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Hopkins Village, Belize: A Taste of the Simple Life

Hopkins Village, Belize offers a taste of the traditional Caribbean: Laid back and easy. Gary Peterson gives an overview of this beautiful area. This article contains a link (or links) to Amazon, from which, as an Amazon Associate, this website will earn a small commission if you make any purchases. Some other links are also affiliate links, where we will also make a small commission if you purchase anything after clicking, at no extra cost to you.

Many travelers and prospective expats seek quiet locations. Places where life remains simple. Hopkins Village, Belize is one such place. A simple fishing village at the end of the road in the south of the country.

Hopkins was unknown until the Central America Hurricane of 1941 hit the coast of Belize. With many villages around the area destroyed, local communities moved to Hopkins.

Garifuna culture in Hopkins Village, Belize

It may be the Garifuna influence you first notice in Hopkins Village. You can find a Garifuna presence all over Belize, but it’s at its strongest here in Hopkins. One of the busiest events in Hopkins is the Garifuna Settlement Day on November 19th each year.

The celebration is all about Garifuna music, dance, food, and art. There’s also a reenactment of the original landing of the Garifuna in local boats.

Staying in Hopkins Village, Belize

For the traveler looking to experience small Caribbean village life, Hopkins Village is a good choice. Great fishing and awesome diving draw guests to resorts and B&Bs, ranging from luxury to basic lodging.

Hidden behind walls and palm trees are a handful of high-end resorts, specializing in water sports. Hamamasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Jaguar Reef, and the Almond Beach Resort & Spa are three of the most popular.

For the more down-to-earth, you’ll find no better place than the Funky Dodo Hostel with accommodations starting at below $12 a night.

Going out in Hopkins Village, Belize

No matter how long you’re in town for or where you’re staying, you need to check out Chef Rob’s Gourmet Cafe at the Parrot Cove Resort. If you’re lucky enough to be here during the lobster season, Rob’s spiny lobster is a must-eat.

When I first stayed in Hopkins Village, I asked Rob where the best bar in the area was. Hours later he was driving me in his truck to the Curve Bar on the nearby Sittee River.

On the main street in Hopkins Village, you’ll find small shops and restaurants scattered around. Children play in the streets all day and families dance to local tunes well into the evenings.

They say time moves like a turtle in Hopkins Village, Belize

For those seeking this lifestyle, life is good in Hopkins Village. Expats will tell you the cost of living is one of the lowest in Belize, and that land is cheaper than many other coastal communities.

Most expats build their homes along the road south from the village down to the Sittee River. Over the past few years, there has been an increase in home construction. But it’s a low-key construction, where the new homes are smaller more personal. Not the larger, mega-homes for the tourist rental market that are going up elsewhere.

Hopkins Village always has been and remains today, a breath of fresh air in Belize.

Gary Peterson lives on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize, where he writes books about Central America and the Caribbean. Read more of Gary’s work on his blog.

Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson has traveled and written about many destinations worldwide. He’s written travel guides for Europe including Italy, France, and the Greek Islands. For the past few years, he’s traveled extensively throughout Central America, publishing two books on Belize. Gary lives on the Placencia Peninsula, Belize, where he continues writing about Central America and the Caribbean.