Asking most Belizeans where do they go for vacation and the answer is Hopkins. Of course our inquisitive minds wanted to know what it’s all about, so we set out on a road trip to uncover and discover why Hopkins.
As we turned off of the Southern Highway onto the road that leads to Hopkins, we put our windows up, turned up the A/C and slowed our pace as the bumpy dirt road that leads into town is being graded to prepare it for being asphalted. Less than 10 minutes later we arrived in Hopkins. No major fanfare here, just a few roads, lots of places to stay in all budget ranges and the traffic mostly consisted of bicycles. Instantly we fell in love. The quietness, the beautiful blue-green turquoise water, the friendly people and doing things the slow and easy way.
We saw Garifuna drums for sale and later learned that Hopkins Village is considered a cultural center of the Garifuna population in Belize. Additionally the Belize Barrier Reef is only 20 minutes away from Hopkins Belize making Hopkins one of Belize’s fastest growing dive destinations. If you are interested in fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving in Belize then Hopkins is an excellent choice. The Village is traditionally a fishing community, and the people are very skilled fishermen who will ensure a great fishing experience. Also from a business perspective, we think it would be a great opportunity to open a large professional dive shop because of Hopkins closeness to the Reef.
After seeing most of the village we decided to get something to eat and had read reviews about Driftwood Beach Bar & Pizza Shack. What a great call my wife made. Turns out we had some of the best thin crust pizza since we’ve been in Belize and had a great time chatting it up with the owner, Denise McCreary.
“Mouth-watering pizza, as good as you’ve ever had, is made with the freshest ingredients — and in a style that’s on par with some of the world’s top pizzerias.” is what it reads from their website (www.driftwoodpizza.com), and we found that true. Also combining your pizza with a with cold beer (and other mixed-to-perfection drinks), and a location that’s right on the beach, and you’ll have a sense why this spot is a favorite for locals and tourists alike.
All in all we had a great day exploring Hopkins, meeting people, making new friends,exploring and discovering.