Managed by Muy’Ono Hospitality, Belcampo Belize is built on lands that dates back to the classic maya period

In only a few short years Belcampo Belize has grown from pioneering ideas of sustainable food production and agritourism to an award-winning, world-class destination welcoming discerning travelers from around the globe.

Our Story

Managed by Belcampo Inc, Belcampo Belize is built on lands that dates back to the Classic Maya period — around 600 AD — when the Maya people used the Rio Grande river as an important transportation route to the sea.

In the 1860’s Confederates from Alabama and Texas settled in the region to produce cane, cattle and rum. Ms. Marie Louise Young, a Confederate descendant born in Belize and our own Captain Jackie Young’s grandmother, eventually bought the “Big Hill” property and farmed cattle and 80-acres of cane. She produced aged and argicole rum and started a distillery called “Rocky Run Rum” on the property until the 1970s. The original cane press can be seen in the center of our Farm Center.  In 2001 the property was sold to the owners of El Pescador in San Pedro and construction began on El Pescador South, a new fly fishing lodge.

In 2005, Todd Robinson purchased the fishing lodge and renamed it Machaca Hill Lodge.

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During this time, the simple rustic fishing lodge underwent extensive improvements, transforming the lodge into a luxury resort with a variety of new river and inland adventures.  As an avid marine conservationist, Todd became involved in the region by aiding in the purchase of more than 45,000 acres of rainforest together with the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE). In 2009, Belcampo CEO Anya Fernald partnered with Robinson to produce Belcampo’s keystone organic crops of cane, cacao, coffee and vanilla, and provide lodge visitors with agritourism programs that share and study these exotic ingredients at their origin.

In only a few short years Belcampo Belize has grown from pioneering ideas of sustainable food production and agritourism to an award-winning, world-class destination welcoming discerning travellers from around the globe.

 

The Adventure Begins

Arriving at the Belize International Airport

Belize International Airport is a small airport that provides excellent signage to help travellers get through customs and transfer to your in-country flight to Punta Gorda. At the point of entry, a passport and proof of return or onward ticket are required. There is a $40 USD departure tax that must be paid at the airport prior to leaving the country, however please check with your airline as this may be included in your international ticket. Tropic Air flights do not include the taxes and these will need to be paid on departure.

Transferring to the Punta Gorda Airstrip, your final destination

We work exclusively with Tropic Air and are happy to arrange your connecting flight and secure a 5% discount for you. Tropic Air has a small fleet of new, safe and comfortable 14 seat Cessna caravans. You will take a breathtaking 1 hour flight down the coast of Belize with a couple of short stops along the way. Punta Gorda is the last stop in southern Belize and getting here is part of the adventure!

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Please note that some packages already include your round trip Tropic Air flights between Belize City (BZE or TZA) and Punta Gorda.

As you land, one of our guides will be waiting to pick you up in our open air Land Cruiser. In only 15 minutes you’ll be pulling up to the Belcampo Belize Lodge.

Average Travel Times to Belize City, Belize

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Committed to Conservation

From the preservation of an intact 12,000 acre nature reserve to the implementation of daily practices that reduce the Lodges’ carbon footprint, Belcampo Belize is committed to conservation and local economic development.

  • Roughly 70% of the food we serve in our restaurant is organically produced on our farm.
  • We use sustainable, line caught fish and seasonal seafood purchased directly from local day boat fishermen.
  • We are helping to save Belize’s indigenous cuisine and the heirloom crops that define it by growing native crops on our 3,000-acre organic farm.
  • We are building a global marketplace for Belizean made products through our chocolate, coffee and rum productions right here at Belcampo
  • We make furniture and building materials on site from our own wild fall or sustainably harvested wood.
  • We plant thousands of trees each year as part of an extensive agroforestry program that also supports local wildlife.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best season to visit Belcampo?

Belize’s dry season is between February and May. When it does rain, it is usually in mild, short intervals. June through December is our wet season. The most frequent rainfall usually happens in June or early July often followed by a break in late July or August known as the "little dry." Belcampo Belize is closed from the 1st October through to the 1st of November.

Are you close to the beach?

Belcampo Belize is only a 10 minute drive from the seaside town of Punta Gorda. If you choose to join one of our guided snorkelling or fishing trips, you may visit a caye or the sandy flats. Our river, cayes and the shores of the Port of Honduras are primarily comprised of intact mangroves, an important habitat for marine life.

What should I pack?

