It Is Now Easy to Get to Belize From Canada

Posted on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
On July 23, 2017, WestJet announced that it will be adding a second Belize route beginning on November 3, 2017. The new non-stop flight will connect Calgary (YYC) to Belize City (BZE) with weekly departures throughout the 2017/2018 winter season.

WestJet became the first Canadian airline to fly non-stop to Belize in more than 20 years when it began operating its popular Toronto-Belize City route in October 2016. After an immensely successful 2016/2017 winter season, arch rival Air Canada announced that it will begin also flying non-stop from Toronto to Belize.

As a former British colony, Belize is the only nation in Central America where English is the official language. Although its territory is roughly the same size as the American state of Massachusetts, Belize has a small population of just 360,000 people. A true melting pot society, Belize is enriched by its many indigenous cultures, including Spanish-speaking Mestizos, German-speaking Mennonites, and the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people.

Belize has a long Caribbean coastline and hundreds of offshore islands and coral atolls strung out along the enormous Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Belize Barrier Reef is a mecca for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing.

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning luxury resort located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. Chabil Mar has lavishly appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, elegant seafront pier (perfect for open-air dining), and a gourmet restaurant serving three daily courses of seafood, tropical cocktails, and delicious local and international fare.

Chabil Mar means “Beautiful Sea” in the local Maya dialect and is conveniently located close to the Belize Barrier Reef and offers guests a number of Belize vacation packages to enjoy all the exciting adventures that the islands have to offer.

Chabil Mar is also close to all of the top attractions on the mainland, including bird watching and hiking in the vast trackless wilderness of the Cockscomb Basin Nature Preserve (home to some of Central America’s last surviving jaguars), boat expeditions up the well-named Monkey River, and explorations of ancient Maya cities like Tikal, Xunantunich, and Nim Li Punit.

Chabil Mar is  a perennial TripAdvisor favorite thanks to its outstanding customer service and world-class amenities. All guests of the resort have the complimentary use of bicycles, paddle boards, sea kayaks, and high-speed wireless internet.

For more information about visiting 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.

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Discover Scuba Diving in Belize

Posted on Monday, July 24th, 2017

Every year, thousands of professional divers from around the world come to Belize to plum the biodiverse waters of the Caribbean. Belize is blessed to have more than 200 miles of offshore reef, part of the second-largest barrier reef system in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although coral reefs form just 1% of the ocean, they are home to a staggering 25% of all marine life, and Belize is home to a wide variety of fish, shark, ray, sea turtle, and dolphin species who use the reef as a nursery and feeding ground.

Some of the top dive spots in Belize include:

The Great Blue Hole

Sometimes known as the Belize Blue Hole, this natural phenomenon is a perfectly circular stretch of deep azure water measuring over 300 meters (984 feet) across and 108 meters (350 feet) deep.

Nestled on the inner side of Lighthouse Reef, the Great Blue Hole was known only to local fisherman until famed French marine biologist and documentarian Jacques Cousteau visited the area in 1971 and declared that the Great Blue Hole was one of his top 10 dive sits in the entire world.

Turneffe Atoll

Located approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) offshore of Belize City, Turneffe Atoll is just one of three coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere. Using the coral and thick vegetation for cover, thousands of aquatic species spawn here, making it a natural feeding ground for predators. The shallow waters, bright white seafloor, and thick density of marine life make this one of the best places to enjoy a “color” dive in Belize.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Located just offshore from the tourist island of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve contains a natural cut in the reef that many different species use to transit between the outer and inner portion of the reef. As a result of all this “traffic,” the area is a diver’s paradise where it is easy to find large schools of nurse sharks and rays on the hunt for prey.

Gladden Spit

One of the furthest points of the reef from the mainland of Belize, Gladden Spit is part of a larger marine reserve that also contains the three Silk Islands. The islands plus the spit itself contain a gentle underwater slope that gives divers a chance to explore every layer of the active biosphere that contains more than 25 different species of fish.

Chabil Mar has a complete set of scuba diving vacations that include expeditions to all of the locations listed above.

For more information about diving 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.

