Taylor-Turneffe-Relaxing

A woman enjoying sunrise at a Belize island resort

Turneffe Island Resort – a Belize island resort where guests “Come as Strangers” and “Leave as Friends”.

During August 2019, I traveled to the unspoken wonders of the Turneffe Atoll where I met with three other travel bloggers and influencers to experience an adventure in the glistening Caribbean Sea and around the coral island of Little Caye Bokel.  

Come As Strangers Leave as Friends - Turneffe Island Resort

The three other bloggers and influencers I experienced Turneffe Island Resort with were Gabrielle of The Trini Traveller (click here to read her blog post on Turneffe); Shwetha of Chasing Shwetha (click here for her blog) and Diana of DWanderess.

Together, we all enjoyed fun water activities around the Belize island and resort; relaxed at Turneffe‘s beach and pool as well as the many lounge areas and hammocks; savored three delicious meals a day; started the day with a colorful sunrise; ended it with a breathtaking sunset and watched the beautiful stars at night.

Three women enjoying a vacation at Turneffe Island Resort

In addition, we also did a fun day excursion to Belize’s Great Blue Hole. It was such a memorable four days together and even though we all came from different parts of North America, we left as great friends!

In this article, I am so excited to relive my experiences at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize with you all.

A woman enjoying a beautiful day at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

To experience an unforgettable getaway in Belize, make sure you use code Pay4Stay7#19 to unlock a deal when you book your next vacation through Turneffe Island Resort.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. My four nights on Turneffe Island in Belize was a press trip through Turneffe Island Resort. To unlock a code with Turneffe Island Resort, please use code Pay4Stay7#19 when you book your stay.


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An Escape to Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

About Belize:

A colorful sign of Belize

Belize was in fact the first-ever Caribbean and Central American destination that I visited. It is one of the world’s last unspoiled destinations, where individuals consider it “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret”.

The island of Belize also holds the second largest barrier reef in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The Belize Barrier Reef offers a magical array of marine life and it is where the Great Blue Hole is located.

The bright blue Caribbean Sea in Belize

Because of how expansive the Belize Barrier Reef is, the country has become a premier destination for diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Belizean islands are called Cayes and there are around 450 of them!

A woman holding a coconut at a Belize island resort

In addition to beautiful islands, Belize also offers mountains, jungle, waterfalls, Mayan ruins and caves. It borders Mexico and Guatemala and it isn’t far from Honduras either.

Another fact is that Belize is the only Central American country where English is the official language. Belizeans also speak Creole, Spanish, Garifuna and Mayan.

Traveling to Turneffe Island Resort

A woman enjoying the Caribbean at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

Getting to Turneffe Island Resort from the New York City area requires a 3-hour flight from Newark Airport to Houston, Texas (other popular airport hubs to Belize City are Miami and Atlanta).

From Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, it was another 2.5-hour flight to Belize City. (You could find affordable flights through Skyscanner!)

When we arrived in Belize City, Turneffe Island Resort organized a private transfer from the airport to the Radisson Fort George Hotel located on the marina where Turneffe’s private boat departs to take you to the resort. (If you have some time before the boat departs, you could grab food and drinks at the Radisson’s pool bar.)

The bright blue waters of the Caribbean Sea

Prior to your trip to Turneffe Island Resort in Belize, they will let you know when you need to arrive in Belize City since the boat leaves the marina at specific times.

The overall boat ride from Belize City to Turneffe Island Resort is around 90-minutes long and it is quite an enjoyable ride. We were provided with tropical fruit juice and enjoyed the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea surrounding us.

Lounging area at Turneffe Island Resort

When we arrived at the resort, the staff was waiting at the dock and greeted us with a warm welcome! That was one of the best parts about staying at Turneffe Island Resort, everyone was so friendly and the staff will ALWAYS greet you by your first name!

The resort also allows everyone to get close because there are scheduled meal times where you eat with other guests and you could literally sit wherever you want at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Three women enjoying their trip in Belize

Looking to make friends? Just go up and sit at any table and get to know others. There are also scheduled activities where you could have fun and adventure with other guests. It’s such an amazing concept! (Ps. this concept is not only great for couples on vacation, it is also amazing for solo travelers!)

Staying at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize:

A woman walking the beach at a Belize island resort

Another amazing aspect I LOVED about staying at Turneffe Island Resort is that you are getting a boutique and authentic experience. Plus this Belize island resort is sustainable!

A woman relaxing in a hammock at Turneffe Island Resort

Because Turneffe was built around world-class, all-inclusive fishing, diving and snorkeling experiences, the resort attracts adventure-seekers who also enjoy the luxury of staying at an all-inclusive island resort.

Turneffe Island Resort is remote and offers a lot of space for individuals, couples, friend groups and families to get closer to themselves and enjoy the beautiful sites that the Turneffe Atoll is renowned for.

The rooms at Turneffe Island Resort

The accommodations at Turneffe Island Resort are guest room and private villa style. The rooms are filled with mahogany wood and they feature a large and comfortable bed that came with tropical flowers on it upon arrival.

