Hopkins Village is well known as the hub of the Garifuna Culture in Belize. In celebration of this Culture and a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits, the Hopkins Chapter of Belize Tourism Industry Association, has established the “Hopkins Mango Festival”
At ViVA BELiZE we believe that a truly Breathtaking Belize Experience is one filled with adventure and excitement. Belize has tons of amazing adventures to offer and a ViVA BELiZE vacation makes it easy to experience them all!
One of the best ways to truly experience Belize is by getting to know the culture and interacting with our friendly people. Having a population of approximately 347,369, the Garinagu also referred to as Garifuna (mixture of African & Caribbean Indian heritage), the Mestizos (mixture of Spanish and Mayas), the Creoles or Kriols (mixture of African and European) and the Mayas make up the majority of the population of Belize.
The Black Hole Drop isn’t your typical holiday adventure. You’re trekking through a muddy rainforest, up and down mountains, making your way through winding, overgrown pathways, over rocks and roots holding onto ropes and branches to pull yourself forward. It takes a certain amount of determination to make it all the way to the top…
With over 75% of Belize still covered with dense tropical rainforest, the country has one of the most accessible jungle in the Western Hemisphere. The Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge located along the brim of the Maya Mountains in Central Belize, is surrounded by over 100,000 acres of wilderness.
In 1985, when lionfish (Pterois volitans) were first introduced into the Atlantic, their population size was estimated to be between 8 – 12 individuals. Since then their population has gone through exponential growth enabling them to spread uncontrollably across their new range.
The best known spot for Whale Shark diving and snorkeling is Gladden Spit. Gladden Spit is around 60 minute boat ride from Hopkins. It is locally known as “The Elbow” or “Point of Reef” and has a short sloping shelf that drops off steeply at about 160 feet/50 mt then drops off into the blue abyss.
I visited Sleeping Giant Lodge in Cayo, Belize for the first time in August 2014 and was…blown away. I gushed. Yes I did. And you can see it all here. But the casita (larger than my apartment), the pool and the view… I’d seen nothing like it in Belize.
Rum Popo is a delicious rum crème traditionally served in Belize during Christmas. This Rum Popo recipe is sure to have your guests coming back for more!
Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa is a beautiful beachfront resort situated in the charming Hopkins Village in Southern most part of Belize.
Planning your next vacation can be a bit lengthy and finding the perfect resort can be a task in itself. All the research into the country, location, resorts and deals are all a part of the tedious journey into planning your next perfect vacation. You’ll need a vacation more than ever after planning your vacation! We’ve decided to help you make your travel planning a bit easier as we strive to accommodate you with as much information as possible.
Belize has many key ingredients for a family friendly vacation: it is affordable compared to many other Caribbean destinations, it is safer than many other central american countries and it is the perfect beach and jungle destination offering an abundance of adventure, wildlife encounters, beach lounging and fun underwater experiences.
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