Overview of Hopkins Belize
Perched on a beautiful span of pristine beach in southern Belize lies the village of Hopkins. Located just six miles from the scenic Southern Highway and eighteen miles south of the district capital of Dangriga is the traditional fishing village of Hopkins.
Founded two centuries ago by the Garifuna people, Hopkins lies at the foot of the Maya Mountains and borders the famous Cockscomb Range. A coastal town located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, Hopkins is a popular transit point to popular attractions including: the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Cultural Display of the Garinagu, and Mayflower National Park. Hopkins is also a popular embarkation site for visitors heading to see the Belize Barrier Reef, including those who want to dive with whale sharks at Gladden Spit or see bioluminescent animals in Anderson’s Lagoon.
Little changed since its founding, Hopkins today is a vibrant community of approximately 1,500 villagers who primarily still earn their living by fishing. Today though, some of the residents work in the hospitality industry, famed for their sincere hospitality and easygoing friendliness. Proud of their cultural heritage, Hopkins is a popular destination in its own right with visitors wanting to get to know the Garifuna culture better.
About Hopkins Belize
Hopkins is a Garifuna village on the central coast of southern Belize. This unique cultural destination is located just minutes away from all of Belize’s major attractions. Hopkins is a beautiful community with a population of only 2,000 people. This tiny village of friendly locals welcomes visitors of all ages, whether you are looking for a Romantic getaway or family Vacation – this is the place for you and we can get you there with our reliable Private Transfers & Shuttle service!
People that travel to Hopkins often talk about the friendly people of the Village. If you are a traveler interested in experiencing new cultures, Hopkins is the destination for you. On May 18th, 2001, the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music was proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO
The Garifuna, have a rich and interesting culture which in Hopkins is continued and preserved more than any other Garinagu settlement in Belize. Garifuna is an Amerindian language with a small number of loan words from the French, Spanish, and English. Their music is rich and creative combine with cultural traditions like songs, dances, mime, plays, processions, storytelling, and poetry make up the branches of Garifuna performing arts. Everyone is encouraged to participate and small children perform publicly with a mastery rare in cultures where musicianship is considered the special gift of a privileged few.
What to do in Hopkins Belize:
- Horseback Riding
- Zipline & Waterfall Rappeling
- Jungle/Waterfall hikes
- Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve
- Snorkel & Dive
Heading to Hopkins Village on your vacation? Rent a car from Roam Belize
One of the most interesting places to visit in Belize is the small village of Hopkins. Located where the sapphire waters of the Caribbean coast meet the palm trees and golden sands of Stann Creek District, Hopkins is an idyllic village with approximately 1,000 residents. Despite its small size, Hopkins is considered to be the cultural center of the Garifuna people in Belize.
The Garifuna are the descendants of African slaves imported to work on sugar plantations in the Caribbean and indigenous islanders. After rising up against British control, the Garifuna were forced to flee across the Caribbean, eventually arriving on the shores of Belize more than 200 years ago. Having carefully preserved their language, music, dance, and culture, the Garifuna were recognized by the United Nations as key contributors to the oral and intangible history of humanity in 2001.
The village of Hopkins celebrates its Garifuna heritage year-round but truly comes alive during the national holiday of Garifuna Settlement Day in November and on Hopkins Day, entrancing and entertaining visitors and locals with sacred drum ceremonies that last throughout the night. Even on non-holidays, exhibitions of Garifuna drumming, dance, and food are ways for locals to experience and learn more about this unique culture.
The village of Hopkins is located at the base of the Maya Mountains, specifically the Cockscomb Range that connects to the nearby Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, the only nature preserve in the world specifically dedicated to monitoring and protecting jaguars. The village of Hopkins is separated into two parts; a southern side called False Sittee (named for the nearby Sittee River) and a northern side called Baila (Spanish for “dance”). Most villagers continue to engage in traditional pursuits, including farming, fishing, and handicrafts, and are renowned throughout Belize for their genuine warmth, friendliness, and hospitality.
An excellent way to explore Hopkins and the surrounding area is by renting your own vehicle. Roam Belize, a locally-owned and operated company, has a complete fleet of modern, well-maintained vehicles available at competitive prices. Behind the wheel of your rental vehicle, you can relax and enjoy Hopkins and southern Belize at your own pace, taking your time to explore the natural beauty and traditional culture.
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