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  • Palmento Grove Hostel
  • About Belize
  • Hopkins Village
  • The Garifuna Culture

The name Palmento Grove was derived from the main vegetation of the land on which the Hostel is located in Hopkins that is palmetto trees and mangrove. The name Palmetto was later tweaked to create Palmento Grove. The Martinez Family chose to focus on the Palmetto and Mangrove Trees because they represent who we are as the owners, which is resilient and dynamic and ready to take on the challenges of the business world determined to success as local native business owners offering the best Belizean Vacation Experience to every visitor at our natively exotic family Hostel.  Every visitor is a member of our family with whom we proudly share our culture.   We aim at delivering a tourism product that truly contributes to making the world a better place.  As avid contributors to our community and culture we actively strive to positively contribute to the preservation of the Garifuna Culture by sharing it with our valued guest that makes our business the success that it is.

Hopkins Belize Hostel World offers an amazing and enriching cultural experience with memories to last a lifetime.  Palmento Grove Eco Cultural Hostel owned and operated by the Martinez Family welcomes you to submerge yourself in the Beauty of Belize Hostels & Hopkins Hostels to enjoy all the wonderful Cultural & Natural attractions.

Enjoy our rustic natively exotic hostel while being hosted by our hospitable family. Come experience Palmento Grove the best Hostel in Hopkins located in a beautiful, secluded lagoon setting where you will be surrounded by tropical flora, fauna and a magnificent mountain view.   We offer a Belize Hostel Adventure filled with a rich cultural diversity, live drumming, singing and dancing, tasty Hopkins Belize Hostel Food and birds singing.  Let your Hopkins Belize Hostel Experience be remarkable adventurous yet safe.

Book your stay with us in the beautiful coastal Garifuna Village of Hopkins and let your Hopkins Belize Hostel experience be the best while you snorkel, hike, kayak, zipline, horseback ride & visit the magnificent Maya Ruins just to mention some of the many wonders of Belize Hostel World. For the culturally adventurous at heart, explore the Indigenous Garifuna & Mayan Culture through the soul of hospitable Belizeans that is sure to make your cultural vacation first-class.   Immerse in the impressive masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity as declared by UNESCO. Discover our vivid arts and let the Garifuna Drums move your body & soul.

Fascinated by the pulsating rhythms of the Garifuna drums? We are that please to share in the fulfilment of your quest to learn to play the drums and become members of our drummers club. Immerse in our unique language, rich cuisine and our exotic way of life. Be one with Belize’s natural and cultural heritage: Experience sunrise at dawn while fishing in a traditional dorey.Garifuna traditional cooking made easy: Share our recipes and food preparation with talented cooks.

Palmento Grove Hopkins Hostel is your able host to enjoying a breath-taking and exciting Hopkins Belize Hostel Vacation.  Hopkins Belize Hostel World offering an enriching vacation experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Palmento Grove Hopkins Hostel is your able host to enjoying a breath-taking and exciting cultural vacation in at one of the best Hopkins Belize Hostels.  Our Cabanas built from a mixture of native and contemporary material offers a unique nightly experience.   Our rooms are equipped with private bath, Air Condition/fan, 2 beds with orthopedic mattresses, WIFI and Cable TV to surely provide you a good night’s rest after a day full of adventure.

Hopkins Belize Hostel caters for all our guests.  Our Palmento Grove Restaurant & Bar welcomes you to dine with us in a clean & comfortable atmosphere, where you will be sure to enjoy a wide range of cultural and Belizean Gourmet Cuisine for Vegetarians and Vegans, cold Belizean Beers and a selection of local and imported liquor.

Our meeting facility is a one of its kind in Hopkins Village. Nestled in scenic & private grounds, the facility can host up to 75 persons.  Catering arrangements can be tailored to taste and budget.

Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf

Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas.

Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf
Belize, Wondrous and Unusual, is a unique destination for the traveler seeking to experience  vibrant culture and explore exotic environments

An English-speaking, democratic nation, Belize is blessed with an amazing variety of biogeographic regions, including the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, hundreds of tiny cayes (as the Belizeans call their islands, pronounced 'keys'), and miles of unexplored beaches. It offers world-class diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Stretching 165 miles from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay of Honduras, the Belize Barrier Reef is renowned as one of the most pristine in the world. A fantastic diversity of habitat is found here: hundreds of islands, extensive shallow water flats, mangrove ranges, and innumerable coral reefs.

Belize is much more than a water sports destination - in a matter of a few hours you can travel from the coral reefs to the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed rainforest in all of Central America. Wildlife abounds; the rainforests are home to jaguar, Baird's tapir, tayra, agouti, and howler monkey. The bird life is world-famous - this is a land where it is still possible to see the legendary harpy eagle in the wild and where colorful tropical birds like toucans, trogons, and orependolas are seen daily.

