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Turtle Inn

Comfortable Guest Cottages & Villas
Bonefish and Permit, With Some Possibilities For Tarpon, Barracuda & More
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Couples & Families
Idyllic Lodging and Flats Fishing in Placencia, Belize
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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.
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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, a 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 mobile device to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, cell phones will usually work at the lodge.

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