memorable, comfortable, affordable ... Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize

intentionally small, and decidedly quiet!

Hickatee Cottages is a great base from which to explore the Toledo District of Southern Belize. Intentionally small and decidedly quiet, we have just six rooms in Caribbean-style buildings.

Rooms range in size and price from the smallest Hickatee Den up to the Honeymoon Suite, the largest and most private of our rooms. Each room has its own entrance and en-suite facilities (and yes, with hot water!), and are solar-powered.

All our rooms are well ventilated with fully screened windows, and our solar power system allows for ceiling fans to be operated through the night. (It doesn't, however, allow for hairdryers, straighteners, curlers, travel irons and other power-draining heated appliances)

'"Hickatee Cottages is the best value for the quality of accommodations in the whole country!"
Barbara Kasak, Barb's Belize, USA

Hickatee Den, US$80 per night
One queen bed, sleeps two

The Hickatee Den is a small detached unit, light and airy, with glimpses of the splash pool through the nearby mango tree.

With a queen bed and small front sun deck, it works well for couples who want the privacy of a detached unit but don't need the extra lounging space or verandah of the other rooms. If you plan on spending much of your time out exploring the District and/or want a queen bed then this is probably the room for you!

Cottage rooms, US$65 to US$100 per night
One double and one single bed, sleeps two plus one child

We opened Hickatee with these three original cottage rooms, each with a similar layout. The rooms are furnished with locally made hardwood furniture, and have ceiling fans, and en-suite bathroom facilities. Each room has both a double and single bed to provide flexible sleeping arrangements, and a small sitting area with a couch.

Relax on the covered verandah and enjoy the tropical gardens, and view the wildlife from your hammock. Don't forget to borrow the Hickatee 'night-sight' for nocturnal viewing!

The detached cottage room is, as it's name suggests, a stand-alone unit and has one more double window than the duplex rooms.

The duplex unit has two adjoining rooms - each with their own separate  steps, entrance and bathroom, but sharing a common deck. The Unit is popular with friends and family travelling together (parents get their own space and privacy, but with the peace of mind knowing the children are immediately next door), but also adapts well for single travellers.

Our buildings are of traditional wood construction for optimum cooling, so guests in the duplex rooms will experience more ambient noise than from a detached unit.

Duplex Cottage room, single traveller special, US$65 per night
Duplex Cottage room, US$80 per night
Detached Cottage room, US$100 per night

Wilby Suite, US$120 per night
One queen bed, sleeps two

Our newest and final addition at Hickatee is the Wilby Suite - so named for our refusal to build whilst guests were on site, resulting in months of telling people 'it will-be finished shortly'!

The Wilby is a spacious detached unit with a queen bed, separated from the lounge area by a large curtained archway. The small front deck leads on to a garden area with hammock and seats, and planted with butterfly food plants.

Honeymoon suite, US$130 per night
One queen bed, sleeps two

Our Honeymoon Suite offers something a little more special for couples. Originally built as our house, the Honeymoon Suite is the largest and most private of our rooms, with a large verandah with hammock and couch, as well as a small deck at the back of the house leading to a small private garden area.

The Suite offers spacious accommodation with a queen-sized bed in the separate bedroom, and a large lounge with a vaulted ceiling and locally made rattan furniture.

'The cottages are spacious, comfortable, and bug-free! Furnishings, beds, and bath were all beautiful and the latest in convenience, but not overdone for the jungle setting."  Deb, Minnesota

Our accommodation rates are based on room type and occupancy level, and include:

  • free transfer to and from PG airstrip (by advance arrangement, 48 hours' notice)
  • free morning tea or coffee delivered to your verandah
  • free light continental breakfast (fresh homemade bread, local jams and honey, tea and coffee, and local juices)
  • free internet access at Charlie's Bar using Verizon MiFi cloud system (five ports, light browsing only due to bandwidth)
  • free use of bikes to explore the local area
  • free Garifuna Drumming on a Wednesday evening (aside from exceptional circumstances when Warasa  is on tour)
  • free visit to Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm on a Friday (first-come, first-served basis, maximum 4 people)
  • 5%+ discount on Tropic Air flights booked through Hickatee Cottages (BZE to PG return flights currently US$250 pp)
  • NOTE: Wednesday and Saturday are chef's night off - free transfer to PG Town, your own cab fare back (US$10)
Use our new availability calendar and online booking to make your reservation, or email us at with questions or special requests. You can also call us on +(501) 662-4475, but international lines and the local Smart! network are often busy, and we're more often making sure guests are well looked after than we are spending time in the office, so we much prefer email! If you don't receive a reply to your email within 24 hours then something, somewhere has gone wrong, we are rescuing some sort of wildlife, or a tree has fallen down, in which case please accept our apologies and re-send your email.

