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.
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
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 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 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.
When to visit
Take a kayak or borrow some snorkeling equipment and swim out to the floating sunbeds located just off shore from Turtle Inn!
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.
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 snorkeling 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!