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.


'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


Hickatee Den (sleeps two)
The Hickatee Den is a small detached unit, overlooking the plunge pool, and a hammock slung in the mango tree. With a queen bed and small front sun deck, it's perfect for couples using Hickatee at a base to explore the District, or for those who don't require lounging space.

Cottage rooms (sleeps up to three per room)
The two adjoining rooms in the duplex unit ('semi-detached' for Brits) affords privacy to single guests but adapts well for friends and family travelling together, whilst the detached cottage room offers extra privacy. Our cottage rooms are furnished with locally made hardwood furniture, ceiling fans, and en-suite bathroom facilities. They have both a double and single bed to provide flexibility for couples, friends, and families (maximum  occupancy 3 people).

Relax in the small sitting area, or on your covered verandah where you can enjoy the tropical gardens and view the wildlife from your hammock, and use the Cottages' 'night-sight' for nocturnal viewing.

Wilby Suite (sleeps two, plus up to two small children)
Our newest (and final) addition at Hickatee is the Wilby Suite - a spacious room with a queen bed, and a double futon in the lounge area. It works well for couples, or for parents with (up to two) small children. The small front deck leads on to a garden area with hammock and seats.

Honeymoon suite (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, en-suite bathroom facilities, and a large lounge with a vaulted ceiling and locally made rattan furniture. The lounge also has a DVD player and DVD library, but because of the constraints of solar power, we do ask that you do not use the DVD after 11pm.

ROOM RATES
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 freshly squeezed juice)
  • free internet access at Charlie's Bar using Verizon MiFi cloud system - bring your own laptop!
  • free use of bikes to explore the local area
  • free visit to Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm on a Friday (first-come, first-served basis, maximum 4 people)
  • free Garifuna drumming demonstration / lessons on a Wednesday evening
  • 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)


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

ROOM TYPE
Rooms are priced per night, add 9% hotel tax
20% non-refundable deposit to secure your reservation
Holiday periods minimum 3 nights' stay, balance due 30 days before arrival

Rates to 31st October 2013

Rates from 1st November 2014

HICKATEE DEN (max 2 people)
Small detached unit with queen bed, and small sun deck overlooking splash pool 

US$75

US$80

DUPLEX COTTAGE ROOM (max 3 people per room)
One double and one single bed, sitting area, shared covered verandah with neighbouring room, with hammock and bench

US$80

US$80

Special single traveller special (minimum 2-night stay)

US$65

 US$65

DETACHED COTTAGE ROOM (max 3 people)
One double and one single bed, sitting area, private verandah with hammock and bench

 US$95

US$100

WILBY SUITE (2 people, "plus two" add US$10 extra pp)
Queen bed in bedroom, lounge area with double futon, small sun deck and garden area with hammock and seats

 US$110

 US$120

HONEYMOON SUITE (max 2 people)
Queen bed, separate lounge with DVD player and library, covered verandah with hammock and couch, small sun deck and private garden area

 US$120

 US$130


To make your reservation, use our contact form, or email us at cottages@hickatee.com. You can also call us on +(501) 662-4475, but international lines and the local Smart! network are often busy, so we much prefer email! If you don't receive a reply to your email within 24 hours then something, somewhere has gone wrong, in which case please accept our apologies and re-send your email.

The small print!
A 20% non-refundable deposit by credit card (VISA or Mastercard) is required to guarantee your booking. The balance is usually payable on departure EXCEPT during Christmas, Easter, CacaoFest, and Garifuna Settlement Day holidays where the balance is due 30 days before arrival.

As a small business, late cancellations affect us significantly, and a minimum of 48 hours' notice is required for cancellations or revisions to the dates of your stay. We reserve the right to charge for your first night's stay in the event of a 'no show' or late cancellation, in addition to your deposit. 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!

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 books on local history, culture, folklore, fiction, and the plentiful wildlife!

The bar also houses a small giftshop, with a selection of products from Toledo, including Maya Bags, Toledo grown coffee and the delicious local organic chocolate, hand-made ocarinas which are replicas of those found at the local Maya site of Lubaantun, and Garifuna Arts&Crafts products. We also have a Stonetree Records 'listening station' and stock their range of Belizean CDs - the perfect reminder of your Belizean holiday!

Our small bar is stocked with local and imported beers, spirits and wines, as well as Ian's special rum punch (3 local rums with a little fruit juice). Plentiful home-cooked breakfasts and dinners (except for Wednesday and Saturday evening - chef's night off!) are served either out on the deck, using ingredients grown on our farm and fresh seasonal product 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, tamarind chicken, coco-peanut shrimp, and salsa snook. Special diets (including vegetarian, diabetic and celiac), as well as personal 'likes' and 'dislikes' can easily be catered for,  but you will need to give us advance notice.

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, butterflies, 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 da bush'. Keep an eye out for animal tracks - we're recorded tracks of both jaguar and tapir here, or take a look at he 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 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 hearty traditional breakfast at "Mar's" followed by Tito's famous seaweed shake from the local hardware store (where else?!), or if you're feeling energetic cycle the PG 'loop' from town through Cattle Landing, Forest Home, and Eldridgeville. 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 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