Where to travel for summer vacation in Belize

Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Don’t let naysayers tell you that it’s too early to plan your summer vacation. They’re envious. Jealous, in fact. And too disorganized to follow your admirable lead! They’ll be particularly green when you explain that you’re heading for Belize, so make sure they’re forced to look at every one of the photos you snap upon your return!

Truth is, Belize in the summer is a gift you give yourself after a long year of work, listening to too much disturbing world news and juggling too many responsibilities, so because Belize is the only English-speaking country in Central America, your brain is going to get the respite it deserves.

Consider this your planning guide as a precursor to allowing your hosts make all of your decisions once you arrive at the highly-recommended Chabil Mar Villas located just a stone’s throw from Placencia Village. Package customization is a specialty at Chabil Mar, so while there are no fast food restaurants in Belize, this resort took a page from a popular McDonald’s ad: Special orders don’t upset us!

Ask about four- and seven-night all-inclusives and you can shift your brain into auto pilot while having the time of your life (https://www.chabilmarvillas.com/belize-vacation-packages/belize-vacation-packages-a-specials.html).

-Dive and snorkel in a region that’s home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Your job? Show up. From guides and gear to picnic lunches and extras, staff at Chabil Mar will respond to your request for a diving and/or snorkeling package tailored to your taste, time and wallet. Ask to dive the Big Blue Hole if you’re feeling frisky.

-Drop back in time to see palaces, ball fields, temples and entire communities of Mayan ruins alongside a knowledgeable guide who can help you speculate why an entire civilization disappeared off the planet without a trace. Signature archaeologically-focused packages are a specialty at Chabil Mar.

-Even if you’ve explored caves in the past, Chabil Mar jungle and sea packages are unique because there are so many other activities associated with them. Book one and expect to be asked, “What kind of cave tour?” In Belize, you can swim, dive, tube, river cruise, spot wildlife, search for treasures and explore caves all on the same trip.

-There are jungles and there are jungles. Grab your opportunity to set off on day trips to all sorts of jungle environments to spot wildlife, observe birds, study plant life and explore the mysteries of jungle life. Ask to have waterfall and rock scaling locations added to your tour and if you haven’t had enough, there are more Maya ruins within jungles to be visited.

-From saltwater fly fishing to cruising lakes and rivers stocked with freshwater fish, pick your favorite and hold out your hand: the equipment you need will be handed over so you don’t lack a single tool to reel in your catch. You can even rent a private yacht and sprawl across the deck–after all, it’s your vacation package to personalize.

There’s more. Much more. But you have probably already spotted an adventure that’s just your style, so get moving now—before summer reservations at Chabil Mar are fully booked. You have to bring back those photos for your local naysayer, remember?

For more information about travelling to Belize this summer, 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.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2018 Edition in Belize

Posted on Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition features a number of photographs that were taken in Belize.

The 2018 SI Swimsuit edition was shot on location in Belize in November 2017, and excited locals greeted famed photographer Yu Tsai and six models, Tabria Majores, Iyonna Fairbanks, Olivia Jordan, Haley Kalil, Camille Kostek, and Allie Ayers, as they traveled across the country to shoot photos for the legendary publication.

The models were chosen following an open casting call by Sports Illustrated on Instagram. More than 5,000 women applied, but only 35 were chosen for the final round. Ultimately, only six women were chosen, including both first-time models and women with previous pageant and modeling experience.

The models were chosen to showcase women of all colors and sizes. Model Haley Kalil, age 25, won the Miss Minnesota pageant in 2014 and has graduated with honors from St. Cloud State University with a degree in biomedical sciences. She is currently married to Matt Kalil, an offensive tackle with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Olivia Jordan, age 29, is originally from Oklahoma but now works in Los Angeles as a full-time model. She won the Miss USA pageant in 2015. Tabria Majors, age 27, was formerly a movie production assistant in Los Angeles but has been modeling full-time since 2015. Allie Ayers, age 23, is a former real estate investor who has never worked a professional model before but plans to launch a size-inclusive line of swimwear later this year.


Camille Kostek, age 25, is a former New England Patriots cheerleader. Iyonna Fairbanks, age 25, grew up in Cincinnati and now works as a security guard. Although she modeled as a teenager, she felt pressured to straighten her hair and never thought she could pursue a full-time career in modeling. She has praised Sports Illustrated for its commitment to diversity.The photos shot in Belize appear in a section of the Swimsuit Edition entitled “Beauties, Beaches, and Bikinis.” Several islands and beach locations across Belize were used for the photoshoot, including areas in and around the town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. The 2018 Swimsuit Edition is the first time that the magazine has featured Belize since 1972. It is estimated than more than 23 million people will read the 2018 Swimsuit Edition.
Chabil Mar congratulates all of the models and the wonderful photographs of Belize that appeared in the 2018 Sports Illustration Swimsuit Edition.

