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Turtle Inn

Property overview


From $395/night

  • Sunset Spa
  • Complimentary use of beach cruiser bicycles
  • Complimentary use of ocean kayaks
  • Paddle boards, trimarans, water bikes, snorkel gear and fishing gear
  • Complimentary room service for breakfast
  • Tour of Organic garden
  • Tides Dive Shop featuring licensed PADI instructors
  • Gift shop
  • Welcome drink upon check in

Activities available:

  • ATM Caves
  • Belize chocolate tour
  • Cockscombs Jaguars sanctuary
  • Culture
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Garifuna cultural tour
  • Horse riding
  • Maya cultural tour
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Monkey River
  • Rapelling
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Spearfishing
  • Zip lining

The experience:

Francis Ford Coppola's beachside resort, is a secret hideaway combining natural wonders with luxurious style. From the moment you walk over the turtle bridge into the ambient reception area, you feel welcome. The décor is reminiscent of the traditional Balinese style of living, with rich colors and hand-crafted natural wood carvings, creating a warm and inviting ambiance. 


There is nothing clincial about Turtle Inn, wrapping you in a blanket of luxurious rustic comfort, awakening all of your senses. We love it!


Turtle Inn is situated between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and is just 2 miles from the 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, the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. 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. 



The property

Turtle Inn's dedicated staff is available to assist guests with any needs.

On-property services and amenities include:  - Complimentary use of beach cruiser bicycles • Complimentary use of ocean kayaks, paddle boards, trimarans, water bikes, snorkel gear and fishing gear. • Complimentary room service for breakfast • Complimentary mailing service for postcards • Two infinity swimming pools (one is adult-only) with Poolside sunblock amenities, pool towels, and poolside tropical fruit. • Tour of Organic garden • Tides Dive Shop featuring licensed PADI instructors • Gift shop • Sunset Spa • Computer facilities, loaner books and board games in the Guest Room in the main building • Guitars available for guest use • Floating docks • Hammocks around the property • Bocce Ball • Bar snacks during happy hour • Filtered water stations around property • Welcome drink upon check in • Couple swings around the property

In-room amenities: • Complimentary continental breakfast featuring freshly baked breads and local fruits • Wifi internet connection in the main lodge • Bathrobes • Organic, locally sourced, handmade toiletries • Hairdryer • Safe deposit box • Mini-bar stocked with wine, water, soft drinks, Belikin beer, local snacks • Illy espresso machine • Cookie Jar • Shellphone for communicating with reception • Ceiling fan • Writing Table & Chair • Flashlight • Alarm clock & IHome docking station • Copy of Zoetrope: All-Story magazine • Yoga mats in room

The accommodation

Turtle Inn's 25 individual cottages and villas offer guests privacy and relaxation just steps from the Caribbean Sea. Accommodations are a variety of one-bedroom cottages; twobedroom, two bath villas, perfect for families or friends travelling together; one Family Pavilion, a large Beach House, the Star Fish Cottage with private pool and the Lagoon Bungalow with private pool.

COTTAGES Each individual cottage has a separate bedroom area furnished with one king size bed, a bathroom with a Japanese bath and a private walled garden with an outdoor shower. 

VILLAS Each individual villa has two separate bedrooms with queen beds, two open air bathrooms with Japanese baths and a private walled garden with an outdoor shower.The living area flows into the screened front porch and additional sitting and dining areas. 

STARFISH COTTAGE A private seafront home, fully equipped with a kitchen, living room, full bathroom on the main floor, and two air-conditioned bedrooms. Each bedroom has a queen-size bed, and there's a shared bathroom on the second floor. The cottage also features a private deck and swimming pool. 

FRANCIS’ FAMILY PAVILION This exclusive Balinese-inspired pavilion is designed to maximize privacy and is located at the southern edge of the property, surrounded on three sides by a high walled tropical garden. Two bedrooms and baths with outdoor showers and a third intimate second story sleeping loft provide spacious accommodations. Between the two bedrooms is a living area and screened porch with comfortable sofas, writing desk, and small kitchen with a wet bar area, refrigerator, and stove. The Family Pavilion also includes a private pool and thatch-roofed dining terrace offering views of the beach and Caribbean Sea. A dedicated personal attendant will anticipate guest’s every need. Maximum occupancy of six people with additional roll away beds.

SOFIA’S BEACH HOUSE This exclusive beach house is designed for parties looking for a little extra space and privacy. The main house features one upstairs main bedroom with a king-size bed, an adjacent room with bunk beds suitable for young kids under 12 yrs old, and a media room that may be converted to a full sea view open air bedroom with queen bed, 2 baths, private pool, fire pit, full kitchen, large living room area opening on the pool with large wooden deck, and outdoor BBQ dining area with a private chef upon request (at a charge). Additional accommodation: two separate guest cottages with king size beds and private full bathrooms. A private attendant is provided to care for your every need. 

The staff and meals

Turtle Inn's dedicated staff is available to assist guests with any needs.

From authentic Italian cuisine to local seafood and traditional Belizean fare, Turtle Inn offers a wide variety of dining options.

The Mare Restaurant – Fresh seafood and traditional Italian cooking, featuring Coppola family recipes, come together at Turtle Inn's flagship restaurant. Local seafood sustainably harvested daily from the fertile reefs just offshore and fresh vegetables are delivered from the organic garden. The restaurant features Dutch –Indonesian Rijsstafel twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Gauguin Grill – This intimate beachfront restaurant features fresh, charcoal-grilled seafood served on woven plates accompanied by a choice of Balinese-inspired sauces and spices. The sandy-floored bar and lounge also offer an excellent selection of Belizebrewed Belikin beer, wine, and cocktails. Open nightly in season and on select nights off season.

Skip White Bar – Paying homage to the previous owner Skip White, whose hobbies included a keen interest in marine biology, this open-air bar adjacent to Mare Restaurant offers a selection of drinks. The setting provides the ideal place to chat about the day’s adventures over a glass of Francis Ford Coppola wine or a Belikin Beer.

New Wine Cellar – Opened in December of 2015, Turtle Inn now boasts the largest wine cellar in all of Central America with over 1000 bottles in-stock and a wine tasting experience is available for guests to enjoy privately or among other guests in our wine garden. The impressive display is a “wall of wine” adjacent to our Mare restaurant with Coppola varietals, Inglenook and wines from Chile, Italy, France and Argentina. The wine tasting experience includes a tasting of four varietals, paired with local cheeses and is charged per person attending.

Kids Gelato Bar – Neatly tucked beside the Skip White Bar hangs a sign ‘Gelato Bar – No Adults Allowed.’ Kids are invited to enjoy a supervised party atmosphere at the sand-floored Gelato Bar and enjoy locally made gelato which includes flavors from strange-sounding exotic fruits to popular Italian classics. Kid-sized tables and chairs offer a place for kids to hang out and have fun.

Turtle Inn

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