Belize is a small Central American country along the coast of the Caribbean Sea spanning only 23,000 square kilometers. Despite the size, This pristine little country has a lot to offer. From stunning beaches and an abundance of marine life and activities to many unique jungle adventures and experiences, Belize is one of the world’s best kept secrets.
Along with Belize’s diverse landscapes, Belize also has a diverse mixture of cultures in the country or as we say in Belize, we have a “melting pot of cultures”. Hopkins Village is known by many to be the cultural center of the Garifuna Population in Belize and the fascinating culture of the Garinagu people shine vibrantly throughout this coastal village. Hopkins Village is located on the coast of the Caribbean Sea in the Stann Creek District located in the eastern part of the county.
Musical drumming is very predominant in the Garifuna Culture and is used to tell stories and tales of their history and is done at celebrations and gatherings throughout the village. Take part in a drumming class to learn how to drum to the beat of the Garinagu while learning a part of their culture and take a step into the life of a Garifuna and beat to the tune of their drum.
Looking for amazing snorkelling opportunities? Hopkins is a great place! Snorkeling in Hopkins is an invitation to witness a phenomenal underwater rainbow of color. The reefs here are world renowned and the conditions are truly perfect for an underwater adventure. Over 500 species of tropical fish can be seen here and a huge attraction is the breathtaking barrier reef that can be found just off shore.
Along with a great variety of tropical fish, the area is also hugely attractive for its different coral formations.
The unusually close proximity of Belize to the Barrier Reef creates one of the most easily accessible fishing areas in the Caribbean. Instead of cruising for hours to the fishing areas, you’re there within minutes. Whether you’re a first-time fisherman or an accomplished angler, you’ll find fishing in Hopkins some of the most exciting in the world. Deep-sea Fishing starts just a half-mile from shore, where the ocean floor drops off. Flats fishing is some of the best in the Caribbean as bonefish, permit and tarpon are not as harried by fishermen here as in other popular fishing destinations.
If you don’t want to journey out on your own, our staff is pleased to set you up with a local fishing guide. Whatever best fits into your vacation plans is always fine with us.
Mayflower Bocawina was designated a National Park back in 2001. The Park contains over 7000 acres of pristine lowland broadleaf forest, waterfalls and three archaeological sites. The park has miles of trails leading through jungle on the way to the waterfalls, Maya ruins and other natural features and several threatened species have been recorded in the area, including the endangered Yucatan black howler monkey, spider monkey and Baird’s tapir and the sabrinus and Sanderson’s rain frogs. The National Park designation supports the protection of the watersheds, and allows for low-impact non-extractive activities such as education, tourism and research activities.
On the hike up Bocawina Hill you will discover the Upper and Lower Bocawina Falls. A hike to the upper falls can be rewarded with a swim in a cool pool at the base of a 50 ft. waterfall! For the most adventurous, a hike up to Antelope Falls reveals a 100 ft. waterfall with an incredible view from the bluff all the way to the sea. The park also boasts several unexcavated Mayan mounds.
If you like adventure, Bocawina has the longest zipline in Belize and is the hotspot for waterfall rappelling. You can do day or night zip lining with 12 platforms and one of the longest zip line runs is 2,300 feet long! Enjoy zip lining through the dense jungle and enjoy a true rainforest experience with some of the most experienced zip line guides in Belize. Soar with the birds on the longest zipline in Belize through the pristine canopy of the jungle. It’s definitely fun for all ages!
Bocawina has the only waterfall rappelling in Belize and it is for all skill levels. You can choose to rappel down Antelope Falls with a drop of 500 feet, rappel down Big Drop Falls or the family friendly Bocawina Falls.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of things to do when visiting Hopkins Village!
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