Hopkins is conveniently located to the barrier reef, the longest in the Western Hemisphere, and Victoria Peak, the second tallest point in the country. There is an endless list of activities! Below are some of the attractions most convenient to Hopkins.
Belize is home to some of the best water activities in the world with the beautiful sea, Great Barrier Reef, and many cayes (pronounced keys) to explore the tropical fish. Local guides offer a variety of tours, including snorkeling, diving for full or half- day trips. Belize is also known to be one of the best places to achieve the fishing “Grand Slam”—permit, bone fish, and tarpon and many people enjoy trying to conquer that prize while they are here.
Some hotels, taxis, and even restaurants recommend particular tour guides, companies, and places because they benefit financially. Not us! We refuse to accept commissions from anyone. Instead, we choose to give you recommendations with the sole goal of you having an amazing experience and a great story to return home with.
We do get asked why we don’t do tours, rent bikes, and provide transportation. It’s not because we don’t want to give our guests the best services but because we want tourists—our guests—to pump money into the Hopkins economy. If we get into the bike rental service, we have taken money away from our friend, George, who rents bikes for a living. In the same way, we want the taxi drivers, tour guides, and shop owners to benefit from tourism and not be resentful of it. It’s why we are not an all-inclusive. We believe in purposeful prosperity and think the best experiences for tourists are to go out in the village and eat the local food, buy art directly from the artisans, and experience something different than where they came from.
This list changes frequently as new guides or experiences with guests’ changes. We’ve been out with these fellas and have enjoyed snorkeling, line fishing, fly-fishing, hiking, kayaking, and more.
Noawell Nunez–Noawel's Fishing & Snorkeling Tours http://www.NoawelsFishingandSnorkeling.com or 501-523-7219 or 501-662-3017
Elmer “Boo” Avila-Seemore Adventures – Dive and Adventure Shop (diving, snorkeling, lionfish hunting) http://www.SeeMoreAdventures.com or 501-602-4985
Luckie Nunez -Happy Go Luckie Tours http://www.hgltours.com/ or 501635-0967
Floyd Arana-501-651-5298 Floyd is located just four doors down from Hopkins Inn (one lane north, on the corner.)
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Reserve
Known internationally as the world’s first jaguar reserve, it is home to almost 50 jaguars, in addition to an abundance of wildlife, flora, and fauna. There are many hiking trails or a less intensive day could be spent floating the river. For the serious hikers, Victoria Peak is the second highest point in Belize and offers a challenging climb. Visitors purchase tickets at the Maya Welcome Center at the park entrance and may either take a self-guided tour or hire a guide. A guide is required to hike Victoria Peak though.
Mayflower Bocawina National Park is home to over 7,000 acres filled with small Maya ceremonial sites, amazing waterfalls, and many hiking trails. Our favorite is Antelope Falls. Bocawina Adventures http://www.Bocawina.com offers the longest zip-line in the country.
Gregorio Chun guides tours, birding, etc. through Cockscomb and Mayflower-501-533-7045 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charleton Castillo- Hopkins Kulcha Tours: https://hopkinskulchatours.weebly.com/ or 501-636-3637
Ashford "Golden" Miranda- DGolden Tours: https://www.dgoldentours.com/ or 501-652-0605
Stand Up Paddle Board Tours:
Martin Spragg- Hopkins Stand Up Paddle Boarding: https://www.suphopkins.com/ or 650-9040
The Right Touch Caribbean Massage. The Spa Comes to You! Desiree Rodriguez and her team can give you a massage, manicure, or pedicure right on the beach, your veranda, or in your cabana. email@example.com or 501-631-6078
Kayaking the sea, Hopkins’ freshwater lagoon, or Sittee River, offer a great way to experience the area wildlife. Palmetto Grove rents kayaks and they have an office a few blocks from the inn. We also have a tandem kayak at the Inn guests may use. Take a stroll on the Hopkins road, for bird watching. Overlooking the savanna, many of us have spotted birds such as spoonbills, parrots, and even jabiru storks.
George Bike Rentals: 501-623-5027 George delivers the bike to the inn and picks it up!
Mark’s Bike Rental: 501-602-4772 Mark is located across from the ATM at the main intersection, when coming into the village.
Golf carts & Motor Bike Rentals:
Motorbike Rentals & Alternative Adventures: http://www.AlternativeAdventures.com or 665-6292