Many people who have gone on a Belize vacation never made it further than the airport and Ambergris Caye. If you hop a prop plane for the short flight to Placencia, however, you can have a true beach vacation at Chabil Mar Resort.

Want to get an idea of what that experience would be like? Check out this great footage for a video tour from flight to adventures to dining by the sea with your toes in the sand.

We’ve been to Placencia a few times now and always have a great experience. This peninsula has a long stretch of sand that’s the best on the Belize mainland and it’s a good jumping-off point to adventure activities. You can head into the water for snorkeling, diving, or fishing, or inland to the jungle and Mayan ruins. Since the peninsula is narrow, you can literally walk to the other side to get on a paddleboard or kayak in calm waters.

Chabil Mar showcases what puts it above the pack in this area though in that video. The resort is right on a prime stretch of sand with a pier that has lounging and dining furniture at the end of it. You can get a cocktail in the infinity pool, kick back in a beach chair, or just watch the sun fade into night from the balcony off your large suite or villa.

This villa resort is not on an isolated stretch of road where you need a car or a shuttle to get anywhere though. You can easily ride a golf cart or bike into Placencia Village. Or just walk there if you’re not in a hurry—which you shouldn’t be in this kicked-back location!  This means it’s easy to go dine somewhere else sometimes instead of being stuck at your resort for every meal, or to go find a local watering hole to connect with locals, expats, and travelers.

Chabil Mar

Chabil Mar can set up adventure activities by land and sea for your dream Belize vacation and many of these are incorporated into their package deals you can find on the website. One can even get you onto a private island: you spend four nights at Chabil Mar and three nights at Hatchet Caye.

You might have heard about this area recently. We’ve been plugging it for ten years and Chabil Mar has been around for 14, but many major magazines woke up this past year and “discovered” Placencia. This luxury hotspot is not new, but it is finally getting more widespread recognition as a vacation playground that’s not very far from the airports of the USA and Canada.

See more in our section on luxury travel in Belize and see more about Placencia’s near-town luxury resort at their site.