The Ultimate Hopkins Travel Guide  – Part 2

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Welcome to part two of the ultimate Hopkins travel guide. In part one, you learned a bit about how to get to Hopkins, the culture, and where to stay. We’ll move on to finding good eats and activities for everyone. We’ll also give you some pro tips on how to make the most of your Hopkins vacation.

Local Eats

Ella’s Cool Spot

Ella’s Cool Spot has earned its place as one of Hopkins’ top-ranking restaurants. The two-story restaurant and bar gives you the choice between hanging out around the bar on the beach or people-watching on the upper deck. A hit with locals and tourists, Ella’s Cool Spot serves classic Caribbean dishes like ceviche and jerk barbeque chicken. Ella’s Cool Spot also serves Garifuna dishes like sere and hudut for the more adventurous foodies. Sere and hudut are traditional Garifuna cuisine typically served together. Sere is a fish stew with a coconut-based broth served with hudut which is mashed green plantain. The combination makes for one of the most try-worthy dishes you can find in Hopkins, and really, all of Belize.

Driftwood Beach Bar & Pizza Shack

We’re sure you didn’t come to Belize for pizza, but we’ll still take a moment to rave about one of the best pizza spots in Hopkins. Have lunch or dinner directly on the beach and have a familiar food served with a local twist. Driftwood also has live music on Tuesday and Thursday nights and live cultural drumming on Saturday nights. This is a great option for families and groups looking for options everyone will enjoy.

Queen Bean

Visit Queen Bean for the perfect Belizean breakfast. Queen Bean is less of a formal restaurant and mostly picnic benches on the beach. Known for her hospitality, the chef is the owner of this quaint laid-back location. Here you can try the Belizean breakfast of our dreams: scrambled eggs, bacon, refried beans, and fried jack. It would be a huge miss to visit Hopkins and not have fried jack, which is deep-fried dough shaped into triangles with the perfect puff. Queen Bean also serves lunch and dinner and a delightful rum punch.

Chef Rob’s Gourmet Café

As the name suggests, Chef Rob’s is a more upscale option for a night out. Chef Rob changes his menu on a daily basis based on the freshest local ingredients he sources that day. The most recommended experience here is the Chef’s Table where Chef Rob prepares a 7-course meal for the diners. The entire menu is a complete surprise, but you can expect lobster, conch, lamb, and other red meats to make an appearance. Chef’s Table typically requires a six-person minimum to book, but solo travelers can book on Friday nights with other guests.

Activities

At Seiri Del Mar, you can easily book tours through the licensed tour operator Embrace! Belize. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between jungle and ocean. Hopkins makes for the perfect starting point to explore the coast and go spelunking inland.

Snorkeling

An excellent option for beginners and experienced swimmers, snorkeling along the world’s second-largest barrier reef is an opportunity any visitor would want to grab at. An experienced guide will take you to one of Belize’s many marine reserves teeming with wildlife and intricate coral formations. Snorkelers are guaranteed to see several species of fish, including bright parrot fish, blue tang, angel fish, and huge groupers, to name only a few. Because these areas are protected from fishing, you’ll see fish of all sizes and species. Your guide will point these fish out to you so there’s no chance of missing them. Visitors can also choose to swim with docile nurse sharks, sting rays, and sea turtles. The only rule is to keep your hands to yourselves as we strive to keep our wildlife wild. Break out the underwater camera gear for these once-in-a-lifetime shots.

Ancient Maya Temples

Ever wondered about the ancient Maya civilization? Explore the revered temples left behind by visiting one of these archaeological sites. Xunantunich is a popular choice amongst visitors because of the stunning stelae carved into the temple walls. The largest Maya temple in Belize is Caracol which lies along the protected Chiquibul Forest. The drive to Caracol is longer, but scenic, and part of what makes the journey worth it. Caracol offers impressive views and you’ll definitely see and hear howler monkeys during this visit.

Maya Chocolate Class

Cacao is native to Belize and an important part of Maya history. It’s also the main ingredient of chocolate! Maya Center Village is a short drive from Hopkins and home to a cacao farm where you can see chocolate in its purest form: the cacao bean. Not only will you get to see how cacao grows, but you’ll also try your hand at making your own chocolate by grinding the beans in a mortar and pestle. Ever thought you’d make your own chocolate from scratch? In Belize you can. This tour is usually combined with another tour such as river-tubing or ziplining.

Complimentary Activities at Seiri Del Mar

Enjoy activities that involve sun, sea, and sand without even having to leave the resort. With a complimentary paddle board, you can quietly paddle along the coast and take in the sights of the Caribbean Sea. Or hop on a complimentary bicycle to visit the village and go souvenir shopping. Better yet, take relaxation to the ultimate level by soaking in the sun while taking a dip in one of the many onsite pools.

Packages

Leap into relaxation and adventure this year by booking a package offered by Seiri Del Mar. The “Best of Hopkins Village” package is curated by our experts to ensure you experience the village and culture to the fullest. Seiri Del Mar has also designed a Family Package just for families, and an Adventure Package for adrenaline seekers. Make the most of your trip by booking a package tailored to your needs and start planning your 2024 Belize vacation. We can’t wait to welcome you to Hopkins.

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