10 Amazing Day Trips to Take in Placencia

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016

Located on the Caribbean coast in southeastern Belize, the Placencia Peninsula is 16 miles of golden sands and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Below are 10 amazing day trips that visitors staying in Placencia can enjoy:

1 – Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary


Measuring over 150 miles in area, the sanctuary is home to a rich variety of landscapes and wildlife, including some of the last native jaguars in Central America.

2 – Bird Watching


Belize is home to hundreds of species of migratory and local avian species, including toucans, scarlet macaws, and red-footed boobies.

3 – Xunantunich



Excavated for more than a century, this impressive Maya city yielded up a major surprise in the summer of 2016 when a team of local archeologists discovered the largest royal tomb ever discovered.

4 – Inland Blue Hole

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Located in St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, the Inland Blue Hole is a spring-fed circular body of bright blue water formed from the collapse of a cenote, the perfect place for a quick dip on a hot day.

5 – Monkey River

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Enjoy a boat tour up this pristine river, home to thousands of unspoiled acres of jungle where crocodiles, tapirs, toucans, and monkeys frolic.

6 – Laughing Bird Caye


Measuring over two acres in size, the Laughing Bird Caye National Park is a protected nature reserve just 11 miles off the coast of the Placencia Peninsula, home to the laughing gull and dozens of other species of birds, marine mammals and flora.

7 – Snorkeling at Silk Caye


The crystal clear waters make Silk Caye the ideal place for first-time snorkelers to marvel at the rainbow of marine life that thrives in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

8 – Diving With Whale Sharks at Gladden Spit

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Whale sharks are the largest fish species in the world’s oceans, and once a year they migrate to the waters off of Placencia  to feed by the light of the moon. Few experiences can compare to interacting with these playful, gentle giants of the deep.

9 – Placencia Village

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The unofficial capital of the peninsula, Placencia Village is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat, a cocktail made from fresh local ingredients, purchase handcrafted souvenirs, and to mingle with locals.

10 – Fishing the coastline

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The interior side of the peninsula is home to a mangrove-lined lagoon, the ideal spot for anglers to try their luck at fly fishing and flats fishing for dozens of species, including tarpon, bonefish, and permit fish.

Where to Stay in Placencia

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If you are already thinking about where to plan your 2017 vacation, why not consider Placencia? The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar is located just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village. Featuring elegantly appointed villas, the resort has its own gourmet restaurant, swimming pools, and lush tropical garden. Guests at the resort can enjoy organized tours at all of the attractions listed above, a great way to make the most of your fabulous Belize vacation.

For more information about visiting Belize or Placencia in 2017 , 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.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins in San Ignacio, Belize

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2016


Now perched on the highest hill overlooking San Ignacio Town, the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech were originally built as an enclave for the elite. Located in a gorgeous natural setting and surrounded by tropical birds and colorful jungle fauna, Cahal Pech is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Belize. An informative museum on the grounds gives visitors an introduction to the hilltop city and features a dazzling collection of artifacts found at the site.

Layout of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Today, archeologists have excavated a total of 34 structures in Cahal Pech in an area measuring just over two acres in size. The “downtown” portion of Cahal Pech includes several temple pyramids, residence buildings, and seven impressive courtyards. The tallest structure on the site is a temple that measures 77 feet high. Other attractions at Cahal Pech include a ceremonial altar, five historical stelae, and two ball courts.

History of Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

Archeologists estimate that Cahal Pech was first founded around 1,000 years Before the Common Era. During the Classic Period (300-800 of the Common Era) of the Maya civilization, most of the surviving buildings, including the largest temples and palaces, were constructed during this time. Around the year 800, the citizens of Cahal Pech abandoned the city for unknown reasons, particularly mysterious because nearby Maya sites in Belize continued to be thriving population centers for several more centuries.

Although the original name for the site is lost to history, today it is called Cahal Pech, a combination Yucatan/Mopan Maya term meaning “place of the ticks”. This was the name local cattle farmers in the 1950s gave to the area.

Cahal Pech Maya Ruins Tour Information

Visitors to Cahal Pech are encourage to wear comfortable, loose, lightweight clothing and proper shoes. Long pants are recommended over shorts as they will help give additional protection from insects. All visitors are encouraged to bring plenty of drinking water, and fair-skinned individuals are recommended to make ample use of sunscreen and hats.

The Cahal Pech Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Sunday, and contains a reconstructed model of the entire site.

Chabil Mar in Placencia & Cahal Pech Maya Ruins

The award-winning Chabil Mar resort on the Placencia Peninsula offers its guests organized tours and vacation packages that include a visit to Cahal Pech. Guests can choose to include a tour of Cahal Pech as part of the resort’s popular Belize Reef and Jungle vacation package.

For more information about things to see and do in Belize, 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.

Leisure Pro, an online scuba diving magazine features Belize as a diving haven

Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016

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In its November edition, Leisure Pro magazine printed an article promoting the “Caribbean Paradise” of Belize as an excellent diving haven. Leisure Pro highlighted the fact that Belize is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, an ideal location that every diver should have on their to-do list.

The Belize Barrier Reef is a thriving ecosystem home to dozens of species of coral that provide shelter and feeding grounds for a cornucopia of marine life, including hundreds of species of fish, three species of saltwater turtles, dolphins, rays, seahorses, manatees, whale sharks, and jellyfish. Large stands of seagrasses, anemones, and starfish make reef diving in Belize an exploration of an underwater world exploding with color.

The Leisure Pro article also made special mention of the Turneffe Islands. Located beyond the Belize Barrier Reef, these islands measure 30 miles by 10 miles. Although the islands are home to thick stands of mangrove trees that attract anglers for their abundant fishing opportunities, Leisure Pro magazine recommended that divers explore the waters off of the southern tip of the islands.

