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Punta Gorda

Not so long ago, Punta Gorda was a sleepy backwater, with boats to Guatemala twice a week, and one bus per day to the north. The only road leaving the district was a dirt road in for the last 100 miles, and bridges would flood, sometimes for a week at a time, making PG isolated and giving it a frontier feeling. Now PG, as Punta Gorda is known, is a booming little metropolis, with multiple boats to Guatemala, and with multiple busses per day arriving from and going north. From PG it is possible to visit Maya ruins, like Lubantuun, Uxbenka and Nim li Punit, Maya villages, the Garifuna community of Barranco, catch boats to the cayes, or on to Guatemala. The market is best on Wednesday and Saturday. The District of Toledo is no longer a back water, and a road is being built up to the border. Toledo District is the best part of Belize (ask anyone who lives here), and, also where we live. MMRF is located only 27 miles from PG, and many people traveling to MMRF end up in PG for the night.


Tates Guest House

This is where we stay when we are in Punta Gorda. Owned by former post master William Tate, it is reasonably priced, clean, and family owned. There are only a few rooms, and it is frequently booked solid. Wireless, hot and cold, cable, AC and fans. Two thumbs way up.


Simple, rooms are basic, TV, fan, hot and cold water. Good for budget travelers. Close to bus station, ferry, has restaurant. Free wireless.

St. Charles Inn

Simple, clean, some rooms with fan, some with AC. Good value.

Natures Way Guesthouse

Funky, basic, great location, the #1 backpacker place in PG, with breakfast and coffee. Chet Smith has a lot of information.

Sea Front Inn

A huge blue building. Not cheap, but nice rooms, and breakfast! Solar panels and wind turbine power part of the hotel.

Coral House Inn

Nice, upscale, with pool, across the street from the Hospital. Also not cheap, but very nice.



Basic, wide variety, Centrally located


Primarily vegetarian, with a lot of tofu, run by Ignatius “Gomier” Longville. Gomier serves on the board of directors for MMRF. Fantastic food, with a view of the water. The peanut soy ice cream is heavenly

Olympia Bar and Grill

Best fish in PG. One of our favorite eateries..