Exploring Hopkins Village – Filled With Funky and Fascinating Spots and People

After a morning snorkel out to South Water Caye and the gorgeous barrier reef off of Hopkins, Belize, it was time to explore the village.  It’s a walk along the beach (about 15-20), a quicker bike ride and quickest of all?  Now they rent golfcarts at some of the resorts.  I grabbed a key from the front desk at Jaguar Reef Resort and…was off.

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From SIttee RIver Point, where most of the resorts are located, down the road to the village.  Passing first a beautiful new gym…

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Apparently some people had rented even cooler vehicles!

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I passed a new Stand Up Paddle board spot.

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I passed Jungle Jeanie’s…one of the funkier lodges in Belize.

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I stopped into visit Barbara, who runs a business and lives in her super cool bus.  (Check out this post for lots of picture.)

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A bit of the artwork for sale.

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I walked out with two bottles of magical oils…I LOVE the moisturizing one.  They are both fantastic…and the green label helped me with the early morning sandflies.

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Next down the road I stopped into the new Ella’s Cool Spot.  Ella worked in San Pedro for a few years, returned to Hopkins and now has opened her own business.  Love the name.  Very classic Belize.

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Ella and her boyfriend.  The place looks great – open for lunch and dinner.

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My next stop…I’ve always seen this sign but never visited. A mistake.  This shop and cafe and OWNER are awesome.

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Krishna has a herbal garden and everything is labeled.

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Menu in the cafe.

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And teas for sale in the shop.  Piss-A-Bed.  Good stuff.

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And lots of other pretty stuff.

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I had some green juice.  Chaya, ginger, honey and tree of life.  SO GOOD.  And some ginger tea for my sore throat.

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And here’s Krishna…if you want to talk politics – Belizean or worldwide – this guy KNOWS his stuff.  Really REALLY cool guy to chat with.  And keeping the art of medicinal healing alive in his village.

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Onward!

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Time to head out to the Swinging Armadillo.  Ted, a Hopkinsite, bought the old building and rejuvenated the business.  It’s SUCH a cool spot.

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You can see it at the end of the way…right over the water.IMG_8553

Right over the water…and hopping on Thursday nights when they have live Garifuna drumming starting at 7pm.  Hopping all weekend too…it’s THE spot.

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And sitting right next to the building.  As if posing for a picture.

I gave about 6 school boys a ride from one end of the village to the other…and then realized I was being…tricked.  OUT!  I headed back “home”.

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Thanks Hopkins…I’ll be back soon.  I had a fantastic time.





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  • Susan

    Hopkins looks beautiful!

  • have you looked for vern’s kitchen….? [seine bight]
    if you find it…[west side of the road]…say HI from the ” moose ”.
    luv dat gal

    • I’ve been! Verna! But not for a few years…gotta get to Placencia soon!