4 best resorts in Punta Gorda in Belize

What are the best resorts in Punta Gorda in Belize? As this southern town in Belize is mainly visited for its unique jungle surrounding with stunning jungle resorts, one of the first things to decide when visiting this coastal town is where to stay in Punta Gorda. We loved staying in the exotic jungle surrounding the town and will help you find the best jungle resorts in Punta Gorda for the same unforgettable experience.

How to get to Punta Gorda in Belize

Punta Gorda is located in the very south of Belize. The border with Guatemala is close by, making this coastal town often a perfect first stop for a Guatemala and Belize itinerary. You’ll then take the boat taxi from Livingston in Guatemala to Punta Gorda, or drive your rental car from Rio Dulce across the border.

From Punta Gorda, you can easily travel to other tourist destinations in Belize. The beach towns of Placencia and Hopkins are the first places you’ll reach when you move south. You can easily get there by local bus. It is very slow, but taking the bus will give you an authentic, local experience. A rental car or taxi is of course even easier to explore Belize.

Boat Livingston to Punta Gorda |
Hickatee Cottages | Punta Gorda |

Why Punta Gorda is worth a visit

Punta Gorda is worth a visit for its beautiful waterfalls, lush jungle and small Mayan temples, combined with the most beautiful accommodations in Belize. Add to that the fact that this part of Belize is not overrun by travelers and you understand that you’ll have a beautiful jungle experience in this area.

As Punta Gorda is located far south in Belize, it is not a worn-out tourist destination. Many tourists in Belize limit their vacation to the beach towns, the jungle of San Ignacio, and island life on Caye Caulker or San Pedro on Ambergris. Punta Gorda is therefore a somewhat more undiscovered gem, where you can enjoy the jungle of Belize in peace.

There is not much to do in Punta Gorda. It is a quiet village with local restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal. The town is perfect to find an ATM to get your first money for Belize, enjoy good local food, book a snorkeling tour and explore the jungle. Scattered through the jungle are not only beautiful waterfalls and some smaller Mayan cities and ruins, but also beautiful cottages and resorts that make a destination in themselves. We stayed at a beautiful, small-scale jungle resort, which we wrote about in our Hickatee Cottages blog. But there are many more of these unique resorts in Punta Gorda.

Hickatee Cottages | Punta Gorda |
Hickatee Cottages | Punta Gorda |

Where to stay in Punta Gorda: unique jungle lodges and resorts

One of the main reasons to visit Punta Gorda in Belize is the unique cottages and jungle resorts you’ll find in the area. We therefore recommend not staying in a hotel in Punta Gorda itself, but booking a cabana at one of these unforgettable resorts in the surrounding jungle.

#1 Hickatee Cottages for a small-scale ecolodge with comfortable cottages, a warm bath of friendliness and a fantastic jungle experience. It’s only a 15-minute bike ride from Punta Gorda – there are free bikes to use – but you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different world. Hickatee Cottages offers jungle trails on its own property, a great breakfast, an on-site butterfly farm, the sounds of howler monkeys and a small swimming pool.

#2 Copal Tree Lodge for one of the most famous and even award-winning jungle resorts at Punta Gorda. This all-inclusive eco jungle lodge has a sustainable focus, which is combined with great luxury, Belizean cuisine and pristine jungle. The small scale makes the ecoresort an oasis of peace, located in a huge rainforest reserve of 12,000 hectares. There is a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, wifi and wellness.

#3 Chaab’Il B’e Lodge & Casitas for a small-scale jungle experience among the howler monkeys and tropical birds. The beautiful jungle environment offers a wonderful home base for cultural and adventure activities that you can undertake from this jungle lodge. There are both more basic and more attractively furnished lodges.

#4 The Lodge at Big Falls for a jungle resort in a tropical setting. Run by a family and with only a limited number of cabanas, this jungle paradise has a lovely intimate setting. The resort has a swimming pool, its own restaurant and a large garden. Activities such as local Mayan experiences, archaeological tours, river kayaking and other excursions are organized from the resort.

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