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Coral Caye

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Coral Caye is a tiny Coppola-owned sand-fringed island where you can be the exclusive guests.

Here’s an opportunity to stay on your very own desert island. Wow your family and entertain your friends at Coral Caye, a tiny rainforest and mangrove-ringed tropical islet belonging to Francis Ford Coppola, owner of Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux Lodge on the Belize mainland.

There are just three buildings on this sand-fringed tiny speck in the Caribbean Sea 13km off Placencia on the coast: one is a living space for relaxation with the other two offer accommodation for couples, friends or families in cheerful wooden clap-board houses typical of the sun-bleached region.

There is just one member of staff (and his dog) resident on Coral Caye; he can organise a simple breakfast, set up a barbecue, and arrange excursions and spa treatments for you.  Snorkels and kayaks are available on the island for you to explore the surrounding turquoise waters.

The greatest allure of this secretive islet, guarded by a reef where whale sharks and manatees can be spotted Apr-Jun, is its exclusivity. You can book both cottages but if you only need one, the other will not be rented to anyone else. 

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What our clients say

  • We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring these environments with knowledgeable guides was a pleasure. Whether it was hummingbirds…

    RW, Usk
  • JLA have been great, and Belize as a country is nothing short of astonishing in every way possible. We will be going back at some point. In fact I'd quite happily…

    SC, Wandsworth
  • Brilliant holiday, Chan Chich was superb and we really enjoyed Victoria House. We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring…

    RW, Usk
  • Very impressed with the quality of 3 of the hotels we were staying in. We went mainly for the scuba diving in Belize which didn't fail to impress - truly…

    AA, Market Harborough
  • We went mainly for the scuba diving in Belize which didn't fail to impress - truly world class.

    AA, Market
  • There were so many highlights, but undoubtedly the most memorable part was seeing jaguars near Chan Chich on two consecutive days, and even being able to take photos of the…

    CT, Crowthorne
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Our Expert's Opinion

This really is about getting away from it all and having a beautiful Caribbean Island all to yourself. You can combine a stay here with Turtle Inn on the mainland which works really well if you just wanted a couple of nights of complete escapism.

Hannah
Hannah Donaldson Travel Expert Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

  • Hannah
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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