Coral Caye, Belize
Placencia, Placencia, Belize
At a Glance
Stunning exclusive-use private island off the coast of Placencia offering a barefoot luxury experience
Part of Turtle Inn, a beautiful resort run by director turned hotelier Francis Ford Coppola
A short 25-minute boat ride will bring you to this secluded paradise
An attentive team of staff will look after your every need from preparing meals to chopping coconuts and pouring drinks
Just two rustic cottages surrounded by the natural beauty of the island, with beaches and mangroves
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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 vacation to Coral Caye
Offering the ultimate private island experience, Coral Caye is a rustic yet luxurious barefoot property which sits a short boat ride from Placencia. Surrounded by the sparkling Caribbean it is a true paradise where the only sound is the lapping waves.
Ideal for a family getaway or couples' escape, Coral Caye is an idyllic private island off the coast of Belize which offers a rustic yet luxurious experience. Part of Turtle Inn, the creation of director turned hotelier Francis Ford Coppola, Coral Caye benefits from the hotel's excursion menu whilst offering seclusion and exclusivity. Adapt to a slower pace of life as you relax in a hammock and enjoy the sound of the waves and exotic birds, disconnecting from reality.
Attentive caretakers, a chef and a butler are the only other company you will have at Coral Caye as they look after everything from meal preparation to pouring drinks and even chopping up fresh coconuts to tuck into or sip a cocktail from. Enjoy fresh seafood and Creole style BBQs, an abundance of fresh tropical fruit and refreshing salads without lifting a finger. Additional services and experiences can be arranged to enhance your stay, including al-fresco massages, guided fishing tours, pre-ordered groceries, champagne or cake to celebrate any special occasions, diving trips and private chefs for a more elaborate dining experience. Camping on the island can be arranged for more adventurous travelers or to help accommodate larger groups.
There are two separate cottages on the island which can accommodate up to 10 guests, each rustic in design yet luxurious, with beach decor, wooden detailing and fresh bright colors to accent these cosy dwellings. The Great House, the only other building on the island, provides an indoor/outdoor living area with a full bar, music, bathroom, kitchen, dining area, board games and a dart board and is the perfect entertainment space, with a sandy floor to emphasise the relaxed barefoot vibe.
We recommend combining a two or three night stay at Coral Caye with a couple of nights at Turtle Inn to experience the best of Placencia and this beautiful Belizean paradise.
There are two separate cottages on Coral Caye which accommodate up to a maximum of 10 guests. Coral Cottage is the most recent addition and is ideal for a couple of family with younger children. It includes a king bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the living room, a full bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower and a front porch with its own hammocks.
Seahorse Cottage is situated away from Coral Cottage amongst the mangroves where there are a number of small coral sand beaches. It features two queen beds, an additional room with twin bed and a bathroom with cold water shower (very refreshing in the Caribbean heat). Decor is elegant yet rustic, with plenty of wood and beach-style furnishings. All buildings have ceiling fans as opposed to air conditioning and there is no TV to encourage enjoying the island life.
Although the real focus here is on relaxation, a number of additional excursions can be arranged so you can relax as much or as little as you please. Activities available include diving on the Caribbean's largest barrier reef, diving with whale sharks (season runs April-June), snorkeling with an abundance of marine life, fishing, swimming, yoga, sunset cruises, paddleboarding, ziplining and visits to Placencia village.
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.
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.
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
Coral Caye can be found off the coast of Placencia in Belize, surrounded by the Caribbean Sea which is studded by a patchwork of coral cayes and the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage site.
How to get there
12-hour international flight (via Miami) to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. From Belize City its a 30-minute domestic flight to Placencia. Turtle Inn is 10-minutes from Placencia and Coral Caye is a further 25-minute boat ride.