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Punta Gorda Town


Getting Here & Around
Money Matters & Services Provided | Things to Do
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Punta Gorda lies sleepily on the Bay of Honduras at the end of the newly-paved, 110-mile long Southern Highway. "PG", as locals refer to the town, wakens on Wednesdays and Saturdays for market days when villagers come to town to sell goods and buy supplies. The town itself has a population of about 6,000 people from nearly every cultural group in Belize—Creole, Garifuna, East Indian, Lebanese, Chinese, Mopan and Kekchi Maya. PG is an excellent base to gather supplies and information from locals for excursions into the interior areas of the district or offshore to the remote cayes on the barrier reef.


Getting Here & Around

By Bus
There are three bus lines, National Transport, BBDC, and James Bus Line serving Punta Gorda. There are a few express buses available (James Line) which can shorten the trip, so inquire about these before you travel. Regular buses leave Belize City and all pass through Belmopan and Dangriga en route to PG Town.


By Plane
Reliable and fast transportation is available on Maya Island Airways or Tropic Air. Check the airlines for the schedule and prices. Flight time from Belize City is about one hour with stops in Dangriga and Placencia.

By Private Vehicle
With the newly-paved road, it is easy to access PG and Toledo District by road. From Belmopan to Dangriga the 50 mile drive along the Hummingbird Highway is the most scenic drive in the country. Six miles outside of Dangriga Town is the junction for the Southern Highway where you turn and drive for 110 miles to PG. After leaving Belmopan, there are only 2 gas stations on the road (one just before you turn onto the Southern Highway and another one near the end of the highway). A good stopping point half way is Independence and Mango Creek which has a fuel station, a few restaurants, and shops.

By Water Taxi
Punta Gorda is the immigration and customs check point for two boats arriving daily from Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.

Note: Boats depart Punta Gorda daily for Puerto Barrios, Guatemala. Check at the tourist information center for details.

Getting Around
PG Town is small and you an access everywhere by foot. There are also a few taxis available.

Getting around the Toledo District is relatively easy with ample time and patience. Buses from all of the inland villages come to town two times per week. All of the buses depart from PG by noon to return to the villages.


Money Matters & Services Provided

Banks
The Belize Bank is the only bank in town and is open Monday thru Friday from 8 am until 2 pm.

Internet
There are two or three internet cafes in town, although some close during the slower season (May-October). The most central one is near Belize Bank, one is near the central park, and one is on Front Street near Sea Front Inn.

Laundry
One laundromat is open on the main street in town and charges US $1 per pound for wash and dry. If you have a lot of laundry to be done advance notice to the owner is helpful.


Stores & Shops
As the hub of business activities in the district, PG has grocery stores and small shops to buy supplies.

Traditional gifts and handcrafted items such as baskets, slate carvings, bead necklaces and embroidered items can be purchased directly from craftspeople in towns and in all of the local villages.


Restaurants
As a small town, Punta Gorda offers a variety of local restaurants and watering holes. For Belizean food and seafood, try Emery’s, Waluco’s or Grace’s. Sea Front Inn serves delicious breakfasts with a panoramic view of the Bay of Honduras. Marian's (opposite Nature's Way) serves good East Indian and Belizean cuisine plus a great breeze from the sea. Gomier’s Vegetarian Restaurant and Soy Center serves up healthy, homemade meals from soy products and fresh vegetables. There are several Chinese restaurants dotted throughout town and a new Taiwanese restaurant located at the Golden Motel about two miles outside of town. The local ice cream shop serves up snacks, sandwiches, and refreshing ice cream. If you're up for a little jaunt out of town (south down the Exserviceman Road), you might also try Charlie's Bar (and restaurant) at Hickatee Cottages.


Things to Do

Toledo District is loaded with attractions and visitors often discover they have not scheduled enough time to amply explore this area.

Cultural Experiences: As one of the less-developed areas of the country, Toledo District offers opportunities to participate and learn from the indigenous Maya. One such opportunity is the Maya Village Homestay Network where visitors live in the homes of Mayans and participate in their daily lives.

Snorkeling & Scuba Diving: Located 40 miles offshore from Punta Gorda Town is the Belize Barrier Reef which offers world-class marine activities. Two marine protected areas, the Snake Cayes and Sopadilla Cayes Marine Reserve, are ideal for snorkeling and diving.


Fishing: Fishing by line on a local creek or by permit on the sea, Toledo offers fishing opportunities for amateurs and experienced enthusiasts.

Kayaking & Canoeing: Mazes of rivers and canopied creeks that support healthy wildlife populations are ideally explored by kayak or canoe.

Birding: With numerous protected areas, bird watching is excellent.

Caving, Hiking and Waterfalls: The rugged natural setting of Toledo District is an endless network of hiking trails that often lead to caves and waterfalls.

Maya Sites: Three excavated Maya Sites can be explored during a visit to Toledo along with numerous unexcavated sites known by locals. The three excavated sites of Nim Li Punit, Lubaantun and Uxbenka are less than one hour from Punta Gorda Town.


Accommodations

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Local Flavor (Music, Arts & Interesting People)

As a small, multi-ethnic community, Punta Gorda has a large number of historians, musicians and artists. Click here for a sampling of the local flavor.


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