Are you looking for the best Hopkins Belize Resorts? The beach town of Hopkins in Belize is known for its stunning beaches with the most beautiful beach cabanas and luxury resorts in Belize. This former fishing village is no longer just a place where locals fish. Its beautiful beaches and blue ocean attract enough travelers to Hopkins for tourism to be the main source of income. Yet the small town still has a relaxed atmosphere and is certainly not overrun by tourists. As one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Belize, Hopkins is home to some unforgettable places to stay. In this blog we help you to make a choice. What are the best places to stay in Hopkins? And which unique beach hotels and resorts in Hopkins will give you an unforgettable holiday experience?
How to get to Hopkins in Belize
Hopkins is on the Caribbean coast of Belize. The coastal town is located about halfway across the country. Further south is the beach town of Placencia and in the deep south is where you’ll find the jungle paradise of Punta Gorda. More to the north you will find the capital Belize City on the coast. From there you can take the ferry to the island destinations Caye Caulker and San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. More inland is the popular jungle destination of San Ignacio, known for its Mayan temples and unique jungle excursions.
Belize City has the nearest international airport. You can easily get to Hopkins from there by local bus, which is the cheapest mode of transportation in Belize. In the town of Dangrina, you will have to change buses. Although the distances are not that big in a small country like Belize, traveling by local bus will still take you a long time. The rattling, old American school buses cross the country at an extremely slow pace. A fantastic local and authentic experience, but one that almost makes you forget how small Belize actually is. A rental car or taxi is therefore a much easier to explore Belize, but it is very expensive as well.
Why Hopkins is worth a visit
Once a quiet fishing town on Belize’s Caribbean coast, Hopkins is now more about tourism than fishing. Nevertheless, Hopkins still has a relaxed and quiet atmosphere. It is the perfect place to visit for beautiful beaches, unique places to stay and adventurous excursions. Hopkins is definitely a must-visit for any Belize travel itinerary – preferably combined with neighboring countries Guatemala and/or Mexico – and we recommend that you spend at least a few nights in Hopkins to fully enjoy the beach town.
Read more: best things to do in Hopkins.
The highlights of Hopkins? The best thing about Hopkins is the picture-perfect Caribbean beach and relaxed atmosphere. Although there is not much to do, you can easily spend your days here. Not only with lazing on the beautiful beach, but also with many unforgettable activities.
You can snorkel and dive at the largest living coral reef in the world from Hopkins, which is one of the top things to do in Belize. A visit to the lush green jungle of the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, the very first jaguar reserve in the world. It is the perfect place for beautiful but doable jungle hikes, while spotting wildlife and swimming under waterfalls. Or how about a bioluminescence tour by night or ziplining in Mayflower Bocawina National Park?
Where to stay in Hopkins
Belize is home to some of the most unique hotels and resorts in the world and so is the beach town of Hopkins. In fact, the amazing places to stay in Hopkins should be one of the reasons to come to this relaxed beach town in the first place. You can roughly choose from beautiful resorts on the edge of the fishing village or a place to stay in the village itself. We’ll help you choose from the 8 best hostels, resorts and hotels in Hopkins.
Best places to stay in Hopkins Town
#1 Coconut Row for idyllic beach cabins in the heart of Hopkins. With a private beach with sunbeds and hammocks, Coconut Row is a magical beach paradise. Our cabin with its wonderful king-size bed was one of the best places we stayed in Belize. The cabins have their own veranda with a nice sitting area. As you can imagine, this was the perfect spot for our morning tea and coffee after waking up. And did you know that the coast of Hopkins is one of the most beautiful places for a magical sunrise? It doesn’t get any better than waking up with a sunrise view from your own beach cabin!
#2 The Lodge at Jaguar Reef for a luxury resort with rave reviews. The Lodge is located directly on the white-sand beach of Hopkins, but also has a lovely outdoor pool if you don’t feel like dipping in the ocean today. The on-site restaurant, the huge hammock above the ocean water, the spacious rooms and great location make this a top choice for a hotel in Hopkins.
#3 Buttonwood Belize for a small-scale hotel right on the beach. All rooms have a balcony with an amazing sea view. Buttonwood has great facilities such as free bicycles, a shared lounge, a beautiful garden and a delicious breakfast.
#4 Funky Dodo Backpackers for the only hostel in Hopkins. This budget-friendly place to stay is quite basic for Belize standards, but it has a relaxed atmosphere, a tropical garden, a perfect location in Hopkins and friendly owners. For those who don’t have a huge budget, Funky Dodo is for sure the best budget accommodation in Hopkins.
Unique local Garifuna experience in Hopkins
#5 Palmetto Grove for a unique experience during your stay in Hopkins with a focus on the local Garifuna culture. This Afro-Caribbean culture is typical of Belize and Hopkins is a perfect location to learn more about it. Located on the far north end of Hopkins on a private island, Palmento Grove feels like a world far away from the fishing town. Surrounded by mangrove bushes, the property is located on the edge of Fresh Water Creek Lagoon. There is an on-site restaurant serving Garifuna cuisine and Palmetto Grove offers many excursions, including cooking classes, drumming workshops and kayaking trips.
The best resorts at Hopkins Belize
#6 Hopkins Bay Belize a Muy’Ono Resort for a gorgeous resort on the north edge of Hopkins. The hotel has its own private beach and is 3 km from the town centre. Guests stay in idyllic beach huts rustic décor with locally made wooden furniture and high ceilings. The cottages all have a magnificent view of the sea. The resort has a large outdoor pool, on-site restaurant The Rhum Shack and on-site bar The Drum with daily happy hour.
#7 Almond Beach Resort for a beautiful resort on the south side of Hopkins. The resort has a private beach naturally enclosed by a barrier reef. All rooms are decorated with a rustic style, hand-carved wooden furniture and hand-painted tiles in the bathrooms. There is a beautiful swimming pool, a restaurant with a Caribbean menu, a coffee bar and a cocktail bar.
#8 Belizean Dreams Resort for a bucket list hotel with infinite luxury. This paradisiacal all-inclusive resort with a focus on American travelers even offers local flights from Belize City, so you don’t have to travel by bus or taxi from the airport to Hopkins. The resort offers luxurious seaside villas and boutique rooms in the hotel. Of course the resort is located directly on the sea, but there is also a beautiful swimming pool.