Depending on your budget, number of guests and what you are looking for, you have a choice of staying in a Deluxe Guest Room, Superior Guest Room (which is what I stayed in), Private Villa, Honeymoon Villa and Presidential Villa.

An outdoor shower at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

In the Superior Guest Room, I enjoyed my own private screen-in porch that overlooked the beautiful blue sea, a lovely en-suite bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. (The outdoor shower felt amazing with the tropical breeze in my face.)

The staff also came in the morning to make up the room and they also prepared it in the evening before I went to bed. As they prepared the rooms for bedtime, they left a different poem on the bed. It was so cute!

A poem from Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

In addition, the room also comes with beautiful island furniture, lounge chairs and a mini refrigerator that included candy, water, soda and alcohol.

Eating and Drinking at Turneffe Island Resort:

A Belizean fish dinner at Turneffe Island Resort

The food and drinks at Turneffe Island Resort were absolutely incredible. Turneffe Island Resort will blend traditional Belizean fare with flavors as worldly as their guests.

(During my four days at Turneffe Island Resort, there were guests from Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Texas, Rhode Island, Italy, Canada, Australia, Utah, New York, London and other parts of the world.)

Enjoying coffee with a view in Belize

Every morning, the staff at Turneffe will deliver coffee, tea or hot chocolate outside of your door right before the sun rises so that you could enjoy your morning beverage with a view. (It was the best!)

A sunrise at an island resort in Belize

Included in Turneffe’s dining experience are three meals: breakfast, which is served at 7am; lunch, which is served at 12:30pm and dinner, which is served at 7pm.

Key lime pie from Turneffe Island Resort

Right before lunch and dinner, staff will ring a bell (similar to summer camp) to alert everyone that the food is ready. Some of my favorite meals during my time at Turneffe was a fresh lobster dinner served with pasta, an almond-crusted red snapper sandwich, a warm peanut butter chocolate chip blondie, key lime pie and a delicious coconut cake.

Happy hour includes hor d’oeurves that are served by the pool bar at 6pm everyday. What I loved about happy hour is that everyone would gather before dinner and sip a refreshing cocktail made by the awesome bartender! (I LOVED the piña coladas.)

A group of individuals having fun at the bar at Turneffe Island Resort

You could also bring your drink into the dining room too and the bartender will come around and see if anyone needs a refill while they eat.

Also included in a package with Turneffe are to-go lunches for fishing excursions and the day trip to the Great Blue Hole. There are also all-day snacks and juices in the dining room for you to grab at any time during the day.

A coconut cake from Turneffe Island Resort

On Friday night, there is an outdoor BBQ dinner with hermit crab races. (You could also book your own private dinner where Turneffe will set up a romantic table for you and your partner to enjoy with stunning views.)

A chocolate cake from Turneffe Island Resort

*What I also loved about the dining experience at Turneffe is that they will cater to your dietary needs and restrictions. Since I don’t eat red meat and certain cheeses make me sick, Turneffe either had a vegetarian option or a substitute when they served one of those items.

Activities at Turneffe Island Resort:

A woman snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea at Turneffe Island Resort

There are a lot of fun water activities to enjoy at this amazing Belize island resort! You could do fly fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

A woman enjoying a beach day in Belize

You could also relax, enjoy a well-needed spa treatment and experience the Great Blue Hole every Tuesday.

Fishing:

A beautiful fish in the Caribbean Sea

One of the top unique activities that Turneffe Island Resort is known for is fly-fishing. On a fishing excursion, Turneffe will take you to nearby salt flats where you could catch numerous types of fish.

The island of Belize

You could also catch a Caribbean Grand Slam, which is a bonefish, tarpon and permit.  If you catch a Grand Slam, you will be recorded in the International Game Fish Association.

A woman in the water on a Belize island

Built around conservation, Turneffe’s fishing program respects the Turneffe Atoll bioregion, its ecosystems and the livelihood of Belizean fishermen.

Scuba Diving:

The bright blue waters of Belize

If you are a certified scuba diver, then you will definitely be in heaven when you visit Belize. From the Sayonara Wreck to the Elbow, Turneffe boasts unrivaled accessibility to the country’s most lucrative dives.

The beach at an island resort in Belize

Six Dive Masters lead Turneffe’s dive program and they are known for their professionalism, safety and familiarity with the Turneffe Atoll.

A woman walking the beach at Turneffe Island Resort in Aruba

In addition, you could also become PADI certified and freshen up your skills at Turneffe.

Snorkeling:

A woman snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea

Since I haven’t had the chance to become PADI certified, I was more than happy to partake in some amazing snorkeling. I have snorkeled in the Greek Islands, Sicily and the Thai Islands, but nothing will ever be as epic as snorkeling in Belize. It was like I discovered a whole new world!

Bird watching in Belize

During my first full day at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize, I participated in two snorkeling excursions (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon).

A tarpon fish in Belize

On that day, I saw a Tarpon, Barracuda, Yellow Stingray, Rainbow Parrot Fish, Juvenile Queen Angel Fish, Scrawled Cow Fish, Banded Butterfly Fish, Spot Fin Butterfly Fish, Rough Face Blenny, Scrawled Trunk Fish, Juvenile Yellowtail Damsel Fish and a Spanish Hogfish. The coral reefs were absolutely magical and I also saw so many conch shells.

