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Turtle Inn

Luxury and unspoiled beauty on a white-sand beach
Placencia HolidaysBelize Holidays· 25 Rooms · ££

Blissful, beach vibes in a Balinese style

Between the Placencia Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, this eco-resort underwent restoration in 2001 under the ownership of Francis and Eleanor Coppola, transforming it into a beachside sanctuary.

Designed by architect Made Wijaya in a Balinese thatched cottage style, the resort boasts rich wood carvings and vibrant textiles throughout. Cooled naturally by sea breezes, the 25 guestrooms feature innovative amenities like the 'Shellphone' for communication with reception, locally sourced organic toiletries, and a complimentary breakfast of freshly baked goods and fruits. Spacious bathrooms include Japanese soaking tubs.

Step onto your private deck to find the white-sand beach merging with the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, offering an ideal setting for marine activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, and paddle-boarding along the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean. On land, guests can partake in yoga sessions, explore historic Maya ruins and local traditions at Nim Li Punit, or scenic bicycle rides around the resort.

Take a culinary journey with authentic Italian cuisine at The Mare Restaurant or savour Dutch-Indonesian Rijsstafel cuisine on Mondays and Thursdays. The beachfront Gauguin Grill offers fresh seafood, local cocktails, and Coppola wines. Auntie Luba’s Kitchen serves local dishes, while The Laughing Fish Bar, Skip White Bar, and New Wine Cellar offer a wide selection of drinks. Younger guests can enjoy supervised treats at the 'No Adults Allowed' Kids Gelato Bar.

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When to go to Belize

A month-by-month guide of when to go to Belize

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January

January is dry season with prolonged periods of sunshine, particularly in the north and central regions. A great time to travel which means the country will be busy, so we recommend planning in advance.

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February

Similar to February with great weather and very little rain its one of the best months to travel throughout the region.

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March

The dry season continues, with low humidity so another great month to explore all regions of Belize and relax on beautiful Caribbean beaches.

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April

In April the weather in the Cayo District and on the Cayes remains predominantly dry, although the heat and humidity gradually increases. Easter is a busy time, so booking in advance is essential.

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May

Very similar to April, although there are less visitors and there may be the occassional shower with the start of the wet season approaching.

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June

The rains start however most days are usually short sharp showers in the afternoon and early evening. Perrsistent rainfall is rare. Mid-June is the start of lobster season and a great time to sample the dish along the country's coast in destinations like Ambergris Caye and Placencia.

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July

Very similar to July, with a similar amount of rain combined with sunshine. Most destinations will be warm with a high level of humidity.

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August

The height of the rainy season with high humidity, heavy rain and the risk of tropical storms and even hurricanes. These are particularly prevalent in the coastal regions.

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September

Another wet month and not very enjoyable for travel with some remote roads flooded. Due to a low number of visitors at this time, some lodges and hotels will close for annual maintenance.

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October

Rainy conditions continue with wet days, high humidity and generally not the ideal time to visit and enjoy Belize.

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November

The wet season and humidity are easing off with drier days on the horizon. This is a good time to visit the interior and coast before tourist numbers increase in December.

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December

A great time to travel to Belize with sunny, dry days although hotels over the Christmas & New Year break will often be booked for months in advance.

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