Each of the 16 rooms at Belcampo is a spacious villa-style suite set on the edge of the jungle, which gives a sense of privacy and peacefulness. Guests shouldn't be surprised to see coatimundi, agouti, and other wildlife while showering in the spa-style bathrooms with their floor-to-ceiling windows. Tile floors, comfortable beds wrapped with gauzy mosquito nets, and private verandas are standard in every suite, as is Wi-Fi and complimentary laundry service, and the hotel has a pool and a restaurant/bar. The numerous outdoor activities include exploring Belcampo’s chocolate trail and kayaking or canoeing on the Rio Grande River at the base of the property; various trips can be organized off-site, too. The hotel is closed from mid-September to late October.
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The town of Punta Gorda, about six miles from Belcampo, sits right on the Caribbean Sea in the Toledo District of southern Belize. It's a small town with few commercial attractions, but there are plenty of outdoor activities, and the annual Chocolate Festival of Belize, formerly known as the Toledo Cacao Fest, is held here each May. Visitors enjoy browsing the local market, where fresh, local produce is sold, and checking out the just-caught fish and the homemade cheese of producers and vendors. A Maya women's collective has a small gift shop in town. The roads in Punta Gorda are two lanes and not heavily trafficked by cars, so bike riding is typically safe and is a popular activity among visitors. Nightlife is quite limited.
Need to Know
Rooms: 16 suites; from $288. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Belcampo's on-site restaurant features Belizean cuisine made almost exclusively with locally grown and sourced ingredients. Many, in fact, come from the hotel's own farm. The hotel also raises free-range pigs and chickens, and staff members butcher and cure the meat that is then served at the restaurant—which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fish is local and seasonal; a particular specialty is lionfish, an invasive species with a delicious, tender white meat. Spa and gym details: Belcampo has both a spa and gym on-site. The Jungle Spa uses local ingredients and Maya-inspired techniques for massages, wraps, and scrubs. The main treatment room has a large window that offers a wonderful view of the jungle. The Jungle Gym (never was there a more perfect name for a gym) is in a building near the Rio Grande River; there, guests will find weights, a treadmill, and a stationary bike, as well as exercise balls and yoga mats. Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking are also possible on the property; the hotel can provide loaner bikes.
Who’s it best for: Travelers who are looking for upscale accommodations in a jungle setting. Our favorite rooms: All of the rooms are spectacular, but Ridge Suites have views of the Maya Mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Leave wanting more: Belcampo is best enjoyed as a shorter stay—two or three nights. Longer stays tend to emphasize the remoteness of the location; guests tire of having only one option for meals on-site or of driving into town, where choices are also limited.