Punta Gorda is a small coastal town with a population of approximately 6000 people. Founded by Garifuna immigrants in the 1800s, it retains a large Garifuna population, but also now has a large Maya population and also East Indians, Creole, Mennonite, Chinese, Mestizo and other members.
With beautiful views across the Bay of Honduras to the hills of Guatemala and Honduras on a clear day, PG makes an excellent base for exploring the district. Whether you arrive by water taxi from Puerto Barrios or Livingston, or by bus, private vehicle or plane from another town in Belize, if you take some time to get to know PG you will find a friendly and local town to explore.
The main town has 5-6 streets that run parallel to the coast line, linked by nu
merous cross streets. On Front Street, right next to the seafront, you will find the local Tourist Information office, and locals selling their wares on market days. Most streets have at least one convenience store selling cold drinks, snacks and basic grocery supplies. There are two banks on Main Street, both of which have ATMS that allow withdrawals using local and international VISA and Mastercard debit and credit cards. There is also a post office, two pharmacies, and numerious small local eateries lining the main streets.
You can also find the local hospital at the far end of Main Street, and of course there is the town Air Strip for Maya Island and Tropic Air flights, and the bus terminal for buses between districts.