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Hopkins Village


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Just eight miles south of Dangriga, minutes off the Southern highway, is the quaint and quiet fishing village of Hopkins. The road trip in will give you a great chance to spot the regal jabiru stork and other interesting birds that frequent the marshy landscape surrounding the village.

Spread across nearly five miles of a sandy, palm-strewn inlet, Hopkins is home to about a thousand Garifuna fishing and farming families. Time moves like a turtle; the men of the village fish and carve canoes while the women can be found weaving baskets and singing together. The Garifuna language is also widely spoken throughout the village.


Getting Here & Around

By Vehicle
From Belize City, drive 52 miles to Belmopan via Western Highway, continuing past the monument in Belmopan and travel south along the well-marked highway for 56 mile cutoff which conncect the Hummingbird Highway with the Southern Highway, turn right. About 15 miles later you will see a turn off for Hopkins Village. Turn left, and four miles later you will be at the village crossroads. From there you can turn north to the left or south to the right.

By Bus
Take the bus from Belize City to Dangriga. This takes about 2 ˝ - 3 hours. In Dangriga change buses again, and get on the Hopkins bus. One bus leaves at 12 and the other leaves at 5 pm.

Getting Around
Hopkins is nearly five miles long so it is most convenient to get around on foot or bicycle. Its close proximity to the sea also makes it a nice place to relax or take an evening seaside stroll. By walking, you also get a chance to interact with the locals and experience a different side of Hopkins.


Money Matters & Services Provided

Banks
There are no banks in Hopkins, however, banking transactions can be done in nearby Dangriga Town, so be sure to take along enough money for the time you plan to stay in Hopkins. Click here for banking locations and information.

Internet
There are several Internet Cafés throughout the village. Find out which one is closest to you.

Laundry
Paula’s Laundry is located across the street from Tipple Tree Beya.

Stores & Shops
Numerous small stores and shops are scattered throughout the village. Whatever is not available in Hopkins can be bought in Dangriga.

Culture House Gift Shop, Kulcha Gift Shop and Tribal Arts all sell locally made handicrafts made from coconut, bamboo, wood, and textiles. Culture House Gift Shop is known for its specially made herbal drink for men.

Being a fishing village, there is no shortage of seafood.

Restaurants
Hopkins Village has a small number of restaurants for you to satisfy your taste buds. As a predominantly Garifuna village, most of them feature a Garifuna dish as the Special of the Day, so be sure to ask.


Things to Do

Relax: Bask on the sandy beaches of Hopkins and enjoy the slow pace of life in this village.

Visit to local craftsmen: Eager to showcase their handicrafts, these artisans will let you experience the rich history behind each piece they create.

Marine Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, sailing, and fishing can be done in the nearby Caribbean Sea.

Windsurfing/Kayaking: Many opportunities exist for participating in these activities.

Hiking: Can be arranged with local tour guides.

Birding: The jabiru stork and other interesting birds frequent the marshy landscape surrounding the village.


Attractions

Check out the interactive map for a complete list of area attractions.

Lebeha Drumming Center: Comes alive on weekends with the rhythmic vibrations emanating from the Garifuna drums. In an effort to pass on traditions and customs for future generation, the children are the ones who beat the drum.

Garifuna Settlement Day: Celebrated on the 19th of November each year, the town bursts into color and life as Belizeans from around the country and the world meet to celebrate the reenactment of the historic Garifuna arrival to Belizean shores in 1832.


Accommodations

Click here to find Belize Explorer accommodations in Hopkins village. It will open in a new window.

Hopkins Village Local Flavor

With about 9,000 residents, there is no shortage of local flavor in Dangriga. This section continues to grow, and as you meet folks, drop us a line so that we can include them too!

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