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“Jungle Delight” 5 of 5 stars
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Hickatee Cottages
Mile 1.5, Ex-Servicemen Road | (Aka Boom Creek Road), Punta Gorda ..., Belize   |  
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Ranked #1 of 16 Punta Gorda B&B and Inns
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“Jungle Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Back for the third time to Hickatee Cottages and the wonderful hosts/owners Kate and Ian Morton. A marvelous setting, excellent food, and very knowledgeable hosts in Kate and Ian. They have welcomed us warmly, and I have seen the same hospitality extended to all.

Equally impressive is their work with the people of the region. They share their talents and strive to educate area young people in the service industry, urging them to advance and prosper.

We are so blessed to have found this special place in Punta Gorda. Well done!

Room Tip: The Honeymoon Cottage is well worth it.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Ditto on heaping praise on Ian and Kate. I literally showed up unannounced on their doorstep seeking a couple of quiet nights and they were incredibly welcoming and immediately made me feel at home. Beautiful rooms, peaceful grounds and wonderful food. The only recommendation I can add is that if you want to spend a day just relaxing around their beautiful place, reading and hiking the jungle paths, you should grab some snacks in town. Breakfast is fabulous and they’ll either have a wonderful dinner, or arrange transport to town, but it’s a long time from breakfast to dinner, and since one of the big selling points of Hickatee is it’s remoteness, there’s nothing nearby to eat. Kate took pity on me and fed me a wonderful lunch, but I felt bad since that’s their down time (she was very nice about it though). Next time I’ll bring some fruit or chips and not bother her.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Ian & Kate have a natural knack for hospitality. Right from the time of booking to arranging transportation for the next leg of our journey they were exceptionally responsive and helpful.The food was exceptional; Kate should issue a cook book! No need of a vehicle since the 4 wheel drive with driver is at your disposal and a bike tour of town is a must; but don't leave your return too late or you will be riding in the dark. The butterfly farm Ian manages is a most interesting tour and combined with the Lubaantun Mayan ruins is a good chance for a hike. This was the most enjoyable part of our Belize to Guatemala adventure. We will certainly include Hickatee in our next Belizian adventure.

Room Tip: The family cottage with common balcony is great for friends or family.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Many of the reviews comment on this, so I can only add to the heaping testimony: Kate and Ian Morton are the most welcoming, charming, and helpful hosts I've ever encountered throughout my experiences at B&Bs and small inns in the US and world-wide. I know this sounds over the top, but truly, you'll experience it yourself when you visit. As soon as we were home, I could hardly keep from thinking how wonderful it would be to visit them again. Not because PG is so lovely and exotic (it is); not because the excursions they helped us plan were so informative and fun (they were); but because there's nothing like trading recipes with Kate, learning about wildlife (and British tea customs) from Ian, and making new friends over not-quite-cold gin and tonics at Charlie's Bar.

The material amenities are few, but personal - a plunge pool to overcome the sometimes stifling jungle heat; house cats that warm your lap; morning tea/coffee service to your door; and the most knowledgeable and high-quality tour bookings you can imagine. Ian and Kate go to great lengths to personally vet the restaurants, activities, and guides they recommend. They are quite involved in the local community, and they are aware of the social, environmental, and cultural issues in PG.

Specifics on our stay: We did the recommended morning market-bus to Lubaantun-Butterfly Farm excursion. A great "on your own" adventure that's easily accomplished by anyone. We also toured Eladio Pop's cacao farm and highly recommend it. Learning how to process the beans at his home was one of the major highlights of our trip. Blue Creek Cave was too flooded for swimming, but the hike was fun, and swimming off the dock was lovely and peaceful. We toured Barranco - had crappy weather, so I think if we did not have to boat back in driving rain, we might have better memories of it. We had dinner at Hickatee and in town, and recommend both. Our SCUBA lesson and dive with Dennis of Garbutt's Marina was a great first-time experience. We also did a morning birding walk just down the road from Hickatee. And, of course, we learned some Garifuna drumming and heard the howler monkeys. We were even luck enough to see the troupe right by the cottages!

Room Tip: The duplex was perfect for us: two 20-/30-something couples who wanted a little privacy and also wan...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Ian & Kate have created a remarkable place to enjoy nature, good food, and a special peace of mind. You are left alone as much as you desire or will receive assistance in any number of experiences. Ian has very good contacts which he most willingly places at your service to experience the wonders that southern Belize has to offer. Kate is the social butterfly that jokes with you, discusses their adventures they have experienced developing the cottages and prepares wonderful meals for her guests. Definitely a place you should stat a few nights and I would be surprised if you wouldn't want to go back.

Room Tip: They are all good but we really enjoyed the honeymoon cottage.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moab, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

The great thing about the Punta Gorda "PG" area of Belize is that it just hasn’t really been discovered yet. It feels like the Belize I remember when we first started guiding kayak tours there in 1986. Another plus is that this is the only part of Belize where you can stay in one spot and access both inland and island activities. The jungle comes all the way to the sea there, unlike northern Belize. Many wonderful islands are 20 miles away or less.

There are many good options of places to stay in PG, and Hickatee is one of my favorites. I was there last July and I look forward to returning. Hickatee Cottages are only 1 mile from town, but it feels like it’s further. So it’s quiet and remote-feeling, but it is easy to get to town on one of the free bikes they provide to their guests. They have only 7 cottages, and all are very nicely decorated. The clapboard exteriors are rare in Belize lodges, and the interiors are nicely decorated. It’s quite charming.

They have a tiny pool about the size and shape of a hot tub but without the hot, thank goodness. It's a fabulous plus on a hot day. The owner used to teach horticulture in the states, and the grounds reflect this interest. They have a howler monkey monitoring program that guests often assist with. Airport transfers, breakfast, wifi, bikes, drumming lessons once a week, and a discount on flights from Belize City are all provided free.

They will gladly help you arrange tours in the area, although there is no in-house tour company like many lodges have. They do not charge a commission on tours their guests take as most lodges do, which means all of your tour fee goes directly to the guide. You won’t be sorry if you make sure your trip to Belize includes several days here.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights while visiting Maya ruins in the area. The staff was great, the rooms were decent and the food was excellent. There is no a/c in any of the rooms understandably as they have only solar power available. They do have a ceiling fan in the rooms. They are not, however, located over the beds where they would make an afternoon nap tolerable on a hot day. Expect the rooms to be warm during some days but they cool off considerably late at night.

The staff is excellent in every way and will help their guests with anything they need such as tours, guides, transportation, etc.. The food was extremely delicious, too. One thing that was fantastic was the drum lessons on Wednesday night. I would stay there again and recommend it to others as well.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile 1.5, Ex-Servicemen Road | (Aka Boom Creek Road), Punta Gorda ..., Belize
Location: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Gorda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Top-rated jungle B&B, just one mile from PG Town in southern Belize, Hickatee offers Caribbean-style accommodation, bar-restaurant, plunge pool, morning coffee delivered to your verandah, free bikes, over a mile of nature trails on site, and free visits to Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm. Family-run, we offer friendly service, a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, excellent value for money, and a great base from which to explore the offshore southern cayes and Toledo’s many inland attractions. ... more   less 
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Hickatee Cottages Hotel Punta Gorda
Hickatee Cottages Belize/Punta Gorda

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