Our location in Belize is the best you can get when it comes to the
most variety of things to do and the best access to pristine nature
both in the water and in the rainforest. We are only a day trip
away from Mayan ruins, caves, jungle rivers, birding, horseback
riding, rainforest trekking, norkeling, diving, fishing, local
culture and more.
We offer half-day dive and snorkel trips to a pristine five-mile
long section of the Belize Barrier Reef mostly within the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, the largest marine reserve in Belize. For divers we access all 3 of Belize's atolls with all day dive trips which give you more diving variety than you can get any where
else in Belize. Rough seas? Divers and snorkelers who are unable
to go out due to poor weather conditions can explore our inland
We are not on an island! Any day that suits you it is easy and
cost effective to do both marine and land based activities that are
numerous and diverse. We are short drive away from the several
national parks, the rainforest, caves, waterfalls, jungle rivers
and Mayan sites.
Hopkins is a cool, funky traditional fishing village with only
about 1300 people. The Garinagu (often called Garifuna after their
language) are very friendly with a rich culture including drumming,
dancing, music and their own language. Hopkins is safe and has
several small local bars and restaurants serving delicious Belizean
fare. Once a week join our Hopkins Cultural Bike Tour to see the
sites and hear the sounds of our village led by a resident guide.
Distances to major attractions:
Less than one mile to the friendly Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins
One mile to the beautiful jungle river, Sittee River.
- 10 miles from the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (Jaguar
Preserve, rainforest, birding, hiking, waterfall)
- 15 miles to the Mayflower Bocawina National Park (rainforest,
hiking, birding, waterfalls, Maya sites)
- 50 miles to Blue Hole National Park (caves, cenote, birding and
- 70 miles to Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins
- 10 miles to the Belize Barrier Reef and dozens of great snorkeling
and dive sites
- 24 miles to both Glover's Reef and Turneffe Atolls that have some
of the best diving in the world
- 10 - 15 miles to some of the best salt water fly fishing in the
world (Permit, Tarpon & Bonefish)
Hopkins vs. Ambergris Caye
You will hear a lot about Ambergris Caye because it has about 60
percent of the hotel rooms in the entire country and the town of
San Pedro which has about 15,000 residents. Hamanasi is less than
a mile away from Hopkins, which is a Garifuna fishing village of
1,300 people. If you like more people around and mainly ocean
activities then Ambergris Caye is probably right for you. If you
prefer to get away from it all with more access to pristine nature
and less people then Hamanasi is the best for you.
Hopkins vs. Placencia
If you are planning on an active vacation with reef and rainforest
activities Placencia has the problem of being a long way from these
activities. Placencia is 20 miles from the Barrier Reef and dive
and snorkel trips take all day and you cross a lot of open water
that can get very rough. Hopkins is half the distance to the
Barrier Reef than Placencia is. If you are planning on active
inland jungle and hiking activities (such as Cockscomb Basin) than
you will likely have to drive the 20 mile main access road to
Placencia which is unpaved, very bumpy and takes a lot of time.
Stay with comfort, ease and convenient access to sites at Hamanasi!