Hopkins was voted the Friendliest Village in Belize by Belize First Magazine and is the #1 Cultural Destination throughout the country of Belize. Hopkins is home to the beautiful Garifuna community with a population of approximately 1,500 friendly locals. The Garinagu people originally settled on the southern coast in Belize in the early 19th century.
The epic story of the Garinagu begins in the early 1600’s on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. In 1935, two Spanish colonial ships carrying Nigerian slaves floundered and sank off the coast of St. Vincent. The slaves that survived and swam ashore found shelter in the existing Carib/Indian settlements. Over the next century and a half, the two peoples intermixed, intermarried, eventually fused to create the Black Caribs, otherwise known as the Garinagus. In Belize, November 19th is a national holiday celebrating Garifuna Settlement Day – when the first Garinagu’s arrived to Belize by dory (dug-out canoe) after exile from St. Vincent.
Most Hopkins residents speak fluent English, as well as their native tongue (a mixture of Arawak, African, French, English, and Spanish). While many people travel to Belize in search of crystal clear waters and our untouched rainforest, the chance to experience Belize’s Afro-Caribbean culture provides for a life changing vacation. A quaint and undeveloped fishing village, it is the smiling faces and picturesque scenery that will make your trip to Belize one to remember. People who travel to Hopkins often rave about the friendly locals who welcome people from all walks of life and enjoy sharing their history and local customs through dancing, singing, drumming, and food!
If you are searching for an authentic cultural experience, then visit Hopkins Village in style with us at Belizean Dreams Resort.
Turn up the volume and enjoy the music of local artist, Clayton Williams, featuring the beautiful people of Hopkins: