Hopkins is a small Garifuna village located on the coast, eight miles south of Dangriga town. Hopkins is an excellent place to experience Garifuna culture, and the people of the village are more than willing to share their traditions with you. The Garinagu came to Belize in 1832, originally from the island of St. Vincent. Also known as “Black Caribs”, they are a mixture of Arawak Indians, Caribs and Africans.
The Garifuna in Hopkins still use dug out canoes for fishing, and weave their own nets. Fishing is a major economic activity, while tourism is on the increase. In Hopkins, visitors can enjoy the Garifuna food and dance, as well as distinct drum music, arts and crafts.
This sleepy village is accessible by a partially paved road, going east off the Southern Highway (be on the lookout for coastal birds). There are several places to stay in the village, mostly small guesthouses and bed & breakfasts. The larger resorts are located just south of the village, near Sittee Point.
Getting to Hopkins is easy, either by road or by plane. It is also accessible by boat. The road to Hopkins from the Southern Highway is a quick 10-minute drive, with most of the road newly paved. There are several flights a day from Belize City to Dangriga, and resorts in Hopkins can arrange road transfers from Dangriga.The area is quiet, without crowds. The beach sand is golden brown, and swimming is good almost anywhere offshore. It’s possible to sit on the beach without sharing too much of the sun, as there are few people in sight.
Pelicans and seagulls share the mood of peace and tranquility, yet action and adventure can be found nearby. The barrier reef is just thirty minutes away by boat, with even closer spots for snorkeling, fishing and diving. Glover’s Atoll is directly east of Hopkins. Thirty minutes in the opposite direction are options of moderate to strenuous hikes on jungle trails, waterfalls, and the only Jaguar Preserve in the world. Hopkins Day is also celebrated annually, with lots of food and entertainment. It is usually held in August.