8 Reasons Why Half Moon Caye is an Amazing Caye in Belize

Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018

Half Moon Caye Chabil Mar - Belize Resort

Photograph by by Marius Jovaiša, author of Heavenly Belize

Half Moon Caye is located at the southwest corner of Lighthouse Reef Atoll and just this week was selected as a top dive site by Jacksonville Business Journal, a popular business website in the United States.

Kristina Fazzalro, the writer who put together the article entitled “10 Best Dive Sites in North America” described the Caye as follows: Half Moon Caye in Belize offers divers the chance to go on a wall dive–a dive in which the vertical facades of the earth’s landmasses are explored. The depths at Half Moon Caye (and really at any wall dive) are tremendous, giving you the very correct feeling that you are staring into an abyss. The waters at Half Moon Caye are particularly clear, despite the depth, so you will be able to see all manner of wildlife, including loggerhead turtles, rays, barracuda, and eels.

See also: Atoll & Mainland Belize Vacations

Weather permitting, our dive package can include a trip to Lighthouse to dive the Blue Hole, Half Moon Wall and Long Caye

Of course we agree with Fazzalro’s description on Half Moon Caye and we also have 8 great reasons why we believe this beautiful gem is an amazing Caye in the country. Here are our 8 reasons:

REASON # 1 the fact that the water in Half Moon Caye is ridiculously crystal clear

REASON#2 the fact that the area is diversely populated with abundant marine life like groupers, snappers, hogfish, stingrays, and sand eels and all of these beautiful and colorful creatures are protected under Belize Law

REASON#3 the fact that the spectacular coral growth makes it the ultimate destination for snorkeling and diving in Belize

See also: 5 Ways to get Seduced by Belize

REASON#4 the fact that Half Moon Caye is a historical national park and protected area

REASON#5 the fact that the Caye supports the only viable breeding for the Red-footed Booby colony in the western Caribbean.

REASON#6 the fact that the Island Leaf-toed Gecko, also known as the Belize Atoll Gecko, is endemic to Belize, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world.

REASON#7 the fact that its beaches are clean and gorgeous

See also: Belize Manatees

REASON#8 the fact that it is crescent- shaped and is divided into two ecosystems: on the western side it has dense vegetation with rich fertile soil and on the eastern section it sustains coconut palms and other vegetation.

For more information about Half Moon Caye or 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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Top 10 Things to Do on a Honeymoon in Placencia Belize

Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018

An idyllic Peninsula in Southern Belize, Placencia has been continuously rated as one of the best beach destinations in the Caribbean.

Crystal clear water, white sand beaches, tropical breezes, swaying palm trees, balmy weather, and an incredibly laid back atmosphere are reasons why honeymooners are choosing Placencia.

Beauty of Belize Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Here are 10 romantic things every couple must do on their Belize honeymoon:

Visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Stann Creek District, and near Placencia Village, is the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a globally recognized jaguar preserve which is an ideal destination for honeymooners who want to be close to nature.

Cascading waterfalls, panoramic mountain views, nature trails, furry mammals, colorful insects, scaly reptiles and a variety of neotropical birds are just a few of the many wonderful things that inhabit this spectacular reserve.

Although the jaguar, the largest spotted cat in the world, is what the reserve is famous for, you are unlikely to see one as the cat is nocturnal. However you will see its tracks along with tracks of tapir, deer, and other wildlife that inhabit the nature reserve.

Cockscomb Basin is also home to one of Belize’s highest points — Victoria Peak.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

River Tubing

Honeymooners can also add a river tubing tour to their full day adventure when they visit Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. As you float downstream, the charming scenery will definitely mesmerize your eyes and relax your mind and soul.

Previous travelers had this to say: The Cockscomb Basin is indeed one of the thousands of Belizean treasures. Well preserved and pristine, it is well worth the travel to get there. The trails are well kept, the river tubing is spectacular, the birds and wildlife are abundant, as is the flora and fauna. Beautiful part of Belize, to say the least. A good example of the importance of protecting the environment of Belize. Trails range from beginners to difficult, so there is something for everyone!

