Maya’s most important trade routes, a land where ancient architects constructed impressive pyramids, massive stone temples, and large engineering projects carved out of the jungle. For reasons still unknown to archeologists, this civilization collapsed around 500 years ago, and the Maya abandoned their once-mighty cities.
Today, these ruins are amongst the most popular visitor attractions in Belize. Rediscovered in the last 100 years, sites like Xunantunich, Caracol, and Tikal (just over the border in Guatemala) still retain the power to astonish with their sheer scale, artistry, and beauty. Other popular attractions include sacred caves like Actun Tunichil Muknal, once used by the Maya to perform human sacrifices in an attempt to please their capricious gods.
Belize Surf and Turf Vacation Packages
Chabil Mar offers visitors comprehensive vacation packages to experience the best land and sea destinations in Belize, including:
- Swimsuits and Hiking Boots – Enjoy a 7-night trip that includes a sojourn to the eco-tourism center of the west where you can marvel at butterflies, explore Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, and two full days of snorkeling on the reef.
- Rainforests and Reefs – Stay in a tree-top villa in the middle of a pristine jungle combined with two days of snorkeling and walks along the beach in this 7-day exclusive package.
- Mystical Rainforest and Sandy Toes – Explore Caracol, ride down a river passing through a series of subterranean caves, plumb the depths of the sacred ATM cave, and enjoy a full day of snorkeling with this lovely 7-day vacation package.
- Sanctuary of the 9 Maya Gods – Enjoy a spectacular 7-night vacation that combines the best of Belize and Guatemala. At the five-star Bolontiku Hotel Boutique on the edge of Lake Peten Itza in Guatemala, you’ll enjoy a slice of paradise in between trips to Ixpanpajul and Yaxha National Parks plus a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal.
With an ideal combination of exciting and beautiful destinations on both land and sea, it’s no wonder that Belize has become one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean.
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After being rescheduled due to the arrival of Hurricane Earl in August, Belize will host the regional FIVB Men’s World Volleyball qualification tournament in Belize City on September 24-30, 2016. Competing in the regional qualification tournament along with Team Belize will be squads from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.
The FIVB Men’s Volleyball qualification will be held in a round-robin format with three matches per day, giving fans the opportunity to see a total of 21 games of truly world class volleyball. Teams from the region will start arriving in Belize City on September 22 and the tournament will officially begin on September 24.
The matches will be held daily at 3:00, 5:00, and 7:30 pm. Host Belize will face El Salvador at 7:30 pm local time on opening day, September 24, and will compete at 7:30 on six of the seven nights. At the end of the seven days, the top two teams will progress to the continental round. From there, the top five teams on the continent will head to the World Championships to be held in Bulgaria and Italy.
The management and staff of Chabil Mar wishes all the best of luck to Team Belize.
Although coral reefs account for less than 1% of the ocean’s volume, they are home to a staggering 25% of all marine life. The small Central American nation of Belize is blessed to share more than 180 miles of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second-largest in the world. One of the most popular activities in Belize is scuba diving and snorkeling this amazing reef, including large protected marine reserves like Hol Chan and the famous Shark Ray Alley.
When it comes to breathtakingly beautiful snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities, there are few areas on the planet that can compare to the Belize Barrier Reef. The white sandy sea floor reflects light through the crystal clear waters, transforming the rich abundance of brightly colored marine flora and fauna into an underwater wonderland. Jacques Cousteau, the famous marine biologist and explorer, declared the Belize Barrier Reef to be the most beautiful reef in the hemisphere when his ship the Calypso visited the area in 1971.
Whether you’re an experienced scuba diver or have never been snorkeling before, there are many wonderful places to enjoy exploring the rainbow of underwater life along the Belize Barrier Reef. Amateur snorkelers can see an astonishing variety of fish, anemones, sponges, and other life amidst the coral backdrop in the waters off of islands like Laughing Bird Caye and Silk Caye. Experienced divers can explore the Belize Blue Hole (rated by Cousteau as one of the top diving spots on the planet) and the wild beauty of the Turneffe Atolls.
One especially unique experience is diving with whale sharks in the waters off of Gladden Spit between March and June. Whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean, spend the year migrating across the globe in search of microscopic krill and fish spawn. During late spring, these gentle giants ply the waters of the Belize Barrier Reef, rising up from the depths during the full moon, giving divers an unforgettable experience of interacting with these inquisitive animals weighing up to 21 tons and measuring up to 40 feet long.
The best way to experience a snorkeling and scuba diving vacation in Belize is with a complete package that includes transportation, a licensed guide, and access to the most beautiful sites along the reef. These comprehensive packages include lodging at the award-winning Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula, an oasis of luxury and first-rate customer service.
