The Ultimate Hopkins Travel Guide  – Part 1

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A small fishing village on the southern coast of Belize is arguably one of the country’s most underrated destinations. Whether you’re still eyeing room rates or already have your tickets booked, here’s the ultimate guide to Hopkins that will secure its place on your bucket list. The best part is that your Belize vacation is fully customizable whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure, a relaxing hammock on the beach, or a memorable family trip in the Caribbean.

Getting Here

Belize is a short flight from North America with direct flights offered by several airlines, making it an ideal travel destination. Hopkins is a two-hour drive from the Belize International Airport. Visitors can book a shuttle, rent a car, or take a taxi to access Hopkins by road. Alternatively, visitors can fly into Dangriga, the closest major town, via two local airlines, Maya Island Air and Tropic Air. The domestic flight is about 15 minutes long, and the drive from the local terminal to Hopkins is about 20 minutes.

Hopkins Village

Hopkins is best known for being a vibrant hub of culture and authenticity. The village is home to the Garifuna people whose culture is a celebration of drumming, dancing, and traditional seafood. With a small population of about 2,000 residents, Hopkins is friendly and welcoming to all visitors. Mayan villages are also located in Southern Belize. Expect to find activities and dishes heavily influenced by both cultures. The people and the culture are a huge highlight of visiting Hopkins.

Hopkins can be explored two ways: by pavement or by beach. Exploring the village by foot is easy, and you’ll probably find yourself taking both paths. Within the village, you’ll come across craft stores and local restaurants and bars. These aren’t your average souvenir stores – expect to see bright paintings on canvas and meticulously carved art pieces. Leave a little room in your luggage if you hope to take a piece of paradise home.

But visiting Hopkins means visiting Belize’s best beaches. The sand here is golden, the air is salty, and the sea is several shades of blue. Spend an afternoon kayaking on the calm sea or laying on the beach perfecting your tan. The choice is yours: while away the hours under the sun or book an excursion to explore the sea surrounding you.

Where to Stay

Seiri Del Mar Luxury Resort offers accommodations for every type of traveller looking to enjoy the best Hopkins has to offer. The beachfront villas offer stunning views of the Caribbean Sea just steps away. Slip into a peaceful sleep to the sounds of the waves gently meeting the beach and wake up to a stunning sunrise across Hopkins’ golden beaches.

Couples can opt for a dreamy one-bedroom villa with an open layout of the kitchen and living area. Sip a morning coffee on the private balcony while getting ready for the adventures of the day. Families and groups can choose between the two-bedroom and three-bedroom villas, spacious with access to the private pool and offering stunning views. All villas have fully equipped kitchens and dining areas to whip up a hearty breakfast for the kids or try your hand at a recipe with fresh local ingredients.

Let Seiri Del Mar be your home base whether you choose to explore the Belizean jungle, swim laps in the resort pool, or take a paddleboard out to sea.

More to Offer

Belize offers the beautiful duality of reef and rainforest, one stop to explore both jungle and sea. Boasting the world’s second-largest barrier reef, ancient Mayan temples, and the world’s only jaguar preserve, Hopkins is just one example of Belize’s many hidden gems. Stay tuned to learn about Hopkins’ best food spots and activities for everyone in part two of our ultimate Hopkins travel guide.