Go on a Romantic Kayaking Expedition at Laughing Bird Caye

Kayaking in Placencia is a joy! The crystal clear waters, tepid sunshine and balmy Caribbean breezes that Belize offers make for an ideal kayaking expedition with your loved one.

As you glide across the warm waters, you will observe untouched coral reefs, white sandy beaches and abundant marine wildlife like the amazing sea turtles.

Belize has numerous cayes that can be explored on a kayak.

Laughing Bird Caye National Park which is located about an hour away from Chabil Mar is a favorite stopover mini atoll for honeymooners.

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  Pay a Visit to the Resident Howler Monkeys

Take a boat to Monkey River Village and head up Monkey River and into the jungle to pay a visit to the resident howler monkeys.

Complete your honeymoon adventure along the ride to observe crocodiles sunning along the river banks, along with exotic birds, iguana hanging in the trees, a few bats and lizards and enjoy a delicious lunch with the villagers in Monkey River.

On the way back to Placencia you may even see a few manatees along with their pups.

Howler Monkey Chabil Mar Belize Resort

Explore Ancient Maya Cities

According to archeologists, over 1 million Maya people lived in present day Belize. Today there are a range of Maya temples scattered throughout Belize.

Honeymooners who vacation in Placencia explore famous Maya Temples like Nim Li Punit and Lubantuun in the Toledo District or Xunantunich and Cahal Pech in western Belize. While visiting some of these sites, honeymooners may even add a swim in a jungle river.

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Dive or snorkel – Even with Whale Sharks?

Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize is a diver’s and snorkeler’s dream come true.

Just offshore from Placencia Village over 100 islands dot the coastline providing endless opportunities for honeymooners who are interested in diving or snorkeling.

During the months of April, May and June, around the full moon, honeymooners can dive or snorkel with the giant whale sharks in the beautiful waters of Gladden Spit and Silk Caye Marine Reserve.

The marine reserve is used by over 30 species of tropical fish to release their eggs that the whale sharks munch on.

Both divers and snorkelers can swim with these sharks without any risk as they do not pose any significant threat to humans.

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Go on a Fishing Tour

As a traditional fishing Village, Placencia is the residency of some of the finest fishing captains in Belize. And, due to its location on a peninsula, the lagoons to the west, the Caribbean to the east and the barrier reef 18 miles offshore, while being dotted with multiple islands (cayes, pronounced “keys”), fishing is inherent in the population and history of this beautiful Village of 1500 residents.

A grand slam is a definitely a possibility for honeymoons who vacation in Placencia.

Fishing Casting for Bate Chabil Mar Resort Belize

Enjoy Delicious Belizean Cuisine in a Romantic Setting

Placencia Village is a traditional fishing Village with a tourist element.

It is this small tourist exposure that has encouraged its residents to populate it with amazing gourmet restaurants like Tipsy Tuna, Rum Fish, Barefoot, La Dolce Vita, Secret Garden, Yoli’s, Pickled Parrot, Purple Space Monkey and Wendy’s (no not the fast food restaurant) and these well known restaurants offer a variety of fresh sea food at a reasonable price.

Dotted along the streets are many vendors serving some of the best Belizean dishes in the country, passed down from generations and prepared with local ingredients.

Rum Fish, for example, sells the best fish tacos and if you are into gourmet burgers you’ll have to try Barefoot Restaurant & Bar which is located right on the beach.

Honeymooners can also check out the Italian Gelato Shop that offers incredible and authentic fruit gelatos. Gelato in Placencia? Yes, and we dare say among the best you will ever have the pleasure to put to your palate.

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Go on a bird watching tour

Belize is home to over 600 bird species, many unique to this country, and Placencia’s location is ideally suited for daily access to a range of birding hotspots endorsed by the Belize Audubon Society.

