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
For our 15 year wedding anniversary my wife & I took our first trip to Belize. For the second half of the trip, we stayed at the Hopkins Bay Resort. We had a one-bedroom suite right on the beach. Our stay was fantastic. The grounds are really well maintained and the front office staff is really friendly. Our balcony was missing chairs even though we saw all the others did have them. When we went to the front office and requested some, they immediately brought up two chairs for us to enjoy the balcony with.
We also booked two excursions while there. Robert, the on-site excursion coordinator was really friendly and kept us updated on when we had to be ready to go.
For all the wonderful things about Hopkins Bay, we did have one complaint. As previously mentioned, we stayed in the one bedroom suite which is upstairs. Below the suite is a larger suite with a kitchen for larger groups. The walls and or floors in the villa appear to be thin as at times our downstairs neighbors were loud enough to where we were unable to hear each other. We only considered this a minor inconvenience but still worth noting. We loved our time there and intend to come back in the near future.
Had a great time as Ron as a tour and adventure guide. Was absolutely the best,anything you wanted to do he'll make it happen
Great customer service
Also the management was great and the host K at the restaurant was fantastic
My husband and I decided to take a last minute trip to Belize. We really didn't have a plan and had never been to the country before. I read the reviews and even though it was a much longer drive than some of the other resorts we considered we chose Hopkins Bay because the reviews were so good and the pictures were beautiful. The staff greeted us with tropical drinks upon arrival and took us to our beautiful suite literally about 10 feet from the water's edge. We were so impressed by all of the staff including the cleaning people, maintenance staff and reception. The really seem to care about the customer experience and they obviously enjoy their jobs. The suite was beautiful and clean and was beyond our expectations. Unfortunately we had to cut our trip short by a day because we had a work emergency and had to return asap, it was so sad! If you are looking for the typical chain hotel experience in a populated area, this is not the place for you. If you really want to get a feel for the country and the wonderful people I highly recommend Hopkins Bay. We already are thinking about when we can go back.