If you’re a sophisticated traveler whose adventures include checking out beaches throughout the globe, you know that white, light-colored, pink, red, orange, green, and even black beaches exist. Importantly, all beaches are distinct and when it comes to finding the one that’s easiest to reach, you would have a hard time finding one that’s more ideal than the oceanfront at Hopkins Village Belize where access to the Belize Barrier Reef may be at the top of your list of things to see and explore.
Come for the beach; stay for the culture
Once Belize’s liveliest fishing hub, Hopkins takes pride in being an epicenter of Garifuna culture. This proud ethnic populace descends from African and Caribbean roots and the people who maintain the lifestyle and traditions are generous when it comes to sharing their legacies of food, dance, and music.
The most popular activity—even for visitors who had no intention of learning to beat one—is learning how to drum under the tutelage of a Hopkins musician. Stick around long enough and even shy people find themselves on the dance floor or singing aloud to a particularly catchy tune, so don’t be surprised if you find that you’re more gregarious than you imagined when the urge to let loose is primal.
Adventure seekers welcomed
While known for a softer, mellower vibe when compared to larger villages on the Placencia peninsula, Hopkins may be quiet and laid-back but access to adventures brings tourists back repeatedly. Among attractions in the vicinity are the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, river tubing expeditions, jungle treks, zip-lining, St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, and Mayflower Bocawina National Park, and other exciting destinations.
Adventures don’t always have to include thrill-seeking activities. Hopkins is a great place to stay if you’re interested in Maya culture since Nim Li Punit and Lubantuun Maya Ruins are all nearby. If you’re interested in herbal healing practices, locals pride themselves on their understanding of plant-based medicinal remedies and healing, so check them out during your stay if you want to learn more.
The place to stay for myriad reasons
Access to everything needn’t be a time-wasting, frustrating experience if you choose to stay at Belizean Dreams Resort in Hopkins. Belize all-inclusive packages include lovely digs, onsite dining plus recreational activities in addition to your package tours. There’s even a spa onsite if you overdo it during strenuous outings on your itinerary.
In addition to adventure, beaches, and culture, plenty of tourists repeatedly return to this Stann Creek District village simply because the people are so welcoming and helpful. It’s the reason Hopkins was named “The Friendliest Village in Belize,” and you don’t have to take other people’s word for that. Come for a visit and those ABCs will compel you to add an F to this alphabet once you spend time among these amazing people!