Escape the Winter Doldrums with a Belize Vacation

Posted on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Right now, winter is wreaking its wrath all across the United States and Canada. But there is one place where the sun is shining and the weather is perfect for T-shirts and sandals. Best of all, it’s just a short flight away from major cities across North America. That magical destination is the country of Belize.

In Belize, it never snows. In fact, the “winter” months in Belize are when the weather is at its finest. Refreshing trade breezes combine with long, sunny days for perfect weather to enjoy outdoor activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, or hiking.

Belize may be a small country, but it has everything you need to enjoy an amazing vacation: beaches, offshore islands, lush rainforests, thick jungles teeming with wildlife, waterfalls, and lots of exotic animals, birds, and plants. No matter where you go, you’ll discover just why Belize is nicknamed “The Jewel.”

For many people, all that’s needed is a quick visit to Google Flights or their favorite travel website, plug in the Belize airport code (BZE), and find a great price on a flight to this lovely Caribbean paradise. Depending on where you live, round-trip tickets can be as low as $300.

Once you’ve got your ticket, all you’ll need is a valid passport, a pair of flip-flops, a few pairs of shorts and T-shirts, a beach towel, swimsuit, and your suntan lotion. And it’s all just 2-3 hours’ flying time away!

The Placencia Peninsula

The best place to escape the winter doldrums is the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize. Located on the Caribbean coast, Placencia is called “The Island You Can Drive To” because of it’s laid-back charm, gorgeous beaches, and narrow isthmus connecting it to the mainland. In fact, Placencia stretches for more than 16 miles from north to south but is just half a mile wide.

One of the finest luxury resorts in Belize is located in Placencia, the fabulous Chabil Mar, which means “Beautiful Sea” in the local Maya dialect. Chabil Mar is a multiple award-winning resort and a perennial TripAdvisor favorite due to its lovely villas, freshwater infinity swimming pools, tropical garden, and a gourmet restaurant. Chabil Mar also has a lovely seafront pier that’s perfect for al fresco dining.

Chabil Mar specializes in creating all-inclusive Belize vacation packages that include all the best that the beach and jungle have to offer. If you’re ready to take a break from shoveling snow, book your vacation with Chabil Mar today.

Visit our website www.chabilmarvillas.com for more information about 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.

Birding in Belize

Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018

birding in Placencia Belize

Want to Trade Twitter for Real Tweets? Go Birding in Belize

Is Belize’s Placencia Peninsula for the birds? You bet it is. Bird watchers couldn’t choose a place with as much avian diversity thanks to plenty of green space, surrounding jungles and rainforests, and watersheds that act hospitably toward anything with wings that roosts here. If you’re a birding purist, you may want a taste of what you can expect to see here before you book your flight and accommodations, so may we take the liberty of introducing you to the Belize birding scene? Allow plenty of time to see as much as you can so you return home relaxed, refreshed and in possession of colorful photos that prove your amazing good fortune.

Do your homework first

How important is a little education? Important enough to morph a nice birding experience into a spectacular one. According to the Belize Audubon Society, 587 types of birds have been spotted here (though other resources insist that number exceeds 600). Most are indigenous, but about 20-percent of them come from North America, proving that humans aren’t the only species wild about flying south. Prepare for your trip by finding a copy of the book “Birds of Belize,” written by H. Lee Jones and published by The University of Texas. This book is loaded with illustrations, so even if you dislike reading, browsing the art alone can help you identify the birds you spot in Belize.

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How to go birding in Belize

If you’ve never before visited this Caribbean hot spot, use an online aggregator to book a flight on any of the airlines now servicing Belize daily: American, United, Delta or Southwest. Competition has spurred price reductions, so go birding here even if you’re on a budget. Book accommodations where an impressive concentration of Belize birds can be found. We recommend Chabil Mar, an excellent lodging choice, because suites are luxurious and well-appointed, onsite amenities like swimming and dining are superior, and you’ll be right in the thick of the action, with easy access to places Belize birds frequent most often.

