Punta Negra Lake in Belize
Belize is famous for its beaches, but one of its most beautiful bodies of water is the coastal lagoon at Punta Negra Lake.
Why You Should Visit Punta Negra Lake
Punta Negra Lake is a coastal lagoon in the rural Toledo district. Snowy egrets and rare jabiru storks nest here, and you’ll see them and other waterfowl while you’re here. The lagoon is surrounded by mangroves, marsh plants, and tall reeds. If you want to get away from it all, head for this bucolic location off the beaten path.
Where Is Punta Negra Lake?
It’s about seven miles south of Monkey River, a small town in the Toledo District. You can get there by boat or by hiking from Punta Negra, a tiny fishing village.
The Toledo District is still undeveloped and wild. Among Belizeans, it is sometimes called “the Forgotten Land” because few natives and even fewer tourists ever venture there. The district includes more than 1,700 square miles of rivers, lakes, islands, mountains, and rainforest. If you have a little bit of adventure in your soul, your trip to this district will reward you richly.
Agriculture is a key industry in this region. The Toledo District is home to several farms that produce world-famous, organic Maya chocolate. You can take a chocolate tour to learn about growing cacao. While you’re in the area, take a guided tour with lunch of the lush, fragrant Belize Botanical Garden and Spice Farm.
The Toledo District is where you’ll enjoy some of the best bird watching in Belize. Round out your nature activities with a trip to the nearby Port Honduras Marine Reserve and Paynes Creek National Park.
Punta Gorda Town is the capital of the Toledo District.
Fishing at Punta Negra Lake
Fishing is a popular activity at Punta Negra Lake. Most people arrive here by boat. When you arrive at the landing on the beach, you’ll see a short trail leading to a boardwalk.
The boardwalk stretches over the marsh and reeds to extend 50 feet over the lagoon. It ends in a wide platform that overlooks the lagoon and the mountains in the distance. You’ll enjoy a great view of the animals, waterfowl, and fish that congregate here.
If you prefer, you can ask a fishing guide to take you to the middle of the lake in a canoe. In Belize, all sport fishing is catch and release.