As your tour boat flutters across the calm Caribbean Sea after, a boisterous group of feeding pelicans settles nearby while glancing over at the numerous mauve and orange-colored sea stars sauntering through the seagrasses, as well as the occasional stingray gliding silently beneath the water’s glassy surface. Welcome to Punta Gorda. Locally known as P.G. or Peini, nested in the southernmost portion of Belize, Punta Gorda is a small yet delightful seaport and fishing town that serves as a popular access point to Belize’s southern cayes. The capital of the Toledo District, this town offers travelers a more soothing vacation, away from the hustle and bustle in the city.
What to do in Punta Gorda?
A wonderful sunrise and sunset can be expected as you relax near the seashore. Traffic is minimal along the streets of Punta Gorda, making it quite easy to explore the local shops and hand-crafted art stalls in this quiet town. Perhaps you would like to accompany wildlife rangers for the day! The Xa’axche Conservation Trust has a Ranger program which one will be able to go on riverside walking patrols in the Golden Stream Corridor Reserve. Here you will learn how to identify and record various animal species by their appearance and sound. After patrolling, take advantage of a relaxing swim in the refreshing and beautiful Golden Stream River.
Experience one of the most outstanding achievements of the ancient Mayan civilization by visiting the undoubtedly ancient sites found scattered across Belize. These sites have stood strong for centuries and provide useful insight into arguably, one of the greatest and most advanced societies to have existed. Southern sites such as Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun, are open to the public to explore and appreciate the amazing craftsmanship of this proud civilization. You may also like to take a trip to Cotton Tree Chocolate Factory while in town and experience the process of how local chocolate is made. If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, you can take a guided tour that may include snorkeling, kayaking and of course, fishing. Nightlife is quiet, but there are a couple of bars with pool tables and on certain nights Garifuna drummers performing.
There’s no shortage of natural beauty in Punta Gorda, which boasts magnificent waterfalls, bewildering cave systems, flowing rivers and the lush rainforest. Adventurous travelers may choose to take a different path in Punta Gorda and tour these natural wonders that Belize has to offer.
How to get there?
Be sure to include booking domestic flights on your to-do list, for a quicker, comfortable and affordable travel experience. In case you didn’t already know, Maya offers daily flights to all the destinations listed above. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of our Promotional Sales and your flights today!
Written by Chelsea Johnston
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