The Beginning

Hopkins Travel Blog

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We started our trip by flying into Belize City and taking a charter plane South to Dangrigra. I definitely recommend this, as the charter plane does not fly very high so you are able to all see the amazing scenary Belize has to offer. From the Dangriga airport we took a 20 min. taxi ride to a little town called Hopkins and stayed at the Tipple Tree Beya. The Tipple Tree Beya is a small inn that offers beach front cabanas and is run by the sweetest British woman named Trish. She is wonderfully accomodating and gives you extremely useful advice as to what to do when you are there. We spent four days there and did a multitude of things. Our first day we rented bikes and rose to Sitee River which was beautiful, but HOT! If you decide to do this choose an overcast day or go early in the morning or later in the afternoon. The next day we went snorkling with the local guide, Noel. He took us to 2 destinations, Whale's Shallow and Sting Ray Garden off the coast of Tobacco Caye. Both spots were extremely clear and worth the 45min. boat ride out which provided nice company. The next day we travelled to the Coxcomb Nature Reserve with a guide named Gregorio who had grown up on the reserve itself and was very knowledgable about all the reserve had to offer. He showed us jaguar prints, tapier prints, iguanas, all kinds of birds and of course the multitude of plant life. At the end of our day there he hiked us up to Ben's Bluff Waterfall where we got a chance to swim under the waterfall and cool off. This was spectacular and a perfect way to end the day. We got back to Hopkins mid-day and was able to spend the rest of our last day sitting in hammocks and watching the ocean. Food there is pretty delicious, the highlights being the Indian Food restaurant called "Taste of India", the "whispering (or whistling...i don't remeber) seas" and when we went to eat traditional Garfuna food at Theresa's house (you can set that up with Trisha and it is really good and interesting to talk to the locals). There really isn't any night life in Hopkins, however if you are looking to get a couple cocktails on the beach "Windchief" is a beach bar owned by a couple of Germans guys who are really fun to hang out with for a night! If you are looking for a place that is relaxed and has a lot of culture go to Hopkins!
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