What’s your vacation style? Are you the “see 10 cities in 10 days” traveler who has no qualms about pulling up stakes so you can move on to the next stop? Lots of travelers find this pace to be invigorating, but for the others, focusing on just one destination can produce dividends that can’t be enjoyed when moving at the speed of light.
One of the towns Belize visitors may miss is Hopkins, and for the people living in this area, that’s just fine with them! The Hopkins vibe is all about modified excitement, a respite from the hectic party atmosphere of destinations like Ambergris Caye and once tourists discover its charms, some of them take a pass on sojourning elsewhere.
Hopkins’ exciting history:
This colorful, vibrant beach town situated at the southern end of the Stann Creek District, has a history that’s reminiscent of an adventure novel. The earliest settlers were Nigerian refugees who were the victims of sinking slave ships. Finding refuge on the island of St. Vincent, they intermarried with the Carib Indian populace and were eventually exiled, adopting Belize as their new homeland. That’s where they reclaimed their original name Garinagu and became known as the Garifuna people.
How to reach Hopkins:
You’ll fly into Phillip Goldson International Airport (BZE) near Belize City, at which point your options are grabbing a commuter plane to Dangriga’s small airport, renting a car, or taking a shuttle from BZE to Hopkins. At Belizean Dreams, all inclusive packages include the cost and the logistics for the local flight to and from Phillip Goldson International Airport as well as the shuttle to and from the local airstrip in Dangriga to the resort on our arrival and depature days. After you book your international flights, simply send that info to the Belizean Dreams Reservation Team and they will take care of all the rest for you!
What to do once you’re there:
- Rent a bike and pedal around the village. Enjoy the absence of traffic; especially if you live in a large city.
- Take drumming lessons at the popular Lebeha Drumming School. No previous music training is needed.
- Get your fill of local Garifuna specialties like cassava bread, cere, and hudut. Take a cooking class while you’re at it. Consume at least one ice-cold Belikin beer.
- Shop for authentic gifts and finds at local boutiques. You’ll want to do all your holiday shopping once you see the beauty and variety of crafts on display.
- Flyfish, scuba dive, snorkel, tour all 7000 acres of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, rappel down waterfalls on hiking adventures, visit Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and paddle a canoe down a jungle river. Alternately, claim a hammock for the duration of your stay. Lie there long enough and you could spot 500+ species of birds overhead.
Stay where you play:
At Belizean Dreams Resort, you’ll be so close to all these delights, even if your only plan is to find that hammock, you’ll still see twice as much of Hopkins as travelers at other accommodations. All of the adventures on our list are part of the resort’s tour menu, so while you’re in that hammock, make a list of places you must see, hand it to your Belizean Dreams host, and leave the logistics, guides, transport, and itinerary to everyone else. It’s okay to share your secret once you return home!