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
My wife and I stayed at the hotel a few years ago. This time, we saw a few familiar faces (like the bartender, who prepares great margaritas!).
We noticed that the resort has new management under manager Teo Giron, and Mariano as F&B manager. The quality of service improved noticeably since we first stayed. They personally greet most guests, and asks if everything is to the guests' satisfaction. Very service-oriented and professional! No doubt we will be back for another relaxing vacation very soon. Worthwhile!
Love the village of Hopkins - it's off the beaten path, few tourists, lots of culture and friendly locals. The food is the absolute best fresh seafood in the world! We have stayed at Hopkins Bay three times in eight years and will absolutely return. It is comfortable for families with young children - plenty to do close by and in the village. It is beautiful, the rooms/house is amazing, roomy, and clean. You cannot beat the price!
Room was really nice. A/C was 2nd best of the 3 places we stayed on this trip (probably due to large size of room). Fridge was smallest of the 3 places. Water dispenser in room was handy, had to fill up bottles & refrigerate as water/fridge/bathroom was the warmest part of the room. Bathroom huge with tons of counter space and cubbies for clothes/etc. No shower curtain so water sprayed a couple feet outside the shower. Gecko spotted in room at all 3 places stayed (in case anyone cares). Grounds pleasant and relaxing (fountain, 2 pools, paddleboards & kayaks, hammocks, etc). Shortish (1 mile) dirt/gravel road to property from the village, where there are many cheaper restaurants (all restaurants are outdoors incl the hotel's).
Had an amazing time at Hopkins Bay!! The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The village of Hopkins is laid back, and completely unspoiled by tourism Everyone we met in the village was so friendly and would say hi to us as we rode our bikes thru town. I would highly recommend if you are wanting a relaxed and a little more rustic getaway..this is definitely not the "big resort" atmosphere. A lot more personal and intimate.
Family atmosphere with competent friendly staff. Have been there several times and plan to go back soon. The restaurant is open for all meals and offers some of the best food in town. Lots of activities available like complimentary kayaks and bicycles.