Blackbird Caye Resort http://blackbirdresort.com Resort on a Private Island in Belize Offering World-Class Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:20:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GET AWAY AND UNPLUG http://blackbirdresort.com/get-away-and-unplug/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:20:04 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4474 bb-jul22
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 all.

One of the reasons guests at Blackbird Caye Resort keep coming back is because we offer a chance to truly unplug and get away; to enjoy a dive vacation free of distractions.

Turneffe Atoll is not far from Belize City – only 25 miles off the coast – but it is far enough off the beaten path to have a place all its own that also just so happens to be closer to the best Belizean dive sites than any other hotel or resort.

It’s a diver’s paradise located on an isolated, beautiful Caribbean island. Distraction-free dive vacations don’t get better than this!

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WHAT LIES BENEATH BLACKBIRD: TURNEFFE ATOLL http://blackbirdresort.com/what-lies-beneath-blackbird-turneffe-atoll/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:01:19 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4469 july8

“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 Atoll are countless sights to be seen and dives to be experienced; from swimming with all manner of sea creatures from turtles to stingrays and sharks. If you consider yourself a diver, it simply cannot be missed.

If something unique is what you’re after, you could try The Elbow, one of our local sites that attracts divers from the world over. The Elbow is one of the few drift dives along the atolls that are actually a true drift dive – assuming the currents cooperate, that is. It can only be done during calm conditions, and due to the site’s exposure, that isn’t a constant. However, when it can be dived and currents are swift, divers get to experience a drift that attracts the big schools of fish, which in turn attract Caribbean reef sharks; the occasional hammerhead, mantas, schooling eagle rays in groups of up to 40 or 50, and lots of other pelagic life not normally seen in calmer areas. It can be a fast drift, but it can also be the experience of a lifetime.

More than 70 dive sites surround Blackbird Caye Resort, and The Elbow is just one of many worth the trip.

You could dive for weeks on end and not experience them all.

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FATHER’S DAY http://blackbirdresort.com/fathers-day/ Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:46:12 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4296 “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 silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…”
~Unknown

Today we would like to praise, appreciate, and thank our dads, soon-to-be-dads, and father figures for all the hard work they do. Happy Father’s Day!

What do you do with your Dad on his special day? Fishing? Diving? Take him out for a great meal?

Whatever you do for Father’s Day, don’t forget to let him know just how much he means to you!

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WHAT LIES BENEATH BLACKBIRD: THE GREAT BLUE HOLE http://blackbirdresort.com/what-lies-beneath-blackbird-the-great-blue-hole/ Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:43:13 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4294 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 most unique dive sites there is: a 300m hole in the world that descends 124m into the deep. There is literally nothing like it anywhere else in the world, and in 2012 the Discovery Channel ranked The Great Blue Hole as #1 on its list of “The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth”!

Part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the Blue Hole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and quite possibly the most popular and essential dive site to be found in Belize.

This is definitely a bucket list dive for anyone who considers themselves a diver, and one that should absolutely not be missed.

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BELIZE COMMONWEALTH DAY http://blackbirdresort.com/belize-commonwealth-day/ Mon, 23 May 2016 16:40:15 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4292 belize-flag
For many of us Commonwealth Day may just be another day off, a public holiday where we can hit the beach, enjoy a dive, or spend time with friends and family. That is a great way to spend the day, and something we all like to enjoy.

But have you ever wondered why we celebrate Commonwealth Day? What significance it has to Belize?

It all started in 1898 in Canada when a woman by the name of Clementina Trenholme founded Empire Day in support of the British Empire, which was adopted in 1904 by Lord Meath in the United Kingdom. Empire Day became Commonwealth Day in 1958, back when Belize was still known as British Honduras.

In 1973 British Honduras became Belize, and in 1981 Belize became independent – and we still celebrate Commonwealth Day to this day!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! http://blackbirdresort.com/happy-mothers-day/ Sun, 08 May 2016 18:25:29 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4286 may6

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”

On this special day we at Blackbird Caye Resort would like to thank our mothers – and mother figures – for the incredible impact they have had in making us who we are.

Thank you for bringing us into this world, for loving and caring for us, and for helping us to grow as human beings. Today is your special day to be recognized as the amazing women that you are, but it is also our special day to acknowledge and thank you for everything you have done for us.

It has been said that “God could not be everywhere, so he created Mothers” – and we couldn’t agree more.

Thanks Moms!

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Blackbird Resort Offers March Madness http://blackbirdresort.com/blackbird-resort-offers-march-madness/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:20:41 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=4242
  • Pay in full at time of booking
  • Travel dates are for summer/fall 2016
  • Capacity Controlled offer
  • Not combinable with other offers
  • Optional activities for purchase at the island:

    • 3 daily dives
    • 2 daily snorkel trips
    • Expedition Kayaking treks
    • On-site dive courses
    • Excursion to Lighthouse Reef/Half Moon Caye

    Includes:

    • Round trip boat transfers for Saturday and Wednesday arrival.
    • Welcome Cocktails
    • Oceanfront Cabana
    • 3 complimentary delicious meals in the restaurant.
    • Complimentary use of the Resort’s Kayakas
    • Complimentary use of the Resort’s Paddleboards

    Call 866-909-7333 or email sales@blackbirdresort.com today to reserve your space. Offer ends soon!