Activities on the Turneffe‘s Property:

A woman having fun in the water at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

While you are enjoying this amazing Belize island resort, you could go swimming in the sea or pool, kayak, paddle board and/or sail on the Hobie Cat.

A woman enjoying and island resort in Belize

I did the kayaking and a few of us also went on the Hobie Cat one day (which was so much fun and we went so fast too).

Day Trip to the Great Blue Hole:

Great Blue Hole Belize

One of the top experiences during my time at Turneffe Island Resort was the day trip to the Great Blue Hole – a geological wonder!

Originally a limestone cave, the Great Blue Hole flooded and collapsed thousands of years ago in the Ice Age. Located at the center of the Lighthouse Reef (within the Belize Barrier Reef) and 60 miles off the coast of mainland Belize is the world’s largest underwater sinkhole, measuring 984 feet in width and 410 feet in depth.

Swimming in the Great Blue Hole during an adventure with Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

Now, one thing to note about the Great Blue Hole is that you will not find a lot of colorful coral or tropical fish. It is the colorless caverns and age-old-stalactites that are the main attraction.

Divers can go 130 feet into the rare geological formation. Another reason why the Great Blue Hole is a popular dive spot is because of Jacques Cousteau. In 1971, the legendary oceanographer, diver and undersea explorer sailed to Belize and ventured into the Great Blue Hole, exploring its limestone walls. He officially declared it one of the top 10 dive sites on Earth.

A happy woman enjoying her day at the Great Blue Hole

Our day to the Great Blue Hole started early. Since it would take us another 90 minutes to get there, we sailed out at 7:30am so that we were one of the first ones there (it could get very crowded and authorities will limit the amount of boats coming into the Great Blue Hole).

The boat ride to the Great Blue Hole was admittedly pretty rough. A lot of us felt sick, but we made it through. Once we got to the Great Blue Hole it was all worth it!

A woman enjoying fun day with Turneffe Island Resort in Belize at the Great Blue Hole

One thing about going to the Great Blue Hole is that you cannot actually see the hole at sea level. Unless you are in a plane, helicopter or taking footage with a drone camera it is nearly impossible to see it from a boat or ship.

The water surrounding the Great Blue Hole is incredible though! It is some of the clearest water I’ve ever seen.

Nurse Sharks in the Great Blue Hole

During the snorkel excursion at the Great Blue Hole, we saw a Nurse Shark! (Nurse Sharks have no teeth, are super friendly and protect a lot of species around them, so you do not have to worry about them attacking.)

The beautiful Caribbean Sea in Belize

In addition to the shark, we also saw a Channel Clinging Crab, Bermuda Chubb, Queen Angel Fish and Brittle Star.

After snorkeling and diving in the Great Blue Hole, Turneffe had warm chocolate chip cookies for us to enjoy!

Half Moon Caye:

A woman holding a conch shell at Half Moon Caye in Belize

After our time at the Great Blue Hole, we made our way to the private Half Moon Caye, where we got to wander around the beautiful beaches and snorkel again.

A woman doing a snorkeling excursion with Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

I will admit that the snorkeling at Half Moon Caye was better than the Great Blue Hole! We saw two Nurse Sharks, Yellow Stingray, Jolt Head Porgy, Barracuda, Sail Fin Blenny and Blue Striped Grunt. (During this time, the divers were taken to a different location.)

After both excursions, we all met together to enjoy a picnic lunch by Turneffe. There were fresh fruits, chips and various salads. (The pasta salad was delicious and I’m not usually a pasta salad girl.)

Half Moon Caye is also known for its bird sanctuary. There is a walking trail that will lead you into a forested area where you could spot the Red-footed Booby bird.

Red-footed bobby birds in Belize

Unlike other seabirds, the Red-footed Booby displays a variety of color morphs. These birds are unique to Belize’s wildlife and you can’t even find them in the Galapagos Islands.

When you visit Belize, I recommend bringing binoculars with you so that you could get a great viewing of all the different wildlife on Half Moon Caye. Discover the top 20 best binoculars for a trip like this!

Long Caye Wall:

A group of travelers enjoying a snorkeling excursion in Belize with Turneffe Island Resort

Our last excursion of the day was to Long Caye Wall. The water is much deeper in Long Caye, so we didn’t get too close to the coral reefs, but we still got to see Hog Fish, Southern Stingray, Rock Beauty, Rock Hind, Black Grouper and Queen Trigger Fish.

After this last snorkeling adventure, Turneffe had watermelon and beer waiting for us. Thankfully, the boat ride back to the resort was a lot quicker and easier than it was from earlier in the day.

The blue waters of Belize

Overall, this excursion was an amazing day trip and if you want to experience the Great Blue Hole, it is best that you ensure you are at Turneffe Island Resort during a Tuesday because that is the only day they do this specific excursion.

Sustainability:

An iguana at a Belize island resort

Another awesome aspect about Turneffe Island Resort in Belize is that they have an eco-conscious mindset. The resort integrates environmental initiatives that involve staff and guests in the conservation of the Turneffe Atoll and its reefs.

