What to Do in Hopkins, Belize 

by Reyann Garcia

Over the years, this charming and cultural beachside village of Hopkins has been a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. It is not a surprise since it has so much to offer: culture, delicious food, friendly locals, some of the best resorts, and extremely fun tours. So, if you’re planning a trip to Belize make sure to include Hopkins as one of your places to visit (even if it’s just for one day). Here is a list of things you can do at Hopkins. 


Hopkins is located on the southern coast of Belize in the Stann Creek district. It’s about a 3-hour drive from Belize City; it can be accessed by bus, plane, or your own private car.  


Things to do in Hopkins 

Learn about the Garifunas 

The Garifuna culture is especially evident in this part of Belize and the people here are always willing to share their culture and help you understand them. You can take a Garifuna drumming class or a cooking class, which can be booked through your hotel. 

Visit Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve 

For the adventurer in you, this is the perfect place for you to really experience the wildlife in the Belize Jungle! You’ll find various species of birds, animals, soothing waterfalls, and scenic hills.  

Visit Bocawina National Park 

Here you can try out a number of tours – ziplining through the jungle at over 4 different levels, cave tubing, hiking, waterfall rappelling, blackhole drop, etc. are all extreme adventure tours you can experience here.  

Whale Shark Sighting 

You can take a boat from Hopkins to Gladden Split during the months of March-June. Around this time, you can find these “gentle giants” (whale sharks) that you can see up close and personal – a once in a lifetime experience. 

Take a Bioluminescence Tour 

A boat leaves from Hopkins and heads out to Sittee River where you can partake in a bioluminescence tour at night. This tour allows you to see the mesmerizing blue glow throughout the water, along with many fishes and jellyfish. 

Where to stay in Hopkins? 

Here are some recommendations on resorts to stay: 

  1. The Lodge at Jaguar Reef 
  2. Hopkins Bay Belize 
  3. Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort 
  4. Thatch Caye Resort 
  5. Almond Beach Resort 

Written by Reyann Garcia

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