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What to look for

If you’re a serious birder whose journals are tributes to your dedication and record-keeping, bring a large, new journal for your Belize expedition. Be on the looking for these species: In the trees, identify the Magnificent Frigatebird, Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Roadside Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove and Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Spot these species along beaches, in ponds and lagoons: the Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper and Mangrove Swallow. Search wooded areas for Cinnamon Hummingbirds, Social Flycatchers, Tropical Mockingbirds and Yellow Warblers. If you’re in Belize at the right time of year, you might also record these three in your journal: the Great Kiskadee, White-collared Seedeater and Great-tailed Crackle.

What to bring

A great set of binoculars and digital camera are essential, as is bug repellent and sunscreen, since you could find yourself waiting patiently in jungles and forests for the bird of your dreams to land on a nearby branch. Your birding journal should have room for your discoveries and don’t bring just one pen, because you know what’s bound to run out of ink at the most inopportune time, right? If you’re a stickler for efficiency, this guide (http://www.wildbirds.com/FindBirds/TripPreparation/TripPackingList/tabid/199/Default.aspx) is your ticket to excellent preparation, but for the best experience of all, ask your Chabil Mar host to handle logistics by booking this Belize birding package. You’ll still need those binoculars, but there’s no better way to enjoy a birding excursion than by letting others handle the details!


For more information about birding 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.

Five Hottest Best Things to Do in Belize for Easter

Posted on Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Easter Break is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in Belize due to the fact that more than 80% of Belizeans are Christians. It is a time when a lot of Belizeans are off from work and school and travel around the countryside to enjoy Belize’s beauty.
Not only is the weather perfect on Easter, but it is also a good time to go diving with whale sharks, snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Barrier Reef, as well as exploring the famous Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or even climbing Xunantunich Maya Temples.
Many travelers also head to the exotic and stunning Peninsula of Placencia in Southern Belize to relax on the white sandy beaches or visit Cayo to watch the Cross Country Cycling Race – the biggest sporting event on Holy Saturday.
If you are looking for the hottest best things to do in Belize this Easter, here are 5 things to consider:

Watch the Cross-Country Cycling Race

The Cross Country Cycling Race is a one day cycling race that is held every Easter on Holy Saturday in Belize. It is the biggest cycling event in the country with an estimated distance of some 140 miles. The race has been going since 1928 and its origin has roots in the colonial era when Belizeans had to cycle from village to village to watch sporting events like cricket and football matches.

Visit Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

The ATM Cave is one of the most popular tours in Belize and visitors to this cave attest that the experience is not only breathtaking but also one of a kind. The cave is located in the karstic limestone terrain of Roaring Creek Valley in Cayo and is approximately 5 km long and contains a perennial stream that runs through it including a ledge with twostelae and a large chamber full of intact human remains and Maya pots.
According to Jaime Awe, Director of Archaeology , the ATM Cave was a sacred place to the Maya who utilized the cave during the classic period AD 250-909.
This Easter Break is a good chance to explore and learn more about the remarkable history of this cave.

Dive or Snorkel with Whale Sharks

Easter Break is an excellent time to snorkel or dive with the magnificent whale sharks at the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve near Placencia Belize. The giant whale sharks are attracted to this reserve by the spawn of the mutton and cuberra snapper which they enjoy eating.
For those who do not know, the whale sharks are the largest fish in the world and one of the largest creatures of any kind alive today. Despite their size, whale sharks are remarkably gentle and curious and thus swimming with them is a special treat for divers and snorkelers.

Spend a weekend in Placencia

Placencia was recently nominated as one of the best beach destinations in the Caribbean by Turopia, a popular travel blog in the world and is an ideal eco-destination to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, deep sea fishing, diving and even exploring Maya ruins.
ChabilMar, a guest exclusive resort is located right on the beach and can serve as a base to explore the natural attractions in Placencia and surrounding areas.

Visit Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins in Cayo District

Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins are the most visited Maya sites in the Cayo District.
Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above theMopan River and served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the late terminal Classic periods to the Belize Valley region. Xunantunich’s name means “stone woman” in the Maya language and “El Castillo”, the largest pyramid offers an impressive and panoramic view of the area.
Cahal Pech is one of the oldest recognizably Maya sites in Belize that dates back as 1200BCE and was home to an elite Maya family. The site consists of 34 structures with the tallest temple being about 25 meters in height which is situated around a central acropolis.
According to archaeologists, the site was abandoned in the 9th center CE for unknown reasons.
For more information about the adventures, tours and excursions available to our guests from Placencia and Chabil Mar, chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.
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