Idyllic Lodging and Flats Fishing in Placencia, Belize
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 an 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.
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 a Japanese bath, and private walled gardens with an 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 the resort’s infinity pool, a high thatch roof provides a 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 beaches 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.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Toronto, Newark, Chicago, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American Airlines, Continental/United, US Air, Delta, Aero Mexico, Southwest, Avianca, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is best to arrive into the Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) before 3:00 PM in order to make your necessary domestic connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Placencia, Belize. Your round-trip flights from Belize International Airport to Placencia are NOT included in your trip package, but Yellow Dog will be happy to arrange these for you in addition to transfers to and from the Turtle Inn based on your international arrival and departure schedule. On your departure day, you can book a return international flight at any time, as flights from Placencia back to the International Airport begin as early as 7:00 AM each day of the week. The Turtle Inn can easily accommodate early flights. For a more leisurely departure, we recommend flights after12:00PM local time.
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
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
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 turtle grass 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.
Rates and Terms
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.
Depending on your reservation, most packages booked thought Yellow Dog include all lodging, all guided fishing with a professional Placencia-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 and from Belize City
- Round-trip Tropic Air flight between Belize City and Placencia
- Bar tab at the resort
- Gratuities for guides and Inn staff
- Spa services
- Dinners while at the Inn
- Additional non-angling tours
- Belize Fishing License
Turtle Inn (Placencia, Belize)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. A deposit of 50% per person is due within ten days of booking to confirm reservation and guides on all packages. No space or guides will be held without receipt of deposit. Full payment for all trip packages is due 90 days prior to start of trip. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. Should you need to cancel outside of 60 days from arrival date and start of trip, guests are eligible for a full refund or trip credit minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. For cancellations inside of 60 days, no refund or credit will be given. No refunds will be given for unused portions of a trip package, including accommodations, meals, transfers, sightseeing or tours. Credits are not given for services not used. Yellow Dog strongly recommends that guests purchase travel insurance for your trip.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Client Reviews
“Great lodge for families and nonfishing spouses. Laidback atmosphere with excellent customer service and attention to detail. The guide was the hardest working of any saltwater destination I’ve been to in 20 years of fishing the flats.” – Brad B.
“The Turtle Inn is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. We had a personal attendant at our beck and call since we rented the Guest House. This was important to me given my father’s age and mobility. The fishing was hard, but Eloy showed me what are clearly excellent flats for permit. Even in the high N winds he found protected water with rolling tarpon. During the final hours of the last day the tides cooperated and I saw numerous tailing permit exploring a flat. Since it was early in the tide rise the fish were spooky, but it made the day. If we had not run out of day light I’m sure we could have found one to cooperate.” – Gordon M.
“Apart from being unable to land any of the 6 tarpon I hooked, it was great.” – Thomas C.
“The choice of activities was great. The staff took great care of us. Thoroughly enjoyed the resort.” – Brett S.