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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We spent two nights here in a 2-BR suite with a full kitchen. It was the first time I've ever stayed at a resort of this quality... I don't know where to start. The staff was so helpful and friendly. There were fresh flowers on the beds and in the bathroom, the place was sparkling clean, the beds were invitingly comfortable, and there were even robes waiting for us in the closet. In an effort to promote environmentally friendly practices, the rooms include aluminum water bottles for each guest and 5-gallon, filtered-water dispensers are included in the rooms. Each bedroom had its own safe to secure valuables while out soaking in the pool, paddling a complimentary kayak, or enjoying a deep tissue massage (All of which I enjoyed very much!). In addition to kayaks, there are complimentary paddle boards and bicycles, board games, and bachi ball. There are two outdoor pools on the property, though one was closed due to some type of renovation or repair. The property sits on the edge of the ocean, and staff rake the beach every morning to present a manicured appearance. Hopkins Bay Resort is everything one would expect from a high-end resort. We really enjoyed our stay and would be happy to return on a future trip.
Beautiful property. Friendly and efficient staff. We were impressed with the services when we visited last summer so Hopkins Bay was on top our list when we started planning our summer vacation this year. Returning was not a regret.
Lovely property and accommodations! Restaurant/bar a little overpriced but they have a captive audience. VERY HELPFUL staff. Be wary of the sand fleas on the beach. I have been home a month and still suffering. Make sure to wear repellent on the beach. Overall, this is an excellent place to stay and experience the beach in Belize. I highly recommend it.