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“Jungle paradise”
Review of Hickatee Cottages

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Hickatee Cottages
Ranked #1 of 18 Punta Gorda B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 April 2013

Punta Gorda isnt really a touristy place, it's a jump off place for many to get to Honduras and Guatemala and so many people will stay a night or two.
It definitely has a centre and about 3 parallel roads running through it, and is a

Hickatee is a jungle get away, no doubt about it. Down a long (very pot holled) road from the top of town you will find HIckatee, it takes about 10 mins in a car and 25 by foot. Made up of a few individual cottages and a main cabin which acts as the restaurant, bar, reading area etc.

Ian and Kate run the cottages and know everything you need to know about the local area - the people (on Wednesday nights they have Raymond giving a Belizean drum demo), the music (Garifuna), the politics and not to mention the animals, wildlife, insects, brids.
There are 3 trails cut through the jungle direct from the cottages that take you through 30-45 minutes of dense jungle where you can hear (and if lucky) see the howler monkeys in the trees, if not butterflies, birds and the odd jungle animal can be spotted.

The food was amazing, far better than any restaurant we found in punta gorda.
There are a whole variety of day trips (cave swimming was fantastic) that can be sorted by Ian

Cottage was clean, spacious, cool, sleeping at night with all the jungle noises so close by.
Even been a jaguar or two spotted on the grounds

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Beautiful forest setting. You are really out on the edge of human population.
The host was very informative and helpful.The food prepared by the hostess was the best in Punta Gorda.
Not many tourists in town, really get a feel for the way the locals live.
The drum demonstration was so much fun, everyone got to try and most eveyone was dancing.
The butterfly trip was wonderful!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Ian and Kate so obviously enjoy what they do and where they live that it is contagious! The Punta Gorda area was the most beautiful we found in Belize and Ian and Kate's knowledge of the Maya and the flora and fauna was truly outstanding.

The room and grounds were lovely and the food excellent. Wednesday night drumming was a great time!

Ian and Kate are very helpful with suggestions on things do and with arrangements. The Punta Gorda market looked intriguing as we drove out of town - wish we had allowed more time. The area had more to offer than the guidebook led us to believe.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Hickatee is the perfect place to stay in PG. The rooms are lovely, the food is excellent the grounds are beautiful and the owners are wonderful. We are already planning our next trip back.You can't go wrong staying here!

Room Tip: All rooms are great!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We spent a wonderful few days in February with Ian and Kate (the best host and hostess in the world!). So spoiling to have tea brought to the room in the morning and delicious supper in the evening. Suggestions for tours spot on. Gurafina village well worth a visit and making your own chocolate from scratch at Cyrilas great fun. Highlight was seeing the beautiful brightly coloured bees (fairies!!) that pollinate the vanilla orchids that Ian managed to lure to a nearby tree for us to photograph. In all a magical experience and one not to be missed if you are in the Punta Gorda area. Thank you Ian and Kate

Room Tip: I think all the rooms would be lovely and excellent value all with fluffy towels.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We really enjoyed our recent visit to Hickatee Cottages. We stayed in the Wilby Suite and it was really charming and lovely. The bed was comfortable, the showers were hot with big fluffy towels, and the sitting area was nice to enjoy the coffee and tea that was delivered to our cottage each morning (a nice perk). Ian and Kate are super nice and funny. They totally make the place! They both go out of their way to ensure you have a great travel experience in the local area. They make suggestions for activities, restaurants, etc and their advice is spot on. They have a real love for the area and focus on using local products and supporting local tourism. Having drinks and meals at Charlie's Bar was also fun because you got to meet the other travelers and hear of their adventures. It's also nice to have the cats lounging around the bar, but if you aren't a cat person I think it would be fine because they keep to themselves and don't jump on you or anything. Wednesday night drumming was a real highlight. Ray is sweet and patient with his students that miss a beat (or two!). We walked the jungle paths, didn't see any wildlife that day but we only did go up there once. The grounds are lovely. The town of Punta Gorda is laid back and we found the locals to be warm, friendly, and helpful. If we return to Punta Gorda some day we would definitely want to stay at Hickatee Cottages again!

Room Tip: We loved Wilby Suite because of the sitting area and queen bed. It also has a nice garden area with...
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

Ian is a very knowledgeble and friendly host who helped us find fun and interesting activities to do nearby. We especially liked the swimming cave tour and ethnic lunch, the snorkeling at Snake Caye, the Garfuna drumming, and our dinners at Ashas restaurant on the water in Punta Gorda.

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice but there are different sizes to choose from.
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Additional Information about Hickatee Cottages

Address: Mile 1.5, Ex-Servicemen Road | (Aka Boom Creek Road), Punta Gorda ..., Belize
Region: Belize > Toledo District > Punta Gorda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Gorda
Price Range: £74 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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