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Hopkins

Hopkins is a quaint but picturesque traditional fishing village in the Stann Creek District of Belize. It is located off the Southern Highway, approximately eight miles south of the town of Dangriga, and home to more than a thousand friendly Garífuna people with a rich culture in drumming, dance, and music.

It is easy to get around Hopkins, as the predominantly English-speaking village comprises a single street that stretches along the beach for a mile and half. A range of accommodations—hotels, cabañas, and resorts—can be found lining the beach, mostly on the southern end, while the more populated north sees local bars and restaurants serving Garífuna and Creole dishes as well as international cuisine.

Surrounded by the lush Maya Mountains, Cockscomb Range inland, and the azure Caribbean on its shore, Hopkins makes an excellent base for exploring the many cayes, reefs, and islands found eastward, and the jungles, nature parks, and mountains to the west.

Enjoy diving or snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef; horseback riding, sportfishing, or birdwatching; visiting Maya ruins; exploring caves, jungles, and rainforests; kayaking on the lagoon just north of the village; canoeing down river; zip-lining in Mayflower Bocawina National Park even; or taking off on a day trip to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Back in the village, you can see a performance of traditional music at the Lebeha Drumming Center (or try your hand at a lesson), visit the several artist workshops around the area, shop for handicrafts and wood carvings, or just soak up the relaxed Caribbean scene on the beach.

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