5 reasons to visit Hopkins in 2017
Located on the sunny shores of the Caribbean in Belize’s southern Stann Creek District, the village of Hopkins seems little unchanged by the centuries. With a gorgeous backdrop of the Maya Mountains and the slopes of the Cockscomb Range, the picturesque village of Hopkins is divided into a northern section (called “Baila”) and a southern side (False Sittee) by a lovely bay bordered by the beautiful Hopkins Beach.
Home to about 1,000 villagers, Hopkins is a tight-knit community of farmers and fishermen. Most of the population of Hopkins are ethnic Garifuna people, and their dedication in preserving traditional Garifuna dance, music, and food has made the village a popular visitor destination. Residents of the village are renowned for their genuine warmth and hospitality, welcoming visitors from across the country and abroad alike with hand-crafted gifts, family-operated restaurants, and demonstrations of traditional Garifuna music and dancing.
Here are 5 excellent reasons to include a visit to Hopkins on your Belize vacation:
The Garifuna’s signature contribution to culture in Belize is their prowess in creating music, especially the drums. Visitors can see demonstrations of this unique drumming style and take classes to learn more about this vibrant form of music.
Voted as the Friendliest Village in Belize by Belize First Magazine, the small community of Hopkins shines for its genuine openness and delight in sharing their culture and traditions with a wider audience of visitors from around the world.
Garifuna food is an adaptation of African and Caribbean tastes using local foods. One of the best-loved Garifuna staples is cassava, a kind of tuberous root that bears a passing resemblance to sweet potatoes. Cassava is used in a variety of Garifuna dishes, including cassava bread. Other Garifuna classic dishes include hudut, a special kind of stew made with fish, coconut, and plantains.
The residents of Hopkins have long been used to depending on nature for their medicinal needs. Visitors to the village can buy handmade medicines blended from local plants as well as visit a healer who uses special teas and other ingredients to cure and address a wide variety of ailments.
Whether you’re more interested in going inland to explore the enormous Cockscomb Basin Nature Preserve or heading offshore to scuba dive, snorkel, sail, and fish the Belize Barrier Reef, Hopkins is a great staging point to enjoy exciting natural adventures in Belize.
Roam Belize can help you make the best of your visit to the picturesque village of Hopkins. Whether you are looking for ground transportation to and from the village or booking tours and accommodations, Roam Belize is the expert locally-owned company to trust.