Click here to check out Turneffe’s environmental initiatives.

Heading Back Home After an Amazing Adventure:

A woman enjoying a sunset at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

When it is (sadly) time for you to head home, Turneffe Island Resort will provide you with a sheet of all the fish you saw during your snorkeling/diving excursions.

They will also sail you back to the Radisson in Belize City where you could wait until your flight home. (You could also walk around the surrounding area and check out the tourist market near the port. I recommend grabbing a smoothie at Creme de la Creme because all proceeds go towards the local San Cas Park for children.)

Palm trees swaying

When it comes time to get to the airport, Turneffe will drive you there. They are awesome!

PS. Staying at Turneffe Island Resort is a great way to disconnect from the digital world. There is no cell phone service on the island and WiFi connection is available, but very weak. It is perfect because it allows you to stay present and enjoy the little moments. (If, for whatever reason, you need WiFi, check out this amazing, safe and high-speed VPN.)


A woman enjoying her vacation in Belize

I want to thank Turneffe Island Resort for an unforgettable experience in Belize. I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and that it inspired you to book your next vacation to Turneffe.

For a discount off your stay at Turneffe Island Resort, please use code Pay4Stay7#19 when you book. For more information or if you have any questions, please visit Turneffe’s website or email me at [email protected]

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An Escape to Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

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28 Comments

  1. Marisa on October 4, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Wow!! There is seriously so much to see and do here!! I went to Belize many years ago but your pictures have me dreaming of returning! Looking forward to heading back here in the future!

    • Taylor Deer on October 4, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Yes, Turneffe was so awesome! I definitely have a new found love for our underwater world! 🙂

  2. Jamie Sharpe on January 30, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Hey this is super cool! I’ve been doing a ton of diving lately so Belize is definitely on my list.

  3. globeloper.com on January 31, 2021 at 1:13 am

    This post reminds me how MUCH I miss traveling! I love going to tiny islands. This island resort looks lovely. Pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      I really hope you get to travel somewhere new very soon! 🙂 Thank you so much!

  4. Olivia on January 31, 2021 at 4:49 am

    Turneffe looks like such a dreamy getaway! I’ve never been to Belize before but am definitely adding it to my list now!

  5. Krista on January 31, 2021 at 6:19 am

    This looks like such a beautiful resort to stay at, and the water looks incredible to swim in as well!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      It definitely was very beautiful and also a lot of fun. 🙂

  6. Mayi on January 31, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I have never been to Belize but after reading this post, I have realised one thing: this is where I belong! So beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much and Belize is so beautiful and relaxing. 🙂

  7. Al on January 31, 2021 at 7:57 am

    oh wow! I’ve never been here but im dying to now. your pictures are so beautiful! the resort looks insane

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much! It was a wonderful trip. 🙂

  8. Caroline @ PACKTHESUITCASES on January 31, 2021 at 8:48 am

    This looks idyllic! So beautiful. It’s almost painful to look at while I’m stuck in full lockdown here in the UK haha. Fingers crossed we can get back to travelling soon!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      It was amazing Caroline and I know, I really hope you could travel somewhere soon! 🙂

  9. Sydney on January 31, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Okay first off your photos are incredible! and that water oh my gosh it’s so blue! I love snorkeling too and it looks like Belize is the place to be for snorkeling. I can’t wait to visit one day!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you so much Sydney! It was literally the perfect places to go for snorkeling. I loved everything about it. 🙂

  10. Rachel Hall on January 31, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Wow. This resort looks unreal and I have always wanted to go to Belize and it’s so cool that you got to go with other bloggers. I’d especially to see the stars at night, I am sure that was a once in a lifetime experience. The colour of the water looks amazing too – I want to go diving there! I have now added to my bucket list! Thank you!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      It really was such a great time there Rachel! Everything about it was amazing and I highly recommend it. 🙂

  11. Shafinah on February 1, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Gahhhhhhhh CRAVING for the island life NOWWWWW

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Ah I hope you get to go somewhere soon. 🙂

  12. Denise Macuk on February 1, 2021 at 1:18 am

    How did you ever leave that place! I could stay in that water every day all day. Beautiful colors!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      I really didn’t want to leave. It was so incredible! 🙂

  13. Destiny on February 1, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Okay taking this as my sign to make my way back to Belize ASAP! I went 3 years ago and have been totally missing it lately! It’s so affordable to fly there from Florida too– I think I may be taking another trip there soon after reading this haha!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Yes, Belize was absolutely amazing! It was definitely one of my favorite Caribbean trips. I flew from Newark to Houston to there and flight prices were bad at all!

  14. Ildiko on February 1, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    OMG, how beautiful! Fantastic photos. I have never been to Belize , but you sold me on this island. Pinned !

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Ildiko! It was absolutely amazing! 🙂

  15. Joanna on February 5, 2021 at 10:10 am

    What a beautiful resort! It reminds me of my time spent in Belize. Such a beautiful country with some amazing islands.

    • Taylor Deer on February 5, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      It sure was amazing Joanna! Belize is one of my favorite places around the Caribbean. 🙂

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Taylor-Turneffe-Relaxing

A woman enjoying sunrise at a Belize island resort

Turneffe Island Resort – a Belize island resort where guests “Come as Strangers” and “Leave as Friends”.

