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Chabil Mar Villas – Beach Vacation Getaway In Belize

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Chabil Mar Villas is a perfect beach vacation getaway in Belize for families, multi-generations  and couples who are looking for a intimate luxury boutique beach vacation.   Located on a quite beautiful beach with easy access to Placenica the town, guest can walk, bike, kayak or take golf carts ride into town. Hop on the Complimentary nightly shuttle service is available to guests who want to enjoy multiple Restaurants in Placenica.

Chaibil Mar offers quiet 1 and 2 bedroom villas, spacious rooms decorated in the Caribbean theme with natural wood through out the decor. The villas have a full kitchen, large patio and spacious living and dining area for a family to spread out and enjoy the destination without have to pack and un-pack every 2 or 3 days.

There are 2 outdoor pools and easy access to the beach. The landscaping around the property is  well maintained along with the flagstone paths that lead to the 2-story villa buildings.

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Chabil  Mar offers quiet 1 and 2 bedroom villas, spacious rooms decorated in the Caribbean theme with natural wood through out the decor. The villas have a full kitchen, large patio and spaciou living and dining area for a family to spread out and enjoy the destination without have to pack and un-pack every 2 or 3 days.

There are 2 outdoor pools and easy access to the beach. The landscaping around the property is very well maintained along with the flagstone paths that lead to the 2-story villa buildings. While all of the resorts along the 16 mile long Placencia Peninsula are listed as Placencia Hotels, Chabil Mar is 3/4 of a mile to the center of Placencia Village.

There are many dining options at Chabil Mar you can choose where you want to dine, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dining Venue Options:
-  Cafe Mar Beachside
-  Your Villa’s Personal Veranda
-  Poolside
-  On the Pier under the stars
-  Kaleidoscope Bar & Lounge
-  ”You Catch It – We Cook It”
-  Private Chef, Serving Staff and Custom Menus
-  Outdoor Grills
-  Fully equipped kitchen within the Villa
-  Placencia Village Restaurants

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Placencia Village location offers easy access to take advantage of the many Restaurants and eateries at your leisure as often as you wish.

The main features of the Chabil Mar are the
-  Quiet villas
-  Beautiful beach setting along Placencia Peninsula
-  2 outdoor pools with views of the sea
-  Beach side restaurant
-  Outdoor bar
-  Easy access to town; walking, biking & golf cart
-  Private patios, spacious kitchens, and washer/dryer units
-  Free use of kayaks and bikes
-  Concierge service for activities and day tours
-  Free Wi-Fi

The one and two bedroom Luxury Seafront Villas are situated on the beach, private personal verandas with uninterrupted views of the sea. The first-floor Seafront Villas have steps leading down from the veranda onto the beach. The second-floor Seafront Villas offer panorama views of the Caribbean, ideal for skies at sunrise and nocturnal views of the starry skies.

The two-bed, two-bath Villas have a master bedroom with king-size bed and en-suite bathroom and a second bedroom with queen bed and adjoining bathroom. The one-bed, one-bath Villas have King-size bed with en-suite bathroom. Two-bedroom Villas, with loft space and 2 additional single beds.

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The white sands of the Caribbean located in front of the property are ideal for honeymoons ,anniversaries, to enjoy the quiet relaxed local ambiance of the area. Spend  4  - 7 nights on the beach then head into the Jungle for a mainland experience. The jungle lodges provide day excursions to some of Belize’s national parks, Mayan ruins and cave adventures along with hiking or zip-lining.

Meet Our Central America Destination Expert

PATSY JAMES - BELIZE TRAVELPOINS Patsy James
Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of BelizeCosta Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama andPeru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

Patsy can be reached at 1-800-626-3482 FREE

 

Belize- Fun Activities To Do On Vacation

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Seeking something different on your vacation, snorkeling, fishing,sightseeing, adventure, culture, romance or family fun. Belize has the sights to see and places to visit that are full of activities and amazing experiences for you to discover. Belize is your Central American destination full of incredible activities from  Mayan Ruins, Caving, snorkeling, birding, fishing, hiking, sailing and relaxing, there is plenty to see and do while you relax on vacation.

Most travelers seek activities that they are interested in seeing or doing.  Here are some of our top 5 fun activities to experience with your family or spouse or friend in Belize.
Belize – 5 fun activities to do on vacation in Belize

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Cockscomb Basin & Jaguar Preserve – Walk with a guide who will interpret the flora and fauna that make this national treasure such an amazing place.  The Cockscomb basin is one of the world’s first jaguar preserve and national park with trail leading to waterfalls, home to large variety of birds, reptiles and mammals.  The Jaguar Preserve is a sanctuary for the large wild cat, it’s unlikely you will see one however.  Your guide will show you possible Jaguar tracks along with the possibility of seeing a tapir and other wildlife.  Cockscomb Basin is also home to one of Belize’s highest points — Victoria Peak.

