Punta Gorda, Belize

capital and largest town of Toledo District in southern Belize

Punta Gorda (called P. G. by the locals) is a city in the southern part of Belize. It is the capital of the district (state) of Toledo. About 6,400 people live there. Punta Gorda has a tiny airport. Every Saturday, people come to Punta Gorda from all over Toledo District to buy and sell items in an open-air market.

Punta Gorda Town
Punta Gorda Town Square
Punta Gorda Town Square
Nickname(s): 
P.G.
Coordinates: 16°6′N 88°47′W / 16.100°N 88.783°W / 16.100; -88.783Coordinates: 16°6′N 88°47′W / 16.100°N 88.783°W / 16.100; -88.783
CountryBelize
DistrictToledo
Founded1700s
Government
 • Mayor of Punta GordaFloyd Lino
Elevation
sea level m (0−50ft above sea level ft)
Population
 (2005)
 • Total6,400
 estimated
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)

Punta Gorda is a seaport and fishing town on the Caribbean Sea. It was a small fishing village before being settled by a number of Garifuna who came from Honduras in 1823. The town is about fifteen feet above sea level.

Well-known people from Punta Gorda include paranda musician Paul Nabor and Belize's 'Queen of Brukdown', Leela Vernon.