Hopkins Travel Guide

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Hopkins Highlights

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     Very laid back, Manatees swim off-shore, Friendly 

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     Sand flies 

  • In a nutshell
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     Relaxing 

Hopkins Things to Do

  • Just be Aware of your Surroundings

    It was great to sit on the beach observing the natural flow of life on this section of coastline. Most impressive were the numerous Magnificent Frigate Birds effortlessly gliding up and down the beach on their massive 6-foot (tip-to-tip) wings. With these large pointed wings and a forked tail for added manoueverability, these birds specialize in...

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  • A One-Street Village

    We drove and walked up and down quite a large part of Hopkins during our stay in the village. Other than a small section of two parallel streets where the spur off the Hummingbird Highway enters the village, it is basically one long street that stretches for miles along the coast here.It was interesting to observe the lives and houses of the locals...

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  • Getting There is Half the Fun!

    After lunch in the capital city of Belmopan, we began our trip to Hopkins by pulling out onto the Hummingbird Highway for the 55 mile drive southeast, even though we still had not arranged any accommodations there. Now this is a scenic route, the lush green tropical growth immediately being much more appealing than the dry forest we had experienced...

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  • A Side-trip to Dangriga

    One day, we back-tracked a bit for the 20-mile drive north to the town of Dangriga, population 11,000. This predominantly Garinagu (or "Garifuna" as they are commonly known) community is home for a large population descending from intended West African slaves who were shipwrecked on the West Indian island of St. Vincent in 1635 and then mixed with...

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  • Manatees Swim Here!

    Although the beach at our Whistling Seas Vacation Inn had not been swept clear of debris washed from the Caribbean Sea and the seating arrangements were a trifle rudimentary, we all immediately liked the overall ambiance of the seaside in Hopkins. With beautiful coconut palms lining the shore, Frigate birds majestically patrolling overhead and...

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  • Children 3

    Sam had an awesome time judging by the colour of her clothes and body at the end of the day. I don’t think I have ever seen her so dirty.

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Hopkins Restaurants

  • Hamanasi Resort

    Hamanasi is one of the two big resorts near Hopkins. It is beautiful but very removed from the local community. It seemed like most of the people staying there were unaware that the Setlement day festival was coing on near by. The food here was excellent and at least slightly inspired by local fare but it was basically American fare.

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  • Fine Dining Beach-side

    A variety of options await you when dining at the resort restaurant (and no, you do not have to be a guest to eat here... just walk up the beach and grab a table). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served everyday. Dinner is either a 3-course fixed fare (usually around US$30 a person), or you can order off the menu. While it is not reasonable,...

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  • The Best food in Hopkins Belize

    Innies Restaurant has great food. It is a great place to eat, the people there are friendly and they go out of there way to make you feel at home.At innies you can eat the Best in Garfuna Food and other local Belizean and Caribbean food. Hudut, This is a must try Garifuna dish. It a gives you a taste of culture. It is made from organic ingredients...

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  • Appearances Can be Deceptive!

    We were down to our final night in Hopkins, after a day enjoying swimming and watching the Manatees off-shore, as well as a day-trip to Dangriga. While on the beach, we asked one of the long-time visitors what they would recommend for an evening meal spot. The answer was just down the street from us - check out the Watering Hole Restaurant,...

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  • Breakfast Local-style

    The morning after our Pizza experience, and following a rooster crowing at 5 AM along with the persistant shrill calls of a Boat-Tailed Grackle in the palm tree outside our hut (counter-balanced by the lapping sound of the waves) we were up by 7:30 AM ready to tackle the world again. We decided that it was time to give our hosts a chance to see...

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  • Pizza Anyone?

    On our first night in town, the couple accompanying us had spotted a street sign extolling the virtues of an oven-baked pizza joint. It was something they craved, so we all agreed to have a look for this place. After initially setting out on foot, clerks at the supermarket in mid-village told us the restaurant was still a long way north, so we...

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Hopkins Transportation

  • Nothing Like Rental Car Freedom!

    About 2 months before our arrival in Belize, I checked around for rental availability at the International airport. Even then, available choices of a small-sized 4WD vehicle were few, but I managed to book a small unlimited mileage Geo Tracker-type vehicle from Thrifty Car Rentals for a hefty 3-day price of US$281, taxes included.After our first...

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  • Bus

    We had an hour to wait and then did a mad dash for the bus, there were so many people but we managed to get seats. There is no space under the bus to put bags so we had to take then on with us and there is a space at the back of the bus to stash them. The bus was very basic, no aircon, plastic seats and crowded and it is quite a bone jarring ride,...

