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Turtle Inn
Placencia, Belize


ABOUT TURTLE INN - in their own words:

Luxury and unspoiled beauty on a white-sand beach.

Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside resort in 2001 and created an idyllic refuge for those seeking a relaxing or adventure-filled getaway to Belize. This 25-room seafront hideaway delights guests with individual thatched cottages, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings, naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean Sea. In addition to offering an ideal location to experience the sea, Turtle Inn is located a short bicycle ride or walk from the charming sea-front fishing village of Placencia, where local artisan shops and dining spots can be enjoyed.

Turtle Inn is located between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and the charming 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, formed from the Swasey and Bladen rivers that flow from the jungle-clad peaks of the Maya Mountains.

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Turtle Inn's 25 Balinese-inspired cottages and villas have artisan-crafted furnishings, a luxury private bath and a broad screened deck to welcome the tropical sea air. Enjoy luxury in the spirit of the natural landscape.


Fresh seafood and traditional Italian cooking come together at Turtle Inn's flagship restaurant. Local fish is brought in daily from the fertile reefs just offshore and fresh vegetables are delivered from our organic garden.

Our changing daily menu offers such dishes as ceviche and gazpacho, fish cooked in a sea-salt crust, and a selection of pizzas made to order in our wood-burning oven. On Monday and Thursday evenings a traditional Dutch Indonesian Rijsttafel dinner is served (as pictured above). The Mare offers a relaxed dining experience beneath the towering vaulted thatch roof, with incredible views out to sea.

Our beachfront restaurant features fresh, charcoal-grilled seafood including lobster, jumbo shrimp, and snapper all served on woven plates accompanied by a choice of Balinese-inspired sauces and spices. Tables are set just a few feet from the sea, affording fantastic views of the offshore cayes (tiny islands) and starry night sky. The sandy-floored bar and lounge also offers an excellent selection of Belize-brewed beer, wine, and cocktails.

Our own authentic Belizean diner, Auntie Luba’s, overlooks the calm, shallow waters of Placencia Lagoon. The menu of our rustic-style restaurant is filled with regional fare like curry chicken, coconut shrimp, seasonal conch fritter, beef stew, and the best home-baked key lime pie. The atmosphere is casual yet festive and a memorable event may include finishing the evening with s’mores made over the firepit and sending off wish lanterns over the lagoon.

Just steps from our luxurious infinity pool, a towering thatch roof provides a shady retreat to enjoy a wide selection of drinks. Bar stools sit directly on the golden-sand beach, offering panoramic views over the sea to the offshore cayes (tiny islands). You may even catch your bartender preparing your cocktail in a coconut, picked from the palms above.

Named after the charismatic original owner of Turtle Inn, the Skip White Bar displays antique microscopes used by Skip and his marine biology students. This open-air bar offers an excellent selection of drink options throughout the day and into the evening, and is an ideal place to chat about the day’s adventures over a glass of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery or a Belize-brewed beer.

Neatly tucked to the side of the Skip White Bar hangs a sign ‘Gelato Bar – No Adults Allowed.’ Superb local gelato that changes seasonally makes this a favorite hangout for children of all ages.


Set in an open-air Balinese Rice House featuring hand-painted murals inspired by ancient art, the Sunset Spa relaxes those who’ve spent a full day touring, swimming, snorkeling, and diving. All treatments use locally-sourced organic ingredients. At the request of the Coppolas, our Belize spa resort specializes in traditional Thai massage, practiced by a professional staff that has studied these ancient techniques at the Sacred Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok.

With a subtropical climate, unspoiled cayes (small islands), and atolls, as well as the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere containing a dizzying array of fish and coral, it is no wonder Belize is considered one of the top diving locations in the world.

At Turtle Inn we specialize in attentive, professional dive services dedicated to safety and our guests’ individual needs. We offer scuba diving equipment, snorkeling equipment, and tours, as well as a wide range of PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification courses for both the beginner and more experienced.

The sandy beaches of Placencia and calm waters create perfect conditions for swimming and snorkeling, as well as a host of other water-related adventures. Visit our Dive Shop for more information on renting sailboats, snorkel gear, kayaks, water bicycles and paddle boards.

Turtle Inn also has two infinity swimming pools. Our oval-shaped infinity pool is highlighted by views of the sea and is enjoyed by all of our guests, while our triangular infinity pool is available to adults only.

Our gift shop features an assortment of items found throughout the resort—Balinese hanging textiles, handcrafted decor items, sarongs, tabletop linens, and more. It's a great way to bring some of Turtle Inn back home. There's also a wide variety of resort apparel and swimwear, beautiful jewelry made by local artisans, and a variety of books for people looking to read while relaxing on the beach. We also carry a selection of toys for families and informative materials for the adventurer, as well as practical items and toiletries that you may have forgotten to pack.

Activities and Adventures available