Placencia, Placencia, Belize
At a Glance
Nestled between the jungle and the longest coral reef in the Western hemisphere
Offers superb scuba diving around the cayes and bays of Belize's Caribbean coast
On mainland Belize rather than on a remote caye so within reach of country's interior attractions too
Ideal for honeymooners and couples looking to get away from it all and the gorgeous villas are superb for families too
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Placencia is located very close to the equator. The tropical weather is usually hot and humid, with humidity often reaching 90%. Placencia has higher humidity than many other parts of the country. Temperatures remain pretty much constant throughout the year at an average of 24-27°C, and thanks to the sea there is not much difference between daytime and night time temperatures either. Seasons are defined in terms of precipitation, with marked wet and dry times of year. The rainy season lasts from May to November and the dry season from February to April or May.
To start planning your holiday to Turtle Inn
Movie Director Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn is a rustic Indonesian style beach retreat set back from a narrow stretch of pearly white sands gently lapped by the Caribbean Sea on Belize’s southern coast, outside the sleepy Creole village of Placencia.
Turtle Inn is an oceanfront hideaway with 25 individual thatched beach huts in the Stann Creek district of Belize. Charming cottages and villas of bleached thatch and native wood mingle with palm trees and are naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Each of the accommodations has beautiful artisan-crafted furnishings and just beyond the private deck white Caribbean sands dissolve into a clear water world of unspoilt coral reefs and exotic fish.
Turtle Inn offers three distinct restaurants where one can savour mouthwatering seafood dishes, home grown fruits and vegetables or pizza from their authentic wood-burning stove. The Turtle Inn also features the Sunset Spa, an open-air Balinese Rice House decorated with painted murals inspired by ancient art and boasts stunning views of the Placencia Lagoon. The spa specialises in Thai massage and only uses locally-sourced organic ingredients for its treatments. In addition, two swimming pools offer a choice of freshwater and saltwater bathing.
Experience the world’s best salt water fly-fishing or snorkel in miles of untouched barrier reef. Visit the world’s only jaguar reserve or cruise up the Monkey River and observe tropical birds, iguanas, manatees, crocodiles and howler monkeys.
The Turtle Inn offers 28 Balinese-inspired cabanas that feature artisan-crafted furnishings, bathrooms with luxury bath and a private deck for relaxing offering beachfront views of paradise giving a perfect balance between luxury and natural beauty.
Children are welcome to come and stay at the Turtle Inn. There is a kids camp run for a few hours a day where children can enjoy activities such fishing, feeding the turtles or picking vegetables from the Organic Garden. The Gelato Bar offers a fun, supervised space where kids can enjoy delicious locally made gelato. Babysitting is also available upon request.
The Turtle Inn boasts two swimming pools (one family and one adult-only), three restaurants, two bars, a spa and provides complimentary use of pedalo boats, kayaks, snorkel gear and bicycles. There is also a gift shop and dive shop where you can rent sailing boats.
The Turtle Inn offers complimentary activities such as cycling, swimming and kayaking. Activities at an additional charge include scuba diving and PADI dive courses, fishing, wildlife excursions, spa treatments, Mayan ruin excursions and salt water fly fishing.
Sammy Green (Staff)
I really liked the rooms at Turtle Inn, they are spacious and the location of the seafront cottages is fantastic, with the doors opening straight on to the sand. There are complimentary kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment for guests to borrow, ensuring there is plenty to do. The beach at Turtle Inn is long but quite narrow, and there is some sea grass close to the shore. There are also two swimming pools if you don't fancy a dip in the sea!
Mrs Katharine White (Guest)
Lovely cabana on the beach, I am glad we paid the extra for this, some of the gardenview cabanas looked dark and a bit close to the road.
Bar /hotel staff generally excellent.
Food, good sometimes, slightly erratic in terms of quality in the main restaurant.
Great wildlife and birds on the property.
