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Hickatee Cottages

Punta Gorda Town, Toledo

Hotel Description
Hickatee Cottages are built and run with love. The Caribbean-style cottages and restaurant are in a jungle setting, rich with wildlife and just one mile from Punta Gorda Town. Each spacious cottage is immaculately furnished with locally made hardwood furniture, ceiling fans, and has both a double and single bed, with en-suite bathroom facilities. The adjoining sitting area or the private veranda allow guests to enjoy the tropical gardens and view the wildlife.

Ian and Kate, the owners, have carved this little haven out of the wilderness while at the same time preserving it. Their love of gardening, nature, entertaining and people is evidenced everywhere--from the handmade soft furnishings and scrumptious meals to the well-planned areas for socializing and careful use of the land. Hickatee is ideal for exploring and relaxing or to use as a great base for day trips to explore the Toledo District.

History & Owners
Hickatee Cottages is the fulfilment of a long-standing dream for Ian and Kate Morton. They discovered Belize after they first met in San Francisco in 1991 at the start of a six-week 'Green Tortoise' bus journey through Mexico. When Ian asked Kate at the end of that journey if she'd like to go to Belize with him she asked, "What's Belize?"

Thirteen years later, as the British rat-race and the thrill of jobs in social housing management and financial services marketing lost their appeal and they, yet again, returned to Belize. They found their ideal piece of land near Punta Gorda and set about indulging their hobbies ? entertaining, socializing, good food - and their passion for gardening, and nature.

The name came about on a cold, dark, winter?s night in Britain when Ian and Kate started planning their new life in Belize. First and foremost, they wanted a distinctive Belizean name and, on hunting through Katie Stevens? ?Jungle Walk? book, were intrigued by the name ?hickatee?. Having decided that they were something between a guest house and a jungle lodge, they felt ?cottages? perfectly fitted their vision of charming, cozy rooms. The result is Hickatee Cottages, and the adjoining Hickatee Nurseries, where fruits and vegetables are grown for the meals served in Charlie?s Bar.


Fan in RoomPrivate Bath
Hot Water24-hour Electricity
Phone on SiteInternet on Site
Laundry ServiceMeals Available
Children Allowed


Can ArrangeReferences Provided

Languages Spoken


Location & Directions
Ex-Servicemen Road, Punta Gorda Town
The journey along the Southern Highway brings you through the village of Cattle Landing, along the Caribbean coastline and into the town of Punta Gorda. Upon entering town, turn right at the Texaco Gas Station, follow the road through the town, past the clock tower, the Peter Claver School, bearing right past the hospital, with the cemetery on your left. Proceed down Cemetery Lane for two blocks and, when you reach the small children's park, turn 'half-left' onto Ex-Servicemen Road. As you leave the outskirts of the town, Hickatee Cottages is just one mile further on the left-hand side of the road.

Local Flavor

Plantain and Tamarind Soup


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Name: Ian & Kate Morton
Telephone: ++(501) 662-4475
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 148
Punta Gorda Town
Toledo District


  • Memorable: hosts & setting
  • Comfortable: delightful, spotless cottages
  • Affordable: great value for the $

Price Range in US $
$61 to $99, $100 to $149
Group Rates Negotiable
Type of Payments Accepted
Cash, Travelers Check
By phone or email
# of Units
Less than 6
Can Accommodate
up to 9 Guests

  • Free bikes to explore the area.
  • Coffee and tea delivered to your cottage in the morning.
  • Trails for exploring the jungle and wildlife.
  • Meals available at the restaurant.
  • Tours arranged.
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