While many visitors to Hopkins don't get out this way, a visit to the nearby Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is a terrific way to leave the beach behind and explore the wild jungle, for a different view of Belize. It is about 30 minutes from the village. Check out my recommendations of things to do there and enjoy while you're taking a break from the sand and surf!
In a small house on stilts down the beach from Hopkins lives the Estrada family. Everyone in the family are amazing artists. George carves wooden sculptures that are a step or two beyond any I saw elsewhere. His most impressive works were made from driftwood mahogany that made its way from the inland jungle, down the settee river and washed up on the beach in front of his house.
George’s wife takes dried palm fronds and paints unique coral fish on them. With brilliant colors they are the perfect art to remember Belize. Their daughter, though still very young, paints impressionistic paintings tat give you the feel and the color of the jungles she grew up near.
You can get carried away, there is so much talent in the family that you'll be tempted to get alot.
They have so many wonderful things. Look around and see what strikes you. If you find the Estradas you will have a wonderful visit to Hopkins.