Last Sunday evening, Jennelli Fraser was crowned as the new Miss Universe Belize during a tight competition held at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The 27-year-old Fraser is a native of Belize City and has taken over the title of Miss Universe Belize from Rebecca “Bex” Rath.
During the competition, Fraser demonstrated her charm and competence in all four different segments of the pageant. Fraser will go on to represent Belize in the Miss Universe Pageant, which will be held on December 16, 2018, in Bangkok, Thailand.
There was fierce yet friendly competition amongst the 11 contestants at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel to win the coveted title of Miss Universe Belize. Before the pageant began, Fraser published a statement on social media, saying, “I’ve never been so excited in my life about becoming an ambassador for my country. I want to thank everyone for their kind messages and support, and nothing means more to me than the respect and trust of the Belizean people.”
With a packed crowd in attendance, the pageant began promptly at 6:30 PM with a round-robin session where each contestant shared a snapshot biography of themselves with the pageant’s host, William Neal. Following the group introductions, Neal then brought each of the 11 contestants onto the stage for a question and answer session based on their biographies.
Things began to heat up during the second stage of the pageant, the swimsuit modeling competition. Sponsored by Pink Boutique, a popular local fashion retailer, Fraser demonstrated her poise and beauty with a spectacular performance.
After the swimsuit modeling competition, the audience was kept entertained with a thrilling performance from local up-and-coming artist Justin Castillo. The third segment of the pageant, the evening gown modeling competition, narrowed the field down to just five contenders, Ashley Reid, Selena Urias, Kiah Pastor, Christalyn Castillo, and, of course, Jenelli Fraser.
The fourth and final round of the pageant was a question and answer session with topics ranging from the decriminalization of marijuana to bullying. After tabulating the scores from all four rounds, Fraser was declared the winner. The second runner-up was Christalyn Castillo.
“We salute all 11 of the amazingly beautiful and intelligent young women who competed last Sunday in the Miss Universe Belize pageant,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar Resort. “And we congratulate Ms. Jennelli Fraser on her outstanding performance and look forward to seeing her represent Belize on the world stage.”
Although it’s mostly a technicality, Doyle’s Delight in the Toledo District is the highest point in Belize. Measuring some 3,687 feet (1,124 meters) high, Doyle’s Delight is a peak in the Maya Mountain range that span much of Belize.
Because Doyle’s Delight is just a spur that is slightly higher than the surrounding mountain range rather than a true peak, it had no official name for most of Belize’s history. The current name was coined by the legendary animal rights activist and founder of the Belize Zoo Sharon Matola in 1989. Referencing a quote from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the author of the Sherlock Holmes books) book “The Lost World” that refers to Belize as a “wild and wonderful country,” Matola named the area Doyle’s Delight.
Although recent scientific measurements have revealed that it is actually eight feet (two and a half meters) shorter, Victoria’s Peak was long considered the highest point in Belize. Victoria’s Peak is a National Monument located in the eastern part of the Maya Mountains inside of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Hiking to Doyle’s Delight is relatively easy due to the shallow slope of that part of the Maya Mountains, but reaching Victoria’s Peak requires difficult hiking, and for much of the year, the trail is impassable. For hikers interested in visiting Doyle’s Delight, there is a small survey marker placed at the point by the British military in 1970.
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is an enormous protected conservation area in southern Belize and the world’s very first jaguar preserve. More than 200 jaguars roam the 150-square mile (400-square km) CBWS, although they are nocturnal creatures rarely seen by visitors. Most people visit the CBWS in order to enjoy the fantastically diverse environment which includes gorgeous tropical flowers, hundreds of bird species, and exotic wildlife, including monkeys and all five of Belize’s big cat species. The CWBS is also home to several lovely waterfalls, deep pools, river rapids, and an unexcavated ancient Maya site that was abandoned more than 1,000 years ago.
If you’d like to attempt to visit Victoria’s Peak or simply admire the view from the surrounding mountains and valleys inside the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the best place to stay is Chabil Mar. Located on the stunning shores of the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, Chabil Mar is a luxury beachfront resort with lovely villas, a tropical garden, two infinity swimming pools, and a gourmet restaurant and bar.
