Getting to Hopkins Village from Belize City International Airport / Water Taxi
Welcome to Hopkins Village, Belize
Hopkins Village is the place to visit if you want to experience the true Garifuna culture and interact with friendly people. There is a lot to do in Hopkins Village, Here are some tips on what to do when you visit Hopkins: Experience the Garifuna drumming, Drumming lesson, Local traditional food cooking lesson, Visit some of the 35 local restaurants in Hopkins Village Belize. Hopkins Village is separated into two main transects; the Northside (Baila) and the Southside (False Sittee). It is surrounded by the Maya Mountain Range, and the Caribbean Sea on its shore.
Hopkins Village started off as a fishing and farming Garifuna community with a population of 500 Garinagu. Now Hopkins Village has grown to a population of 2,500 people. Hopkins is now known as a popular tourist destination in Belize, Hopkins was recently voted “The Friendliest Village in Belize” by Belize’s First Magazine.
Getting to Hopkins Village from Belize City Airport
By Public Transport
This is the most economic slowest route from Belize City to Hopkins Village, and it has its own advantages and disadvantages. Taking the public bus allows you to rub shoulders with the local populace, but it tends to become crowded, and you can expect the trip to take significantly longer due to the significant number of stops. You’ll also need to switch buses at Dangriga Town to make it all the way to Hopkins Village. The daily bus from Belize City to Dangriga takes about three hours bus ride. Two buses run daily from Dangriga to Hopkins Village. The first departs at 10:30 am while the second leaves at 5:00 pm.
If you want the safest, scenic, comfortable, and Adventurous journey from Belize City to Hopkins Village, Julian Transfer can help book a Shuttle from Belize International Airport to Hopkins Village. Leaving directly from Belize City International Airport or Belize Water Taxi, Julian Shuttles offer private transfer to Hopkins. The shuttles take approximately two and a half hours, you can also ask your driver to stop off at a restaurant or restroom so you can stretch your legs. It’s well worth riding instead of driving since the shuttles cut through some of the most diverse and beautiful stretches of wildlife in the country.
You can consider renting a vehicle from the Belize City Airport. Fortunately, the drive is pretty much a straight shot without too many complications. The bulk of the trip will take you down Belmopan via the George Price Highway (Western Highway), a journey that constitutes about 52 miles. From there, you’ll want to hop on the Hummingbird Highway and then into the Southern Highway until you see the well-marked exit for Hopkins Village. A left at the exit will take you directly into Hopkins Village, and it’s only four miles from the exit to the village center. If you drive straight through from Belize City to Hopkins Village, you can expect to spend two and a half hours on the road, but chances are you’ll want to take some breaks for photo opportunities. While a rental car will ultimately cost you more than alternate options, it does give you the freedom to explore the surrounding areas at your leisure.
Hopkins Belize Transfer Testimonials
Very reliable and easy to make arrangements with Julian. He provided two trips for us, bringing us in to Hopkins from Placencia, and then taking us to the Belize City airport to conclude our trip. We set times and places for pick-up, and the there was no delay. Also, we got tips on places to go, to eat, and to avoid. We are keeping his card so we can call him whenever we return.
We got a ride from one of Julian's drivers (forgive misspelling, I think his name as Kelem) from Hopkins back to catch our return flight from BZE. We asked if we could push back our pickup time a bit, to have some breakfast first, and they agreed, the driver was perfectly on time, and we made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare. It's a long drive but Kelem was quick, safe, and offered interesting commentary on the surroundings as well as the upcoming elections.
By booking directly through Julian's business (excellent email communication), we saved about $50USD over booking a ride with our hotel. Highly recommended.
Julian is very friendly. He knows all the local tourist attractions and their history. We ran into Julian and he assisted us on our backpacks and school supplies drive to the only school there in Hopkins. He became our cameraman and tour guide. Don't be afraid to give him your camera, he takes great pictures. He drives very responsibly and we felt safe. We had very hot weather when we were there and Julian's van kept us cool all the way to and from our tours. He knows all the good local places to eat, the ones out in the boonies.