Along with cool, light clothing, a swimsuit, sun hat, sunglasses and sandals, be sure to bring some light long pants, a long sleeved shirt and closed toed shoes for hiking the property and to avoid bug bites. Belcampo Belize has a very relaxed atmosphere, but some guests like to dress up a little for evening cocktails and dinner. Our Fly and Gift shop sells both natural and deet repellent, fishing flies, some select clothing and locally made gifts. A recommended packing list will be provided upon booking.

Do you have Internet?

Complimentary wireless Internet service is available all throughout our lodge and in each suite. Although it is generally a reliable service, it can be affected by adverse weather conditions.

Do you reccommend vaccinations?

Malaria and Dengue fever are rare but present in Belize. Most visitors to Belize choose not to receive vaccinations but the choice is yours. Consult the CDC website for more information.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

No matter what your dietary restrictions are, you will be able to freely enjoy the food at Belcampo Belize. Our garden to table philosophy emphasizes fresh vegetables and tropical fruit, cold pressed coconut oil, fresh, wild, line caught seafood, and our own naturally raised pastured meat and eggs. We use minimal dairy and it is easy to avoid gluten or substitute hand-made corn tortillas for flour tortillas. Just let us know your dietary needs when you book and we will be happy to accommodate.

Are you close to a town and nearby restaurants?

Belcampo Belize is located approximately 6 miles (10km) from Punta Gorda, a town of approximately 3,000 people. There are a couple of simple restaurants that we recommend but most of our guests choose to eat meals at the Lodge. Our Punta Gorda Market Tour takes guests into town and we can also arrange a transfer taxi for $15 USD one way.

Are you close to Mayan temples?

We are very close to the Mayan ruins of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit and offer regularly scheduled guided tours to both.

Is Belcampo Belize suitable for children?

At Belcampo we value adults and children alike. Belcampo welcomes children of all ages and we strive to provide a number of activities that are fun, safe and educational. We can customize an itinerary for families looking to travel to Belcampo.

Can you accommodate groups?

Absolutely! Belcampo Belize is perfect for groups of all kinds. Contact our reservations department (reservations@belcampobz.com) for a quote and to explore the many options.

Can you accommodate destination weddings?

Definitely. Belcampo Belize is the perfect property for a destination wedding. Contact our reservations department (reservations@belcampobz.com) for more information.

What kind of wildlife will I see?

With a 12,000 acre nature reserve across the river and 1,000 acres on-site, Belcampo Belize is teeming with wildlife. Commonly seen are Howler Monkeys, Agute, Coatamundi, Turtles, Crocodiles, Tarantulas, Iguanas and more than 100 different birds including the famous Toucan.

What activities are there at Belcampo?

Belcampo Belize has a wide selection of Activities and Workshops to choose from.

Is the fly fishing appropriate for a beginner?

Southern Belize is one of the best places in the world to catch a permit on a fly rod, but it generally takes some skill, luck and ideally the right weather. Even if you don’t catch a permit, you can still enjoy a day on the water practicing your cast with one of the regions expert guides. Learn more about our flyfishing guides. We can also arrange a day of spin casting on the river or in the Gulf for snook, barracuda, jacks, or even a little Belizean style “hand lining.” If you catch a fish that is not prohibited, our chef will happily cook it for you!

Do you have loaner rods?

Yes we do! We stock complimentary Orvis rods, flies and lines for tarpon, bonefish and permit in 8 weight and 10 weight for both right and left handed anglers.

What security measures are in place at Belcampo Lodge?

At Belcampo Lodge, your safety is our top priority. We have 24 hour security at the front entrance of our property. Between the hours of 6pm and 6am, we have security staff on foot and vehicle who patrol the entire property. All visitors are obliged to sign in and out at our front gate and no visitor may wander the grounds without being accompanied by a senior staff member. Visitors are prohibited on the the property after hours. Belcampo has 24 hour access to on-site trained first aid responders in case of any emergency. Each suite is equipped with a safe for your personal belongings.

Do I need to be worried about the Zika Virus?

Belize has a minimal Zika exposure risk. Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant are encouraged to take extra precautions when traveling to countries that do have cases of Zika Virus. We recommend the use of a good mosquito repellent and wearing light weight long sleeved shirts and pants for extra protection.

Do you offer travel insurance?

While Belcampo Lodge does not sell travel insurance, it is recommended that you protect your investment through a reputable travel insurance company. Your credit card company will have the best recommendation for you of who to choose. We recommend doing research when selecting a provider to ensure that all aspects of your travel are comprehensively covered.

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