According to Fodors Travel, anywhere on the Placencia peninsula you can dive along the reef, swim in the warm sea water, look for scarlet macaws in Red Bank Village to the southwest (between December and February), explore the Mayan ruins at Mayflower and hike to the waterfalls there, or, on a full day trip, travel to the Mayan sites at Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit near Punta Gorda, or treat yourself to some of the best sportfishing in the country.
As you will see in these beautiful photos, Placencia Peninsula is the destination you have to visit for your next vacation.
1.) Placencia is not only known for having nice white sandy beaches but also for its delicious and succulent sea food.
Mexico’s largest airline, Aeromexico, has just announced that it will be flying to Belize for the first time in the company’s history. Beginning on Saturday, November 17, 2018, Aeromexico will begin flying non-stop from the Mexico City International Airport to the Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City.
The new Aeromexico schedule features two flights a week between Mexico City and Belize City. Each Saturday and Sunday until April 28, 2019, the Aeromexico flights will depart at 8:30 AM from Mexico City and arrive in Belize at 10:30 AM. The return flights will depart each Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon and arrive in Mexico City at 2:25 PM. At the moment, the only flights between the two neighboring countries are provided by Belizean air carrier Tropic Air which flies between Cancún, Mexico, and Belize City daily.
The announcement of the new Aeromexico flights comes less than a week after Canadian air carrier WestJet declared that it will be adding two new weekly flights to Belize from Calgary and Toronto. Currently, WestJet operates three flights a week from Calgary and Toronto to Belize City, and archrival Air Canada flies four times a week to Belize from Toronto during the winter season. WestJet’s new flights will bring the total to nine this winter season, giving Canadians even more options for visiting Belize.In a similar vein, COPA Airlines, the national carrier of Panama, has concluded a new interline agreement with Belize’s own Tropic Air. Currently, the only COPA Airlines flight to Belize departs from Panama City, but the new interline agreement will allow COPA Airlines passengers from across the carrier’s vast network in the Western Hemisphere to continue their journeys onward in Belize aboard a Tropic Air flight without having to buy a separate ticket or re-check their luggage.
“We are very excited about all of these new flights to Belize,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “Whether from Canada, Mexico, or from across Central and South America, we warmly welcome visitors from all around the world to our lovely enclave on the beach.”
Chabil Mar is a boutique luxury resort located on the stunning Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, perfectly situated near both the attractions like scuba diving and snorkeling on the reef as well as the top destinations on the mainland such as national parks, ancient Maya sites, caves, and the rainforest.
With so many fun festivals and national holidays packed into just one short month, September is one of the best times to visit Belize.
Below is the complete guide to all of the best September celebrations in Belize:
Battle of St. George’s Caye Day Festivities
In 1798, Spain and Britain contested rule over the area with a tremendous maritime battles in the waters offshore of St. George’s Caye. After a week of close-quarter fighting, the British ultimately prevailed, sealing the fate of Belize as a British colony for the next 200 years. Belize has been an independent country since 1981 but continues to celebrate the momentous battle every September 10 that led to Belize being the only nation in Central America where English is the official language.
Portrait of a boy with the flag of Belize on his face.
September 21 marks the official commemoration of Belize’s independence from Great Britain with parades, street parties, and throngs of people proudly waving the red, white and blue colors of Belize’s flag. September 21 is the national holiday but Independence Day festivities begin up to two weeks earlier with the period between Battle of St. George’s Caye Day (September 10) and Independence Day being a virtually non-stop explosion of musical celebrations, parades, dancing, eating, and imbibing.
Expo Belize Market Place
More than 17,000 people are expected to attend this popular event that showcases the products and goods of Belize. Activities include dancing, singing, sampling a wide variety of local food, and plenty of shopping from booths set up by local vendors. Expo Belize Market Place will be held on September 15-16 in 2018.
Similar to events in New Orleans and throughout Latin America, Carnival is a colorful display of parades, music, dancing, and partying spectators that line the streets of Belize City. Elaborately-costumed individuals will march and dance in their efforts to be crowned the king and queen of Carnival.
This unusual festival takes place in the streets of downtown Belize City, with thousands of exuberant party-goers celebrating the opening morning of Carnival Day with a riotous mix of chocolate and paint.
The multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula is currently offering discounts for the months of August and September. Guests can partake in all of the popular September festivals by booking now to take advantage of these amazing discounts.