Often referred to as the “Jewel of the Caribbean”, the Mesoamerican Reef is a rich tapestry of bold corals, mangrove forests, coastal wetlands and diverse marine life. And while the reefs have endured all nature has to throw their way, including seasonal hurricanes and other natural disasters, the system is not so well equipped to deal with the impact of human activity.
The Mesoamerican Reef System stretches more than 620 miles (1000 km), spanning the eastern coast of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
Over two million people reside in the coastal communities encompassed by the reef, hosting more than 65 species of stony coral and over 500 species of fish. Several dolphin species also call the reef their home including spotted, bottlenosed and rough-toothed dolphin can be found in the reef’s waters.
The Meso-America Reef System is also home to one of the world’s largest populations of manatees — estimated to number anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500.
Of the fish that are sought after by fisherman, the most regularly caught are spiny lobster, shrimp, grouper, snapper and queen conch.
However, coastal development, pollution, overfishing and unregulated tourism are threatening the reef system.
Climate change is also expected to impact the Mesoamerican Reef. Factors such as coastal flooding, rising sea-levels and mass coral bleaching due to warming seas are posing considerable danger to the aquatic wildlife and fauna that thrive there.
Work is being undertaken in a bid to protect the reef though and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is collaborating with coastal communities to improve mangrove forest conservation and restoration, develop climate change adaptation strategies and to establish marine protected area.
For those of you who want to get away, but just can’t leave your homes…
How can your peaceful morning, incredible sunrise, and beautiful beaches get any better? For many the answer may be to get away but still enjoy the comfort of being at home. Now Blackbird has a new neighbor that you are just going to have to meet.
Perched just a few steps from our full service resort, just north of the standard cabanas is the very unique Blackbird beach house. The beach house experience includes all amenities to make you feel home away from home! At the Blackbird beach house there is an incredible view of the picturesque reef in the front and the lagoon to the west. This is the perfect environment to host families and small groups. Our unique Blackbird Island home is a one of a kind home and the only one on the island available for rent.
Beach House features:
Bedrooms: 4 bedrooms, sleeps 5-8 persons.
Bedroom 1 - Master room, very spacious with a king bed, A/C inner wall unit, two night tables, shelving with hangers, a flat screen TV, and a fully equipped and adjoining bathroom.
Bedroom 2- Queen Bed, AC unit, two night tables with shelves.
Bedroom 3- Queen Bed, AC unit, two night tables with shelves.
Bedroom 4- Queen Bed, AC unit, two night tables with shelves.
Bedrooms 1, 2, & 3 share one more fully outfitted bathroom.
Kitchen & Dining
A fully outfitted kitchen with refrigerator, gas stove, and microwave, complete with closets, drawers and cupboards. Includes: glasses, pots, and other cooking utensils. Dine in the main house or outside on the verandah.
Large fully furnished open space living room complete with TV (Direct Tv service), stereo, DVD, phone and internet service.
There is a full length front and back patio with lounge chairs and tables, 2 BQ pits, large outdoor fan, solar lights in the sand.
Belize is renowned for being one of the most adventurous and unique destinations in the world, and Blackbird Resort on the beautiful Turneffe Atoll, surrounded by pristine reefs and lush flora resting on a stunning white sandy beach on the Caribbean Sea, offers a truly Caribbean experience for your special day. This season Blackbird has witnessed a celebration of weddings, engagements, anniversaries, honeymoons and romance.
Personal attention. An Idyllic, tropical and romantic setting. These are just some of the details that make a Belize Wedding so special. The fond memories of this big day last a lifetime. And we love welcoming back couples for anniversary celebrations, and watching their families grow. Our wedding coordinators Marisol and Maggie will help you with every step of the planning to ensure that your day is tailored to your wishes. They can arrange everything from photography to video, flowers to cake, and hairdressers to steel bands.
Erik Smith who married his wife Sherina at Blackbird Resort on April 22nd, 2013 shared his comments with us: “ My wife and I had the most wonderful wedding ceremony at Blackbird Caye on 4/22/13. Paul German and all of the staff were outstanding and went above and beyond to make our special day absolutely perfect. We were so impressed with everything. The arch, flowers, cake, and decorations were incredible. All of the details and arrangements were taken care of and the staff made every effort to ensure that we were happy. We had such a great time together on the island. The cabana was very nice and comfortable, and the food and drinks were excellent. We became certified scuba divers here and had a lot of fun going on several dive trips. We really could not have asked for a better place to get married. Blackbird Caye is the ideal location for a beautiful, romantic beach wedding and honeymoon.”
Dan and Terren also experienced the magic of Belize. Sometimes a wedding looks like soooo much fun, it’s contagious. Like you can’t help but smile, because every last person is grinning from ear to ear, and, well …love is just darn wonderful. This is one of those weddings. A truly fun and beautiful couple we are pleased they selected Blackbird Resort to celebrate their special day. Cheers!
We invite you to explore Blackbird or visit us and see for yourself. Contact us today!
Blackbird Caye Resort has been a private oasis for over 15 years to couples, families, singles and small groups seeking world-class diving, snorkeling and adventure. Our unique resort offers guests unbelievable beauty and an array of activities that will appease any appetite. While diving has always been the primary attraction to our resort, our island also offers guests a vacation spot like no other. Warm & friendly staff, breathtaking views, modern private cabanas, delectable food and drinks, 2 miles of white sandy beaches and our newly built pool can also satisfy those guests just wanting to relax and unwind in a tropical retreat.
Many group travelers seek a more private venue that allows them to focus on their particular interest, and give them the feeling of exclusivity that our island will certainly provide for them. Always considering ways to offer more choices to our guests, Blackbird Caye Resort now offers full island rentals for such groups. Imagine a private island for just you and your group?
Here is an example of just some of the groups we could accommodate:
Dive or Snorkel Groups
Corporate Incentive Groups
Our 18 private cabanas can comfortably accommodate 36-40 guests. The possibilities are endless, and our sales team is dedicated to helping group travelers plan their ideal trip from beginning to end with precise detail. Our island staff is committed to personal service and attention to ensure your group’s every whim is met. Whether it’s adventure, leisure or business Blackbird Caye Resort is equipped to handle any group event.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us!