A Must Try – Street Food in Placencia Belize

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014


Last month while vacationing in Placencia, I was lucky to discover Brenda’s Food Shack, which is located at the tip of the Peninsula, in Placencia Village. Brenda, a talented Belizean Creole, uses local and authentic ingredients and fresh sea food to prepare succulent Belizean lunches.

I had the special of the day which was Belizean Rice and Beans with Jerk Chicken and Seafood Gumbo which was tasty and scrumptious.

If you will be vacationing in Placencia soon, you have to go try Brenda’s Belizean cooking. You will not be disappointed!

10 Stunning Photos from the Belize Barrier Reef

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014

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Last year we had the pleasure of hosting James, the travel blogger behind the website www.escapingabroad.com. If you visit the about section of his site, you will find out that his favorite country in the world is Belize. We here at Chabil Mar do not blame him for that because we understand and appreciate the beautiful things that Belize offers to its 350,000 inhabitants as well as the thousands of travelers who visit the country each year.

One of those beautiful things in Belize that locals and visitors enjoy is the colorful and Great Barrier Reef.  Even Charles Darwin, the world renowned Naturalist loved it that in 1842, he described it as the “most remarkable reef in the west indies.”The Belize Reef not only provides succulent sea food to our people but is also ideal for snorkeling and diving.

In this blog post, we share ten jaw dropping underwater photos from the Belize Barrier reef. All photos courtesy of www.escapingabroad.com.

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Colorful Reef’s

Diving near the atolls and reefs in the Southern area of Belize are some of the most colorful I’ve seen yet.

See also: Belize Sailing Vacations


Sneaky Pipefish

Attempting to blend in but I found him anyway

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Mean Green

Moray eels look meaner than they actually are.

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Hovering Grouper

A Nassau grouper hanging out above a large sponge.

See also: Belize Fishing Vacations

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Spotted morays are smaller than their green cousins but have just as much attitude!
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The first batfish I’ve ever seen! Sure are pretty aren’t they?

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Had to add in a profile photo.. hard to beat how weird these guys look!

See also: Belize Island Vacations
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That’s one only a mother could love!
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Hide and Seek

This small sharpnose puffer fish tried to hide in a brightly colored sponge to no avail!

See also: Belize Scuba Diving Vacations

The Little Guys

It’s always fun to watch the little fish hiding close to the coral for protection.

If you are interested in discovering and exploring the great Belize reef, check out these Belize Sea Adventures. And if you have any questions on Belize, feel free to drop us an email reservations@chabilmarvillas.com

25 Things You Need to Know Before You Travel to Placencia Belize

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Located in southern Belize, Placencia has become a top beach destination in the Caribbean. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world describes this stunning Belizean paradise as follows:

“How you wind up feeling about Placencia really depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s laid-back ambience, varied accommodations and some of the best restaurants in Southern Belize,  this beachfront paradise may well prove to be your personal Margaritaville. If it’s off-the-beaten-path adventure and cheaper living you’re after,Placencia might serve better as a way-station. Come on down for a few days of sandy beaches, sunny skies and great seafood before heading off to less trodden paths.”

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If you are traveling to this beautiful destination soon, here are 25 things you need to know:

  • Placencia Village sits at the very tip of the narrow 16 mile Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize.dolphins
  • Chabil Mar is in Placencia Village, while resorts all along the Peninsula regularly advertise their location as Placencia, they are on thePeninsula,

but as much as 12 miles north of the Village, in the communities of Seine Bight and Maya Beach, for instance.

  • To a lot of people, the Placencia Peninsula feels like an Island but it is not.Less than 2000 people live in Placencia Village.
  • The Placencia Peninsula is also home to two other communities: Seine Bight and Maya Beach.cockscomb trail
  • The name “Placencia” is actually a distortion of Punta Placentia, the name the Spaniards gave to the peninsula in the 1800s.

In English, it means Point Pleasant.

  • The Main Street in Placencia Village is just a sidewalk! In fact, the “Guinness Book of World Records” recognizes it as the

narrowest main street in the world.

  • Many people visit Placencia during the months of April, May and June to swim, dive or snorkel with giant whale sharks at the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve.
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  • Placencia’s Lobsterfest is the village’s most famous festival and is held in June of every year. And it won an award from the Belize Toursim Board

in 2013 as the Festival of the Year!

  • An Arts Festival is held in February each year, that brings artists from all over Belize to showcase their art along the 4071 foot (3/4 mile),

4 foot wide Placencia Sidewalk.

  • Placencia was once a sleepy fishing village.whale shark
  • The Placencia Peninsula boasts 16 miles of tranquil beaches.
  • Many travelers who vacation in Placencia do the Monkey River and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Tours.
  • Placencia has a range of resorts and hotels that can fit almost any budget.
  • Placencia is 35 minutes away from Belize City by air.
  • The road into Placencia Village is bordered by the lagoon on one side and the turquoise Caribbean on the other, and ends at the end of the Peninsula.
  • Placencia is world renowned for offshore fishing, diving and snorkeling.
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  • Placencia is also well known for its very laid-back, no-shoes ambience where locals go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your visit.
  • The average temperature in sub-tropical Placencia is 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The most popular time to visit Placencia is from January through May.
  • Getting around Placencia is very easy.
  • Francis Ford Coppola, the American Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter owns a resort in Placencia.
  • Placencia is home to many world class luxury resorts like Chabil Mar.
  • Laughing Bird Caye is a favorite camping site for reef kayakers who base their expeditions in Placencia.laughingbirdcaye
  • Placencia is also known for its great food and restaurants.
  • The Placencia Lagoon is an imperative breeding area for saltwater crocodiles, marine turtles and the rare and endangered manatees.Dinner plate Lobster Ian Jennifer Belize Wedding Chabil Mar PlacenciaDinner Plate Shrimp