It’s not always easy to find a sandy mainland beach in Belize, or to stay close to a real Garifuna village. At Hopkins Bay Resort you get both though, in a secluded area halfway down the coast.
Located in the Stann Creek district between Dangriga and Placencia, it sits by a small village populated by the Garifuna people strung along this whole coast down to Nicaragua. Known for their great music and creole dialect, they’re normally just carted in and out of resorts for a performance. Here at Hopkins Bay you’re in their territory.
That’s a plus on the cultural side, but it doesn’t take away from the luxury experience you get at this beach resort. We’ve just posted a full review from one of our contributors who stayed:
The entire resort feels spacious, from the individual accommodations to the layout of the buildings. This follows a design of an ample horseshoe cluster of tropical style buildings, with lots of landscaping between them, providing both beauty and privacy. Sitting in the living room with the large sliding doors thrown open or on the terrace next to the water and meditating on the ebb and flow of the multi-hued Caribbean just a few feet away, it’s hard to think of being any other place.
You can get here by car if exploring multiple spots in Belize, or you can just fly on Maya Island Air into Dangriga or Placencia and request a transfer. Once you arrive, you’ll probably want to stay a while, but the staffers can set you up with jungle excursions, snorkeling, or diving. Or you can just kick back in your spacious bungalow, which has one, two, or three bedrooms. Thankfully for a place this out of the way, the restaurant here serves a good variety and meal plans are available.
If you want to get closer to the reef and stay in an overwater bungalow, there are packages including the sister property offshore on an island: Thatch Caye.
See more photos and our full review of Hopkins Bay Resort Belize.