Hopkins Bay Belize
What We Love
- The resort offers free breakfast
- The remote miles-from-anywhere setting on Belize’s central Caribbean coast
- Perfect for dive lovers — the second-longest barrier reef in the world is 20 minutes away
- Calming sea views from every beach house
- The onsite Rhum Shack serves a mix of spicy Caribbean fare and fresh seafood
- The spacious Two- and Three-Bedroom Beach Houses have full kitchens and private chefs serving up local specialities upon request
- Two on-site swimming pools & one pool bar
What To Know
- Although groups of friends and couples do stay at the resort, it tends to appeal the most to families
- The property, and Hopkins itself, is reached via four miles of bumpy dirt road
- Hopkins has no bank and only one ATM, and not all establishments in the village accept credit cards; it'd be best to take out cash upon arriving at the airport
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The bumpy dirt road that leads into Hopkins is an ideal introduction to this small, remote fishing village: a bone-rattling reminder that you’re swapping real-world troubles for a dose of the simple life. Just a few potholed streets lined with clapboard houses on stilts, curio shops and restaurants form the grid that is Hopkins. Now owned by the group behind Ka’ana, a hill resort (and Jetsetter favorite) in western Belize, Hopkins Bay Resort reflects the town’s beachy, laid-back vibe, but the style is far from rustic, encompassing a pool, beach bar, traditional Garifuna restaurant and dead-on Caribbean views.
Bed and Bath
Villas are large and airy triplexes with red tiled roofs, breezy balconies and large windows with calming views of the Caribbean Sea. Inside, the rooms have been gently renovated with a more contemporary pared-down look in neutral sand, oatmeal and deep blue. New design accents such as weathered oars on the living room walls, make a nod to Hopkins’s local fishing culture. All have high ceilings and whirring ceiling fans, plus such modern comforts as flat-screen TVs with satellite channels and DVD players, iPod docking stations and air conditioning, too.
The breezy Beach Side Restaurant offers all local fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood, from shrimp ceviche and grouper cakes to jerk chicken and guava glazed ribs. The charming staff is also quick to share their local recommendations, whatever your mood or budget. You can walk to a number of restaurants in Hopkins, try the beach bar The Drum or hop into the rented house car and head to the far end of the village, where there are a few big hotels with more varied menus. While Hopkins is small and miles from anywhere, there are plenty of activities nearby to keep adults and children busy, from Garifuna drumming lessons to water activities. At the top of your list should be a trip to the barrier reef that runs the length of Belize and right past this tiny, unspoiled corner of the Caribbean coast.
In the Area
Try traditional Garifuna food, such as hudutu (a coconut fish stew with cassava), at Innies or head to chef Rob Pronk’s Love on the Rocks or Gourmet Café restaurants, also in Hopkins. For under-the-sea adventures, take a half- or full-day trip out to the spectacular barrier reef for snorkeling and fishing and sign up for some incredible scuba diving at the dive center at Hamanasi Resort, located at the other end of the village.
How to Get There
Wonderful resort with very picturesque facilities. We had a most lovely ocean front beautifully adorned room with mahogany furniture, floors and post frame bed. We woke every morning to a beautiful sunrise! The room coffee was excellent and the food at the resort was absolutely delicious. Mariano was an especially wonderful member of the staff who were very dedicated to our happiness.
This place is absolutely amazing!!! The staff is great they are very friendly, they want to ensure that you have no worries and enjoy your vacation, they were able to schedule a last minute horseback tour and Swedish massage for us!!! We really enjoyed everything about this stay❤️❤️
We traveled to this resort as a family of 4, along with another family of 4. Originally, we were supposed to stay at another Muy O'no resort in Placencia, but due to a change there, they re-booked us at Hopkins Bay, and they upgraded us from 2-bedroom accommodations to 3-bedroom villas! The resort is well kept and extremely comfortable. It's not super luxurious (e.g. not the Ritz), but then again this is Hopkins Bay, Belize and the reasons we love traveling there are the people, their reverence for their abundant natural resources, and their hospitality toward tourists like us. Let's call it "rustic charm." We dove for 3 days, with Belize Underwater. My teenage sons did their open water course and got certified. That operation is top-notch. We are still in touch with some of the crew. The concierge and the bar/restaurant staff were awesome and provided great food and drinks, as well as recommendations on where to eat / shop in town. The would drive us when necessary to the dive shop or to the restaurant. All complementary. They also organized a different day on the water for us to fish and snorkel and then to bbq on one of the barrier islands. Fantastic outing! We would take the resort-provided bicycles and ride into town to buy local baked goods or to try one of the local eateries. It's safe and friendly. I would definitely go back!
It was the best trip my daughter and I have ever been on. A must see is the Crystal Maden in the ATM Cave.
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We were staying near by and decided to dine at their Rum Shack outdoor restaurant. Good food and service, BUT very pricy and in USD. The restaurant is located on the beach which was nice. Live music too on a Sunday evening.
We won’t return as there are other viable options in the area.