Coco Plum Island Resort is a sixteen acre private island off the coast of Dangriga, Belize. Our private island is perfect for couples seeking an all inclusive romantic getaway to unwind and relax as well as explore the beautiful country of Belize! Here’s a chance to get an insider scoop on the history of Coco Plum Island Resort!
In Belize, small islands near the Belize Barrier Reef are commonly referred to as “cayes” and Coco Plum caye is part of the Coco Plum Island Range system located about eight miles off the coast of Dangriga Town in Southern Belize. In fact, Coco Plum and the neighboring cayes were once one large island!
However, in 1961, Hurricane Hattie made landfall on Belize as a Category 4 hurricane and split the Coco Plum Island range into three smaller cayes. Hurricane Hattie had such a devastating impact on Belize (then known as British Honduras) that the standing governor had to move the capital city from Belize City inland to Belmopan. One of our lovely housekeepers, Ms. Celia, remembers Hurricane Hattie as the worse to ever make landfall in Belize to date. Although she was a young Belizean child, Ms. Celia recalls chaos and destruction throughout the country. Today, fifty-three years after Hurricane Hattie, Belmopan is still the capital and Coco Plum Island Resort is one of the three remaining cayes of Coco Plum Island range.
Coco Plum Island Resort is locally owned and operated by Belizeans. About 20 years ago, the owner acquired the island and slowly began development. He recalls the early stages when Coco Plum was only on a small portion of the island –
“First, the only developed part of the island was where the bar is currently … the only thing I had out there was a picnic table and barbecue grill and the family would hang out there on Sundays; this is where the dream grew and began to become a reality. Later, I designed and built the first cabana. Back then we only referred to it as the Orange Cabana, but that cabana is still standing today and we decided to name it Rainforest to remind guests of the lush, tropical rainforest we have here in Belize. Today, this is still one of my favorite cabanas on the island because it brings back so many memories”
We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about more about Coco Plum!
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