Honeymooners can view a variety of exotic birds in their natural habitat from forest species to pine woodland and savanna species, restricted to riverine areas, and birds associated with higher elevations.

Your tour guide is a professionally licensed tour guide in Belize. Having been raised in Red Bank Village, he brings to his tours a strong sense of Maya tradition and heritage, carried down from his ancestors.  So bring a camera and a keen eye to witness these stunning beauties like never before, Belize’s birds are calling you…..

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Take a Sailing or Boat Ride Tour

Honeymooners can also go on a sailing or boat ride tour to the many nearby cayes like Laughing Bird Cayes, Silk Cayes and Long Coco Cayes to experience Belize’s Barrier Reef which was described by the great Charles Darwin as one of the most beautiful reefs he saw in the West Indies.

Another way to spend the early evening is relaxing and dining on a golden lagoon aboard a cozy pontoon boat, illuminated by the setting sun.

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For more information about things to do in Belize on a honeymoon, 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.

For more photos of Belize, Placencia and Chabil Mar, we invite you to visit our Photo Gallery or view a virtual tour: https://www.chabilmarvillas.com/panoramas/virtualtour.html

 

Belize in January 2019

Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2018

Visit Belize in January

There are few spots more beautiful to ring in the New Year than Belize, a small country located in Central America bursting with lush rainforests, misty mountains, and golden sands fronting the Caribbean Sea. Belize is blessed with warm temperatures, an abundance of sunshine, and colorful wildlife like toucans, parrots, monkeys, jaguars, manatees, sharks, and sea turtles. All of the top airlines in North America, including Delta, United, Southwest, WestJet, Air Canada, and American Airlines now feature non-stop service from major cities, making it easy and affordable to enjoy a January vacation in Belize.

Events and Festivals in January



New Year’s Day

Beyond the fireworks, food, parades, and parties, there’s plenty to do in Belize on the first day of the new year. One of the most popular activities is the Krem Cycling Classic. Beginning in Corozal Town in the north and ending in Belize City, large crowds line the road to cheer on the racers.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior Day

While not an official holiday in Belize, large sections of the local population observe January 18 as a day to honor and celebrate the heritage of one of the 20th century’s most influential civic leaders.

Things to Do and See in Belize in January


There’s always something exciting going on in January, including:

  • Snorkel and scuba dive the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Ride a zip line through the jungle canopy.
  • Bird and wildlife spot in the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve.
  • Relax in a hammock at Chabil Mar in Placencia village.
  • Dive the Great Blue Hole, rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 dive locations on the planet.
  • Explore ancient Maya ruins or ceremonial caves.
  • Dine on some of the tastiest food found anywhere, including fresh-caught seafood and organic local produce.

January Weather in Belize

With plenty of fresh breezes, abundant sunshine, and mild temperatures, it’s no surprise that January is one of the most popular months to visit Belize. Occasional storms from the north bring a dose of rain and refreshing winds.

Where to Stay in Belize in January

One of the best places to stay in Belize in January is the multiple award-winning resort of Chabil Mar. Located on the golden sands of the Placencia Peninsula, Chabil Mar has luxuriously-appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and a beachfront pier ideal for enjoying gourmet meals prepared by the onsite restaurant while drinking in the view of the Caribbean.

Visit 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 winter vacation.

Belize is a Fantastic New Year’s Destination

Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2018

An excellent way to escape the winter blues, Belize enjoys fantastic weather and lots of sunshine in December and throughout the New Year’s festivities.

Beyond the usual celebrations of music, dancing, and beverages, Belize has a number of unique New Year’s traditions. For locals, the last day of the year is a time to lay out a delicious feast of rice and beans, relleno, and turkey while counting down the final hours of December together with friends, family, and loved ones.

Children and adults alike love to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with plenty of fireworks, sparklers, and other pyrotechnics. Whether you’re in a small village or a large town, there are plenty of firework demonstrations throughout the country.

