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

Unspoiled, but not remote

Punta Gorda is the southernmost town in Belize, and the 'capital' of the Toledo District. Once an outpost reachable only by boat, PG is today easily accessible by:

  • car or bus on the Southern Highway (probably the best road in Belize)
  • by commuter flights on the 75 minute trip from Belize City, or
  • by water taxi from Guatemala

Click on the menu links on the right-hand side of the page for more information!

Getting to Belize

Direct flights: If time is at a premium, then your quickest journey to Belize is by direct international flight from the US and Central America, and for those coming from the West Coast of the United States, TACA now offers an overnight flight from Oakland to Belize, via San Salvador.

US carriers include:


Regional flight options: Maya Island Air now has a new regional service, offering daily flights to Belize City from Cancun, Guatemala City, and San Pedro Sula - check out Spirit Airline's great fares and see if you can combine flights for a bargain deal, or for Europeans take a look at the many charter flights to Cancun!

If you've more time and are looking at exploring the country and some of the Central America region, or are on a budget and are prepared for some extra travelling, then look at creative ways to reach Belize.

  • from Cancun by charter flight from Europe and the US, or scheduled flights from the US, and travelling south to Belize
  • from Guatemala City, travelling by bus to Puerto Barrios and then water taxi to Punta Gorda
  • from San Pedro Sula, by bus to Guatemala and water taxi to Punta Gorda
For those of you needing to overnight in the US or Mexico, take a look at Bed and Breakfast Inns Online for suggestions!

USEFUL LINKS
Call in the experts!

If you want peace of mind, then a travel specialist can match your needs to provide your dream holiday. UK-based specialists include Reef & Rainforest based in Totnes, Devon, and Trips Worldwide based in Bristol.

Placencia-based Mary Toy at Destinations Belize has a wealth of knowledge of the country, offers a range of tours and accommodation to suit every interest and every pocket, and can arrange your perfect tailor-made itinerary.

Barbara Kasak, based in New York, is another Belize expert who can arrange your dream bespoke vacation. Visit Barb's website for more information!

You might also want to visit the BookBelize website, with its international list of Belize travel experts, as well as other useful information on Belize!


Moving around?

For those of you travelling overland, then we are delighted to introduce you to our partner 'Bed & Breakfasts', which also feature among TripAdvisor.com's top rated B&Bs in Belize!

Corozal
The Copa Banana Guest House, on Bay Shore Drive in Corozal, is a perfect place to kick back and relax. For those of you flying into Cancun and travelling overland to Belize, the Copa Banana is an ideal location to break your journey, with its great sea view and beach access. Simply hop on one of the comfortable busses from Cancun to Chetumal at the Mexican border, and arrange for the Copa Banana transfer service from Chetmual! Guests can borrow bikes from Connie to explore the local area, or hire one of their vehicles for your self-drive adventure through Belize!


Belize City
D'Nest Inn is located on the outskirts of Belize City, in a quiet residential neighbourhood, with great access to both the International Airport and Belize City. A tranquil base for visits to the sights in Belize City, such as the Museum and the historic Fort George District, D'Nest Inn has three beautiful 'nests', and is set in lush tropical gardens. The property borders a canal which leads to the Belize River only 50 feet away, and you're just a few blocks away from the Caribbean Sea.

If you want to be in the City itself, then Hotel Mopan is a great choice, close to the swing bridge, market building, House of Culture, and St John's Cathedral.

Cayo District
Cohune Palms River Cabanas is in the small village of Bullet Tree Falls, just two and a half miles from San Ignacio, at the base of the Maya Mountains. Set apart from the village on a peninsula of the Mopan River Cohune Palms is blessed with cool breezes and a jungle setting, as well as great access to San Ignacio's shops, restaurants, and 'night life'.

Table Rock Jungle Lodge was created from thick jungle and an abandoned farm by Alan and Colleen Spring, with three beautiful rooms as well as riverside camping on their beach on the Macal River. On-site activities - including canoeing and tubing - are available free of charge, and they can also arrange tours to the many attractions of the District.

Both places make an excellent base for exploring the Cayo District, as well as forming a logical stop on the "Belize-Rio Dulce Loop" through Belize to Tikal, on to the Rio Dulce, and then taking the water taxi from Puerto Barrios or Livingston over to Punta Gorda.

For those of you who fancy the idea of playing golf in the jungle, take a visit to Roaring River Golf Course, about 20 minutes' drive from Belmopan. As well as a beautiful setting, they have a great "Meating Place" restaurant (best steak in Belize), and new spacious cabanas, overlooking the river.

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

The twice-daily water taxi service between Puerto Barrios and PG, and twice-weekly direct water taxi service between Livingston and PG makes the beautiful Rio Dulce area of Guatemala an obvious choice for travellers moving on to explore more of the region.

El Hotelito Perdido is located in the middle of the rainforest on the Rio Lampara near Livingston. Aska and Chris have created a beautiful rustic jungle hideaway with cozy bungalows, close to hot springs, a waterfall, and the manatee reserve.

Take a look at their website for more details of the Hotelito and the tours they offer!


Worlds Together - travel immersion network

Take a look at Dave and Dianne Birney's excellent www.worldstogethertravel.com website for more information on the Maya Homestay Programme in Na Lum Ca, Toledo District, their immersion travel philosophy, and a wealth of great places to stay.



South America

For those of you travelling to South America, why not check out The Black Sheep Inn in Ecuador, and Erratic Rock Hostel in Patagonia. Both places have been created by fellow "Green Tortoise" travellers, and come highly recommended!

For those of you visiting France, take a look at Bill Graham's superb bed and breakfast in the Champagne region, and details of the Paris apartments.. Or for those touring the US, the Ash Trail Lodge run by Deb and Steve Wieber offers fishing, snowmobiling, and much more, in northern Minnesota. Or in Arkansas, try the Mary Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast, in Western Grove.

For general listings of accommodation throughout Belize and Central America, try visiting www.ppbo.com with international listings of 'paradise properties', visit www.willgoto.com, and check out Hostel Directory

MONEY

US$ are readily accepted in Belize with a 'street rate' of around BZ$2 to US$1, and a bank rate of BZ$1.9825. Travellers cheques are generally changed at BZ$2 to US$1.

If you bring US$ cash with you, remember to bring smaller bills which are more easily changed. TM  and bank counter services are available in Punta Gorda Town at both Belize Bank and Scotia Bank.

Please be aware that some credit card companies may levy a surcharge if you use your card in Belize, and don't forget to warn them that you will be travelling in Belize, to avoid their freezing your credit card for security reasons. For today's exchange rates, try this link!