Situated on the coast in southern Belize, Punta Gorda (“PG” as the locals call it) is the southernmost Punta Gorda in Belize. It lies about 200 miles south of Belize City, near the Guatemalan border.

Garifuna immigrants from Honduras originally founded PG in 1832. About 35 years later, Confederate veterans of the US Civil War received land grants from the British government and also settled in PG. However, that settlement did not last long as cotton was a difficult crop to grow in the PG climate. Over the years, the British Army used PG as an R&R center, which created a solid tourism industry until the army finally left the area in 1992.

PG is a sleepy, rustic town at the very southern end of Belize that speaks of what this country was like 50 years ago. PG is laid back, low key and real. People wave to you and offer friendly greetings in the street. Men fish from dugout canoes and small skiffs. Lodgings are comfortable and the food is great! Most residents walk or bike about the town of PG. For visitors, bikes are easy to rent and are a great way to acquaint oneself with the area. The heart of town is a small grid of streets running parallel and perpendicular to the coastline.

The main market is close to the clock tower where main and middle streets converge. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the produce market is bustling on Front Street from 6am to 12 noon. Though PG is small the nightlife is surprisingly active. Dance clubs and bars are usually full, especially on Karaoke night.  September through December is especially lively with Chocolate Festival (Commonwealth Holiday weekend in May), St. George’s Caye Day (Sept. 10), Independence Day September 21st), TIDE Fish Festival (October 12th weekend) Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19th) and of course, Christmas (December 25th).

 

 

 

Where to eat in Punta Gorda?

The Snack Shack– Offering local and international Cuisine. Open from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm everyday except on Sundays.

Emery’s Restaurant- Opened for Lunch and Dinner. Specials include Pasta, BBQ and Belizean delicacies such as Rice and Beans and Yellow ginger foods.

Driftwood Cafe- Smoothies, Coffee, Vegan Meals. Creole Drumming Lessons and Art for sale.

Gomier’s – Exotic health food, soy everything
Front St., Vegetarian, Seafood, L/D

Grace’s – A local classic
Main St., Local, B/L/D

Marian’s Bayview Restaurant– East Indian delights
Front St., Local, B

Sea Front Inn – Continental breakfasts, fresh fruit, just like home
Front St., American

Asha’s Culture Kitchen- Sustainably harvested seafood from the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. Amazing spot for drummings. This cozy restaurant overlooks the Caribbean Sea!

Waluco’s Bar and Grill – Everyone’s favorite for dining out on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon hotspot by the sea.
One-Mile San Antonio Road, Local (Currently closed)

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