 

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Placencia Yamaha Saltwater Fishing Tournament

Posted on Monday, July 24th, 2017

One of the most exciting fishing tournaments is set to begin in Placencia, Belize on September 9 &10, 2017. The two-day Marelco Yamaha Fishing Tournament is a chance for anglers to compete in a number of different categories:

  • Kingfish – 3 points per pound and a minimum of eight fish caught
  • Barracuda – 1 point/lb and a minimum of 12
  • Jack – 1 point/lb and a minimum of fishExtra points will be given on the following basis:
  • Wahoo – 5 points/lb with a minimum of 15
  • Dorado – 5 points/lb with a minimum of 7
  • Tuna – 3 points/lb with a minimum of 5

All fish caught during the tournament must be weighed during the same day in order to qualify. All competing boats must leave the dock at the same time every day and return by the finish time on each day of the tournament. Only lures are allowed and no loose (bare) hooks, cast nets, or live bait is permitted. Registration for the competition closes Friday evening, September 9, 2016.

Although it is not necessary, all competitors are strongly encouraged to obtain a Sport Fishing License from the Placencia Tourism Center in Placencia Village or from the Coastal Zone Management Authority Institute on Princess Margaret Drive in Belize City.

For more information about the tournament, click here.

Chabil Mar

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With luxuriously-appointed villas just a short walk from Placencia Village, Chabil Mar is a great place to stay for competitors and those attending the Marelco Yamaha Fishing Tournament.

Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning resort with its own private beach on the Placencia Peninsula. From a Maya term meaning “beautiful sea”, Chabil Mar is a boutique luxury resort that features its own lush tropical garden, a gourmet restaurant and bar on site, and a full-service spa. All guests of the resort have full use of the facilities, including a private seafront pier ideal for dining or relaxing, free high-speed wireless internet, and the complimentary use of bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boards.

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Belize: An unbeatable family vacation destination

Posted on Friday, July 21st, 2017

Belize Family Vacations

Kid-friendly Belize is the Ultimate Family Vacation Destination

 Lots of people call Belize the Kid Capital of the Caribbean. You’ll probably agree once you visit. Unlike neighboring nations, everyone speaks English in Belize, white beaches stretch forever, there are all sorts of ancient Mayan cities hiding amid thick jungle and rain forests and when your youngsters catch their first glimpse of mysterious, ceremonial caves open for exploration to visitors of all sizes, they’re going to be transfixed. Even the flowers, plants, trees, animals and exotic creatures will capture your child’s imagination. They’ll call it awesome. You’ll call it heaven.

Here are 6 reasons why Belize is a great family vacation destination:

1. Your kids can race down beaches, build sand castles and scream their heads off in the surf year-round, and you’ll never have to worry about offending neighbors, shoppers or disapproving parents. Kids love the sun, the water and the vibe they feel from the moment they arrive in a land where the weather’s perfect year-round. As a matter of fact, kids expend so much energy when set free to explore and discover Belize, they’ve even been known to ask to go to bed early!

2. Your kids will learn that zoos are not really the homes of animals, so when you expose them to Howler Monkeys in the wild, manatees that aren’t on TV and hundreds of species of birds (your kids may only have met robins, sparrows and pigeons in urban environments), you expand their minds. Fill your Belize itinerary with a vast array of animal-focused destinations to expose your kids to animal habitats thereby widening his or her horizons.

3. Don’t tell your kids that they will “learn a lot” when you talk about Belize. They don’t want to learn a lot. They want to have fun. But, here’s the amazing thing about kids: regardless of their age, they’re always curious and you can count on them peppering you with questions when you expose them to Belize’s Barrier Reef, Mayan archaeological ruins, jungles, kayaking, deep sea fishing and more. They’ll learn plenty. Just don’t tell them that.

4. Stay at a kid-friendly resort where staff is all about children. A resort like Chabil Mar is so childcentric, staffers frequently know the names of little guests by the time they leave! Chabil Mar has won myriad awards for superior accommodations, onsite appointments, amenities and activities, so even if you stick around for your entire visit, you won’t hear, “I’m bored!” But why wouldn’t you venture out? Belize family vacation packages include excursions designed just for kids; visit our package page to see what awaits from the moment you arrive here: https://www.chabilmarvillas.com/belize-vacation-packages/belize-family-vacation-package-beautiful-sea.html.

5. Belize is a great place to teach children skills and spend one-on-one time with them when work and other obligations don’t claim most of your waking hours. Your child may be ready to learn to kayak or ride a bike, and since both are available through the Chabil Mar concierge, imagine your little one telling schoolmates she piloted a kayak. Belize’s intriguing cultures are sure to feed your child’s imagination once he is exposed to the traditions and foods of this Caribbean melting pot. Even picky eaters have been known to taste yummy ethnic foods on holiday (and yes, it’s okay to promise dessert if they do).