5 Great Reasons to Visit Placencia in December
December is simply a fabulous month to visit Belize. With lots of clear skies and plenty of sunshine, the weather is truly fantastic in December. As the world has begun to catch up with the fact that Belize is a vacation paradise with lots of things to do and see, more and more airlines have begun to offer non-stop flights from North America to Belize. As the region’s only English-speaking country, Belize is a great place for family vacations, adventures in nature, and romantic getaways.
With close access to both the reef and the top attractions on the mainland, the sandy shores of the Placencia Peninsula are an ideal base for a great December vacation in Belize.
Here are 5 terrific reasons to visit Placencia in December:
The End of the World Marathon
What started out as a semi-humorous way to celebrate the so-called prediction by the Maya that the world would end in 2012 has now become a Placencia classic. Runners can participate in either a half or full marathon as they race up and down the peninsula as throngs of fans cheer them on.
Escape the Rush
The first three weeks of the month (December 1-21) are the ideal time to benefit from the gorgeous weather while escaping the crowds that descend on Belize during the Christmas holidays.
Every Day is a Beach Day
The beaches of Placencia are regularly voted as the best in the country, a truly special honor in a nation with 180 miles of coastlines and hundreds of islands. Perhaps that’s why the locals refer to Placencia as “Barefoot Perfect”.
Lots of Things to Do and See
Although many people choose to vacation in Belize over the Christmas and New Years holidays, the first three weeks of December are also a great time to snorkel and dive the Belize Barrier Reef, explore ancient Maya pyramids and temples, and hike through the pristine rainforests and jungles that make Belize special. And, from Placencia, all these magnificent adventures and treasures are available from one central location.
Located just a few minutes’ walk down the beach from the picturesque Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning guest exclusive resort with its own lush tropical garden, two infinity beach-side pools, gourmet on-site restaurant, and beautiful luxury villas with personal verandas.
Spa days for pampering, on-site concierge to meet your every delight and complimentary use of bicycles, paddle boards and kayaks are just a sampling of the service and amenities at Chabil Mar, so you can be as active or relaxed as you want to be.
In order to take advantage of the wonderful weather from December 1-21 and escape the holiday rush, be sure to book your December vacation in Belize today. Contact our Reservations Manager for more information or to complete your December Belize beach vacation.
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1 – The Weather
Belize isn’t just a great place to escape the winter blues of North America, it’s also a lovely opportunity to enjoy some of the best weather anywhere on the planet with highs around 80F (27C) and lots of sunshine during the Christmas period.
2 – Festive
You’ll hear carols being played in all the cafes and bars, drummers on the street tapping out Christmas tunes, and both locals and visitors alike get caught up in a groundswell of old-fashioned Christmas cheer that’s rarely seen anymore in the United States and Canada.
3 – Surf and Turf
Not just a delicious menu item that you can enjoy at most restaurants in Belize, surf and turf refers to the wonderful vacation packages that top resorts like Chabil Mar offer their guests. By combining a trip to the top sites on the mainland (the “turf”) with scuba diving, snorkeling, and splashing in the Caribbean on the sun-drenched islands of the Belize Barrier Reef (the “surf”), visitors can enjoy a truly varied Christmas vacation.
4 – The Maya
Many visitors come to Belize solely for the opportunity to climb the ancient pyramids and ghostly ruins left behind by the Ancient Maya, touring top spots like Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, and Caracol.
5 – The Language
When you want to relax and unwind on your holiday vacation, there’s simply no destination quite like Belize. As the region’s only country where English is the official language, you’ll never struggle to read signs and menus, talk to the locals, or enjoy the music.
6 – The Locals
Although the country is the size of Massachusetts, a unique blend of just 350,000 locals call Belize home, a mix of Garifuna, Creole, British, German Mennonite, Maya, and Mexican peoples who live together in true harmony. Belizeans are world famous for their easygoing nature, abundant smiles, and natural generosity.
7 – Affordable Airfare
Thanks to new routes announced like Westjet’s non-stop service from Toronto, airlines now connect Belize City to most of the major cities in North America. All these competitors entering this hot market mean that the consumer – you – benefit from reduced airfares and great flights.
Chabil Mar, the multiple award-winning luxury resort on the Placencia Peninsula, is where wonderful winter holiday vacations begin. Located right on the beach just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village, the resort features a lush tropical garden, gorgeous infinity pool, a full-service spa, a gourmet restaurant, and beautifully-appointed villas to make the most of your stay in Belize.
With so many delightful reasons to visit Belize during the winter holidays, you’ll definitely enjoy a wonderful end to the old year and beginning of the new.