Include Punta Gorda on Your Next Belize Vacation Itinerary

Include Punta Gorda on Your Next Belize Vacation Itinerary


Want to explore Belize from north to south? It helps to have dependable transportation, mate. 

When Spanish explorers landed in what is now southeast Belize, they called the colony Fat Point. Couldn’t they have come up with a more beautiful name for an area that is lush and home to so many sunny people? A melting pot of cultural diversity, Punta Gorda is filled with people coexisting peacefully while maintaining heritages of their Mopan and Kekchi Maya ancestors, Garifuna, Creoles, Lebanese, East Indian, and Chinese roots. This exotic town is home to around 6,000 Belizeans of all stripes, colors, and faiths.

Follow the shoreline south to reach Punta Gorda

Whether you rent a car from the nation’s #1 resource, Barefoot Rentals & Services, and drive yourself down the coast or you book a tour through Barefoot, either option gets you safely to and from Punta Gorda. Park and roam the main streets, all of which run parallel to the ocean. Bring a camera to take photos of homes on stilts that defy the Caribbean Sea to flood them and have your fill of charming small-town atmosphere that includes enough watering holes and restaurants to satisfy every appetite.

Since you will have arrived at the Guatemala border during your visit to Punta Gorda, bring your passport if your intention is to visit that nation. The Immigration and Customs Office is located near Punta Gorda’s dock. This is no teeming metropolis rivaling the busy hubs found throughout Belize that cater to visitors who want to see and be seen, but if you crave a peaceful visit to a town offering warm people and cool breezes, you’ll want to stick around.


A surprising number of things to do

For tourists who can’t get enough hand-crafted goods when they’re on vacation, you’ll be glad you drove a Barefoot car to this sleepy town if you come on market days held on Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Shop until you drop for household goods on display at the town’s clock tower and pick up unique gifts for people in your life.Once your shopping is done, stroll along the Bay of Honduras. Patronize a café or find out where that energetic drumming sound originates by sampling the town’s music scene. Additionally, if you’d like to go kayaking, fishing or snorkeling, you’ll find resources in Punta Gorda, but if you let Barefoot in on your plans, you’ll have everything you need before you head south.

When friends ask about what to see and do when they visit Belize, don’t just mention jungles, resorts, Maya tombs, caves, the fact that everyone speaks English or the short plane ride from North America. Recommend Barefoot for tours and rentals and your friends will appreciate the gifts you brought back and your sage advice, too!

Visit for more information about touring Punta Gorda, Belize and do not hesitate to contact them by email or phone (+(501) 629-9602) if you have any questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.

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