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Though Hopkins picturesque beaches have sparked much interest in resort development, the village still retains a relaxed and family-friendly feel ...

HOPKINS VILLAGE

Hopkins is a small, vibrant Garifuna community that stretches along a two-mile strip of beach surrounded by the Maya Mountains and the Cockscomb Range inland, and the Caribbean Sea on its shore. The approximately 1,000 villagers live mostly by farming and fishing and more recently many have found work in the growing tourism industry.


Map of BelizeHopkins Garifuna are a distinct ethnic group emanating from the intermingling of West African slaves and indigenous Amerindians from South America. The Garifuna are known for their friendliness and genuine hospitality, and welcome visitors to their village. Hopkins was recently voted "The Friendliest Village in Belize" by Belize First Magazine and nearly everyone in the village speaks English. Hopkins has a selection of gift shops, restaurants and small bars which are popular with guests.


Hopkins is located 10 miles south along the coast and 25 miles by road from Dangriga.


Things To Do from Hopkins


Hopkins BeachHopkins is ideal for day adventure and family activities such as: zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing or if you are an avid birder the area offers exceptional birding on land or over water or you can enjoy spending time biking around the village, taking a drumming lesson or relaxing at a beach-front resort.



SCUBA Diving

Hopkins DivingThe Hopkins area provides relatively easy access to thousands of acres of coral reef with unlimited dive opportunities. The Blue Hole and Turneffe Atoll are within easy reach. Nearby are Glover’s Reef Atoll and South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Gladden Spit lies to the south and is the place to view migrating whale sharks (March-June) ... more



Snorkeling

Hopkins SnorkelingThe Southern Barrier Reef offers a number of different snorkeling sites for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. A favorite place to snorkel is at South Water Caye Marine Reserve, about 30-40 minutes from Hopkins. With visibility ranging from 60 to 100 feet, snorkelers often have close encounters with eagle rays, sea turtles, and other exotic marine life ... more

 



Water Sports

FishingFishing - Try your luck at a variety of fishing excursions. Fly fish the flats for permit and bonefish or target tarpon and snook in the river and lagoon. Catch live bait and troll for barracuda, snapper and kingfish. Try a little drop fishing at some coral heads. Do it all with knowledgeable guides whose have fished these waters their entire lives.


Day SailsDay Sails with Snorkeling can be arranged on sail or cruise boats. Day excursions leave in the morning and return at sunset or plan a romantic sunset cruise and watch the sunset over Victoria’s Peak while sipping wine or tropical libations. On day trips you can expect to stop at several cayes along the reef where you'll have time to snorkel and swim. Along the way relax on deck and enjoy appetizers savory dishes paired with local beers, drinks and rum punch and soak in the warm sunshine as you sail to your next stop.


Sittee River KayakingSittee River Kayaking - Explore the Sittee River on kayak! The Sittee is filled with opportunities to view wildlife. Many of these animals would be almost impossible to spot were it not for your ‘eagle eyed’ tour guide who will identify the many types of wildlife that call the Sittee River their home.



Inland Excursions

From Hopkins there are a number of inland attractions, including zip-lining and waterfall rappelling, guided hikes to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, visiting Maya ruins and Birding.


Hopkins ZiplineBocawina Zip line & Waterfall Rappelling - Soar high above the jungle floor canopy and view the rain forest from a whole new perspective on the largest zip-line in Belize and Central America with 12 platforms and a total length of 1.5 miles. Nearby is Bocawina Waterfall Rappel. The longest zip line runs is 2,300 feet long.


Hopkins waterfall rapellingBocawina Waterfall Rappel tours begins with a short hike thru the tropical rainforest while guides explain the flora and fauna. The waterfall is an easy rappel and no experience necessary as guides will accompany you as you rappel 100 feet down to a refreshing pool where you can enjoy a cool swim before hiking back.


Black Hole DropMayflower Ruin Hiking Tour - Visit the Mayflower site before hiking to Antelope Falls. After a brief tour of the ruins, which has evidence of several ceremonial mounds as well as a ball court, you then continue on with your hike to Antelope Falls.


Antelope FallsAntelope Falls with a drop of some 500 feet, cascades down a massive rock face, forming small pools along the way down. A steep trail leads to the top of the falls, and from this vantage you can enjoy picturesque views over the jungle and out to the sea. Continue on your own upstream, where you will find more pools and more cascading waterfalls. You can also choose to rappel down Antelope Falls.


Tiger HeronSittee River Wildlife & Birding - For Birders, the Hopkins area has some exceptional birding. The tour begins overland as you head out towards Sittee River Village, with stops along the way for interesting bird sighting; Then board a boat for the river portion of the tour to spot more birds such as trogans, aracari, pygmy kingfishers and tiger herons, along with iguanas sunning themselves on tree limbs and crocodiles idling peacefully near the shoreline. Learn about the Black mangroves that grow all along the river banks which are so important to preserving the habitat.


Scarlet MacawScarlet Macaw Tour (January - March) - There is a place in Belize where you can see Scarlet Macaws by the dozens. Red Bank Village is the seasonal home of one of the largest concentrations of Scarlet Macaws in Central America. The macaws are seen in this area for only a brief period each year. They emerge from the Chiquibul forest and congregate around Red Bank, with a voracious appetite for the ripe fruit of the annato and the locally-named, “pole wood” trees, which cover the hillsides. When this fruit season is over, they depart, only to return the following year. Nothing beats viewing these magnificent birds in the wild!

