Welcome to Hopkins


Founded in 1942 by people from Newtown, a nearby Garifuna settlement that was destroyed by a hurricane, the village is named for Frederick Charles Hopkins, a Catholic priest who (perhaps as a cautionary tale to future travelers) drowned in the waters here in 1923. These days there's a vibrant Garifuna population in Hopkins but also a growing North American expat community.

Hopkins stretches about 1.5 miles along the coast and is divided by the 4.5 mile sealed Hopkins Rd from the Southern Hwy into North Side and South Side.


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$395 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Discovery Lamanai Package

Day 1: Welcome to Belize Arrival reception and land transfer by our shuttle service to your hotel for two nights. Day 2: Lamanai Maya Temples & New River Safari (Meals: Breakfast / Lunch) After a delicious breakfast at Lamanai Landings, boat your riverboat and set out on the New River on your way to Lamanai.  While traversing the many creeks and lagoons, you may spot birdlife including hawks, kites and falcons. The river is lined with hardwood trees, orchids and bromeliads, and you might see dainty wading birds called jacanas lightly walking on lily pads while elusive crocodiles bask in the morning sunlight.At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Mayan for submerged crocodile) rise into view. Once at the site you'll tour the small museum which features many ancient relics and artifacts found at Lamanai.You'll then embark on a 1.5-mile (2.5km) jungle hike to visit the Temple of the Mask, one of the tallest Mayan pyramids; the stucco mask of the Sun God "Kinich Ahau"; an elaborate carved stela; and the Temple of the Jaguar Masks. These impressive sites appear to materialize out of the rainforest amid the chatter of birds and the haunting call of the howler monkeys.  Your guide will point out the Copal and Ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times. For the jungle hike you will need insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes.After your tour of the Lamanai temples, it’s time to head back down the river to the hotel after a long day. Day 3: Transfer to Belize City / Belize International Airport (Meals: Breakfast) After breakfast check out of your hotel and depart at 9:00am for Belize City where the tour ends with a drop-off at the Belize International Airport if you have an outbound flight, or Belize City at the Municipal Airport or Water Taxi Terminal if you have an onward connection to Ambergris Caye, Placencia or another destination within Belize.Extension nights at Ambergris Caye; Caye Caulker; Placencia; Hopkins or Cayo are also available (on request).

$145 Water Sports

Cave Tubing and Swim in the Inland Blue Hole

Time:Departs: 8:00 AMReturns: 4:00PMRT travel time: 4 hoursWe pick you up from an agreed location in Placencia, Hopkins or Dangriga.  This is ideal for those looking for a short day spent in the jungle.   It is an electrifying and rejuvenating adventure into the limestone carved Maya Mountains. Enjoy the beautiful jungle scenery as you go through the winding Hummingbird Highway.We do cave tubing first and it starts with a 10-minute walk through the jungle as you get an informative talk on cave archaeology and the geology of the Maya Mountains. You then get to spend about two hours inside the cave system. Enter the exciting world of rivers disappearing into the “underworld” as you float on inner tubes with only your headlamp to light your way.Enjoy floating past side windows that filter sunlight through the mist and the jungle as you swirl around stalagmites and stalactites looming from above and below. This mystic cave adventure takes you away from other sites that are crowded with cruise ship passengers. After lunch, we enjoy a relaxing swim in the inland blue hole cenote.

$1519.20 National Geographic Journeys

Explore Belize

Whether relaxing on the beach or immersing yourself in the local culture, refresh your spirit on a 10-day adventure in Belize. Explore some of best-preserved Mayan ruins anywhere, take part in a Garifuna drumming lesson, discover a monkey sanctuary and remote jungle villages, and swim in the luxuriously warm waters off Caye Caulker. Leave your to-do list at home, and slow down to the pace of this special place in the sun.

Classic

Belize & Tikal Adventure

Follow in the footsteps of Mayan warriors to lost cities cloaked in jungle mists. This adventure offers an intriguing mix of ruins, beaches, wildlife and the rich cultures of Belize and Guatemala. It's a perfect blend of activity and relaxation—canoe deep in the jungle and snorkel crystal-clear turquoise-blue waters before easing into the laid-back Belizean lifestyle while sipping on a rum cocktail. As pioneers of canoeing in the region, we are pleased to offer this Classic trip—one you won’t find anywhere else.

National Geographic Journeys

Explore Guatemala & Belize

Embark on a 17-day adventure that's packed with jungle and coastal adventure in Guatemala and Belize. Roam among the Mayan ruins at Tikal and swim off Belize’s islands and atolls. Hike across the foot of a volcano outside Antigua and sail between remote lakeside communities on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán. Everyone's got an inner explorer; connect with yours in this exciting part of the world.