Another popular diving destination recommended by Leisure Pro magazine include Glover’s Reef and Lighthouse Reef. Although Lighthouse Reef is one of the smallest islands offshore of Belize, it is home to the Belize Blue Hole, a nearly perfectly circular body of deep azure water that was rated by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 diving spots on the planet. Divers can descend more than 400 feet as they explore a series of underwater canyons created at the end of the last Ice Age more than 10,000 years ago.

One of the reasons why Belize has recently become one of the hottest vacation destinations for scuba diving enthusiasts is that Belize is the only country in the region where English is the official language. Belize is also blessed by year-round air temperatures that rarely exceed the mid-80s Fahrenheit or sink below the low 70s, making the weather and water ideal for scuba diving no matter when you choose to visit.

Located on the sunny sands of Placencia Peninsula just a few miles from the best spots on the Belize Barrier Reef for scuba diving, the luxury resort of Chabil Mar features  elegantly-appointed villas, a gourmet restaurant, and a full range of modern conveniences. Chabil Mar offers its guests comprehensive scuba diving and snorkeling packages to all of the best spots along the reef, including the Turneffe Atoll, the Belize Blue Hole, and trips to Gladden Spit Marine Reserve to swim with whale sharks.

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.

The Baca Academy Helps Placencia Youth and the Community

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016


Today on the blog, we’re taking a moment to focus on the Baca Academy. One of Chabil Mar’s esteemed staff, Luis Torres, has been passionate about the Baca Academy for years, a local school that works to improve the lives of children in the villages of Placencia and Independence near the resort.

Luis Torres, beyond his outstanding abilities as a proud member of the Chabil Mar staff, has been a member of the Belize national soccer team for the last seven years. Luis has traveled around the world, visiting 11 different countries while representing Belize during soccer tournaments, guiding both youth and men’s teams.

Luis graduated high school in Independence in 2005 and later Independence Junior College in 2009, earning an Associate Degree in Tourism Hospitality and Business Management. Luis helped lead his schools to three national championships, twice with his high school and once while playing with Independence Junior College. The pinnacle of his career came in 2013 when he played for Belize’s national team during their competition in the CONCAF Gold Cup in the United States. In 2016, Luis was declared the Most Valuable Player for the regular season.

baca-academy-group-photoLuis has spent the past three years working full-time at Chabil Mar as a waiter and bartender. With a generous spirit and an infectious smile, Luis has shared his passion for the game of soccer with youths from the nearby villages of Placencia and Independence, helping instill an appreciation of the benefits of hard work, dedication, sportsmanship, and team values.

Luis believes that team sports like soccer play a positive role in the community, improving the health and welfare of young people in the area. Luis also admires soccer for its unifying ability, bringing large groups of people together to enjoy the athleticism and drive of the younger players. Luis has dedicated significant amounts of his time and energy working with the Baca Academy to help youngsters realize the many benefits of participating in team sports like soccer.

Although Luis and the players lack nothing when it comes to enthusiasm, the Baca Academy has struggled to provide the equipment and gear needed to help the kids properly train and participate in league matches. Baca Academy has suffered from a shortage of spare soccer balls, training cones, soccer shoes, and other equipment, which is why Luis came to us, asking if we would help spread the word.

Anyone who is interested in sponsoring or assisting the Baca Academy in purchasing equipment and supplies can contact Luis at this email address: princebacatorres@yahoo.com.

The Belize International Yoga Festival

Posted on Thursday, November 10th, 2016


The ROM (Rhythm of Change) Om Shanti, Belize is proud to announce that it will host the country’s first international yoga festival. Starting on December 31, 2016, at 6:00 AM at the Harbour View Greens located at 12 Fort Street in Belize City, the First International Yoga Festival will feature a variety of classes, workshops, and healing service to close out the year in holistic style.

As the last day of the year draws to a close, participants can enjoy the unique sounds of MC Yogi, a DJ and peace-builder who will guide participants into the early hours of the New Year with music, yoga myths, mantra, and magic. The International Yoga Festival will feature yoga classes throughout the day on New Year’s Eve, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative, Vipassana, Yoga Nidra, AcroYoga, Partner Yoga, and special sessions for children. Holistic healing services will also be conducted, and a wide variety of natural products will be on sale during the event.

The Belize International Yoga Festival is the first of its kind in the country. All proceeds will go towards ROC Om Shanti Belize, a non-profit organization dedicating to using innovative approaches, including yoga, meditation, and wellness to furthering peace, love, and harmonious relationships. The International Yoga Festival is a great way to avoid the crowds, excessiveness, and turbulent energy of other celebrations. The Belize International Yoga Festival is dedicated to creating a relaxing, clean, and uplifting event to sow the seeds of positive change in Belize.

Special guest star MC Yogi has served as an ambassador for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Present at the Belize International Yoga Festival will be international journalists from around the world, including The Yoga Frequency which has covered yoga events in India, Europe, and the United States.

Tickets are available at ROC Om Shanti‘s website. For children under 12, there is free admittance to the festival. For adults, the all-access pass is $175 or attendees can choose to attend the MC Yogi workshop separately for $100 and the MC Yogi Concert for $100. Sponsorships for this unique and special event are also available.

Once you’ve refreshed your mind, body, and spirit at the International Yoga Festival, you can head down to the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula to enjoy the unique beauty of southern Belize. The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar is the perfect place to relax in a beautiful tropical oasis and enjoy popular activities like snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving or sample the fresh, organic dishes served up at the resort’s gourmet restaurant.

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.