Recently, National Geographic published an article entitled “Best Winter Trips 2018” that included Belize. The article referenced the fact that Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Americas and the famous Great Blue Hole that ranked as legendary French marine biologist Jacque Cousteau’s top 10 favorite dive sites in the world.
Indeed, the National Geographic article described Belize as a “diver’s paradise.” Belize was also highlighted as being a country where English is the official language, making it easy to get around and interact with locals. Other highlights in Belize featured by National Geographic included ancient Maya sites on the mainland.
“National Geographic is right. Winter is the perfect time to visit Belize because that word doesn’t mean anything here,” said Larry France, marketing manager at Chabil Mar. “During the cold winter months in North America, Belize enjoys warm weather and clear, blue skies, making it the perfect time to dive, snorkel, or explore the mainland.”
The best place to enjoy all the fishing, diving, snorkeling, and other activities on the reef as well as explore ancient Maya ruins and other attractions on the mainland is the Placencia Peninsula. Located on the Caribbean coast of southeastern Belize, Placencia is often described as the “island you can walk to” due to its beautiful beaches and laid-back atmosphere.
Placencia is the main gateway to the vast Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site composed of hundreds of gorgeous islands and coral atolls. All the top sites on the reef, including the famous Great Blue Hole, are easily reachable from Placencia.
Placencia is just a three-hour drive from the international airport and can easily be reached by the beautiful Hummingbird Highway or a quick, 15-minute domestic flight. Placencia measures approximately 16 miles north to south but is just half a mile wide, its western shore a large, mangrove-lined lagoon teeming with wildlife and birds and the Caribbean Sea as its eastern shore.
Placencia is also close to all of the top attractions on the mainland, including visiting ancient Maya sites, zip lining through the jungle canopy, exploring sacred sites like ATM Cave, horseback riding, bird watching, cave tubing (using an inner tube to float down underground rivers), rappelling, canoeing, boat safaris on the Monkey River and hiking through the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, home to the world’s only full-time jaguar conservation program.
The award-winning resort of Chabil Mar offering outstanding accommodations just minutes away from all the action in Placencia Village in southeastern Belize. With gorgeous views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, each villa is a richly-appointed two-room suite combining traditional Belizean decor with modern luxury.
Last week, the End of the World Marathon and Half Marathon was held in Placencia. The marathon which began as a celebration of the end of the Maya Calendar in December 21, 2012 has become one of the most sought after running events in Belize.
The race is divided into two categories: a full marathon and half marathon.
Beginning at the football field at the bottom of the Placencia Peninsula, the full marathon (26.2 miles) goes through Placencia Village, Seine Bight Village and Maya Beach. The race then loops back a few miles south of Riversale and ends in the village of Placencia.
The half marathon (13.1 miles) begins at the marathon turnaround and also finishes in Placencia Village.
The End of the World Marathon is not only about running and fun in sunny and beautiful Belize, but it is about giving back to the community. According to the organizers of the event, the proceeds raised goes towards high school scholarships for children on the Placencia Peninsula.
Below are photos of this year’s race. All photos by are by Marion & Ed Carr. Copyright Muzamanzie Photographs, Belize.
6th End of the World Marathon -Belize
Sunday, December 10, 2017 05:30 (GMT-6) – Final results
Click on a green category name to see full results
Chabil Mar has been a proud sponsor of the End of the World Marathon since its inception. For more information about the End of the World Marathon, please don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606.
Perhaps one of the most popular and iconic locally-made drinks in Belize is rum. Made from the abundant sugar cane crop that still plays an important role in the domestic economy, rum is a distilled spirit that pairs excellently with fresh, locally-grown fruits to create unforgettable cocktails or can be consumed neat. Famed throughout the region for its high quality and smooth taste, Belizean rum is something that every visitor is encouraged to try.
Currently, two different domestic manufacturers offer an excellent selection of fine rum in Belize.
Founded more than 70 years ago, Cuello is a family-owned and operated business. Based in the town of Orange Walk in the heart of Belize’s sugar cane farming region, Cuello was founded by Ignacio Cuello, a master blender and distiller who later trained his sons the secrets of how to produce high-quality rum and other spirits. Cuello has their own festive theme song that was composed by celebrated local artist Lord Rhaburn, and the labels on all of their rum varieties celebrate Belizean culture.
