Flying to Belize
Belize is the best place in Central America--English is official language!--just south of Mexico and flanked by the Caribbean Sea to the east. Flying to Belize takes only 2 hours from Miami or Houston.
Visitors flying to Belize enter the country via the Phillip Goldson International Airport (BZE).
The international airlines serving the country include American Airlines, United, Delta Airlines, Avianca, Tropic Air, COPA, Southwest Airlines and WestJet Airlines.
Punta Gorda lies in the southernmost region of Belize, the Toledo District. Take our shuttle straight to the lodge or a local flight from the International Airport in Belize City (BZE) to Punta Gorda on either Maya Island Air or Tropic Air.
Offers direct flights from Miami (MIA), Charlotte (CLT), Dallas (DFW) and Los Angeles (LAX).
Offers direct flights from Houston (IAH), Newark (EWR) and Chicago (ORD).
Offers direct flights between Atlanta (ATL) and Belize City (BZE), as well as between Los Angeles (LAX) and Belize City (BZE).
Offers regularly scheduled flights between Belize City (BZE) and San Salvador (SAL). This route is popular for onward connections to Central and South American destinations, as well as Mexico and the United States.
In addition to local flights, Tropic Air offers regular flights between Belize City (BZE) and the following international destinations: Cancun (CUN), Merida (MID), Roatan (RTB), San Pedro Sula (SAB) and Flores (FRS).
Offers direct flights between Panama City (PTY) and Belize City (BZE).
Offers direct flights from Houston (HOU) and Denver (DEN).
Offers direct flights from Toronto (YYZ) directly to Belize City (BZE).
Belize Domestic Travel
Whether transferring directly from Belize International Airport to Punta Gorda or coming from another area of the country, most of our guests choose to travel on the two domestic airlines of Belize: Tropic Air and Maya Island Air.
The flights may make stops along the way so flight time varies from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cotton Tree lodge acts as an agent for both airlines and we would be happy to assist you with booking your flights.
MAYA ISLAND AIR LOCAL BELIZE
Local Belize travel on Maya Airways is offered from Belize International Airport, Belize City, Belize (BZE) to Punta Gorda, Belize (PND). For up-to-date schedule please click here.
Bus service is available throughout Belize.It is inexpensive (BZ$24, US$12 from Belize City to Punta Gorda) and relatively reliable, but rougher than the buses you might be used to.The majority of the buses in Belize are converted US school buses.
The journey from Belize City to Punta Gorda takes approximately six hours. A few Express’ buses are air conditioned coaches and make the trip in about five hours. Buses stop frequently and allow passengers to board as long as there is standing room available.
James and Ushers bus lines travel all the way to Punta Gorda. James bus line also stops in Independence (near Placencia), Dangriga, and Belmopan on the route to Belize City.It is not possible to book tickets in advance.
You can also rent a car in most of the major towns in Belize, though outside of Belize City arrangements for car rentals are relatively informal.There are no one-way rentals, meaning you must return your vehicle to the place where you rented it. Frances Romero 011-501-614-3998 has buses, passenger vans, etc for rent with driver anywhere in Belize, and the following rental companies are available at the Belize City International Airport:
Driving Directions to Cotton Tree Lodge
From the airport access road, turn left onto the main road which is the Northern Highway. Proceed through Ladyville and follow for about 5 miles and turn left to head towards Burrell Boom/Hattieville (the second major intersection where you can turn left). Follow the highway for about 4 miles you'll pass the sign for Burrell Boom on the right but do not turn. Continue on the Hattieville Road for about 7 miles (passing Hattieville Prison on your right) and turn right at the rotary onto the Western Highway. Follow the Western Highway for about 35 miles (passing the Belize zoo on the way) and turn left at the sign for Belmopan. You will pass through the outskirts of Belmopan and at the roundabout (with the modern sculpture) follow onto the Hummingbird Highway for points south such as Dangriga. Follow the Hummingbird Highway for about 50 miles (through beautiful mountains, pass the Blue Hole National Park, a great place for a swim) and turn right at the sign for points south such as Punta Gorda. If you miss the turn you'll end up in the city of Dangriga in about 5 miles and can always turn around there. Once you turn right, you will now be on the Southern Highway and the rest of the directions are below.
Coming from either Dangriga or the Hummingbird Highway, head south on the Southern Highway for about 85 miles and you will now be about 15 miles from Punta Gorda. The road takes a sharp left here at a Shell gas station (locally know as The Dump) and you will continue on the Southern Highway (take the left and continue on the paved road) for another few miles. Just after you pass over a small bridge (the Jacintoville Bridge) turn immediately to the right. You will see a sign at the bus stop shelter for Cotton Tree Lodge and you may also see a sign indicating this is the Barranco Road heading towards the Temash Sarstoon National Park. Take this right turn onto the Barranco Road.
From Punta Gorda. We're located off the Southern Highway on the Barranco Road which is about 9 miles from Punta Gorda. You will see a sign at the bus stop shelter for Cotton Tree Lodge and you may also see a sign indicating this is the Barranco Road heading towards the Temash Sarstoon National Park. The turnoff for the Barranco Road has a sign that reads Temash and Sarstoon National Park. Take this left turn onto the Barranco Road.
Once on the Barranco Road
After about 2 miles the Barranco road bears to the right (follow to the right and stay on the Barranco Road) and after another 3 miles you'll come through San Felipe Village. Just past the village will be an orange grove and a fenced off area for cattle with a small shelter. Turn left at that road and follow one mile to CottonTree Lodge.
If you need to call, the phone at the lodge is 670-0557. Note there is no cell reception once you leave the Southern Highway and the service on the highway is patchy. In general, you will only get reliable signal within 5 miles of a major town such as Belize City, Belmopan, Dangriga, or Punta Gorda.