Punta Gorda Sports & Activities

Punta Gorda and Toledo offer great opportunities for outdoor activities—fishing, diving, snorkeling, sea and river kayaking, and caving. The problem has been that due to so few visitors to the Deep South and the limited number of tour operators, visitors often arrived to find that few tours were actually available on a given day, or if they were running, tended to cost much more than in other parts of Belize. An attempt to schedule tours to always run on specific days—for example, to Port Honduras Marine Reserve for snorkeling on Monday and to Blue Creek for caving on Tuesday—has fizzled out. Still, with tourism slowly increasing, more tours are being offered, and most prices are reasonable, given the high cost for gasoline and supplies. Try to go with a group of four to six, as many tours have a price based on a group of up to six people, not per person.

Among the most popular tours are those to the Snake Cayes. An all-day trip of snorkeling, fishing, and beach bumming costs around BZ$600 for up to four people, plus the BZ$10 per person Port Honduras Reserve entrance fee. Another popular tour combines Blue Creek caves and Agua Caliente Wildlife Sanctuary; it's around BZ$130 per person, with a minimum of two people. Tours to Lubaantun, often in combination with a visit to Rio Blanco National Park and its waterfall, are around BZ$130 a person (two-person minimum).

Agua Caliente Wildlife Sanctuary

Hot springs, freshwater lagoons, caves, and hiking trails dot the 5,500-acre Agua Caliente Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is known for its...

Bladen Forest Reserve

Ever been freshwater snorkeling? Check out the Bladen River in the Bladen Forest Reserve. The river snakes through the reserve, allowing for...

Columbia Forest Reserve

One of the largest undisturbed tropical rain forest areas in Central America is the Columbia Forest Reserve. It's in a remote area north of...

Fishing

For bonefish and tarpon, head to the estuary flats in the Port Honduras marine reserve at the end of the Río Grande, or go northward to Punta...

Hiking

Ranger patrol hikes" are organized by the Ya'axché Conservation Trust, a nongovernmental organization that among other things manages the 15...

Rio Blanco National Park

This is a tiny national park (105 acres) with a big waterfall. The Rio Blanco waterfall splashes over rough limestone boulders into a deep pool...

Sarstoon-Temash National Park

One of the wildest and most remote areas of Belize is the Sarstoon-Temash National Park, between the Temash and Sarstoon rivers in the far south...

Scuba Diving

This far south the reef has pretty much broken up, but individual cayes have their own small reef systems. The best of the bunch is at the Sapodilla...

Snorkeling

The turquoise waters lapping up the shores of the usually deserted white-sand beach on Snake Caye are good for snorkeling, as are the Sapodilla...

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