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Punta Gorda Travel Guide

The city of Punta Gorda is located 160 mi from Belize City, it is the capital and main city of the Toledo District. Punta Gorda is a beautiful picturesque town typical of Belize, the center of town has a main dock, and in the south of this wonderful city there are many sites and places to visit. This town is a port where its main square is close to the dock which makes this town interesting and worth visiting.

The inhabitants of Punta Gorda speak English, Garifuna and some a Mayan dialect. Punta Gorda is known for its tropical forests. Its location, which is farther from the city, makes Punta Gorda a place full of nature, mountains, rivers and waterfalls. You can also find small Mayan sites that were home to this culture thousands of years ago.

Attractions and Activities

Discovering Punta Gorda

In Punta Gorda there are many protected areas declared natural reserves, these are home to many species of flora and fauna native to Belize. Punta Gorda has tropical forests, mountains, and rivers. Punta Gorda is a coastal town, so it is also an accessible place to visit the reef, which is approximately 55 km away. Punta Gorda is a place away from the hustle and bustle, it is a paradise that few people dare to visit. Located in the south, it is one of the least visited places. Punta Gorda is a jewel with Garifuna culture.

Punta Gorda is a dream for nature and Caribbean culture lovers, if you come to Punta Gorda do not miss a market day, because it is full of color, women arrive with their colorful Mayan costumes, the Mennonites in their carriages, everyone comes to sell their products and Punta Gorda is full of flavors and colors typical of this beautiful town. You will hear drums and if you are lucky you will be in a drumming competition organized by the locals.

You will see a mix of cultures, and don't be surprised if the locals talk to you, they like to talk to their visitors. If you dare to visit Punta Gorda, we will organize a visit to the most spectacular places, Mayan sites, forest reserves for birdwatching, or simply to get to know some of the cuisine of Punta Gorda, you cannot miss this experience in southern Belize.


If you wish to fish, you can count on an expert guide who will take you to special places to fish in a sustainable way for fish such as snapper, barracuda, grouper and others. If you wish, your guide can clean and prepare your catch for lunch, or you can take it to your hotel so they can prepare it for you.

You can merge other activities with fishing, such as snorkeling or diving, this will make your experience more memorable.

Bird Watching
Belize has more than 500 species of birds, which makes this beautiful country an ideal destination if you want a visit for birdwatching. You can sail on the coast, where you will find a large number of species of water birds.

Archaeological Sites
In Punta Gorda there are some archaeological sites that can be visited, as in all of Belize, there are several sites that were inhabited by the Mayan culture, which are preserved so that visitors to Belize can appreciate the vast empire that was at its height.

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Location and Map

Punta Gorda is located 260 km/162 mi from Belize City, the nearest international airport is Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport. By land, the trip takes approximately 4 hours. If you take a flight from Belize, the flight takes a little under 1 hour.

Punta Gorda, Belize

Population: 5,000