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
We loved our 6 nights at Copal Tree Lodge. The staff are amazing, the activities are simply incredible. The place is family friendly and couple friendly. Most of the food is grown on the property, the bartenders were amazing. There are a number of residents from Belize City who come here for a weekend getaway - a great indication of how loved the lodge is in Belize! Thank you Copal Tree Lodge - for our stunning and restful and educational vacation.
Want to see the REAL Belize without being stuck on a key, in an all-inclusive, with all the other American tourists? Just go to Destin for that. To see the real Belize, hop a flight down to Punta Gorda and take a short drive into the jungle. You still have a luxurious resort with a great restaurant, cool bar, jungle cruises, snorkeling and fishing excursions, Mayan ruins, bikig, hiking, chocolate making, rum distilling, iguanas and howler monkeys right outside your door!
The staff there is also amazing--the friendliest people you ever want to meet. Great trip!
This is a fantastic place for families. The staff is amazing. I love the food- most of it grown on property. The bartenders make amazing drinks. The rooms are huge with great screened in porches. We will return.
We absolutely loved our 4 days at Copal Tree. From the moment we stepped off the little plane and hopped into the jeep we experienced nothing but amazing service.
The rooms are beautifully decorated with AC, comfy beds and nice, screened in balcony for relaxing and you have to see the shower to believe how spectacular it is! Giant shower with large window looking right out into the jungle. It was amazing and the water pressure was great too :)
The staff is so welcoming and friendly. They will remember your names throughout your stay and are always around in case you need anything. There is a reason reviewers mention them by name... they are really amazing people and are doing a fabulous job.
The grounds are lush and gorgeous. I saw so many beautiful plants, birds and monkeys. I am a mosquito magnet and used my repellant and barely got bit which was a big plus!
We went fishing with Alex and his son Curtis one day and it was a lot of fun. We were the only ones out there all day and it was so beautiful. Caught a big, juicy snapper and Yvette in the kitchen cooked it up for us that night. Probably the best fish I ever had!
I look forward to returning here next year as it's one of the nicest trips we've been on. Super relaxing and being out in the jungle is magical.
Some advice/observations - the nicer rooms up top have a spectacular view and beautiful infinity pool however we saw 2 families going up there with a bunch of kids (there are 4 rooms up top). I was happy we didn't book it as it's pretty intimate up there and I wouldn't have had such a relaxing time with a bunch of kids in the pool. If it was adults only up there i'd book it in a heartbeat!
Next time we return we'd stop in town to get some snacks and drinks. The food was great and drinks were amazing but it definitely got pricey to eat all 3 meals and have drinks (ex: cocktails were about $7 USD but for us Canadians that's $10... it ads up!)
It's a special place and we look forward to returning!
We stayed in one of the canopy suites, and the experience was amazing. Views and variety of wildlife were spectacular, the infinity pool and patio area were divine, and the room itself was fantastic. My only complaint is that the room did not have a refrigerator to keep beverages cold (although they brought us one when we mentioned it!).