The Deep South Travel Guide
James Bus Lines dominates the route between PG and points north. Currently there are nine daily local bus departures from PG to Belize City, and one express Monday through Saturday with limited stops. The first bus is at 3:50 am and the last one at 3:50 pm. Eight local and two express James Line buses come from what is still called the Novelo’s bus station in Belize City (Novelo’s bus company no longer exists) to Punta Gorda daily, beginning at 5:15 am with the last bus at 3:45 pm. It's a six- to seven-hour trip to or from Belize City via Belmopan, Dangriga, and Independence, depending on whether it's an express or local bus. Between Belize City and PG, fare is around BZ$22 for local and BZ$24 for express. Most buses are old U.S. Bluebird school buses—they're usually crowded, cramped, and have no air-conditioning. If you have the budget, fly. Any non-express bus will pick up and drop you anywhere along the route.
Off the Southern Highway in Toledo public transportation is limited. On market days (generally Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) buses leave the main plaza in PG around noon. Buses, mostly old American school buses operated by local entrepreneurs, go to different villages, returning on market days very early in the morning. There's no published schedule—you have to ask locally. Fares are modest, BZ$2–BZ$5. As of this writing, buses from PG serve the villages of Aguacate, Barranco, Big Falls, Crique Sarco, Dolores, Golden Stream, Indian Creek, Jalacte, Laguna, Medina, San Antonio, San Benito Poite, San Jose, San Miquel, San Pedro Columbia, Santa Ana, San Vicente, Pueblo Viejo, and Silver Creek. As the construction of the San Antonio Road from the Southern Highway to the Guatemala border near Jalacte nears completion, bus service to some of these villages should increase.
James Bus Line (7 King St., Punta Gorda. 702/2049 or 722/2625.)