Blogs from Hopkins, Stann Creek District, Belize, Central America Caribbean

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Whatagwan? We're writing to you from Placencia, which is known for having the best beaches in Belize! We arrived yesterday after spending four amazing days in Hopkins, just further North than here. On our way, we visited Belize Zoo and would have been slightly disappointed had we not seen a real-life Jaguar and Panther, which made the heat and extortionate prices worthwhile. We coped with the Chicken Buses pretty perfectly and met some lovely locals along the way who helped us on with our huge bags in through the back door. After a relatively smooth journey so far, our first impressions of Hopkins were slightly sketchy. We met the lovely local Policeman on the Bus from Dangriga who, along with the Lonely Planet, told us that hitchhiking was the norm for getting from the Junction into ... read more


The next stop on our tour of beautiful Belize was Hopkins - a really great little beach town about an hour south of Dangriga. One thing you must know before you get an idea of the culture of Hopkins is who the Garifuna are. The Garifuna is a segment of the Belizean population that descends from shipwrecked Africans (intended to be slaves) who survived initially on the Caribbean island of St Vincent. The Garifuna have a strong African connection but with a unique Caribbean flavor. The product is Hopkins: a quiet, beautiful beach town on the Caribbean sea. The people are widely warm and friendly - saying hello and swapping greetings on the sandy streets, in no hurry. A good share of restaurants and small hotels exist but they are widely spread apart and in a ... read more
Mark and Sara
A "caye" (aka an island)
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