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  • Bus

    You can stand anywhere along the road in Hopkins and the bus to Placencia will stop for you (just wave your arms around and the driver gets the message if the pack on your back isn’t and obvious sign). The scenery as you leave Hopkins is beautiful and then you get to the Sittee River whose banks are lush jungle. The road is dirt and because of the...

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Hopkins Shopping

  • They Say 'Location' is Everything!

    It was not even a half-hour after we had checked into our Whistling Seas accommodations that Norm and I realized we had fallen into the lap of luxury. Located next door, was the Dong Lee Supermarket, a place that we could tell had learned their lessons well. Never mind having the Belikin beers in their refrigerated section, they simply kept them in...

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  • Amazing Carvings in Hopkins

    This was a small shop on the ocean just up the beach from Jaguar Reef. The owner and his wife were very friendly and they had some amazing work for sale. Gearge (the owner) made us a small wooden gecko in a couple days and each day we would stop by and see how it progressed. He is a very good craftsman and the prices are very low for the effort put...

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Hopkins Local Customs

  • Citrus Growers Paradise

    After travelling just over half-way along the Hummingbird Highway toward the east coast, it became evident that this Stann Creek District part of the country was home to numerous large citrus groves. Along both sides of the highway, orange (mostly) and grapefruit trees stretched off into the distance, partially climbing the slopes of the nearby...

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  • Still not Overly Developed

    Someone described Hopkins as a place that is "halfway between Paradise and poverty", and it is not a bad observation. For the most part, this is still a quiet back-water with most of the infrastructure owned by the locals and, perhaps, not receiving the full amount of maintenance attention that it should. Things at the Whistling Seas were a bit...

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Hopkins Warnings and Dangers

  • Karaoke

    So we're laying there in bed, waiting for the ceiling fan to come back on, and we hear this noise... what the hell is that? After a while of speculating and listening we realised it was people doing karaoke to Kenny Rogers songs!!! This happened on more than one night, I'm not sure if it was at a bar or someone's house but it was really weird. Not...

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  • 'Washboard' Roads

    Overall, I was very impressed with the highways in Belize. However, in two cases we had to travel across gravel roads that were very rough from the 'washboard' effect of the various wheels that had rolled across them. Both of these cases occurred while we were traversing areas that are occassionally flooded, one near Crooked Tree and the other the...

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Hopkins What to Pack

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    Photo Equipment: Bring some Polaroid film and you will have a loyal following of kids. They were amazed to see the photos on a digital camera but the pictures they could keep made them really happy.

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Hopkins Off The Beaten Path

  • A slice of jungle on the side

    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...

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  • The George Estrada Family and their art

    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...

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Hopkins Sports & Outdoors

  • Hopkins Underwater Adventure: Diving...

    Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, behind Australia's Great Barrier Reef. It is home to a dizzying array of marine life, from corals to lobsters to nurse sharks. And Hopkins is one village where you can launch a visit to this underwater world. We chose to dive with Hopkins Underwater Adventures, and were wholly pleased...

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  • Zip-lining in Bocawina

    I had never been zip-lining before, and so we made it a point to try it out while in Belize. And from all the research, Bocawina Eco Adventures was the longest ride in the whole country. A 30-40 minute drive from Hopkins, the adventure company is located in the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest. And the zip-lining did not disappoint: 12 sequential...

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  • Scuba Diving around Hopkins

    Unfortunately, we didn't get to go, but from what I can gather, Hamanasi Resort is the biggest game in town when it comes to scuba diving. They were the only ones diving when we were there due to it being the off-season. We signed up for a dive, but they called us to cancel, saying that they didn't have enough people to make it worth going. But...

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Hopkins Favorites

  • Hopkins is Located HERE

    After spending some time on the off-shore islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Cay (at the top right part of the map), we wanted to experience what life was like along the mainland coast of Belize. Hopkins seemed to fit the bill nicely so, once we were finished with our tropical forest adventures in the area of capital city Belmopan (red star), we...

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  • Telephone Calling Card

    Since I don't bother with owning a cellular phone, I find that it is always handy to have a local phone card to avoid the hassles of having the correct change on hand should you need to make a call for some reason. Not knowing how often we would use the card, while on Caye Caulker, I bought the lowest denomination possible (BZ$5 or US$2.50) and, in...

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  • Have a drink

    How can you co to a beautiful sandy beach with gentle waves and lush palms without cutting open a coconut and enjoying a drink. One of these will give you far more than you can drink in one sitting and are said to have medicinal effects.

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