6. Make memories big time on your family vacation to Belize. Because resorts like Chabil Mar like making your visit effortless, you can book the aforementioned package and just about every detail will be sorted so the toughest part of your trip could be packing. Bring nothing but bathing suits, shirts and shorts for everyone and even packing could take no time at all. Check out the Chabil Mar website to start dreaming and while you’re there, let the kids check out the resort so they can see for themselves the adventures that await once your family arrives!


For more information about visiting Belize or traveling to Belize with kids, 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.

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Where Is Belize?

Posted on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Belize is located in Central America between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala. Belize is the only English-speaking country in the region and has a long coastline on the Caribbean Sea.

Although relatively small, Belize has an incredibly diverse landscape, including misty mountains, enormous waterfalls, pristine rivers, savannah, jungles teeming with wildlife, massive cave systems, and hundreds of offshore islands along the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world.

Misconceptions About Belize

Is Belize an island?

No. Belize is on the mainland of Central America, although it does have hundreds of offshore islands.

Is Belize located in the Caribbean?

Belize has a Caribbean culture as well as a lengthy coastline along the Caribbean, but Belize is not technically “in” the Caribbean as it is located on the mainland of Central America.

Is Belize located in South America?

No. Belize is in Central America. For purists that only consider South and North America to be true continents, Belize would be located in North America.

Is Belize in Honduras?

No. Belize was called British Honduras back during the colonial days, but it got this name because the southern part of the country opens onto the Bay of Honduras. Today, Belize and Honduras are two separate nations separated by a narrow band of land belonging to Guatemala. It takes about two hours with a boat to travel from Punta Gorda in the south of Belize to Puerto Cortez in Honduras.

What’s the Right Way to Spell Belize?

Over the centuries, Belize has been spelled lots of different ways, including Belieze, Belise, Balize, and Beleez. The official name of the country in English is Belize, which you better “Belize” matters to the people who live there!

Facts About Belize

  • The official location of Belize is 17 degrees 15 minutes north and 88 degrees 45 west.
  • Belize has approximately 360,000 people.
  • English is the official language of Belize but other languages spoken in the country include Spanish, Mennonite German, Maya, and Garifuna.
  • Belize is about two hours flying time from Miami or Dallas/Houston.
  • Belize has 240 miles (386 km) of Caribbean coastline and hundreds of offshore islands.
  • Belize has a landmass of around 8,860 square miles (22,960 square km), just a bit bigger than the state of Massachusetts.
  • The highest point of land in Belize is Doyle’s Delight at 3,688 feet (1,124 meters).
  • Islands in Belize are known as “cayes” (pronounced “keys”).

Belize Maps

Map of Placencia Belize

Map of Placencia and Chabil Mar

Only about 2,000 year-round residents live in the village located on the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula. The village is a fifteen-minute stroll along the beach or 5-minutes by bike, kayak or paddle board from Chabil Mar. (Click on the Map for Larger Image and to Zoom)

Belize Map in relation to Central America

Central America with Belize

Belize shares its northern border with Mexico and is bounded on the west and south by the nation of Guatemala.  (Click on the Map for Larger Image and to Zoom)

Placencia Reef and Dive Locations Map

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Many of the best diving spots along the reef are just minutes from Chabil Mar. This map shows these, including Laughing Bird Caye and Gladden Spit. (Click on the Map for Larger Image and to Zoom)

Belize Diving Map

Belize Dive Map

Diving locations in and around the Belize Barrier Reef are numerous, and this map shows the best spots. (Click on the Map for Larger Image and to Zoom)

Belize Atolls Map

belize atolls map

Often described as a “coral atoll”, an atoll is a ring of coral that has a lagoon in its center. The circumference of the atoll is dry land, and Belize has hundreds of these atolls in the Caribbean up and down the Belize Barrier Reef. (Click on the Map for Larger Image and to Zoom)

Belize Geography Map

belize geographical map

Belize has a varied geography, with rolling hills and higher elevations in the southwest and west to lush agricultural flat lands in the north and southeast. Rainforest and jungle occupy much of Belize, and the country has a long coastline on the Caribbean with hundreds of offshore islands. (Click on the Map for Larger Image and to Zoom)

Map of Placencia, Belize

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This 16-mile long finger of land is located on the coast of southeastern Belize in Stann Creek District. Chabil Mar is located just north of the village on the eastern side of the peninsula. (Click on the Map for Larger Image and to Zoom)

For more information about 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.

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