Hopkins is one of those rare destinations, where nature and culture takes precedence and explorations are endless. Hopkins is known as the cultural center of the Garifuna community. Practice the traditional drumming and dancing while meeting the locals. Here, you can meet some of the nicest people in the world, dance to the rhythms of the Garifuna’s drumming, while indulging in tasty cultural foods.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Belize is from late November to mid-April, during the country’s dry season. Although this peak season draws thousands of tourists.
Tourist Attractions in Hopkins
Hopkins is a Garifuna fishing village located 8 miles from Dangriga on the Southern Highway. Hopkins can be described as a much more compact version of Dangriga, more village-style, far better beaches, less urban development, and generally more spread out along its more gorgeous beaches, high land, and mountain views and phenomenal jungles and eco parks to explore.
The village is surrounded by the misty-green Maya Mountains, the Cockscomb Range inland, and the blue Caribbean Sea on its shore. It is the perfect base for visitors to explore major Belize attractions such as, The Belize Barrier Reef, Cockscomb Basin Wild Life Sanctuary, Mayflower National Park, Whale Sharks at Gladden Spit, Biolumenscent at Andersons Lagoon and Cultural Display of the Garinagu.
The village takes great pride in its Garifuna Culture and its John Canoe dance groups often take the crown or come in at the top of the annual Habinahan Wanaragua Jankunu Festival competition held every year in Dangriga.
Hopkins Village is one of the best places to drop in and join the festivities of Garifuna Settlement Day. Like in Dangriga and Punta Gorda, the 19 of November, Garifuna Settlement Day sees the village in the grip of cultural celebratory fever. Most residents do not sleep the night but party until morning to the sound of Garifuna Drums and John Canoe dancers going house to house sharing greetings, rum and other festive herbs. There are several dances that night, many wild parties and the traveler is advised to be cognizant of reckless driving by area residents on motor vehicles, ATVs and motorcycles at this period.