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Cayo District & Hopkins

JUNGLE & REEF PACKAGE

From US $1,560 - 2,100 per person DBL (High Season / Dec. 1 - May 30)

* Actual cost depends on the hotel and room type you choose.


PACKAGE SUMMARY

Cayo District

  • 4 Nights - Jungle Accommodations
  • ALL Meals
  • Non-Transfer Day Activities - Wait until after you arrive to decide what you want to do; then choose your Cayo District activities from the following list of things to do.

Things To Do

  1. Half-day (choose up to 2 per day) - Horseback Riding, River Canoeing, Cave Canoeing, Big Rock falls, Zip-lining, Butterfly Ranch, Xunantunich or Cahal Pech archaeological sites.

  2. Full-day (choose 1 per day) - Mountain Pine Ridge, Cave Tubing with Zip-lining or Flour Camp Cave with Canoeing and/or Horseback Riding, Yaxhá Sunset Tour, Caracol, ATM Cave, Black Hole Drop or Tikal.

Transfer Day Activities - If your schedule permits - when transferring by road between Cayo District and BZE International or Belize City (Municiple) we give you the option of doing one of the following activities along the way: The Belize Zoo, Cave Tubing, Zip-lining, Xunantunich or Cahal Pech archaeological sites. Transfers by road to Hopkins include a stop at the Inland Blue Hole.

Hopkins

  • 4 Nights - Seaside Accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Non-Transfer Day Activities - Wait to decide what you want to do after you arrive; Then choose 1 activity from (Group 1)and 1 activity from (Group 2). For your unscheduled activity time you can choose to relax and enjoy your hotels amenities, explore the area and/or book additional activities on your own.

  1. Group 1 - Reef Snorkeling, River Kayaking, Garifuna Drumming School Session
  2. Group 2 - Reef Diving (2 tanks) - see Dive & Snorkel; Day Sail with Snorkeling, Cockscomb Nature Preserve

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  1. Option to choose which Destination to visit first
  2. 8 Nights Accommodations
  3. ALL meals while in Cayo District
  4. Continental Breakfast while in Hopkins
  5. ALL Air and Road Transfers between Cayo District, Hopkins, & BZE International
  6. Activitity Choices as listed above
  7. Tours with Govt. Certified Guides & Equipment
  8. ALL applicable Taxes and Gratuities

HOTEL OPTIONS

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PACKAGE DETAILS

SAMPLE INCLUSIVE CAYO & HOPKINS ITINERARY - 8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS

DAY 1 - Arrive at BZE International Airport - Transfer by road or by air to Cayo District for the inland part of your Belize experience. If you are transferring by road your guide will be waiting for you at the airport passenger exit area with a sign, with your name on it. If your flight schedule permits, you can choose to do one of the following Half-day activities: Belize Zoo, Cave Tubing, Zip-lining, Xunantunich or Cahal Pech.

If you are transferring to Cayo District by air, then our representative will meet you at the Maya Flats air-strip in Cayo District and take you directly to your hotel.

[4 Nights in Cayo District]

DAYS 2, 3 & 4 - Choose your Cayo District Activities from our list of Things to Do.

DAY 5 - Transfer by road to Hopkins with a stop at the Inland Blue Hole for a picnic lunch, some bird-watching, hiking and/or a refreshing swim.

[4 Nights in Hopkins]

DAY 6-8 - Choose 1 activity from (Group 1)and 1 activity from (Group 2). Use your other 2 days to take advantage of your hotel amenities, explore the area or book other activities on your own.

DAY 9 - Departure by road to Dangriga for your short flight back to Belize International Airport.




FINE PRINT:


* IMPORTANT - Cost Does-Not-Include any applicable Marine Reserve or Inland site Entrance Fees. Border Crossing Fees into Guatemala for Tikal and Yaxhá tours are also not included in the cost.

* Price ranges are for (High Season) Dec.1 - May 30 and reflect the cost difference between the hotel with the lowest rate which includes a Standard room and the hotel with the highest rate for an Upgraded room. Some Seaside hotels have a (Holiday or Peak Season) rate during the Christmas Holidays (dates vary).

* Ask about special (Low Season) rates June 1 - Nov. 30 and special discounts for groups of 6 or more.

* Discounts for 4 or more people traveling together and choosing the same activities.

* Extra person in same room (High Season) pays $1,400.

* Children, six and under, are free and from ages 7-12 pay half price when sharing a room with 2 adults. Important Exclusion - Children pay full price for domestic air-fare and tours from Hopkins.

* This Package begins from the time you leave the airport exit terminal to when you are ready to board again for your flight home or onward destination. And includes All costs for Transport, Accommodations, Tours/Fees & Equipment and ALL meals in Cayo, starting with dinner on your arrival day to breakfast on your departure day.

* Continental Breakfast is included in the Hopkins portion of this package. You will find many fine places to dine on Ambergris Caye with a variety of cuisines to suit your taste and budget.

* The order in which you do your activities may change depending on your preferences and local weather conditions.

* A Belize Departure Tax (currently US $39.25 per person) is not included in any of our package prices.

* If the hotel you choose is already booked for your chosen dates, we would be happy to locate similar hotel accommodations for you.