January 1, New Year’s Day, is a time for everyone, local and visitor alike, to spend the day enjoying exciting activities and traveling around the country. One of the most popular activities is the horse race in the village of Burrell Boom in the north. Another New Year’s Day favorite is the bicycle race that begins in Corozal District and ends in Belize City.

One of the best places to enjoy a wonderful New Year’s celebration is on the Placencia Peninsula. Featuring 16 miles of white sandy beaches on Belize’s southeastern Caribbean coast, Placencia is ideally situated just a short distance from world-class snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing on the Belize Barrier Reef. Placencia is also conveniently located close to popular mainland activities like hiking in the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, exploring ancient Maya ruins, and marveling at natural wonders like waterfalls, rainforests, jungles, and exotic tropical birds and wildlife that call Belize home.

The award-winning resort of Chabil Mar on the Placencia Peninsula offers comprehensive “reef and rainforest” packages that combine the best activities on the reef with tours of the rainforest. Chabil Mar also organizes trips to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal just over the border in neighboring Guatemala.

Chabil Mar offers guests the opportunity to enjoy true luxury in a beachfront setting just a few minutes’ walk from Placencia Village. The resort features elegantly appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, and one of the top restaurants in the country.

Why not start 2019 off right with an exciting adventure in Belize? Staying at the Chabil Mar resort and participating in exciting tours of the top attractions in Belize is a great way to renew, refresh, and revitalize your spirit.

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  for New Year’s.

 

Why You Should Visit Belize Now. Not Later!

Posted on Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Did Benjamin Franklin ever visit Belize? We can’t be sure. But there’s a chance he came to this paradise on earth while he was still kicking around because he coined the phrase, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

We suggest you take his advice. Life is crazy these days. You need Belize–its soft breezes, gentle waves, and laid-back lifestyle. You need a beach. Here are just a few of the reasons you owe it to yourself to book your visit today.

-Belize re-defines the color blue. Seriously. Travelers have been known to stare out at the water edging our neighborhoods and communities for hours at a time. Even photos don’t do justice to the Caribbean Sea that surrounds us and if you decide to dive into the Big Blue Hole during your visit, you’ll experience the mother lode of blue.

-“Conde Nast Traveler” magazine editors are happy to provide you with reasons why you should visit now rather than later (https://www.cntraveler.com/story/why-you-should-go-to-belize-now). Belize is trendy, fun, affordable and exotic. Top airlines deliver frazzled North Americans here in just a few hours, so paradise couldn’t get closer, according to the writer assigned to write his love letter to the country’s beauty.

-You could run into celebs who love the anonymity they enjoy here. If you peer over your sunglasses, you could spot frequent visitors like Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. Practice your best “I’m not going to disturb you” behavior, but if you’re in a position to do so, sending champagne their way could earn you a nod of gratitude.

-Find out why the ancient Maya settled in this gorgeous land with all of its natural riches. Visit temples and pyramids. Marvel at wildlife that draws birders. Investigate sacred ceremonial caves. Wander into jungles to explore ancient Maya cities and if you don’t sense the ghosts of the Maya all around you, you need to extend your stay because you’re in worse shape than you imagined.

-Treat yourself to award-winning lodgings. There’s a reason Chabil Mar’s luxury villas with sea-facing verandahs, full kitchens and hand-crafted Belize furnishings and arts are the place to stay if you seek a sanctuary. Take a look: https://www.chabilmarvillas.com/. Remember what we said about coming now, not later?

-Don’t spend your entire time in Placencia curled up in your Chabil Mar villa—even if it takes a Herculean effort to get you off that verandah. Placencia will seduce you with its natural beauty and attractions.

-Belizeans are waiting to meet you. Now is the time to meet the people of Belize—the friendliest, warmest people on the planet. They all speak English, so you won’t have to wave your hands in the air to fill in verbal blanks. They get you.

In fact, you’re going to want to use English to tell them how grateful you feel that you decided to visit Belize now rather than waiting for Benjamin Franklin to remind you that there’s no time like the present.

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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