Trip Overview 

Less than a year after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside refuge in 2001, it was swept out to sea by the forces of Hurricane Iris. Turning disaster into triumph, the Coppolas led a two-year reclamation project, creating a magnificent resort that is consistently ranked among the best in Central and South America. With its friendly, attentive staff, two restaurants, a complete spa, and idyllic seafront setting, Turtle Inn is the perfect refuge for those seeking a stress-relieving getaway situated in an area that is home to some of the finest permit fishing in the world. This unique location also provides a wealth of exciting non-angling activities. The coral reef just offshore offers some of the best diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking in the world. Inland hikes to hidden lagoons, canoe trips up the Monkey River, Mayan ruins tours, or a short bicycle ride into the village of Placencia are also great options. This 25-room seafront hideaway combines a great location (for anglers and non-anglers alike) with a high degree of luxury and service. 

Destination Quick Facts 

Turtle Inn - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Placencia, Belize (Central America)

SEASON:  Year-round

CAPACITY:  Turtle Inn is able to accommodate groups of all sizes

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Belize City, Belize (BZE)

TARGET SPECIES:  Bonefish, tarpon, permit, barracuda, snook and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
There are several accommodation options on the Turtle Inn property. The Garden View Cottages and Villas are located in the resort’s gardens, set a bit back from the sea. The Poolside and Seaview Cottages and the Seaview Villas all present spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. The Seafront Cottages and Villas have all been carefully placed on a beautiful stretch of Caribbean Sea beachfront. All cottages and villas have private screened porches, spacious bathroom with Japanese bath, and private walled gardens with outdoor shower. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor.

For guests seeking a higher degree of privacy and more space, the exclusive Balinese-inspired Family Pavilion is designed to maximize privacy and is located at the southern edge of the property, surrounded on three sides by a high-walled garden. There are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a third loft bedroom accessed by a bamboo ladder. The Pavilion features antique hand-carved wooden doorways and detailing, stone sculptures, artwork selected by Francis and Eleanor Coppola, and a private pool surrounded by a tropical walled garden. A full-time attendant is at your disposal to anticipate your every need at the Family Pavilion.

Food and Beverages

The Mare Restaurant
Fresh seafood and traditional Italian cooking come together at Turtle Inn's flagship restaurant. Local fish is brought in daily and fresh vegetables are delivered from the Inn's organic garden. The Mare offers a relaxed dining experience beneath the towering, vaulted thatch roof, with incredible views out to sea.

The Gauguin Grill
The Gauguin Grill beachfront restaurant features fresh, charcoal-grilled seafood including lobster, jumbo shrimp and snapper accompanied by a choice of Balinese-inspired sauces and spices. Tables are set just a few feet from the sea giving fantastic views of the offshore cayes and starry night sky.

The Laughing Fish Bar
Just steps from resort’s infinity pool, a high thatch roof provides shady retreat under which to enjoy a wide selection of drinks. Bar stools sit directly in the sand, offering great views of the sea and the offshore cayes.

Typical Length of Stay
Packages for any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Turtle Inn has a number of complimentary beach and mountain bicycles available to guests who would like to explore the area. Furthermore, the best beach swimming in Belize is located in Placencia. Lush white sand beaches and calm, clear waters create great conditions for swimming and snorkeling as well as a host of other water-related adventures. An on-site Dive Shop can help with sailing boats, snorkel gear, and kayaks, as well as a full diving program that offers a wide range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification courses. All diving equipment can be rented at the Inn. Local tours can be arranged to visit nearby Mayan ruins and the beautiful jungle surroundings of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Monkey River area. The Sunset Spa is another popular offering for non-anglers.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for Lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, cell phones will usually work at the lodge.

FISHING

General Information
Placencia is perhaps best known for the large numbers of permit that inhabit the southern area’s huge chain of cayes and flats, most of which are about a 45-minute run from Turtle Inn. Surrounded on all sides by deep, blue water, these healthy sand and turtlegrass flats are home to some of the largest permit found anywhere. Schools of bonefish can be found on some of the cayes for those anglers interested in a diversity of species. A number of the mangrove islands and mainland lagoons also hold good numbers of snook, as well as tarpon ranging in size from 10 to over 80 pounds.

This area of Southern Belize is blessed with a wide range of fishing contexts including extensive saltwater flats, mangrove islands, the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere, and a plenitude of backcountry rivers, lagoons, and lakes. Yellow Dog has booked guides in the Placencia area for years. We will gladly arrange any number of guided fishing days to complement your stay at Turtle Inn. The guides with whom Yellow Dog works are experienced and professional locals.

Boats and Equipment
The guides in the Placencia area fish from 23-foot super pangas, boats that are ideal for both poling the flats and running over open water. Most boats have poling platforms and are designed for fly fishing, with spacious casting decks and clean interiors. Turtle Inn does not provide gear, equipment or flies, so it is recommended that guests bring all necessary equipment.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
International flights to Belize City's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.

Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information.  https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. 

Due to the detailed nature of Turtle Inn’s numerous accommodations options and the many activities and add-ons available, all package rates will be customized per guest. Please call Yellow Dog for details and full pricing.

What's Included

Depending on your reservation, most packages booked thought Yellow Dog include all lodging, all guided fishing with a professional Placancia-area guide, a continental breakfast each morning, airport transfers in Placencia, use of bicycles, and all taxes and GSTs.

What's Not Included

  • International flights to Belize City
  • Round-trip air transfers between Belize City and Placencia
  • Bar tab at resort
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Spa service
  • Dinners at the Inn
  • Additional non-angling tours
OTHER INFO

Client Testimonials

"Without exception, the staff at Turtle Inn has been outstanding. All have been friendly and knowledgeable.”
- Nancy and William (Austin, TX)

"This place was great! The grounds are beautiful. The service excellent. Definitely coming back."
- Rick and Mary (Lititzs, PA)

"The service and attentiveness of the staff is remarkable. Everyone is most helpful and kind and did everything possible to meet our needs and make our trip memorable. Thank you!"
- Todd and Kelly (Flagstaff, AZ)