Before we even arrived in Punta Gorda, Ian and Kate were so accommodating and helpful.
We asked for advice on taking buses in Central America, they told us their about their experiences and put us at ease. We wanted to take a tour and because we couldn't quite decide, they gave us recommendations and booked it for us.
When we arrived, they were quite welcoming, asking about our trip and offering a drink. We decided to eat off premises that night, so they suggested us place, then took us into town, and told us how to catch a cab back.
On our last day, we hasn't made any plans, so they gave us a map with some marked sites to see, and helped us into town.
The suite, where we stayed for three days, was very nice. Throughout the cottage, which is composed of a large living area with television, large bathroom, and large bedroom, there are beautiful wood floors, and wood furniture made from locals. There was an enormous selection of DVDs which we watched on our last night while drinking a bottle of wine.
One of the best things about staying at Hickatee, especially since it is out of town, is the ability to eat on site. It's not a very difficult choice to make, considering Kate is a tremendous cook. There have been posts already about her bread, which is just so good, but her dinners are fantastic to boot. While we were there, we had garlic butter shrimp, traditional beans and rice, a white fish (name escapes me), pork medallions, and chicken pâté. The meats and fish were savory and tender, the rice and beans flavorful, and the pâté (something which we had never tried before then) was smooth and went so well with her bread.
Though it seems a bit on the expensive side (for Central America; about $37 BZE for one plate), the food is so worth it. Plus, it evens out when you have to think about a taxi ride into town (about $30 BZE for two). I definitely recommend eating there over your other options in Punta Gorda.
Though I do not see this as a negative, it must be said that this is probably not a great place for someone who wants to sit around and watch television all day. One of the special things about Hickatee is that they are off the grid; you are specifically asked to not use anything that plugs in until after 6pm.
Though, if you don't have anything planned for the day, Kate and Ian will set you right up.
Lastly, even though it is Belize (and this might go without saying, although we did not know this before hand), it does gets chilly. We went in the beginning of November and at night, we were quite chilly. We were provided with more blankets, which was necessary as to not be freezing all night, but still needed to wear some longer clothes to bed in order to sleep to our liking. So, pack accordingly to weather and your taste in temperature.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hickatee Cottages Hotel Punta Gorda
- Hickatee Cottages Belize/Punta Gorda