Punta Gorda, Belize

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Punta Gorda Town
Punta Gorda Town Square
Punta Gorda Town Square
Nickname(s): 
P.G.
Country Belize
DistrictToledo
Founded1700s
Government
 • Mayor of Punta GordaFloyd Lino
Elevation
sea level m (0-50ft above sea level ft)
Population
(2005)
 • Total6,400
 estimated
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)

Punta Gorda (called P. G. by the locals) is a city in the southern part of Belize. It is the capital of the district (state) of Toledo. About 6,400 people live there. Punta Gorda has a tiny airport. Every Saturday, people come to Punta Gorda from all over Toledo District to buy and sell items in an open-air market.

Punta Gorda is a seaport and fishing town on the Caribbean Sea. It was a small fishing village before being settled by a number of Garifuna who came from Honduras in 1823. The town is about fifteen feet above sea level.

Well-known people from Punta Gorda include paranda musician Paul Nabor and Belize's 'Queen of Brukdown', Leela Vernon.