The small print!
Our prices are quoted in US$ for easy translation, but deposits are processed locally in Belize dollars, and your credit card company may therefore levy an additional foreign exchange fee - please check with your bank before deciding which is the best card for you to use!

A non-refundable deposit for the first night of your stay is required to guarantee your booking (VISA or Mastercard). As a small business, late cancellations affect us significantly and we therefore need at least 7 days' notice of cancellations or revisions to your stay, otherwise the full balance will be due. We try and be as flexible as possible but just, as you quite rightly expect your room to be available for you when you arrive, we also expect reservations to be honoured.

Our general policy is a two-night minimum stay, except during holiday periods when a three-night minimum stay usually applies (Christmas, Easter, CacaoFest, and Garifuna Settlement Day).


Charlie's Bar

Charlie's Bar is at the heart of Hickatee Cottages. Named for our beloved dog (RIP), the building serves as our bar, restaurant, reception, and information centre! We have couches inside the bar and dining tables on the deck - watch the hummingbirds feeding from the hibiscus flowers, or read a selection of our number of books on local history, culture, folklore, fiction, and the plentiful wildlife!

Our cosy bar is stocked with local beers and spirits, a small selection of imported wines, as well as Ian's special rum punch (3 local rums with a little fruit juice for your health). Plentiful home-cooked breakfasts and two-course table d'hote dinners (except for Wednesday and Saturday evening - chef's night off!) are served out on the deck, using fresh seasonal produce from the market in Punta Gorda.

The dinner menu changes daily and we offer a selection of two dishes - usually featuring chicken, and shrimp or fish. Favourites include our special papaya seed salad dressing, yellow-ginger seafood, tamarind chicken, and sweet-ginger shrimp. Special diets (including vegetarian, diabetic and celiac), as well as personal 'likes' and 'dislikes' can be catered for, but you will obviously need to give us advance notice.

Dinner is by advance reservation only, so that we can shop and plan staffing accordingly - please ensure you give us at least 24 hours notice if you would like to eat with us on your day of arrival.

Meal prices are:

Breakfast: light continental breakfast included in your room rate. Seasonal fruit plates are available for US$5 per person, or a cooked breakfast of bacon, sausage, and scrambled egg for US$7.50 per person.

Dinner: US$20 (salad or soup, entree, local organic coffee and chocolate) except Wednesday and Saturday evenings, for chef's night off!

"A restaurant to satisfy the inner man (or woman!). The food is freshly prepared and served, including good bread, and there is always a choice of menu." Don, UK

activities at Hickatee

We have over a mile of wide, well-maintained jungle trails through our land, which is home to a surprising array of wildlife! As you follow the trails winding through the trees, you may spot toucans, flies, quash, and jaguarundi, or watch the iguanas dropping into the small creek. We don't guarantee it, but you're almost certain to hear the roar of the howler monkeys at some stage during your stay, and there's a good chance of spotting them 'in the bush'. Keep an eye out for animal tracks - we're recorded tracks of both jaguar and tapir here, or take a look at the 'farm' to see if you can spot the deer nibbling our crops! You can also listen to the bats using our bat detector at Charlie's Bar, and Ian's batmobile records the bats' calls, and the data is fed into the national bat survey.Click on the link to access the "Bats of Hickatee Cottages" report!

Alternatively, relax in the hammock on your verandah, and watch the birds as they come to you, or cool off in our little splash pool. We have a small collection of local orchids dotted around the grounds which we are slowly identifying. These are not the showy blooms of the cultivars, but species orchids collected from the land or rescued from the surrounding area, and one or more is usually in bloom at any time of the year, attracting the fascinating orchid bees which travel vast distances to collect the oil in pouches on their hind legs.

You have complimentary use of our bikes to give you the freedom to explore the local area at your leisure. Visit the morning market and enjoy a traditional Belize breakfast of fryjack and beans at "Mar's" and keep an eye out for seaweed shakes sold from vendors on their trikes.

If you're feeling energetic cycle the PG 'loop' from town through Cattle Landing, Forest Home, Eldridgeville, and back along New Road.

Boom Creek is a 5 mile bike ride heading west from Hickatee: meet the friendly villagers as they go about their daily activities, and relax at the Moho River. They may even give you a short trip in one of their traditional dories - a hand-made canoe, crafted from a hollowed-out tree trunk!

Your stay at Hickatee includes a free visit to Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm on Friday afternoons (for guests staying Thursday and Friday nights, on a first-come first-served basis, maximum 4 guests) and, usually, Garifuna drumming on a Wednesday evening, courtesy of drumming maestro Ray McDonald from Warasa Drum School.

Don't forget to visit our Toledo Activities pages for some suggestions of the many places to visit and activities on offer in the District.

"There was a lot of wildlife around to enjoy as we relaxed on our porch -- butterflies, hummingbirds, and the sound of howler monkeys nearby." Daina, USA