Hopkins Village: The Caye You Can Drive To

by Madeleine Guerra
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Turn the windows down, get the road trip playlist going, and enjoy the gorgeous route. By taking a trip to Hopkins village, you get a taste of the island vibes, without even crossing the sea. If you’re craving a road trip, then this destination is perfect for you! Packed with national parks in close proximity, scenic mountain views the entire route, pristine views of the Caribbean sea, rich in culture, and an abundance of wildlife, a trip to Hopkins Village is nothing short of iconic. And for a post COVID-19 world, where open space and fresh air is the place to be, this trip has got you covered! Not to mention, road trips are becoming increasingly popular during COVID, as people opt out of public transportation. Here’s Hopkins Village, often described as “the caye you can drive to.” 

“The coast with the most”

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An aerial of Hopkins Bay, beachside. Photo courtesy Muy’Ono Resorts

Located in the southern district of Stann Creek, Hopkins Village sits between the pristine Caribbean sea and the Maya Mountains of Belize, making it the best of both worlds. Often considered to be the home of the Garifuna, Hopkins is rich in culture and history. The best part is, you’ll be greeted by smiles and welcomed with open arms during your visit. Here you get the beach vibes without even being on an island.   

What to do!

Fruit vendors in the village. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Due to its location, Hopkins is basically a launching pad for adventure. We’ve rounded up 3 things you have to add to your to-do list while you’re there:  

Immerse yourself in Garifuna culture
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Lebeha Drumming Center. Photo by Hopkins Uncut

Recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, experiencing the Garifuna way of life is an experience that will last a lifetime. Take a walk into the village or book a cultural tour because this is an experience you don’t want to miss while in Belize.  

Embark on a Jungle Adventure
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Tap into your eco-warrior in Belize with plenty of adrenaline-packed adventures. Photo © Duarte Dellarole

Outdoor enthusiasts, this one is for you. Twenty minutes away from Hopkins Village lies Bocawina National Park. Here, you can do it all: hike along the nature trails, bird watch, take on the longest zip-line course in Belize, or rappel down waterfalls. Whatever it is you choose, you’ll be sure to be impressed by the grandeur of nature.    

Take a dip in the Caribbean Sea
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Still waters at Hamanasi Resort. Photo courtesy Hamanasi guest Emily Kaszton

Known to be a fishing village, Hopkins is the hub of sea adventure on the mainland. What’s more, the Barrier Reef is less than an hour away so you can experience 185 miles of exotic coral formations and swim with nurse sharks and other majestic sea creatures.  

Find a Gold Standard resort in Hopkins here. Feature photo courtesy of Hamanasi Resort guest Tyler Bates. 

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