Belcampo Lodge Belize
What We Love
- Flash rate includes round-trip airport transfers (between the property and Punta Gorda airstrip), full daily breakfast, laundry, nightly turn-down service and daily free activities
- Warm handmade tortillas, farm-fresh eggs and boiled chaya leaves with spicy salsa make a delicious Belizean breakfast
- The activities: world class fishing and birding, kayaking on the Rio Grande and visiting the on-site sustainable cane, cacao and coffee plantation
- Floor-to-ceiling glass in the cabins’ showers means views across the jungle
What To Know
- The management of the property switched from Machaca Hill Lodge to Belcampo in 2011
- It's best to take a flight from Belize City to Punta Gorda (not included in the rate); transfers from the airstrip to the lodge are free
- Be sure to pack bug spray, and expect howler monkeys as tropical alarm clocks
Belcampo Lodge, known as Machaca Hill until 2011, offers a rare mix of isolation and indulgence in a pristine patch of southern Belize. The lodge comprises a palapa-style main house with 16 private cabins around a pool, and it crowns a small hill overlooking an expanse of rain forest and the snaking Rio Grande just below. Each cabin is spacious, with polished wood flooring and furniture, plus a kingsize canopy bed with uninterrupted views of the surrounding jungle. The Belcampo’s kitchen is committed to serving delicious locally inspired food, 70 percent of which is produced on the lodge’s own farm. The small, single-room spa also takes full advantage of this setting with a massage table beside a glass wall, and there are self-guided hikes around the property to get you even closer to nature.
In the Area
Expert local guides are on hand to help you find the catch of the day in secret fishing spots and locate the best vantage points for seeing the long, strikingly colored bill of a toucan. The Belcampo can also organize visits to culturally significant Mayan monuments or tours of the neighboring rain forest. Be sure to swim and get some sun on Belcampo’s private island, a short boat ride from the lodge. After dining at the restaurant, see where your meal came from with a tour of the lodge’s on-site cane, coffee and cacao plantation, and harvest cacao pods with the Belcampo’s farmers.
How to Get There
I don’t often recommend Cuban style restaurants because mostly they fall short.
Not this one, COPA IN DURHAM NC.
The Cuban sandwich melts in your mouth. The maduros couldn’t be better. The service so attentive and genuins. Delicious flan.
Made plantain chips are memorable for all the right reasons.
The owner/chef is a historian of Cuban foods. His house made butifarras must be wonderful!
My husband and I spent 8 days at this amazing lodge in Punta Gorda, Belize and would go back for any occasion. Our king suite was private and comfortable, with a giant walk in shower that made the room feel extra luxurious. The food and drinks were all so delicous, but what made them even better was the staff. Tim is an excellent bartender, and Sherene, Mark, and so many more took care of us at every meal as if they had known us forever. We took advantage of the many food-based extras that they have there, like the mixology class, coffee cupping, and chocolate making class. Our biggest excursion was snorkeling with Desmond and Captain Jack, where they caught lobsters and Chef Yvette cooked for us. I can't say enough about Copal Tree. It is such a special place.
We were met at the tiny Punta Gorda airstrip by Desmond who transported us the short distance to the Lodge. Check-in was a breeze, and we were taken to our beautiful King Jungle Suite by Bernard. Copal Tree is an amazing resort in all respects- the environment, accommodations, organic farm, restaurant, bar, distillery, and multitude of activities. In addition to all of this, the jewels of this resort are the staff! They were happy, helpful, enthusiastic, personable and all went our of their way to make us feel welcome. They all introduced themselves and asked our names, after which they addressed us by name. All of them were great, but I will mention a few with whom we had the most contact by name. Desmond was our guide on several of our activities, and he is a fountain of knowledge of all things Belizian. Sherene, Mark, Tim, and Dwayne were great in the restaurant and bar, and the food by Chef Yvette was excellent. We strongly recommend the meal plan. This was one of the most memorable vacations we have had in some time, and we are already looking forward to a return visit to do some of the activities that we were unable to do on this trip. When you go, just remember to take your insect repellant.
Our Belizean trip started with 3 nights at this top-notch property. Beautifully situated with maximum privacy in your suite (shower with a full-length glass window out onto the jungle!) which also happens to be a spacious accommodation with your own screened porch and hammock. Every single staff member was superb in terms of friendliness and helpfulness. Handcrafted cocktails (Tim is amazing) and truly delicious fresh food on the al fresco veranda cause you to look forward to each dining experience. Be sure to partake in the coffee cupping and bean-to-bar cacao experiences offered. Fun, informative, and tasty! This property grows 80% of the food served (be it animal or plant). There is plenty to do and we ran out of time during our short stay - guess we'll have to go back! P.S. - this place is super quiet EXCEPT for the howler monkeys which are on their own schedule...bring earplugs if you are a sensitive sleeper.
Spent 6 nights at the Copal Tree Lodge and had a nice relaxing visit. I was in PG to fish but my wife spent her days at the lodge. Very friendly/helpful staff, excellent food (although way too much) and private well appointed rooms. There was good wifi access around the grounds. The only real criticism would be that it's beginning to show some age. However I'm fairly certain there are not many places in this part of the world affording this type of luxury.