Caye Caulker & Shark Ray Alley
Caye Caulker & Shark Ray Alley – Enjoy an up close encounter with sting rays and nurse sharks while snorkeling this in shallow water.  Your excursion starts out on a Catamaran from Ambergris Caye to Caye Caulker, then a brief stop and lunch and back out for sailing and snorkeling with the Rays & Shark.

Tikal Guatemala

Tikal Guatemala.  The ancient Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Caracol are one of many sites it Belize and Guatemala.  Spend a full day exploring the incredible ruins of Tikal in Guatemala in the midst of a rainforest teeming with woldlife.  This ceremonial city, built by the ancient Mayans and abandoned over 1,000 years ago, boasts several magnificent structures.  Only a small portion of the city has been unearthed, and in the process over 3,000 separate building have been revealed, temples, shrines, ceremonial platforms, residences, ball courts, terraces walkways and plazas.

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Tikal Temple Guatemala

Barton Creek Cave Excursion
Barton Creek Cave Excursion is a 1/2 day excursion cave tour by canoe or by inter-tube.  On the way to the cave, you will drive through the traditional Mennonite village of Upper Barton Creek.  Upon arrival you will board a canoe and had almost tow miles into this remote cave, once used by the ancient Mayans as a burial site and for ceremonial purposes.  The cave is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites.  Observe pottery shards and bones with the help of your guides spotlight.  Return to the lodge.

Lobsterfest in Placencia

If you plans take you to the small town of Placencia in the month of June, plan on attending the Placencia Lobsterfest, celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize. This year, the festival is scheduled from June 27-29, 2014 and is organized by the Placencia Village Council and the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association. Thousands of local and international visitors are expected to attend.

Whale Shark Diving

Whale Shark Diving is an incredible experience for beginner and seasoned diving enthusiasts.  Around the time of the full moon in the spring, whale sharks congregate in the southern Belizean reef system near Gladden Split to feed on the spawn (eggs) of red snapper other fish.  These giant members of the shark family are wildly considered to be docile and harmless, despite the fact they can grow up to 50 feet in length.

Meet Our Belize Expert

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Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

Belize Travel Adventure Getaway

Belize Travel Adventure Getaway Vacation Package 8-Days / 7-Nights

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Belize is a travel destination for the soft to enthusiastic adventurer looking for a getaway vacation that is active, fun and inspiring.  This  adventure beach vacation is  ideal vacation for honeymooners, active singles or couples, families and travelers who want a unique adventure experience from the ordinary with each day bringing new experiences and stories.  In Belize your active vacation adventure may include excursions to Mayan Ruins in the jungles, waterfalls, sucba diving the blue hole, snorkeling the barrier reef, fishing for bonefish or tarpon, cave touring, birding for tropical birds, trekking for Pumas or relaxing on the beautiful beaches.  Belize  is a bucket list must for anyone who wants a little adventure on vacation.  At the end of the day, you may want to end your adventure in a cozy boutique resort hotel which can accommodate your budget.

 

 

 

 

 

Belize has a range of hotels to choose from moderate to luxury resorts, all small in comparison to large beach resort hotels in Cancun Mexico and the personal service to go with it.  Belize offers unique lodging in cottages located in the Tree Tops called “Treehouses”.  These Tresshouses are separate small one bedroom cottage build among the tree canopy with panoramic views.  A few of the jungle lodges have these cottages and they are very popular.  Then on the beach, you have the Thatch Roof Cabanas that offer a Caribbean style atmosphere and ambiance.

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Jungle Lodge Treehouse Cottrage Belize

Most of the accommodations are geared for every generation, with a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service.
If you are a snorkeler, a diver , fisherman or someone who enjoys the water and sun, Belize has it all. There’s world class reef fishing for tarpon, or permit, bone or even deep sea fishing  is minutes away from any beach resort.  Ever thought about renting an island for you family, wedding or anniverary?
Belize has the perfect spot.

Belize Adventure & Beach Get-Away Package 8-Days / 7-Nights
This seven night package includes a visit to an  exciting Jungle lodge in the Cayo District and a relaxing, calm stay on the island Ambergris Caye. This package includes, your lodging, some meals, listed  tours, round trip domestic flight, round trip boat and ground transfers hotel taxes and hotel service fees.