During August 2019, I traveled to the unspoken wonders of the Turneffe Atoll where I met with three other travel bloggers and influencers to experience an adventure in the glistening Caribbean Sea and around the coral island of Little Caye Bokel.  

Come As Strangers Leave as Friends - Turneffe Island Resort

The three other bloggers and influencers I experienced Turneffe Island Resort with were Gabrielle of The Trini Traveller (click here to read her blog post on Turneffe); Shwetha of Chasing Shwetha (click here for her blog) and Diana of DWanderess.

Together, we all enjoyed fun water activities around the Belize island and resort; relaxed at Turneffe‘s beach and pool as well as the many lounge areas and hammocks; savored three delicious meals a day; started the day with a colorful sunrise; ended it with a breathtaking sunset and watched the beautiful stars at night.

Three women enjoying a vacation at Turneffe Island Resort

In addition, we also did a fun day excursion to Belize’s Great Blue Hole. It was such a memorable four days together and even though we all came from different parts of North America, we left as great friends!

In this article, I am so excited to relive my experiences at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize with you all.

A woman enjoying a beautiful day at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

To experience an unforgettable getaway in Belize, make sure you use code Pay4Stay7#19 to unlock a deal when you book your next vacation through Turneffe Island Resort.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. My four nights on Turneffe Island in Belize was a press trip through Turneffe Island Resort. To unlock a code with Turneffe Island Resort, please use code Pay4Stay7#19 when you book your stay.


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An Escape to Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

About Belize:

A colorful sign of Belize

Belize was in fact the first-ever Caribbean and Central American destination that I visited. It is one of the world’s last unspoiled destinations, where individuals consider it “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret”.

The island of Belize also holds the second largest barrier reef in the world behind the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The Belize Barrier Reef offers a magical array of marine life and it is where the Great Blue Hole is located.

The bright blue Caribbean Sea in Belize

Because of how expansive the Belize Barrier Reef is, the country has become a premier destination for diving and snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Belizean islands are called Cayes and there are around 450 of them!

A woman holding a coconut at a Belize island resort

In addition to beautiful islands, Belize also offers mountains, jungle, waterfalls, Mayan ruins and caves. It borders Mexico and Guatemala and it isn’t far from Honduras either.

Another fact is that Belize is the only Central American country where English is the official language. Belizeans also speak Creole, Spanish, Garifuna and Mayan.

Traveling to Turneffe Island Resort

A woman enjoying the Caribbean at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

Getting to Turneffe Island Resort from the New York City area requires a 3-hour flight from Newark Airport to Houston, Texas (other popular airport hubs to Belize City are Miami and Atlanta).

From Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, it was another 2.5-hour flight to Belize City. (You could find affordable flights through Skyscanner!)

When we arrived in Belize City, Turneffe Island Resort organized a private transfer from the airport to the Radisson Fort George Hotel located on the marina where Turneffe’s private boat departs to take you to the resort. (If you have some time before the boat departs, you could grab food and drinks at the Radisson’s pool bar.)

The bright blue waters of the Caribbean Sea

Prior to your trip to Turneffe Island Resort in Belize, they will let you know when you need to arrive in Belize City since the boat leaves the marina at specific times.

The overall boat ride from Belize City to Turneffe Island Resort is around 90-minutes long and it is quite an enjoyable ride. We were provided with tropical fruit juice and enjoyed the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea surrounding us.

Lounging area at Turneffe Island Resort

When we arrived at the resort, the staff was waiting at the dock and greeted us with a warm welcome! That was one of the best parts about staying at Turneffe Island Resort, everyone was so friendly and the staff will ALWAYS greet you by your first name!

The resort also allows everyone to get close because there are scheduled meal times where you eat with other guests and you could literally sit wherever you want at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Three women enjoying their trip in Belize

Looking to make friends? Just go up and sit at any table and get to know others. There are also scheduled activities where you could have fun and adventure with other guests. It’s such an amazing concept! (Ps. this concept is not only great for couples on vacation, it is also amazing for solo travelers!)

Staying at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize:

A woman walking the beach at a Belize island resort

Another amazing aspect I LOVED about staying at Turneffe Island Resort is that you are getting a boutique and authentic experience. Plus this Belize island resort is sustainable!

A woman relaxing in a hammock at Turneffe Island Resort

Because Turneffe was built around world-class, all-inclusive fishing, diving and snorkeling experiences, the resort attracts adventure-seekers who also enjoy the luxury of staying at an all-inclusive island resort.

Turneffe Island Resort is remote and offers a lot of space for individuals, couples, friend groups and families to get closer to themselves and enjoy the beautiful sites that the Turneffe Atoll is renowned for.

The rooms at Turneffe Island Resort

The accommodations at Turneffe Island Resort are guest room and private villa style. The rooms are filled with mahogany wood and they feature a large and comfortable bed that came with tropical flowers on it upon arrival.

Depending on your budget, number of guests and what you are looking for, you have a choice of staying in a Deluxe Guest Room, Superior Guest Room (which is what I stayed in), Private Villa, Honeymoon Villa and Presidential Villa.

