News and Articles about Our Resort and Turneffe Atoll

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living under the sea? To live and breathe beneath the waves, swim and hunt, and see incredible sights? But what if you’ve never dived before? Well, there’s no time like now to learn! At Blackbird Caye Resort we can accommodate any level of diver, from those putting on…

Did you know that it’s a holiday today in Belize? Which holiday, you ask? Why, it’s Garifuna Settlement Day! Created by one of our civil rights activists, Thomas Ramos, we’ve been celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day since the 1940s before it became a national holiday in 1977. Depending on where you find yourself in Belize today,…

If you like bird watching, it’s hard to find a better locale than Turneffe Atoll. Just 32km (20mi) from Belize City, Turneffe Atoll is home to more than 60 species of birds during the height of the migratory season, including 18 species of nesting birds. To say that we see quite a few would be…

Usually we get to pick exactly when the resort shuts down for yearly maintenance, but this year Mother Nature made the choice for us! Hurricane Earl caused just enough damage to warrant shutting down a few weeks earlier than intended. It proved to be a blessing in disguise as we then had extra time to…

We’re counting down the days here at Blackbird until we open our doors, but in the meantime lets get excited for your next Caribbean trip – lets talk about Belize! Belize has been in the news a lot of late. Simone Biles, one of the United States’ most celebrated Olympians at Rio 2016 recently said…

Happy 35th Independence Day, Belize! It is hard to believe that not even a lifetime ago Belize was still British Honduras, a self-governed colony of Great Britain for over a century, and before that a collection of Baymen who would attack Spanish ships and trade in logwood and slaves. A couple centuries later, here we…

Belize has a long and storied history over the last few centuries; from becoming British Honduras until our eventual independence, whenwe became the Belize you know today. One of those stories is still celebrated to this day: The Battle of St George’s Caye. 218 years ago on from September 3–10, 1798, an invading Spanish force…

Spend some time exploring the space around Blackbird Caye Resort and you’re bound to notice some of our more prominent locals: Crocodylus acutus, also known as the American Crocodile. These large, grey reptiles call the Caribbean Basin their home, and are considered a vulnerable species due to their declining habitat and the chances of becoming…

Resort Closes Early for Annual Maintenance, Opening October 22 Hello everyone, Following Hurricane Earl we would like to update everyone on the status of Blackbird Caye Resort. We are happy to announce that everyone is safe and sound, but that the resort did unfortunately receive minor damage from the hurricane. In light of this we…

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Diving is more than a hobby or a vacation activity here on Turneffe Atoll; it’s a way of life. We’re so incredibly lucky to have this location: surrounded by the Belize Barrier Reef, a geographic world wonder, and a stone’s throw away from one of the great natural wonders of the world and one of…

When you want to get away from it all, sometimes you really do want to escape everything. You don’t just go from one bustling, busy city to another just like it in another country; you go further. You take the road less travelled and find yourself somewhere unique, different, and, most importantly, away from it…

“Belize’s newest protected marine area, Turneffe Atoll, is the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Americas.” ~Lonely Planet This beautiful collection of islands we call home is remarkable for its biodiversity, spectacularly beautiful, and– perhaps most importantly to many- home to some of the best diving found anywhere. What lies beneath the Turneffe…

“What Is A Dad? A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in…

There are countless treasures beyond imagining beneath the Caribbean Sea, and one of the greatest to be found in Belize or anywhere else in the world is The Great Blue Hole. Made famous by the Jaques Cousteau in the 1970s, Lighthouse Atoll, aka The Blue Hole or The Great Blue Hole, is one of the…

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