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.
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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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 unspoiled coral reefs and exotic fish.
Turtle Inn offers three distinct restaurants where one can savor 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 specializes 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.
Location & Directions
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.
When to go
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.