The Resort and Rooms, Hopkins Bay
The Garifuna culture makes up just 4% of the Belizean population, however the majority live in the Toledo and Stan Creek areas, along the coastline of mainland Belize. A mix of African and Arawak Indian cultures, the Garifuna language is a mixture of Arawak, African, French, English and Spanish and was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009, along with Garifuna music and dance. Many of the residents of Hopkins Village are happy to share the history of the Garifuna and their local customs, making Hopkins a rich cultural base for a Belize vacation.
Hopkins Bay is located on the outskirts of the village and comprises a collection of stand-alone beach houses in a horseshoe formation, meaning every villa has unobstructed vistas of the ocean. The resort has the amenities and services of a luxury hotel in an idyllic, casual Belize beachfront setting. Highlights include 2 infinity swimming pools, organised kids activities and games, the Rhum Shack Bistro, Drum Bar, bikes and kayaks.
Perched half way between Dangriga and Placencia, Hopkins has a relaxed fishing village vibe, with a sizeable Garifuna community and a dotting of small, upscale resorts and restaurants.
Getting to Hopkins is easy – a 15 minute light aircraft flights takes you to Dangriga and from there it’s a 45 minute journey by land taxi. We can take care of all travel arrangements and logistics, or for the more adventurous rent a car and explore the stunning Hummingbird Highway along the way.
The resort amenities include:
- Cable TV & Wifi Internet
- Swimming Pools
- Drumming Lesson
- Beachside BBQ Night
- Lush Gardens
- Bicycles and Kayaks
- Snack Shop
- Housekeeping & grounds keeping
- Onsite Management & security
- And for the kids, arranged, Limbo, Tug of War, Kite Flying, Buried Alive, Wheel Barrow, Beach Volleyball and Sand-Castle Building
The 1-Bedroom Beach Lofts are on the second floor of the beach houses with commanding views of the Caribbean Sea. These accommodations are well suited for couples that do not require the entire Caribbean Beach House. Amenities include, 1 master bedroom with king bed, flat screen televisions, air conditioning, coffee maker, minibar, in-room safe, hair dryer, robes and a private balcony.
The resort’s 2-bedroom beach houses offer 1300 sq ft of space and offer an open floor plan, with both private and group spaces. Perfect for a small family, 2 couples, or friends, these comfortable accommodations are both spacious and tastefully appointed. Amenities include 1 master bedroom with king bed, 1 guest bedroom with queen bed, air-conditioning, full gourmet kitchen (complete with refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave and coffee-maker), lounge area with flat screen television, private decks with ocean view, 2 full baths, vaulted ceilings, in-room safes, robes and local artwork.
The resort’s 3-bedroom beach houses offer over 2,500 sq ft of space and are a combination of the 2-bedroom beach houses and the 1-bedroom beach lofts, so are a great fit for families or groups of friends. Amenities include 2 master bedrooms with king bed, 1 guest bedroom with queen bed, air-conditioning, full gourmet kitchen (complete with refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave and coffee-maker), lounge area with flat screen television, beach level and 1st floor private decks with ocean views, 3 full baths, vaulted ceilings, in-room safes, robes and local artwork.
The on-site Drum Bar is located behind the tropical swimming pool and the drinks list is curated by the onsite mixologist. Don’t miss the ‘Garifuna Revenge’, a blend of spiced rums and fresh local juices.
The Rhum Shack Bistro offers an exquisite beachfront dining experience, located by the waters edge under a giant palapa roof. The menu comprises international and local dishes, using local meats, seafood, vegetables and seasonings – all harvested from the village and surrounding areas by Garifuna Fishermen and Maya Farmers. Don’t miss the traditional Garifuna dish, the seafood sere soup, with shrimp, lobster & fresh fish, served with coconut rice.
Within the village of Hopkins you will find international gourmet upscale offerings, along with some fun local establishments serving divine local cuisine. Here is AB’s pick of the best:
Chef Rob’s Love on the Rocks specialises in grilled hot stone cuisine, a tradition started by the ancient Maya’s in Belize, adapted for a modern international clientele. Head to Beaches & Dreams and enjoy the breeze from the dining deck, just 30 ft from the ocean. Chef Tony’s famous tasting menu features 6 courses of Caribbean gastronomic indulgence and has guests coming back time and time for more.
For something more authentic, head to Innie’s for the best local Belizean cuisine and some cultural Garifuna specialities. Chef Marva is known for her ability to provide guests with the unique taste of the Garifuna food and she is reputed to make the best Hudut and Bundiga in Hopkins.
The following rates are in US Dollars and are subject to 9% hotel tax and 8% service charge. Additional upgrade charges apply to direct Beachfront Units based on availability.
Normal seasonal rates as follows:
Regular: May 1st – December 20th, High: January 6th – April 30th, Peak: December 21st – January 5th
|1 Bedroom Beach Loft||2 Bedroom Beach House||3 Bedroom Beach House|
Did you know Hopkins Bay offers All-Inclusive Packages?
Adventure, locally inspired cuisine, and relaxation adjacent to the Caribbean Sea: elements, that when combined, allow you to experience Belize as the culturally unique and diverse destination it is!
All-Inclusive: Accommodations, Meals, Tours & Transfers
• 7 nights in accommodation of your choice
• Roundtrip air transfers from Belize’s International Airport to Dangriga’s airstrip
• Roundtrip land transfers from Dangriga’s airstrip to Hopkins Bay
• Daily breakfast, full or packed lunch and dinner at the Rhum Shack
• Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• 1 Full-day Monkey River Tour with a stop in Placencia
• 1 Half-day of Snorkeling at Southwater Caye
Per Person Rates:
|1 Bedroom Beach LoftMin. of 2 Persons||2 Bedroom Beach HouseMin. of 4 Persons||3 Bedroom Beach HouseMin of 6 Persons|
We cant wait to come back again! We spent 2 nights at Hopkins Bay Resort and they were 2 great ones! We happened to be there over the 4th of July, they had a great BBQ setup. The food was the best we had in Belize! Hopkins Bay Resort also has an amazing happy hour of Fridays, it is a must! We went kayaking and fishing one day, and the guides were great as well. For lunch we tried the $6usd pork tacos, which were very meaty and filling highly recommend. All employees were oh so helpful and seemed to really love their jobs at Hopkins Bay Belize. We cant wait to come back again!
A+++++++++++ experience When we got to our room my jaw dropped! The condo, or whatever it is considered, was HUGE and fit for royalty. We stayed in the two-bedroom condo within a matter of feet from the ocean. Immediately we opened up the sliding glass doors and the entire front of the condo was open air. We stayed here for 3 days and I can’t say that I could’ve spent the final days of my trip living any more comfortably. The air was perfect. The drinks at the beach bar were delicious (try the freshly cut down coconut drinks). We went kayaking, snorkeling, and ate some amazing food. A+++++++++++ experience. Everyone in Hopkins was extremely friendly and inviting. I could go on and on about this place. I’ve recommended this place to friends and now they are planning a trip down there. I will make sure to stay here whenever I come back to Belize.