TIDE Conservation Festival

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Type Of Event
Start Date
Friday, 11 Oct, 2024Annually
10/14/2023 - 10/16/2023

  • Environmental Education Day
  • Fishing Tournament
  • Conservation Gala
  • Taste of Punta Gorda
  • Family Fun

About Event

TIDE Conservation Festival

TIDE (Toledo Institute for Development and Environment) hosts its annual Conservation Festival fund-raiser in Punta Gorda Town! TIDE's festival provides a prime opportunity for our local food purveyors to impress and garner income, all while promoting ecological consciousness by utilizing only biodegradable plates, cups, and associated items.

2023 TIDE Conservation Festival

The TIDE Conservation Festival 2023 is a 3-day event starting October 14-16 that features:
  • Day 1: Environmental Education Day
  • Day 2: TIDE Gala at Garbutts Marine
  • Day 3: Fish Festival
The theme for the 2023 TIDE Conservation Festival is "Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution."
Suitable for:
What to bring?
  • Family
  • Sunblock
  • Cash
Outline of Event
Start Time
10/14/202310:00 AMEnvironmental Education DayFull Day
10/15/20237:00 PMTIDE Gala5 Hours (until 12 AM)
10/16/20236:00 AMFish FestivalFull Day
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Location Information
Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda, Belize
Is Transportation provided?:
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
1. Private Vehicle
2. Aircraft
3. Rentals/Charters/Shuttles
4. Public Transportation (Buses)
5. Taxi

To book a rental/charter/shuttle, Belizing.com has a wide selection for you to choose from. See the options here:
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Whats Nearby
The Garifuna culture is infectious! Visit Punta Gorda, Toledo District, and let the WARASA Garifuna Drum School seal that bond with the ultimate platform to learn all about the vibrant ... moretraditions and tasty cuisines! Activities include drumming lessons, drum-making, dancing lessons, cooking lessons, and a traditional culture show.

The WARASA Garifuna Drum School is a great way to learn about the Garifuna culture and experience the vibrant energy of this unique people.
Type of Attraction:
Punta Gorda Town, locally known as "P.G.," is the capital of the Toledo District on the southern coast of Belize. Its tranquil atmosphere is perfect to enjoy the beautiful flora and ... morefauna of nature reserves and national parks. Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and fishing. To add a bit of excitement you can sign up for cultural tours and experience the lifestyle of the indigenous Maya groups or Garifuna settlements.

Punta Gorda Town is also home to a rich cultural heritage. The town is home to a number of Maya and Garifuna villages, and visitors can learn about the traditional culture and customs of these people. There are also a number of museums and cultural centers in the town that showcase the history and culture of the area.

If you are looking for a beautiful and culturally rich destination in Belize, Punta Gorda Town is the perfect place to visit.
Type of Destination:
Phone Service, Restaurants, ATM services, Public Parks, Market
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Destinations/Attractions Nearby
Tours & Shuttles
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Departs From:
Punta Gorda
If you want a feel-good tour - then this combination is the one for you! Start the day by traveling to the Maya village of San Pedro Columbia, where you will work with a small, volunteer-based, ... morecommunity group, who have been replanting trees along the Columbia River since Hurricane Iris caused devastation to the riverbanks in 2001. Meet group members, visit the tree nursery, and plants trees of your own to help the community's efforts.

Next, visit the village of Medina Bank, where you can relax with a river tubing tour in the jungle, during which your guide will point out the different native flora and fauna that you see. Proceeds from the tour in Medina Bank go to a community fund, which helps to support the village school and other community needs.
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Departs From:
Punta Gorda
This early morning, half day tour takes you from ridge to reef within a short distance and time, soaking up the best that Toledo has to offer, and is perfect for the active adventurer ... moreand avid birder!

Starting at 6 am, this tour will take you hiking up Cerro Hill, just five minutes from Punta Gorda Town. As you journey up the trail, your guide will point out the local flora and fauna that you pass, and of course, the many diverse birds found in this area. Upon reaching the summit, enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of Punta Gorda Town below and the Caribbean Sea stretching into the distance.

After your hike, stop for breakfast in a local café in PG, before enjoying a leisurely kayak on Joe Taylor Creek, a slow-flowing creek surrounded by mangroves and wildlife. Your guide will share their knowledge of the ecosystem and local conservation efforts, as you paddle upstream into dense mangroves, or downstream into the ocean.
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See spectacular wildlife and quaint coastal villages on this fun-filled tour. Traveling by boat from Punta Gorda, you will pass through the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, a beautiful ... morereserve dotted with mangrove cayes and home to manatees and dolphins until you reach Monkey River Village, a small fishing village at the mouth of the river. Continuing up the river, you can see a variety of wildlife, including exotic birds, iguanas, and crocodiles. When you reach the Howler Monkey Trail, you will walk through the trees and your guide will locate the resident monkey population.

Traveling back down the coastline, stop at the village of Punta Negra, a tiny community only accessible by boat. The ladies of the village will prepare a fresh seafood lunch, then you will learn how to make Miss Paula’s fresh coconut fudge. You will also have time to enjoy the quiet beach and take a swim in the Caribbean Sea.
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Departs From:
Punta Gorda
The Toledo District is the most culturally diverse region in Belize, and we invite you on this full-day immersion tour to experience the Creole, East Indian, Maya, and Garifuna cultures. ... moreLearn about East Indian flavors, how to grind corn like the Maya, how the Creole community uses the resources nature provides, and how the Garifuna rhythms get you dancing in your seat. Along the way, you will sample traditional foods and drinks that will leave your belly full until night!
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Departs From:
Punta Gorda
Enjoy a super fun day in the beautiful Maya village of San Pedro Columbia in the lush green Toledo district. Immerse yourself into the world of chocolate, walk the organic farm/forest, ... morepick fresh cacao from the trees, eat it straight from the pod and learn about harvesting, fermenting and making the traditional way (plus lots of sampling). After a delicious traditional lunch, we explore the Lubaantun Maya ruins and learn about the mysteries surrounding the Maya civilization, and the crystal skull. From old to new, we move to the Earthship, a modern day temple, Belize's largest recycling project, a temple made totally of trash, displaying recycling and off-grid living at its finest!!
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Departs From:
The Farm On this tour, you will take a one-hour hike at our farm. While you are there you will see where cacao trees flourish, and you will get your mind blown away with genuine facts ... moreabout cacao. You will get to see varieties, more than just cacao trees. In a diverse jungle, plants, and animals, we will show you our medicinal plants and our vegetable garden. We then complete the tour by making our own fresh sugar Cane juice... Yum!

For this tour you will need:

Insect repellant · Sunscreen · Hiking boots · Outdoor clothing such as; long pants, long sleeve shirt, and/or a hat. · Water bottle (we will provide refills) · Camera and Binoculars for unexpected Birds or Monkey Surprises!

The Chocolate-Making Session

Back to the chocolate facility, here you will be greeted by the exotic aroma of chocolate heaven. As you make your way to chocolate heaven, where a table awaits you, to indulge in a hot cup of hot chocolate, sample some of our naturally flavored chocolate and make your own chocolate using our stone tools.

The Chocolate Lunch

Immediately after making your chocolate, we take a look at our processing facility and our gift shop. After which lunch is served by the one and only Chocolate Queen, “Abelina Cho”. For an unforgettable, Maya cuisine. Like everyone says” sauce is boss”, if you have heard of the Chocolate Queen then you’ve heard of the CHOCOLATE CHICKEN! Yes, that’s right IXCACAO is the home of the original chocolate chicken made with our very own dark chocolate. This lunch will give you the energy of a lifetime.
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