Beach, rather depressingly had quite significant amounts of plastic ( including syringes) washing up onto the sand. A real worry for the local enviroment down in Placencia.
There is a lot of development and draining of the local mangrove swamps going on around the hotel, I fear this will ruin the local eco -systems and the village within 5 years or so.
Mark Beken (Staff)
Although many people comment on the fact that the decor is Balinese and doesn't really fit into a typically Belizean experience, I found on the contrary that it works really well. Turtle Inn is a great place to finish up on the beach, and has access to some of the best diving in the country, although you need to travel out by boat 30 minutes or more to reach these dive spots. The food here was truly excellent, and one of the nicest things about Turtle Inn is that the hotel will give you a cycle to head into Placencia a mile or so away, which is a wonderfully ramshackle Garifuna town with a couple of fun bars and restaurants, great for whiling away the afternoon hours.
Bocawina Zipline & Waterfall Rapelling
Fly along Belize's longest zipline course for an energising adrenaline rush, followed by rappelling the face of Bocawina waterfalls. Ideal for the adventurous, this is an exciting way to explore the rainforests that line Belize's coastline.
Cave Tubing - Caves Branch
Float on rubber tubes on crystal clear waters, through majestic caverns with breathtaking stalagmite and stalactite formations. Discover the secrets of the ancient Mayas tubing through an underground realm known as the Mayan underworld.
Monkey River Tour
A fantastic wildlife adventure for families or couples, this boat trip along Monkey River will bring you up close to howler monkeys, crocodiles, toucans and other exotic species as you are immersed in lush jungle and surrounded by the animals' calls.
Paddle Boarding Placencia
The waters in front of Turtle Inn provide the perfect spot for beginners to try stand-up paddle boarding for the first time, and also allow seasoned paddlers to go for a long ride to one of the mangrove islands or try to spot manatees in the lagoon.
Placencia Lagoon Kayaking & Wildlife
Kayak across the peaceful Placencia lagoon on this early morning tour, exploring the mangrove ecosystem and observing the region's rich wildlife. Look out for crocodiles, turtles, manatees and even dolphins with the help of your expert guide.
Salt Water Fly Fishing Placencia
Experience some of the best fishing in the Caribbean. The productive sand and coral flats off Placencia combine to offer the chance of salt-water fly fishing’s grand slam: permit, bonefish, tarpon and snook.
Scuba Diving Placencia
The Caribbean's largest barrier reef lies just offshore from Turtle Inn, offering divers a magnificent diversity of coral and marine life to explore. In addition, a number of easily accessible cayes nearby have their own reefs and underwater ecosystems.
Clear, calm waters combined with an abundance of fascinating coral and fish make Placencia a premier spot for snorkelling in Belize. Spend the day exploring exotic coral species and keep an eye out for a dazzling parrotfish, angelfish or barracuda.
Sunset Cruise Placencia
The sunset over the distant Maya Mountains is nothing short of spectacular and there is no better place to see it from than the calm waters of the Placencia Lagoon. The cruise lasts from 60 to 90 minutes and includes hors d'oeuvres and Coppola wines.
Visit Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve
Explore the Cockscomb Nature Reserve on foot as you go on the hunt for wildlife, including the elusive jaguar. Begin with a nature hike and discover the medicinal properties of the region's plants, learning about the rainforest as you go!
Location & directions
Placencia, Placencia, Belize
Turtle Inn is sandwiched between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and the Creole fishing village of Placencia at the tip of a narrow 26-mile long sandy peninsula. To the east, the Caribbean Sea is studded by a patchwork of coral cayes and the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage site.
Directly behind Turtle Inn to the west lie the calm waters of the Placencia Lagoon and spectacular views of the Maya Mountains and Victoria Peak. South of the Placencia Peninsula is the Monkey River.
How to get there
12-hour international flight (overnight in Miami) to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. From Belize its a 30-minute domestic flight to Placencia. Turtle Inn is 10-minutes from Placencia
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