Review of Turtle Inn, Belize


Beauty in Belize, at Turtle Inn

Escape to Francis Ford Coppola’s resort and discover pure bliss in Belize.


You probably don’t need anyone to tell you how fabulous Belize is, I mean just ask Leonardo Dicaprio, who has mounds of property there. I will not tell you about the white sandy beaches, and beautiful bodies tanning in the hot sun. I will tell you about the Turtle Inn, in Placencia, Belize (little fact: it’s owned and still operated by Francis Ford Coppola), the surrounding area’s activities, and a charming little town called Placencia.

Beauty in Belize, at Turtle Inn

A villa at Turtle Inn, Belize

Getting there takes two flights, or a flight and a drive. I personally prefer to take Maya Island Air once I land in Belize, as the drive is about 4 hours and not very exciting, whereas the tiny Maya Island Air plane can get you there in about 45 minutes, and the scenery is much more interesting from above. It costs about $120 each way, you can book online or through Turtle Inn, and they fly several times per day.

Beauty in Belize, at Turtle Inn

Onboard with Maya Air, Belize

Get ready for some serious relaxation and fun…

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 43 Comments

  1. Kim Hartford

    One of the reasons why I love the Urbanette Magazine is that this magazine completely away from cliche. You don’t go promoting places you actually don’t like. And you don’t go chasing the trendy places unlike every other magazine. You only write about the places you’ve been to and was satisfied with. For example Turtle Inn. I never heard about the place until I saw this article. I’m glad I did. It’s far from the cliche so called popular places other magazines rave about! The Turtle Inn definitely looks like a place I could have a great time. Thanks for being unigue and geniune. I really appreciate that.

    • Amelia Beckons

      They’re not lying when they say 100% unique content. 😉

      Just like you, I love finding out via Urbanette about all these gorgeous places I’ve never been to. Because I trust their reviews, and I know they won’t try to make us believe in something they don’t stand behind.

      Honestly, Turtle Innn is ONLY one of the MANY places I found out through Urbanette, and I’m already planing to make a trip as soon as possible. 🙂

  2. Sasha Rosswell

    I came across this article while I was looking for information about the Turtle Inn. My fiance booked us a reservation and surprised me with it. Being the control freak I am, I had to see what it’s like and read some reviews. I did come acress some informative reviews on some certain websites, but my god, nobody described it in so much detail like you did! THANK YOU! All thanks to this article I am relieved because I know it won’t be disasterous getaway. I expect it to be rather romantic. 🙂

  3. Jennifer McSween

    I took my time, read the whole article and then read all the comments, and all I can say is WOW!! I agree with each commenter. This place is a great get away from the stressful big city life.

  4. Sabrina Grattidge

    This is generally not my kind of place. But the way you described it, and the photosyou shared, really made me want to book a vacation there! Well done on another AWESOME article Hilary! You’re so good at this. 🙂

    • Jennifer McSween

      Her writing technique is so unique and creative. You can picture everything in your head as you read it. I think she should write a book! I know I would buy it. 🙂

  5. Diana Hewitt

    That’s a very cute resort. Lovely review, very detailed and informative. Thanks for telling us about it. If my road crosses Belize, I will consider staying at the Turtle inn. 🙂

  6. Lynn Hayes

    My god… How gorgeous is this place!? Honestly I get a little jealous when you post these travel reviews, but I keep coming back for more, cause on the other hand I really enjoy it. I’m so living vicariously through you! 🙂

  7. Roberta Bennett

    Fascinating! Exoticism and luxury met in one place. You’re quite a lucky girl that you get to travel to all these amazing places. Thank you for sharing your travel experiences with us!

  8. Frances Seifert

    It has a bit The Sims Castaway Stories vibe to it. Totally my kind of place. I would definitely love to visit if I had the chance one day.

  9. Amanda Roberts

    Oh my god! My sister is getting married this summer, and she wants a beach wedding, but she’s so picky that she hasn’t booked a location yet. I’m going to share this article with her. I know she will love it. That’s exactly what she’s looking for.

  10. Kimberly Thompson

    I’m in love!! One of the most exotic places I’ve seen. I need to go there. Thanks for the amazing post. 🙂

  11. Emma Blackwood

    Turtle Inn looks beautiful and definitely must be the nicest place in Belize. I can tell this place alone made your trip totally worthwhile. I will definitely go to Placencia, just to stay at Turtle Inn.

  12. Catherine White

    It seems absolutely wonderful! Gorgeous resort. Just amazing. Can’t wait to show this to my fiance. I think we may get a reservation for May.

  13. Nicky Bryan

    I’d be absolutely overwhelmed at the high quality of every aspect of this place! I’d probably never want to leave. As far as I see in their map, the place itself is a great location to begin to explore Belize. I hope I get to visit one day.

  14. Pearl Nguyen

    Myself and my boyfriend have never been to Belize, but wanted to. Seeing your review inspired us to make it happen. We are going to arrange a trip soon!

