Where to Stay in Turneffe Atoll

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Diving the Belize Barrier Reef

With world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing just minutes away, Turneffe Atoll is the ideal place to stay for anyone that is interested in exploring the Belize Barrier Reef.

And unlike Belize’s other secluded atolls, the hotels and resorts in Turneffe Atoll aren’t rugged. As the most developed atoll in Belize, Turneffe has modern amenities and luxury accommodations that are easily some of the best in the country.

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Top Turneffe Atoll Hotels & Resorts

Belize Dive Haven Resort at Turneffe Atoll

1. Belize Dive Haven Resort & Marina

With 96 modern luxury residences and several on-site restaurants and bars, Belize Dive Haven sits on 47 acres of beautiful, private beach nestled between palm trees and the Caribbean Sea. Located on Ropewalk Caye on Turneffe Atoll, the private island resort is minutes away from top dive sites and is the ideal place for guests that want to spend most of their time exploring Belize’s Reef.

Aerial view of Turneffe Flats Resort at Turneffe Atoll, Belize

2. Turneffe Flats

In 1981, Turneffe Flats went from a small fishing camp with an outdoor bathroom facility to offering guest cabins and indoor plumbing. Over the years, it has evolved into an eco-resort that specializes in fishing. Nevertheless, the owners have taken care to provide guests with many of the creature comforts of a luxury hotel, including air conditioning made possible through solar power.

Turneffe Island Resort in Turneffe Atoll

3. Turneffe Island Resort

Located on Little Caye Bokel, a 14-acre island that sits at the southern elbow of the Turneffe Atoll, Turneffe Island Resort is an adventure lodge that offers vacation packages revolving around watersport activities. The fishing and dive resort caters to upscale clientele, with 22 cottages and villas that have beautiful varnished mahogany and teak interiors, each with a porch looking out on the water.

What to Do in Turneffe Atoll

Fly fishing at Turneffe Atoll
  1. Dive or snorkel at Turneffe Atoll (e.g. The Elbow)
  2. Spend your days relaxing on hammocks and staring at starry night skies in the evenings
  3. Explore the nearby Lighthouse Reef Atoll (e.g. Dive Belize’s Blue Hole)
  4. Go on a multi-island birding adventure across the atoll
  5. Enjoy some of the fly-fishing in Belize and test your skills by going after a “Grand Slam”

When to Visit Turneffe Atoll

Aerial view of Belize's reef

The best time to stay at Turneffe Atoll is during Belize’s dry season, between January to April. At this time, you can expect sunny days and clear blue skies.

If you choose to visit the atoll after January to April, it’s best to go between May to August. Anytime after that, there’s a chance that your vacation can be ruined by a cold front or tropical storm, which occur during Belize’s wet season.

Visiting Belize during the rainy season is fine but since Turneffe is remote and secluded, I advise against staying there if a tropical storm is passing through. If you get caught there during a week of rain you’ll likely have to remain indoors for the entire time.

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