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    Airfares to Belize Drop as Southwest Airlines Enters the Market http://blackbirdresort.com/airfares-to-belize-drop-as-southwest-airlines-enters-the-market/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:44:53 +0000 http://www.blackbirdresort.com/?p=3771 Travel to Belize is a dream destination for many US travelers but hefty airfare has led many to travel elsewhere. Limited airlines and flights from major US cities created a less-than-competitive market and sticker shock for potential visitors to the beautiful country of Belize. That appears to be changing as Southwest Airlines enters the market beginning October 15, 2105. Southwest will offer flights to Belize City (BZE) from over a dozen major US cities that will connect through Houston, TX. (HOU).

    This a great news for US travelers! Belize is home to world-class diving, snorkeling and boasts a very healthy marine life. The people of Belize are overwhelmingly friendly and those who visit fall in love with the laid-back, welcoming culture and come back many more times to visit.  More and more people now consider Belize as a place to retire, or a place to settle down and enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

    Blackbird Caye Resort has seen a significant increase in guests inquiring about visiting as airfares become more affordable and comparable with fares to other Caribbean destinations. Blackbird is located 25 miles off the coast of Belize City and offers complimentary ground and boat transportation to/from Belize City International Airport (BZE). This makes for effortless planning and allows guests to sit back and enjoy the vacation they’ve been waiting for!

    To schedule your dream vacation to Belize, please contact us at 866-909-REEF (7333) or email us.

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    Birds of Blackbird Caye Resort: The Magnificent Frigatebird http://blackbirdresort.com/birds-of-blackbird-caye-resort-the-magnificent-frigatebird/ Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:09:06 +0000 http://www.blackbirdresort.com/?p=3768 Blackbird Caye Resort is home to many species of birds and bird-watching is a favorite past-time for many guests. The Magnificent Frigate is a gorgeous bird that has some very unique characteristics. They’re sea birds and although it spends most of its time soaring over the ocean, it rarely lands or touches water. As they swoop down to catch their prey they do so very swiftly and their bill doesn’t even get wet for the most part. They’re extraordinarily agile fliers and also like to snatch food from others.

    The Magnificent Frigatebird is a very large bird about 3 feet long and with an impressive wing span of over 7 feet. It is the only seabird where the male & female species look completely different. The courtship is a production show and takes place in groups. The male inflates his red gular sac, clatters his bills and quivers his long wings to attract females overhead. The female has a white throat & belly and is usually a bit larger than the male. Their breeding period is unusually long and the young are cared for by Mommy for over a year and only one egg is produced at a time.

    They can mostly be found south of the United States but sometimes migrate north during the non-breeding season up to the coast of North Carolina.

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    Blackbird Caye Resort In Belize Has Been Awarded Tripadvisors Certificate Of Excellence For Five Consecutive Years http://blackbirdresort.com/blackbird-caye-resort-awarded-tripadvisors-certificate-of-excellence/ Wed, 27 May 2015 19:35:02 +0000 http://blackbirdresort.com/?p=3320 Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site

    Turneffe Atoll, Belize – May 20, 2015 BLACKBIRD CAYE RESORTS today announced that it has been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

    “Blackbird Caye Resort strives to provide our guests with a unique private island experience, and we are truly thankful to all our past guests who have taken the time to go on TripAdvisor and let others know what an amazing adventure our resort can be. Being awarded the Certificate of Excellence five years in a row simply points out the dedication of our staff and management to making your vacation a dream come true, and now as we are inducted into the Hall of Fame, it is our goal to continue this tradition year after year.” said Michaela Feinstein Owner/General Manager at Blackbird Caye Resort. “It is a great honor to win this award for many reasons, but the greatest is that guest reviews confirmed our commitment to excellence. This new accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and a spotlight focused on our dedicated staff.”

    “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

    When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. 

    About Blackbird Caye Resort

    Blackbird Caye Resort is a unique property situated on a 2-mile long private island, amidst the unspoiled natural beauty of the Caribbean waters. Just 25 miles off the coast off Belize City lies the Turneffe Atoll, where Blackbird Caye Resort is nestled in an idyllic tropical island retreat with uncommon personal attention.

    Blackbird Caye Resort offers ocean front cabanas overlooking the iridescent turquoise waters and protected by the atoll’s reef. With more than 70 world-class diving and snorkeling sites minutes away, and the dramatic walls of Turneffe just off the resorts beach, the adventure starts the moment you arrive.

    Whether you’re looking for a diving adventure, a family retreat, or a group getaway, you’ll find Blackbird Caye Resort the perfect location and the perfect people to make your vacation dreams come true.

    About TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

    TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands: www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl and www.besttables.com), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, www.virtualtourist.com, and www.kuxun.cn.

    *Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

    **Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

    For more information on Blackbird Caye Resort please contact:

    Sandra Lockhart

    Sales Manager for Blackbird Caye Resort

    Toll Free: (866) 909-7333

    Fax: (877) 269-5073

    Email: info@blackbirdresort.com

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