Day 1    Once you arrive into Belize City  you will clear customs, and walk through the terminal to the     outside where you will be met by a driver who will drive you to  the Jungle Lodge. The scenic drive will take about 1 and half hours.
Day 1-5    4 nights stay Jungle Lodge
You will enjoy any room you choose at the Jungle Lodge. They will offer accommodations in TreeHouseses, suites, cabanas and comfortable bungalows. My favorite is their River View or Canopy view TreeHouse. Their River view Tree houses is 75 feet above the  River. They have a screened living room, which allows for panoramic views of the jungle and river below. The raised bedroom overlooks the living room. If your family needs more beds, Cave’s Branch will include bunk beds and/or a futon sofa bed in the living room. There is a full indoor bathroom with a beautiful shower. These Treehouses are amazing, comfortable and very special, where else can you say you stayed in a Treehouse on vacation?

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This package includes your choice of  3 daily  adventures tours (some tours will have a surcharge) All meals from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure including local beers, local rum drinks, juice, sodas and water during your entire stay.

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Day 2    After breakfast you will enjoy a full day of soft hiking and exciting adventure. Your drive and expert guide will take you into the jungle where you will begin your hike to the Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), also known locally as “Xibalba” or ATM, This notable Maya archaeological site includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas of skeletal remains in the main chamber as well as untouched pottery dated back many, many years.  The best-known is “The Crystal Maiden”, the skeleton of a teenage girl, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance. After your exuberating hike, you will return to Cave’s Branch for a nice relaxing swim in their pool or a cold drink on the shaded porch. Dinner will be ready shortly.

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Day 3    Today after breakfast or in the afternoon, you will enjoy one of Belize’s River-Cave Tubing Expedition. Belize has many underground rivers for you to explore. This tour combine’s cave tubing and cave exploration. You will explore one of Belize’s cave systems where you will see ancient Maya Ceremonial centers, pottery, artifacts, altars, jade and the actual footprints of the Shaman and priests dated to 400 A.D.  When you return you may take a short walk around Cave’s Branch’s medicinal garden or relax on your Treehouse porch listening to the monkey’s chatter and sounds of birds.

Day 4 Today begins with another hearty buffet breakfast and a tough decision to make.  You have so many choices of activities it will be hard to decide. You can visit the exciting Zip Line Park, a famous Water fall, the exciting Black Hole or maybe you will visit the Mayan site of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins. Other tour options are River Kayak Trips, Tikal or you can trek in the pristine Jungle with local bushmen guides. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Whatever you choose to do today your day will be exciting and memorable no matter what you do.

Day 5        Today is your departure day from your jungle lodge. Your driver will drive you back to the Belize airport for your short flight to the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. This short flight will take you above the coastline of Belize. Have your camera ready, the water, the coastline is something you will want to capture. When you arrive into San Pedro you will be met by a driver who will drive you to the boat dock. The captain of the boat will greet you and take you up the coastline to a small boutique beach resort.

Day 5-8      You will love the next three nights on the Beach of Ambergris Caye.  Your beach cabana will be comfortable and relaxing.   This hotel  is located north of San Pedro, and sits on the most beautiful beaches of the island.  If shopping, nightlife and culture is something you want to see, San Pedro is just 15 minutes away by boat. Many of the best restaurants including  are located north of San Pedro.  Your thatched roof cabana is on the sand and offers a view through the front picture windows of the beach. You’re spacious and airy cabana is relaxing, comfortable and very unique.  Each cabana has a good size deck with deck chairs and hammocks overlooking the beach.
After you arrive and check in you may enjoy a walk on the beach, a nap in the hammock or a nice cold juice by the pool. It’s time to soak up the sun and enjoy life.

Day 6 & 7    When you are ready, your continental breakfast will be waiting for you as well as a nice cup of hot coffee or tea.  Today you can relax on the beach, or sit by the pool. Maybe you will decide to snorkel or swim in the beautiful turquoise water.  Portofino can arrange a snorkel, dive tour for a fishing adventure for you if you like. The reef is just a short distance from the shore. Or maybe it’s a birding adventure you’d prefer. Over 40% Belize consist of protected areas for animals and birds. Portofino can assist you with any adventure you are looking to do.

Day 8        Time to say Good Bye to Belize and head back home. Your water taxi  boat captain will take you back to the San Pedro dock where you will then be driven to the Airstrip. Your flight back to Belize City will take only 15 minutes and you will arrive in time to catch your flight back to your original destination.

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Our Belize specialists love to travel and have been to Belize, so they can offer first hand knowledge and advice about the hotels, resorts, regions, and all the unique attractions that make Belize an extraordinary vacation destination. Our specialists will recommend the places to go, things to see, and activities to do that fit your needs and desires.

They’ll also advise you on the proper documentation required for entry into Belize. You’ll receive correct and up-to-date travel information so your vacation will be worry-free!  Contact us 1-800-626-3483 or visit our web site at www.belizetravelpoints.com

 

Eco Tourism Package – Belize

Check out an Eco tourism package that includes Belize specials to Chaa Creek.  Book now for dates between May 1-30 and June 1-30 and get 15% Discount.

