Gilligan’s Island Meets Glam on Francis Ford Coppola’s Coral Caye in Belize

by Khaila Gentle

The eclectic group of passengers and crew aboard the SS Minnow might not have planned their three-season-long stint on a remote island, but one caye off the coast of Southern Belize has travelers captivated by the mere thought of spending time on a small island. It’s Gilligan’s Island meets glam at this dreamy outpost in the Caribbean Sea, and you won’t be plotting your exit strategy anytime soon. Here’s how Francis Ford Coppola’s Coral Caye has been enchanting guests the world over.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Coral Caye: Where Island Life Meets Luxury

Though just eight miles away from the vibrant coasts of the Placencia Peninsula, this “Gilligan glam” private island feels worlds away. Exclusive, intimate, and oh, so peaceful, Francis Ford Coppola’s Coral Caye is the Caribbean escape you’ve always dreamt of – and then some.

Enjoy having this 2-acre paradise all to yourself and your closest companions. Live out all your castaway fantasies,  like campfires on the beach, barbecues with freshly caught fish, and days spent paddleboarding at sea. Plus, get to enjoy it all without the sacrifice of comfort.

Boasting just two guest cottages, Coral Caye can accommodate up to ten persons. But whether you’re traveling with all nine of your nearest and dearest or you’re seeking a romantic escape with your soulmate, you can revel in the fact that this Coppola Family Hideaway will be all yours for the duration of your stay. Along with your personal island caretakers, your only neighbors will be the tropical birds perched in the trees and the friendly island dog, Goldie.

Wake to the sound of waves in the Coral Cottage’s cozy King bed. Then, retreat to the Great House for breakfast and even a cocktail if you’d like. After all, you’re on island time now. With its sand floors and rustic decor, the Great House is where you and all your fellow castaways will be sure to make new, fond memories thanks to a full bar, music system, dining table, board games, dart board, and even a full-sized day bed for afternoon naps.

Enjoy Your Castaway Experience in Belize

Stargazing on the dock at Coral Caye.

Set your devices on “island mode”, because you surely won’t be needing them during your stay. Snorkeling right off the island, guided fishing, and even simply gazing at the stars will be sure to take up most of your time.

In the evenings, be sure to head to the dock for sundowners at sunset. Wines specially selected from the Coppola wine cellar (“wine aquarium”) at Turtle Inn pair especially well with scenic Caribbean views. Plus, there’s just something about being on a private island that makes sunsets – and sunrises – all the more magnificent.

Choose to do it all. Or, opt for doing nothing at all. Whether you’re in search of adventure, romance, restoration, or all of the above, Coral Caye is barefoot perfection – and just what the doctor ordered.

All photos courtesy of Coral Caye – managed by Turtle Inn, A Coppola Family Hideaway

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