An outdoor shower at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

In the Superior Guest Room, I enjoyed my own private screen-in porch that overlooked the beautiful blue sea, a lovely en-suite bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. (The outdoor shower felt amazing with the tropical breeze in my face.)

The staff also came in the morning to make up the room and they also prepared it in the evening before I went to bed. As they prepared the rooms for bedtime, they left a different poem on the bed. It was so cute!

A poem from Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

In addition, the room also comes with beautiful island furniture, lounge chairs and a mini refrigerator that included candy, water, soda and alcohol.

Eating and Drinking at Turneffe Island Resort:

A Belizean fish dinner at Turneffe Island Resort

The food and drinks at Turneffe Island Resort were absolutely incredible. Turneffe Island Resort will blend traditional Belizean fare with flavors as worldly as their guests.

(During my four days at Turneffe Island Resort, there were guests from Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Texas, Rhode Island, Italy, Canada, Australia, Utah, New York, London and other parts of the world.)

Enjoying coffee with a view in Belize

Every morning, the staff at Turneffe will deliver coffee, tea or hot chocolate outside of your door right before the sun rises so that you could enjoy your morning beverage with a view. (It was the best!)

A sunrise at an island resort in Belize

Included in Turneffe’s dining experience are three meals: breakfast, which is served at 7am; lunch, which is served at 12:30pm and dinner, which is served at 7pm.

Key lime pie from Turneffe Island Resort

Right before lunch and dinner, staff will ring a bell (similar to summer camp) to alert everyone that the food is ready. Some of my favorite meals during my time at Turneffe was a fresh lobster dinner served with pasta, an almond-crusted red snapper sandwich, a warm peanut butter chocolate chip blondie, key lime pie and a delicious coconut cake.

Happy hour includes hor d’oeurves that are served by the pool bar at 6pm everyday. What I loved about happy hour is that everyone would gather before dinner and sip a refreshing cocktail made by the awesome bartender! (I LOVED the piña coladas.)

A group of individuals having fun at the bar at Turneffe Island Resort

You could also bring your drink into the dining room too and the bartender will come around and see if anyone needs a refill while they eat.

Also included in a package with Turneffe are to-go lunches for fishing excursions and the day trip to the Great Blue Hole. There are also all-day snacks and juices in the dining room for you to grab at any time during the day.

A coconut cake from Turneffe Island Resort

On Friday night, there is an outdoor BBQ dinner with hermit crab races. (You could also book your own private dinner where Turneffe will set up a romantic table for you and your partner to enjoy with stunning views.)

A chocolate cake from Turneffe Island Resort

*What I also loved about the dining experience at Turneffe is that they will cater to your dietary needs and restrictions. Since I don’t eat red meat and certain cheeses make me sick, Turneffe either had a vegetarian option or a substitute when they served one of those items.

Activities at Turneffe Island Resort:

A woman snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea at Turneffe Island Resort

There are a lot of fun water activities to enjoy at this amazing Belize island resort! You could do fly fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling.

A woman enjoying a beach day in Belize

You could also relax, enjoy a well-needed spa treatment and experience the Great Blue Hole every Tuesday.

Fishing:

A beautiful fish in the Caribbean Sea

One of the top unique activities that Turneffe Island Resort is known for is fly-fishing. On a fishing excursion, Turneffe will take you to nearby salt flats where you could catch numerous types of fish.

The island of Belize

You could also catch a Caribbean Grand Slam, which is a bonefish, tarpon and permit.  If you catch a Grand Slam, you will be recorded in the International Game Fish Association.

A woman in the water on a Belize island

Built around conservation, Turneffe’s fishing program respects the Turneffe Atoll bioregion, its ecosystems and the livelihood of Belizean fishermen.

Scuba Diving:

The bright blue waters of Belize

If you are a certified scuba diver, then you will definitely be in heaven when you visit Belize. From the Sayonara Wreck to the Elbow, Turneffe boasts unrivaled accessibility to the country’s most lucrative dives.

The beach at an island resort in Belize

Six Dive Masters lead Turneffe’s dive program and they are known for their professionalism, safety and familiarity with the Turneffe Atoll.

A woman walking the beach at Turneffe Island Resort in Aruba

In addition, you could also become PADI certified and freshen up your skills at Turneffe.

Snorkeling:

A woman snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea

Since I haven’t had the chance to become PADI certified, I was more than happy to partake in some amazing snorkeling. I have snorkeled in the Greek Islands, Sicily and the Thai Islands, but nothing will ever be as epic as snorkeling in Belize. It was like I discovered a whole new world!

Bird watching in Belize

During my first full day at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize, I participated in two snorkeling excursions (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon).

A tarpon fish in Belize

On that day, I saw a Tarpon, Barracuda, Yellow Stingray, Rainbow Parrot Fish, Juvenile Queen Angel Fish, Scrawled Cow Fish, Banded Butterfly Fish, Spot Fin Butterfly Fish, Rough Face Blenny, Scrawled Trunk Fish, Juvenile Yellowtail Damsel Fish and a Spanish Hogfish. The coral reefs were absolutely magical and I also saw so many conch shells.