Welcome to Chaa Creek, a Pioneer in Adventure Travel to Belize since 1981.  As a private 365-acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, this Belize Resort has provided a unique adventure travel experience for thousands of people while maintaining an unspoiled ambience. Chaa Creek Inland Expeditions caters to the traveler looking for both physical and intellectual challenges, and range of programs and activities have been designed to stimulate interest in the environment, culture and archaeology of Belize.

Chaa Creek’s jungle lodge has 23 comfortable palm-thatched cottage rooms including two Garden Suites or a Complete Garden Suite with Jacuzzi, two Tree Top Jacuzzi Suites, an Orchard and Spa Villa and a Macal Cottage with Jacuzzi, all nestled along the riverside in a setting of unmatched beauty and tranquility. Travelers share stories and relax at our verandah bar before enjoying delicious meals in the Chaa Creek restaurant. Guests interact with nature while exploring the river, miles of well-maintained forest trails, Maya temple sites, and through activities such as hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking and bird watching.

Package includes:
 

    * 3 Nights lodging in beautifully appointed luxury cottage accommodations traditionally constructed by local artisans utilizing indigenous hardwoods.

    * All meals with daily special recipes featuring the seven Belizean ethnic groups, Maya, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese and Mennonite.

    * A guided interpretive tour of our Rainforest Medicine Trail which showcases traditional Maya folk remedies that are extracted from the plants of the surrounding tropical forest.

    * Early Morning Bird Walk with one of our Naturalist Guides within Chaa Creek’s 365 acre nature reserve where over 308 species of birds have been documented.

    * Guided horseback riding within our Ruta Maya Trail System where your naturalist guide will highlight the various unique plants and wildlife species native to the reserve.
Rates starting at $600 per person

 

For more information call us at: 1.877.250.8864
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Belize Travel Chaa Creek

Chaa Creek has something for just about any traveler.  With several lodging options, plenty of activities, a spa, nature reserve, and fully-equipped conference center, this versitle resort has what you’re looking for.

The resort is also very family-friendly, catering adventures and activities to kids and grandparents alike. So bring the whole family and get ready for a fantastic vacation experience.  Talk with our Belize & Costa Rica experts about your vacation to Belize.  Or call us at 1-800-284-0292.

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Andy James of James TravelPOINTS recently vacationed in Belize with his family. Some of the eco-adventure included Jungle Lodge stays, Luxury Island Accommodations, Mayan Cave Exploration, Bone Fishing and swimming with the Rays & Sharks.  Read the review below… 

 

Belize is a place–and an experience– marked by excitement and adventure. In one week my family (my wife, a teen-aged son and a teen-aged daughter) explored thousands of years of history, walked through caves and jungles of the enchanted ruins, and saw one of the world’s largest outdoor zoos. The mainland and coastal cays are remarkable wonders. We traveled on rivers, through jungles, over mountains and coral reefs, into expansive underground caves, and under glorious waterfalls. Through it all, there was an incredible collection of wildlife.   After hiking through the jungle and visiting Mayan ruins and the bat cave, we retired to the beautiful jungle lodge, that is located in the Cayo area. After dinner, we discussed the day’s activities with our hosts and another guest. Another evening was spent in Blancaneaux at the Blancaneaux Lodge. While there we hiked down the Mopan River to Rock Falls, a 100-foot waterfall where large pools of smooth, clean water beckons swimmers to relax and cool off.

 

Our next destination was Ambergris Cay. (A “cay” is a small low island or reef of sand, rocks, etc.) The cay had white, sandy beaches and coconut palms. It was the perfect place to relax in a beautiful tropical atmosphere. There was also a touch of “civilization,” with seaside restaurants, waterfront bars, miles of beaches, superb resort hotels, and the reef.

 

Ambergris Cay is just a short hop from Belize City. We stayed at Ramo’s Village and Cayo Espanto. Ramo’s Village is a quaint resort hotel with grass huts, a good restaurant, and a great location. Days were spent snorkeling and bone fishing. Evenings were spent taking a short walk into the town of San Pedro for dinner and limited shopping.

 

Fishing in Belize is world class! A guide took us bonefishing and we had a very successful day.

A visit to the new resort island of Cayo Espanto unveiled a romantic paradise. Individual huts have their own splash pools, private docks, and all of the amenities that are needed for a relaxing stay. Island guests can relax, take a paddle boat ride around the island, bonefish off of their private docks, and eat wonderful meals.

Belize is a destination that provides a lot to see and do. If you are interested in learning more about my family’s trip, or you would like to plan a trip like this for yourself or your family, e-mail our office at info@travelpoints.com or call at 1-800-626-3483.  Visit our web site www.belizetravelpoints.com