Chabil Mar Placencia

One thing that makes Belize such an attractive vacation destination is that it has so much to offer in a relatively small, but uncrowded space. You can be exploring the jungle one morning and then be diving or snorkeling on a coral reef that afternoon. A real surf and turf holiday trip. Distances aren’t great and traffic jams aren’t an issue here.

We’ve got a new feature story coming up soon on a trip where one of our writers had this kind of experience, one that you can easily book yourself without much effort. In some countries it would be easiest to set this up with a tour company, but in Belize it’s often simpler to just tap into a package that is offered by a participating hotel.

Chaa Creek jungle lodge Belize Chabil Mar in Placencia offers a great Swimsuit and Hiking Boots package where they do the “surf” and Chaa Creek does the turf. We’ve just updated our review of Chaa Creek, with some new photos, so go check that out to get a taste. That resort has 365 acres to explore and experienced guides to explain the flora and fauna.

After sweating through the jungle and maybe seeing some Mayan ruins, you make your way to Placencia and relax poolside, on the beach, or on the dock, cocktail in hand as the sun goes down. In both places there are activities and many meals included for rates starting at $3,391 per person. See all the details here and follow this link for photos of the beachfront resort.

But hey, if you’re both beach people and want to leave the hiking boots at home, Chabil Mar offers a great Kick Back and Explore package where you split your time between there and a private island resort offshore: Hatchet Caye. Just 17 miles by boat from Placencia, it’s a short trip, but it puts you right by the world’s second-longest coral reef, right off the shore of Belize.

Get more info here on traveling in style in Belize.