Activities on the Turneffe‘s Property:

A woman having fun in the water at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

While you are enjoying this amazing Belize island resort, you could go swimming in the sea or pool, kayak, paddle board and/or sail on the Hobie Cat.

A woman enjoying and island resort in Belize

I did the kayaking and a few of us also went on the Hobie Cat one day (which was so much fun and we went so fast too).

Day Trip to the Great Blue Hole:

Great Blue Hole Belize

One of the top experiences during my time at Turneffe Island Resort was the day trip to the Great Blue Hole – a geological wonder!

Originally a limestone cave, the Great Blue Hole flooded and collapsed thousands of years ago in the Ice Age. Located at the center of the Lighthouse Reef (within the Belize Barrier Reef) and 60 miles off the coast of mainland Belize is the world’s largest underwater sinkhole, measuring 984 feet in width and 410 feet in depth.

Swimming in the Great Blue Hole during an adventure with Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

Now, one thing to note about the Great Blue Hole is that you will not find a lot of colorful coral or tropical fish. It is the colorless caverns and age-old-stalactites that are the main attraction.

Divers can go 130 feet into the rare geological formation. Another reason why the Great Blue Hole is a popular dive spot is because of Jacques Cousteau. In 1971, the legendary oceanographer, diver and undersea explorer sailed to Belize and ventured into the Great Blue Hole, exploring its limestone walls. He officially declared it one of the top 10 dive sites on Earth.

A happy woman enjoying her day at the Great Blue Hole

Our day to the Great Blue Hole started early. Since it would take us another 90 minutes to get there, we sailed out at 7:30am so that we were one of the first ones there (it could get very crowded and authorities will limit the amount of boats coming into the Great Blue Hole).

The boat ride to the Great Blue Hole was admittedly pretty rough. A lot of us felt sick, but we made it through. Once we got to the Great Blue Hole it was all worth it!

A woman enjoying fun day with Turneffe Island Resort in Belize at the Great Blue Hole

One thing about going to the Great Blue Hole is that you cannot actually see the hole at sea level. Unless you are in a plane, helicopter or taking footage with a drone camera it is nearly impossible to see it from a boat or ship.

The water surrounding the Great Blue Hole is incredible though! It is some of the clearest water I’ve ever seen.

Nurse Sharks in the Great Blue Hole

During the snorkel excursion at the Great Blue Hole, we saw a Nurse Shark! (Nurse Sharks have no teeth, are super friendly and protect a lot of species around them, so you do not have to worry about them attacking.)

The beautiful Caribbean Sea in Belize

In addition to the shark, we also saw a Channel Clinging Crab, Bermuda Chubb, Queen Angel Fish and Brittle Star.

After snorkeling and diving in the Great Blue Hole, Turneffe had warm chocolate chip cookies for us to enjoy!

Half Moon Caye:

A woman holding a conch shell at Half Moon Caye in Belize

After our time at the Great Blue Hole, we made our way to the private Half Moon Caye, where we got to wander around the beautiful beaches and snorkel again.

A woman doing a snorkeling excursion with Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

I will admit that the snorkeling at Half Moon Caye was better than the Great Blue Hole! We saw two Nurse Sharks, Yellow Stingray, Jolt Head Porgy, Barracuda, Sail Fin Blenny and Blue Striped Grunt. (During this time, the divers were taken to a different location.)

After both excursions, we all met together to enjoy a picnic lunch by Turneffe. There were fresh fruits, chips and various salads. (The pasta salad was delicious and I’m not usually a pasta salad girl.)

Half Moon Caye is also known for its bird sanctuary. There is a walking trail that will lead you into a forested area where you could spot the Red-footed Booby bird.

Red-footed bobby birds in Belize

Unlike other seabirds, the Red-footed Booby displays a variety of color morphs. These birds are unique to Belize’s wildlife and you can’t even find them in the Galapagos Islands.

When you visit Belize, I recommend bringing binoculars with you so that you could get a great viewing of all the different wildlife on Half Moon Caye. Discover the top 20 best binoculars for a trip like this!

Long Caye Wall:

A group of travelers enjoying a snorkeling excursion in Belize with Turneffe Island Resort

Our last excursion of the day was to Long Caye Wall. The water is much deeper in Long Caye, so we didn’t get too close to the coral reefs, but we still got to see Hog Fish, Southern Stingray, Rock Beauty, Rock Hind, Black Grouper and Queen Trigger Fish.

After this last snorkeling adventure, Turneffe had watermelon and beer waiting for us. Thankfully, the boat ride back to the resort was a lot quicker and easier than it was from earlier in the day.

The blue waters of Belize

Overall, this excursion was an amazing day trip and if you want to experience the Great Blue Hole, it is best that you ensure you are at Turneffe Island Resort during a Tuesday because that is the only day they do this specific excursion.

Sustainability:

An iguana at a Belize island resort

Another awesome aspect about Turneffe Island Resort in Belize is that they have an eco-conscious mindset. The resort integrates environmental initiatives that involve staff and guests in the conservation of the Turneffe Atoll and its reefs.

Click here to check out Turneffe’s environmental initiatives.

