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
Amazing hotel. They think about every detail. They have even 5 gallons of drinking water in the room and milk for coffee. Great price for that kind of huge room and service. I also liked that we did not have to watch out where we will get cheated as I am used to from Mexiko and the rest of the Central Amerika. We used a paddle board and kayaks, which are for free. The staff was friendly and helpful. They printed our boarding pass. We also liked the view and enjoyed time at the balcony. Drinks were great. We would recommend this hotel to everybody.
The Resort and all the staff exceeded our expectations!!
From the moment we were picked up at the Airport by Wasanee to our greeting by Allen Sanchez it set the foundation for an awesome 5 days.
A special mention to Mariano and his team in the Restaurant for outstanding attention and catering to our requests.
Would high recommend Hopkins Bay !!!
Exceptional staff services, everyone was so friendly and accommodating. I was very impress with how clean the ground was. I was up early every morning and the crew was on top of the seaweed ( even though that nature at work) although some review I had read didn't give this justice, late one night I even saw them spraying, thanks personally I didn't have a problem with the mosquitoes or sand fly The. Food was delicious, But Kudos goes out to Lizbeth and her crew for the highlight of our trip a beautiful 50th wedding anniversary party on the beach awesome. She took care of every little detail. Thanks for the lovely live flower Lizbeth. Miss Anna
We loved Hopkins Bay Resort and would highly recommend the whole area. We only planned one night in Hopkins after spending more time on the Cayes and in the jungle. It was a lovely spot -- much less touristy than Ambergris Caye with an amazing beach. The waters were calm and warm -- perfect for paddle-boarding and kayaking. The rooms were affordable and large and situated so everyone enjoys a view. The staff was terrific and lunch at the Rhum Bar was excellent. The "sand fleas" are vicious in this area (I got many more bites than I did even in the rainforest), so heed their warnings and frequently reapply the bug spray they generously provide. There were many charming local restaurants near-by, though the resort is situated at the far end of the "strip". We will definitely be back!
Great setup for families. Located on the north end of Hopkins, so really need bikes, car or golf cart to get around to everything in the village or southside restaurants as it is too far (and hot) to walk. Some things were showing their age in our unit, but overall no complaints. Beach was nice and peaceful. Staff friendly and attentive. Will stay again.