Archive for Turtle Inn

Coppola Resorts teams with 'Pack for a Purpose'

Posted 02-21-13 at 10:19 AM

Pack for a PurposeWe are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please read below to see what supplies are needed for our current projects. Read More

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Francis Ford Coppola Resorts to Partner with Alexandra Cousteau and Blue Legacy on “Expedition Blue Planet: Belize”

Posted 10-13-11 at 3:57 PM

Francis Ford Coppola’s famed resorts in Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn, announced today that they have formalized a partnership with Alexandra Cousteau’s Blue Legacy, an environmental foundation that works to engage mainstream audiences on global water issues. Cousteau, the granddaughter of renowned environmentalist Jacques Yves-Cousteau, will travel to Belize in spring 2012 in order to explore and film critical environmental issues for a worldwide audience.

Committed and dedicated to fostering best practices in ecotourism and sustainable travel, the Coppola Resorts will host the Blue Legacy group during their stay in Belize. By leveraging Coppola Resorts' valuable relationships with the area's conservation partners and key influencers, Blue Legacy will gain a special insight into the management of Belize’s protected areas and will seek out views from a wide range of community stakeholders. Read More

Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn Reinforce Their Commitment to Ecotourism and Sustainable Travel

Posted 07-11-11 at 10:59 AM

Francis Ford Coppola’s famed resorts in Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn, have formalized two strategic alliances that further the company’s commitment and dedication to fostering best practices in ecotourism and sustainable travel. Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn have joined the Sustainable Tourism Program led by the Rainforest Alliance, the international nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to helping businesses develop and implement practices spanning sustainable forestry, agriculture, tourism, climate and education. The two Coppola properties have also joined forces with one of the early leaders in the sustainable travel movement, Sustainable Travel International’s global Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP), which represents the gold standard for companies striving to be environmentally innovative and socially responsible.

“The Coppolas see their role as that of a conservator,” said Serena Lightner, vice president of Coppola Resorts. Adding, “We’re grateful for the opportunities to work with the Rainforest Alliance and Sustainable Travel International.  Each of these organizations is a world-renowned sustainable tourism specialist. We look forward to working with each organization to further our commitment to ecotourism and carry out the Coppolas’ dedication to Belize’s pristine environment.”  

The Coppola Resorts in Belize are currently undertaking an aggressive array of sustainability initiatives. Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux Lodge are currently implementing a stainless steel bottle program aimed at reducing plastic water bottle consumption by guests. Additionally, Blancaneaux Lodge has actively begun implementing eco-friendly systems and procedures for recycling as well as preserving water and power on the property. Both properties feature expansive organic gardens that supply fresh produce used in the on-site restaurants, reducing their carbon footprint by using locally sourced ingredients.   Read More

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Turtle Inn debuts exclusive scuba diving packages

Posted 06-16-11 at 12:25 PM

Turtle Inn is now offering two exclusive scuba diving packages throughout 2011 and 2012 giving adventurers the opportunity to explore a magnificent variety of coral and marine life along the Belize Barrier Reef. Choose from either a 4-night or 7-night vacation package. All excursions will take place from Turtle Inn’s brand new dive boat, Miss Ellie.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn is located in Belize's coastal village of Placencia. One of the world’s greatest scuba destinations, Belize is one of the few dive spots on the planet that can boast the return of the largest fish in the ocean year after year. During the full moon weeks of May and June, the Whale Shark will glide through our waters giving divers and snorkelers the unmatched opportunity to share the ocean with them in close quarters.
 
To book packages please call toll-free
(800) 746-3743, of email info@coppolaresorts.com

Turtle Inn welcomes Miss Ellie!

Posted 06-08-11 at 12:00 AM

Turtle Inn’s brand new dive boat, Miss Ellie, successfully took its maiden voyage last weekend and is now transporting resort guests along the Caribbean’s largest barrier reef for scuba and snorkeling adventures.

Named after owner Francis Coppola’s wife, Eleanor, the boat is 46 feet long, which is almost 50% larger than the resort’s previous dive boat, yet is far more fuel efficient thanks to a fiberglass hull. She also has two 350 HP, V8- 4 stroke outboards, making her one of the fastest boat in the area, cutting travel time to and from the reef significantly. Other new features include GPS, a “fish finder,” a fly bridge with shaded area, rod holders for deep see trolling, a rinse tank for camera equipment, full head (bathroom) with a fresh water shower and capacity for up to 25 guests.

Miss Ellie is also equipped with the latest safety features, including VHF marine communication, first aid kits, life support oxygen, life vests, diver down flags, and of course, a captain that knows and respects the sea.  Additionally, all dive trips are led by a licensed Tour Guide who is also a PADI Divemaster or a certified PADI Instructor.

We invite you to come aboard the Miss Ellie soon and explore the magnificent variety of coral and marine life in one of the world’s greatest scuba destinations.

Turtle Inn supports Turtle Watch Program

Posted 04-19-11 at 10:28 AM

Khristina Bonham, a Conservation and Biodiversity Masters student at the University of Exeter, has been working with ECOMAR Belize on the newly formed Turtle Watch Program. Last month she visited Turtle Inn, and for six days gave informative presentations to the guests, conducted water surveys for sea turtles and trained at our dive shop on how to report sightings in the future. Below are the journal entries from her stay. Read More

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Coppola Resorts get new Passenger Vehicles

Posted 01-06-11 at 11:38 AM

Our three Central America resorts have all received new tour vehicles in a continuing effort to create an outstanding guest experiences across all our services, equipment and facilities.

Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn in Belize have each received two vans (Toyota Hiaces to Blancaneaux, Nissan Urvans to Turtle Inn), with one Hyundai van going to La Lancha in Guatemala. The delivery of the new vans will elevate the comfort and quality of our vehicle fleets, providing guests with an even better tour experience.


Above: One of Blancaneaux Lodge's new Toyota Hiaces.