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Why the big $ diff- Blackbird's vs Turneffe Is Lodge?

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Why the big $ diff- Blackbird's vs Turneffe Is Lodge?

Veteran Carib traveler, planner and Trip Advisor member here. Yet, I am completely befuddled by the apparently huge disparity in prices Turneffe Island Lodge vs Blackbird, and we are comparing comparable accommodations, hi season rates, etc. OK all you pros, really need your help here-- what am I missing? I've read every post on both properties for the past 2 years, seen all the photos and YouTubes, combed thru the respective web sites and still, I don't get it. Thx so much!

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1. Re: Why the big $ diff- Blackbird's vs Turneffe Is Lodge?

i can't believe no one has responded to this question over one months time..i , too, am interested in a detailed answer. at first glance TIR appears more appealing. the differences i have discovered via online are #1] coffee is delivered to tour room at 6:30 as opposed to making your own coffee at BCR #2] the food seems to be excellent at TIR as opposed to ok at BCR. also possibly more plentiful at TIR. #3] drinks are a little less expensive at BCR (just a little).. my main conceren is...IS THE SNORKELING THE SAME?? a litle help please..thank you

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2. Re: Why the big $ diff- Blackbird's vs Turneffe Is Lodge?

Putting on my Marketer hat: methinks the price disparity is grounded in just that-- marketing. TIF has been established longer (at least as an active advertiser and self-promoter), the property is, I think, just a bit more "upscale" (in the context of non-4-or-5-star Carib accommodations "upscale"). BB is far more approachable in communications, friendly and is really cranking up the social media marketing to put themselves on the map, which I applaud, even as I rue more traffic to the islands, in general, because with it comes the costs of over-development, a pattern seen throughout the world. ANYway, I chose BB because my emails were responded to, their forms actually work, TA reviews have been consistently positive, and I believe TIL is a bit full of themselves by insisting that guests do NOT bring in alcohol. I'm not even a drinker but that sort of restriction is, to me, indicative of an attitude I simply refuse to PAY to support during my vacation from the arrogance, rudeness and presumptuousness we deal with every day in our work lives!

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3. Re: Why the big $ diff- Blackbird's vs Turneffe Is Lodge?

Let us know how your stay at BB is pls. I have not been there since they refurbished and say they now have responsible mgmt staff in place.

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4. Re: Why the big $ diff- Blackbird's vs Turneffe Is Lodge?

well said HomeGirl.i feel the same way..my wife and i would love to go in july for a week..i'm praying i can still get a fair deal for then..i also read that they "force" you to follow the snorkel guide in a line at TIR..i'm hoping it is a little less strict at BB..when do you plan to go??

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