Almost always referred to as simply PG in Belize, Punta Gorda is the capital of the Toledo District. Punta Gorda is the southernmost sizable town in the nation. Although the town bears a Spanish name, its inhabitants are mostly Kriol/English speaking, primarily of Garifuna, East Indian, and Kriol descent.
Punta Gorda is a seaport and fishing town. It was a small fishing village before being settled by a number of Garifuna emigrants from Honduras in 1823. The town is about fifteen feet above sea level.
Punta Gorda is the main point of transportation for people traveling to, from, or through the Toledo District. There is a small airport which serves domestic flights from Maya Island Air and Tropic Air. James Bus Lines stop in Punta Gorda and travel regularly to points north such as Independence, Dangriga, Belmopan, and Belize City. Boats regularly ferry passengers to Livingston or Puerto Barrios, Guatemala.
Every May the town hosts the Toledo Cacao Festival, which celebrates the history and production of chocolate in the Toledo District.
Tourist Information Office: 46 Front Street.