Gorgeous Villa Margarita in Hopkins, Belize and Beyond….

Hopkins, Belize time.  I had spent two nights at amazing Sleeping Giant Jungle Lodge – enjoying the view, the staff, the food and the amazing suite.

maya valleyBut like many who stay in the jungle, I was doing a two-part trip to Belize.  Half jungle and half beach.  I was headed south, next, to unique and beautiful Hopkins, Belize.

Sunrise by the mouth of the Sittee River.

Sunrise Belize Sittee River

The resort (also a part of Viva Belize with Sleeping Giant) sent a van and 1 hour and a bit over the Maya Mountains,  down into the valleys filled with citrus and over the bird filled savannah (spotted Jabiru storks!), we pulled into Hopkins Village.  I have MANY pictures – and will show you those tomorrow.

Mural Garifuna Hopkins Belize

But first…my accommodation.  I was staying at the beautiful Villa Margarita…in a line with its sister hotels.  Jaguar Reef Lodge, the main spot and one of the oldest hotels in Hopkins, for check-in…

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Gorgeous at night too.  I mean…REALLY pretty.

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And at the bar, dining palapa that serves all three resorts.

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Directly next to it is beautiful Almond Beach Resort (I stayed there about a year and a half ago…awesome).

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A quick look down the long pretty beach.

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I was on the fantastic 3rd (and top) floor – up this amazing spiral staircase.

IMG_8406By myself in…let’s call it “my penthouse”.  Because it was…

Why didn’t I invite my 15 closest friends?!

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Looking straight down from my bedroom balcony.

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And the view northward up the beach…

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Let’s go back inside.

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More sitting area for reading or TV viewing.

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And then…my heart’s fondest wish…a bathtub.  LOVE.  And used quite a few times.

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I also had a small roof deck…a pretty sweet spot to view the sunset over the mountains behind us.

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I was headed down to the beach and to the activities office.  THERE IS SO MUCH TO DO IN HOPKINS…and I only had one full day.  To explore the village…

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Nope.  Not in that…

And to snorkel the cayes.

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How incredibly beautiful out there…

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I definitely could have stayed in Hopkins for another week…if not more.






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  • 3 stories of spiral staircase….yikes….thats worse than at mahogany hall boutique resort…..out in cayo…just past bulltet tree…..
    but in both cases…i see… it is also, worth the climb.

    • This one was pretty easy…I’ve been on that one in Cayo? Somehow designed so it feels like you have cinder blocks strapped to your feet. Crazy steep!

  • Susan

    Hey Rebecca….ANYTIME you need someone to carry your bags, hold your coffee or just follow behind…I’m in! This place looks amazing, can’t wait to visit.

    • My bag is so small…I don’t even need to hotel staff to help. But they always do 🙂