Copal Tree Lodge: Plan Your Stay

Located in Punta Gorda, Belize

How to Get There

By Air

Travelers connect through the small international airport in Belize City to Punta Gorda, a scenic one-hour flight down the coast of Belize on Tropic Air. After landing in Punta Gorda, a guide from the lodge will pick you up and transfer you to Copal Tree Lodge, a 20-minute drive in an open-air Land Cruiser.

By Car

The drive from the international airport in Belize City takes five to six hours on rough roads crossed by animals at night. The lodge can arrange a private road transfer.

What to Expect


Malaria and dengue fever are rare but endemic in Belize, and the country has a minimal Zika exposure risk. Let the lodge know of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking.


An electric tram provides access from the main lodge to the four Signature Canopy Suites as well as down to the river dock.


Wireless Internet service is free and available in each suite and throughout the common areas of the main lodge. A small shop sells souvenirs, sundries, handicrafts, performance clothing, toiletries, and fly-fishing ties and lines.

Weather and Seasons

Southern Belize has a subtropical climate, with summer temperatures that seldom exceed 96°F and winter lows rarely below 60°F. June through December is the rainy season, and February through April is considered the dry season (though rain can of course occur year-round). The most frequent rainfall typically happens in June or early July, often followed by a break in late July or August known as the “little dry.” Each May, Punta Gorda celebrates Belizean chocolate and Toledo culture during the three-day Chocolate Festival of Belize.

What to Bring

Belize is a tropical country with an average temperature of 84°F. Dress at the jungle lodge is informal, so pack lightweight, comfortable clothing.

Suggested Packing List:

  • Lightweight rain gear for tropical showers
  • Light jacket or sweater for cool mornings evenings
  • Light quick-dry shirts, shorts, and pants for protection from the sun or mosquitoes
  • Wide-brimmed hat for protection from the sun
  • Walking/hiking shoes or boots, water shoes, sandals/flip-flops
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (SPF 15 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera, batteries, plenty of memory or film, and lens cleaner
  • Small waterproof bag for carrying extra gear
  • Sunglasses (polarized for fishing)
  • Snorkel/diving mask
  • Personal medications
  • Binoculars for bird-watching

Traveling with Family

Children of all ages are welcome at Copal Tree Lodge and guests under the age of 12 stay for free. Kids love the inherent adventure in a trip to Belize, from tracking animals in the jungle to exploring mysterious caves. At Copal Tree Lodge, kids activities range from zip-lining to farm tours and culinary classes. Babysitting services are available at an additional cost.

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