Indulge in the Caribbean’s Favorite Fruit this Weekend at Hopkins Mango Fest

by Khaila Gentle

What could be more refreshing than sipping on an ice-cold drink on a hot summer’s day? Well, for many in the Caribbean, biting into a sweet, juicy mango comes pretty close. It’s summer in the tropics, and that means that the beauty of the Caribbean region’s all-time favorite fruit is on full display. This mango season, head south to the small Garifuna village of Hopkins in Belize to indulge in a big way. The 2023 Hopkins Mango Street Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday, June 10th and 11th.

Mango Season is Calling

If you’ve ever found yourself lucky enough to be in Belize during the mango season, you might have noticed that the enjoyment of this delectable fruit is practically ingrained in the culture. It’s hard to go more than a few minutes without spotting a mango tree so laden with fruit that they’re falling off the branches.

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The season brings with it picture-perfect displays of some of the joys of Caribbean life – watching as young school children sneakily throw stones at their neighbor’s tree in an effort to score a sweet, sweet prize; stopping on the side of the road to purchase mangos of all sizes from village vendors; discussing which variety reigns supreme (there are 33 in total). It’s safe to say that, in the summer, mango rules the Caribbean. And as such, it comes as no surprise that Belize has an entire festival dedicated to it.

Hopkins Mango Fest 2023

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Celebrate all the sticky, sweet (and sour) goodness of mangoes this weekend in Hopkins. This small village set on the coast of Belize’s Stann Creek District is one of several communities that the country’s Garinagu (Garifuna people) call home. And it’s also home to the ever-anticipated Mango Fest.

Get to sample mangoes in all their forms, including jams, jellies, and even hot sauces. Stroll down the street and beaches of Hopkins admiring the alluring charm of this dreamy Afro-Caribbean village. Culinary experiences, musical performances, games, prizes, and even surprises await. Plus, a Saturday after-party at the iconic Ella’s Cool Spot is sure to make for a perfect end to the day before enjoying it all over again on Sunday.

Where to Stay for Belize’s Mango Festival

A true cultural destination, Hopkins Village is also home to some of the most stunning resorts in Belize. Enjoy mango fest in its entirety without worrying about where to stay:

Hopkins Bay is a Muy’Ono Resort set on the north end of the village. With the beach literally steps away, two pools, the Rhum Shack bar, and the choice of 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom accommodations, it’s a choice stay for all ages.

An aerial of the northern part of Hopkins. Photo by Hopkins Bay, A Muy'Ono Resort in Belize
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Hopkins Bay

On the southern side of the village, Hamanasi sits nestled between sand and sea and coastal forest. This regenerative resort is leading the way in green travel and offers an escape that can be equal parts adventureand romance.

Photos courtesy of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort
Hamanasi Resort in Hopkins, Belize. Photo courtesy of property.

All-inclusive done the right way, Belizean Dreams Resort is fit for every kind of traveler. Boasting “casual elegance surrounded by adventure” this Hopkins resort has only nine villas, making it an intimate escape.

Photo by Belizean Dreams Resort
Photo by Belizean Dreams Resort
Photo by Belizean Dreams Resort

Where stunning sunrises and luxurious accommodations combine, Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef is a chic beachfront escape. As dreamy as it is serene, this Belize Collection resort has everything from unique dining experiences to cultural tours.

Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef. Photos courtesy The Belize Collection
Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef. Photo by the Belize Collection

When you’re done dreaming of mangoes, be sure to book your stay for this weekend. Then, keep up to date with all Mango Fest happenings on the official Hopkins Mango Fest Facebook page.

Featured Photo by Kaysha on Unsplash

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