  15. Leslie Williams

    Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for this article. Booked a reservation here in June, for my parents. They are celebrating something big and me and siblings want to make this trip very special. Thanks for all the informative input. 🙂

  16. Emily Wentz

    I would LOVE to stay at a sea front villa! Too bad all I can afford right now is a white noise app with ocean sounds LOL. When I have enough money to afford a trip to Belize, I’ll definitely book a room at the Turtle Inn. Thank you for this amazing post. 🙂

  17. Pamela Sanabria

    Exotic at it’s best! I will look it up on the web to see prices and if it fits my bugdet, I want to have my summer vacation there. It’s never too early to book, right? 😉

  18. Delilah Peyton

    I can see that it’s a MUST visit place. You are very fortunate that you visited almost everywhere that I want to visit. But I appreciate it because you always share your experiences with us. And it gives us an idea of what to expect when we go there!

  19. Kaitlyn Barrett

    It looks a bit like the W hotel in Maldives. But this is more exotic. I took my notes, and it’s on my list of places to go. 🙂

  20. Camila Hilhorst

    Impressive review! Seems like a 5 star resort in both literal and metaphorical meaning. If I go to Belize, I know where I’m staying. 🙂

  21. Helena Stevens

    Beautiful location!!! Seems just like the place for those who want a different experience. I would definitely love to visit. I’m sure it’s a pleasure to stay there.

  22. Olivia Peterson

    This place is gorgeous beyond expectaions! If I had enough money, I’d book like NOW!

  23. Andrea Mitchell

    Wow! What a gorgeous resort! I love everything I saw here about it. I especially appreciate the cool design and whimsical details. The place is brimming with personality and, while providing privacy and comfort, maintains its rustic charm and connection to the beach. I’m really considering a vacation there.

  24. Sydney Nowak

    The Turtle Inn seems very beautiful and very unique. The views as far as I see are just unbeatable. Such a great place to go for a romantic getaway. Thank you for introducing this amazing place to us. 🙂

  25. Shannon Bradley

    This resort looks like the perfect base for exciting adventure tours in the area. Beautiful villas, only a few steps from the ocean! Thanks so much for this great recommendation. Now I know what we are doing this spring! I’m thinking of booking a whole family trip to Turtle Inn for May. 🙂

  26. Betty O'Leary

    Turtle Inn seems lovely. It has this romantic atmosphere that I have in my mind for a perfect Valentines day getaway. I wish I had seen this article sooner, I absolutely would have booked for the V-day!

  27. Julia MacLean

    The setting and the beauty of the Inn itself create a perfect environment to enjoy all that Belize has to offer! I’m in love. I definitely want to go.

  28. Celine Carter

    All I can Say is WOW! From the minute you set foot on the grounds, it must have taken your breath away. The whole place looks quiet peaceful, beautifully decorated in the Belizean style. Absolutely Perfect!

  29. Franny Pimms

    The location looks beautiful and so well cared for. I can picture myself in a villa on the seafront… It would be so nice to sleep and hear the sea in the background. 🙂

    • Hearing the waves is so relaxing… I slept so well there. I tried getting a sound machine for at home, but there’s no substitute for the real thing.

  30. Monica CONOVER

    That is a very unique resort – or so it seems in your pictures! 5 star, eco friendly and rustic! Just what I neeed. I think I know where I’m going next. 😉

    • Lana Urie

      Rustic! Yes! That’s what I was thinking. It’s very exotic, made me think of a little of the Indiana Jones movies. I would also like to visit this awesome slice of heaven.

  31. Marina Henderson

    I hope you had a fabulous stay. Everything seems great from the accommodations, staff to food and facilities! Nice beach and the spa also looks great. You’re one lucky girl. 🙂

  32. Colleen Frasier

    Oh my god! You are so lucky that you get to visit these gorgeous exotic places! I love what I saw here! And I’m sure it’s better in person!!!

    PS. that ASOS dress is amazing.

  33. Danielle Wilson

    This seems like an exceptionally remarkable place. I can tell that every minor detail has been thought of. Spectacular views. Stunning grounds. If I travel to Belize, the Turtle Inn is a must to experience. 🙂

  34. Cassi Braun

    It seems like the ideal place for a romantic getaway! Especially on valentines day. Just wish it was in the US instead of Belize.

  35. I'm definitely booking a trip here — looks fabulous! Thinking I'll go in late September… seems like a good time to be in Belize.

  36. Brana Dane

    Every year, we take our annual vacation to some place completely different than the last. This year we are going camping in Canada and next year it looks like Belize and the Turtle Inn might be the destination of choosing! 🙂

  37. Courtney Watson

    Belize is definitely on my bucket list. It would be a great add on for a trip to Mexico. I love the idea of swimming in the waterfall after repelling- so adventurous and fun!

  38. This place looks absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for the tips on mosquitoes, definitely need to know since I think I have sweet blood. I had bad instances with them the times I visited Nigeria, where I thought they will eat me alive. You look like you had a lot of fun. I hope I can visit one day. Also would love to zip-line.

  39. WOW – so exotic! I'm definitely going to put this on my soon-to-book list. 🙂

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