Located 195 miles (315 km) from Belize City, Punta Gorda is an established coastal town on the southern tip of Belize.
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Located 195 miles (315 km) from Belize City, Punta Gorda is an established coastal town on the southern tip of Belize. This serves as a gateway to the Cayos Sapodillas Marine Reserve, a group of atolls, shallow islands known for their colorful coral gardens and vibrant marine life. It is also a good base to visit the Río Blanco National Park and some of the accommodations in remote places of the jungle in the southern Mayan Mountains.
The tourist infrastructure of Punta Gorda is limited and the main area of the town extends for only a few blocks. While there are a small number of accommodations available, most visitors are passing through as they head to nearby places of interest. Punta Gorda is located directly in the Caribbean Sea and there is not much beach. If you are looking for a beach vacation, it is best to visit Placencia or Hopkins, or one of the Caribbean islands of Belize.
Visitors who see beyond the worn appearance of many of the buildings and take the time to spend a day or two in Punta Gorda, seek the opportunity to have an authentic experience with the Garifuna culture. The cultural heritage of the 5,000 residents of Punta Gorda comes mainly from the Garifuna and Indians, as well as from the Maya and some other indigenous cultures. As you walk through the town, you will see the smiling children riding their bicycles, dressed in their green school uniforms.
Town Square, Punta Gorda
Whether it's a drum class at the local drum school, a tour of the chocolate factory or shopping at the Wednesday and Saturday market, Punta Gorda is one of Belize's coastal cities where Curious visitors can get an idea of local life. If you choose to stay in Punta Gorda, fishing, kayaking and cave exploration tours leave from the town and head to places that are rarely visited by most tourists.
Towards Punta Gorda you can reach by car through the coastal road in approximately four hours, or on a short national flight from Belize City. Those who choose to go by car should be aware that there are a lot of pedestrians and cyclists on the road at night so they can be very difficult to see.