We just returned from a two week stay in Belize, 4 nights of which were spent at Blackbird. In retrospect, I wish we had spent more time on this secluded caye rather than later venturing to Ambergris Caye. The accommodations at Blackbird varied, as some of the cabanas were newer than others. After the first night in the triplex cabana, our family (3 of us) and my brother and his fiance asked to move to cabanas down the beach for more privacy (the resort didn’t have all of the cabanas full), and they moved us quickly and without questions or problems. They were in cabana 9 and we were in 14, and both were beautifully decorated and had tables, sitting areas, and screened porches overlooking the ocean. Beds were so comfortable and bathrooms nice and clean. The staff were amazing, and we had an exceptionally good time with Cardinal, who led our snorkel and kayaking trips. He was genuinely friendly and so quick to help make our day trips/adventures accessible for our 3 year old.
The bar area sat partially over the ocean and had a great island-vibe. A pre-dinner snack and drinks were served here every night starting at 5:30, and usually everyone who was staying at the resort would go and socialize. Breakfast and lunch were served buffet style, and there were always tons of options for what to eat. Dinner was a plated meal with an soup or salad, entre, and dessert, and everything was always amazing- practically on the gourmet side. Just a note, though- if you’re vegetarian, please let them know ahead of time. There was a vegetarian guest who did not inform them beforehand. They still managed to appease her, but, it couldn’t have been easy for them to do that, as there is obviously no grocery store anywhere near them to quickly get supplies.
There were always a good variety of options for the day trips, depending on which package you purchase. The last day was a bbq trip with all guests and a combined snorkel/scuba trip. It was a blast.
If you’re looking to stay somewhere off the beaten path and have a nearly-private vacation experience, Blackbird is ideal. We would return there in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blackbird Caye is a privately owned Island sitting on The Mesoamerican Reef System - often referred to as the "Jewel of the Caribbean" - it is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere with a rich tapestry of vivid corals, mangrove forests, coastal wetlands, and diverse marine wildlife. Within the reef you will find Turneffe Atoll the Caye where the resort is located. Turneffe is the largest and most biologically diverse of the 3 atolls found in the Caribbean home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk, and more than 500 species of fish, manatees, dolphins and invertebrates. There are over 70 dives sites all within 10-15 minutes from the resort and 45 minutes to Lighthouse Reef where The Great Blue Hole is located. The resort is made of 19 modern cabanas facing the Caribbean Sea and 1 beach house. The cabanas are all equipped with A/C, fans, private bathrooms, either King or Queen Beds with new comfortable bedding, private porches with chairs and swinging hammocks. Included in the price are your cabana, 3 daily meals, dive or snorkel package, complimentary transfers to the island on Wednesdays and Saturdays and use of the resort's kayaks. We are the only resort on Turneffe with an air strip making it convenient to arrive or depart any other day of the week. Our courteous and helpful staff will always make you feel at home as customer service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blackbird Caye Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Blackbird Caye Belize City