Fresh seafood and traditional Italian cooking come together at Turtle Inn’s flagship ‘The Mare Restaurant’. Local fish is brought in daily from the reefs just offshore and fresh vegetables are delivered from the resort’s own organic garden.
The beachfront ‘Gauguin Grill’ features fresh, charcoal-grilled seafood including lobster, jumbo shrimp and snapper all served on woven plates accompanied by a choice of Balinese-inspired sauces and spices.
Named after the charismatic original owner of Turtle Inn, the ‘Skip White Bar’ displays antique microscopes used by Skip and his Marine Biology students.
Venturing out into Placencia village, AB has some top pics of places not to miss. For a rustic beach setting, serving local treats including freshly caught fish dinners, seafood gumbo and the completely addictive coconut shrimp, head to ‘De Tatch’ seafood restaurant, located right in the sand on the Placencia beach. For more upscale surroundings, a fun crowd and innovative creations (lobster flatbread, seafood mac n cheese, divine ginger mojitos) head to Rumfish Y Vino, located opposite the soccer pitch. And we can’t leave out the adorable Secret Garden, set in a bohemian garden oasis in the center of the village. The owners hail from the culinary world of San Francisco and serve well-executed local and international dishes using the freshest local produce.
If you’re in the mood for some banter, head to Yoli’s Bar, in front of the Paradise Resort. Yoli herself is an entertaining host and serves the feistiest bloody mary in Placencia. The bar has a regular crowd of locals and long standing expats, making a popular spot for a sundowner.