Heading Back Home After an Amazing Adventure:

A woman enjoying a sunset at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

When it is (sadly) time for you to head home, Turneffe Island Resort will provide you with a sheet of all the fish you saw during your snorkeling/diving excursions.

They will also sail you back to the Radisson in Belize City where you could wait until your flight home. (You could also walk around the surrounding area and check out the tourist market near the port. I recommend grabbing a smoothie at Creme de la Creme because all proceeds go towards the local San Cas Park for children.)

Palm trees swaying

When it comes time to get to the airport, Turneffe will drive you there. They are awesome!

PS. Staying at Turneffe Island Resort is a great way to disconnect from the digital world. There is no cell phone service on the island and WiFi connection is available, but very weak. It is perfect because it allows you to stay present and enjoy the little moments. (If, for whatever reason, you need WiFi, check out this amazing, safe and high-speed VPN.)


A woman enjoying her vacation in Belize

I want to thank Turneffe Island Resort for an unforgettable experience in Belize. I hope you all enjoyed this blog post and that it inspired you to book your next vacation to Turneffe.

For a discount off your stay at Turneffe Island Resort, please use code Pay4Stay7#19 when you book. For more information or if you have any questions, please visit Turneffe’s website or email me at [email protected]

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An Escape to Turneffe Island Resort in Belize

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28 Comments

  1. Marisa on October 4, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Wow!! There is seriously so much to see and do here!! I went to Belize many years ago but your pictures have me dreaming of returning! Looking forward to heading back here in the future!

    • Taylor Deer on October 4, 2019 at 10:58 am

      Yes, Turneffe was so awesome! I definitely have a new found love for our underwater world! 🙂

  2. Jamie Sharpe on January 30, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Hey this is super cool! I’ve been doing a ton of diving lately so Belize is definitely on my list.

  3. globeloper.com on January 31, 2021 at 1:13 am

    This post reminds me how MUCH I miss traveling! I love going to tiny islands. This island resort looks lovely. Pictures are great. Thanks for sharing.

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      I really hope you get to travel somewhere new very soon! 🙂 Thank you so much!

  4. Olivia on January 31, 2021 at 4:49 am

    Turneffe looks like such a dreamy getaway! I’ve never been to Belize before but am definitely adding it to my list now!

  5. Krista on January 31, 2021 at 6:19 am

    This looks like such a beautiful resort to stay at, and the water looks incredible to swim in as well!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      It definitely was very beautiful and also a lot of fun. 🙂

  6. Mayi on January 31, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I have never been to Belize but after reading this post, I have realised one thing: this is where I belong! So beautiful!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much and Belize is so beautiful and relaxing. 🙂

  7. Al on January 31, 2021 at 7:57 am

    oh wow! I’ve never been here but im dying to now. your pictures are so beautiful! the resort looks insane

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much! It was a wonderful trip. 🙂

  8. Caroline @ PACKTHESUITCASES on January 31, 2021 at 8:48 am

    This looks idyllic! So beautiful. It’s almost painful to look at while I’m stuck in full lockdown here in the UK haha. Fingers crossed we can get back to travelling soon!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      It was amazing Caroline and I know, I really hope you could travel somewhere soon! 🙂

  9. Sydney on January 31, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Okay first off your photos are incredible! and that water oh my gosh it’s so blue! I love snorkeling too and it looks like Belize is the place to be for snorkeling. I can’t wait to visit one day!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Thank you so much Sydney! It was literally the perfect places to go for snorkeling. I loved everything about it. 🙂

  10. Rachel Hall on January 31, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Wow. This resort looks unreal and I have always wanted to go to Belize and it’s so cool that you got to go with other bloggers. I’d especially to see the stars at night, I am sure that was a once in a lifetime experience. The colour of the water looks amazing too – I want to go diving there! I have now added to my bucket list! Thank you!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      It really was such a great time there Rachel! Everything about it was amazing and I highly recommend it. 🙂

  11. Shafinah on February 1, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Gahhhhhhhh CRAVING for the island life NOWWWWW

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Ah I hope you get to go somewhere soon. 🙂

  12. Denise Macuk on February 1, 2021 at 1:18 am

    How did you ever leave that place! I could stay in that water every day all day. Beautiful colors!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      I really didn’t want to leave. It was so incredible! 🙂

  13. Destiny on February 1, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Okay taking this as my sign to make my way back to Belize ASAP! I went 3 years ago and have been totally missing it lately! It’s so affordable to fly there from Florida too– I think I may be taking another trip there soon after reading this haha!

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Yes, Belize was absolutely amazing! It was definitely one of my favorite Caribbean trips. I flew from Newark to Houston to there and flight prices were bad at all!

  14. Ildiko on February 1, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    OMG, how beautiful! Fantastic photos. I have never been to Belize , but you sold me on this island. Pinned !

    • Taylor Deer on February 1, 2021 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Ildiko! It was absolutely amazing! 🙂

  15. Joanna on February 5, 2021 at 10:10 am

    What a beautiful resort! It reminds me of my time spent in Belize. Such a beautiful country with some amazing islands.

    • Taylor Deer on February 5, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      It sure was amazing Joanna! Belize is one of my favorite places around the Caribbean. 🙂

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