Cuello’s signature rum products include:
Caribbean White Rum
Caribbean Rum (Dark)
Caribbean Gold Rum
Extra Strong Rum
Caribbean Coconut Rum
Founded in 1953 by master blender Omario Perdomo, Travellers is the manufacturer of what is perhaps the most famous rum in Belize: One Barrel. A simple gold rum with a smooth finish, One Barrel is a popular choice with both visitors and locals alike. With a fresh, tropical scent, One Barrel rum has natural hints of passion fruit, hibiscus, and papaya.
Travellers Liquor is named for its early success in supplying travelers to and from Belize City with a fine assortment of distilled spirits. Travellers is renowned in Belize for using only high-test molasses, carefully fermented according to traditional practices. Travellers is also the only beverage producer in the country to make liqueurs and wines made from local fruits.
Located in Belmopan, the capital of Belize, Travellers uses only local molasses to ferment and then distill their rum using a triple column still. The rum is then carefully aged and bottled in Belize City.
A few of Travellers most popular rum varieties include:
Don Omario Vintage Rum
Aged Dark Rum
Classic Gold Rum
Cristal Parrot Lite Rum
Classic White Rum
Kuknat Rum (made with coconuts)
Savor a Rum Cocktail at Chabil Mar
If you’re interested in sampling one of Belize’s classic rum formulations, the bar at the Chabil Mar resort in Placencia offers a full complement of delicious cocktails made from 100% Belizean rum. Travelers and guests interested in trying Belizean rum or other locally-made spirits should inquire at the bar in Chabil Mar.
The National Basketball Team of Belize won bronze medals for the country in the XI Central American Games that was held in Nicaragua this month.
The victory represent the first medals for Belize at the games.
According to a release from the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF), Team Belize played their hearts out and held on to close out a 63-58 victory over Honduras to secure the medals.
“While the team was shooting for gold, this achievement against tough competition is encouraging for the BBF’s National Team Programme. Head Coach Milton Palacio, former NBA, Euroleague and Team Belize standout player, has pledged his commitment to continue the process of rebuilding the National Team Programme in developing young players and coaches going forward, and in preparation for the upcoming international basketball competition cycle,” the release from the BBF states.
In February 2018, the first round of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) AmeriCup competition will commence and will see the participation of Team Belize.
The FIBA AmeriCup competition marks the launch of a new competition and Olympic qualifying format, being adopted by FIBA which features a new “home and away” structure for international play.
This new format allows exposure of Team Belize and the country in each round, and permits fans with the best opportunity to provide maximum support when Belize host its opponents at each stage of play. The availability of the soon to be completed Belize Civic Center, with FIBA approved specifications, is therefore considered very timely.
The BBF is a non-profit organization which relies solely on contributions and assistance from the private sector and the public at large for their programmes.
On behalf of Chabil Mar Management and Staff, we extend congratulations to team Belize for winning bronze medals in Nicaragua.
Belizean Roward Garel has won the title of Caribbean Adventure Ambassador of the year for 2017 with 1975 votes, according to a release from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Garel who was born blind is known for using this disability to undertake extraordinary feats. For example, he is the only visually impaired person to ever climb Victoria Peak, the second highest mountain in Belize that stands at over 3,000 feet above sea level.
He has also trekked 74.6 miles from Belize’s western border to Belize City in 5 long grueling days under the hot sun and has dived the world renowned Blue Hole, one of the top diving spots in Belize and the world.
His efforts have been dedicated exclusively to raising funds for the Belize Council for Visually Impaired (BCVI) and has not only increased public awareness of the services offered by BCVI, but the organization has also been able to expand its services to visually impaired people throughout Belize.
For the Caribbean Adventure Ambassador title, Garel went against Jake Kelsick of Antigua & Barbuda (1, 471 votes), Jeremie Tronet of St Vincent & the Grenadines (896 votes), Courtenay Bushman Rooks of Trinidad & Tobago (542 votes), and Mario Rigby of Turks & Caicos Islands (387 votes) who made it to the top five!
“We love the work that you do and we hope that you will continue to spread the spirit of adventure throughout the Caribbean,” the CTO said to all contestants.
On behalf of Chabil Mar Management & Staff, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Garel and the other contestants in the Caribbean that entered the competition.