Belize was once the heart of the Mayan civilization. With a cultural vista that stretches back over forty centuries to the beginning of the Maya, we can trace this ancient civilization through Belize's more than 600 archaeological sites. 

Since the decline of the Mayan empire, beginning around 900 AD, and the later arrival of Europeans, Belize has continued to evolve. Spanish explorers, Garifuna settlement, Scottish buccaneers, and a hundred years as a colony of Great Britain all contribute to the cultural mosaic we find in Belize today.

The primary languages of Belize are English, Creole, and Spanish.  Unlike many other countries in Central America, Belize has a relatively modernized infrastructure with safe food and clean drinking water. Looking towards the future, Belizeans recognize the incomparable value of their abundant wildlife, rainforests, and coral reefs and in the last decade have moved to protect them.  Over 36% of the country has been designated as marine reserves, parks, and wildlife sanctuaries.

In Belize, our trips take you to the most spectacular locations on sea and land and introduce you to an exciting variety of adventure activities. Group size is limited to 8-20 participants, providing a genuine and personalized travel experience.

We invite you to join us as we explore the most diverse and exciting adventure travel destination in the Americas. - See more at: http://www.islandexpeditions.com/incredible-belize/about-the-country-and-people#sthash.LfOVwjcD.dpuf

The beauty of Belize is far more than just its small tropical islands, palm trees, Caribbean Sea, coral reefs and flats teeming with live coral and fish. Belize's real beauty lies in its unique diversity, encompassing the beauty of Caribbean, yes, but also its tropical forests, Mayan ruins, jungle rivers, caves, cane farms, banana plantations, groves of sweet smelling oranges and grapefruits, jaguars, manatees, dolphins, toucans, Coatimundis, mahogany, hibiscus, Xate, bonefish, deer and tapirs -- to just start the list.

Most importantly, this diversity encompasses the people and the communities of Belize --  Mennonites, Ketchki and Mopan Mayas, Garifuna, Creole, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Guatemalan, Honduran, Italian, North American and British immigrants -- all living and working together -- and truly glad to welcome visitors to our beautiful country Belize.  (Most visitors who return to Belize again and again, do so because of the incredible warmth of its people.)

 

Hopkins is a small, vibrant & beautiful coastal Garifuna village in southern Belize.

Hopkins is a Garifuna village on the coast of the Stann Creek District in Belize. Hopkins is considered by some Belizeans to be the cultural center of the Garifuna population in Belize. The Village hosts its own national holiday, Hopkins Day, and welcomes people for their celebration on Garifuna Settlement Day as well, they do this with drum ceremonies that can last till early hours in the morning.

Hopkin stretches along a two-mile strip of beach surrounded by the Maya Mountains and the Cockscomb Range inland, and the Caribbean Sea on its shore. The approximately 3,000 villagers live mostly by farming and fishing and more recently many have found work in the growing tourism industry.

Hopkins Garifuna are a distinct ethnic group emanating from the intermingling of West African slaves and indigenous Amerindians from South America. The Garifuna are known for their friendliness and genuine hospitality, and welcome visitors to their village. Hopkins was recently voted "The Friendliest Village in Belize" by Belize First Magazine and nearly everyone in the village speaks English. Hopkins has a selection of gift shops, restaurants and small bars which are popular with guests.

Hopkins is located 10 miles south along the coast and 25 miles by road from Dangriga

The village is separated into two parts; the Northside (Baila) and the Southside (False Sittee). Hopkins is surrounded by the Maya Mountains and the Cockscomb Range inland, and the Caribbean Sea on its shore. The village was created in 1942 to replace the village of Newtown, which was devastated by a hurricane further up the coast.

Hopkins is ideal for day adventure and family activities such as:

Zip-lining, hiking, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing or if you are an avid birder the area offers exceptional birding on land or over water or you can enjoy spending time biking around the village, taking a drumming lesson or relaxing at a beach-front resort.

SCUBA Diving

The Hopkins area provides relatively easy access to thousands of acres of coral reef with unlimited dive opportunities. The Blue Hole and Turneffe Atoll are within easy reach. Nearby are Glover’s Reef Atoll and South Water Caye Marine Reserve. Gladden Spit lies to the south and is the place to view migrating whale sharks (March-June)

Snorkeling

The Southern Barrier Reef offers a number of different snorkeling sites for both beginners and experienced snorkelers. A favorite place to snorkel is at South Water Caye Marine Reserve, about 30-40 minutes from Hopkins. With visibility ranging from 60 to 100 feet, snorkelers often have close encounters with eagle rays, sea turtles, and other exotic marine life.

Water Sports

Fishing - Try your luck at a variety of fishing excursions. Fly fish the flats for permit and bonefish or target tarpon and snook in the river and lagoon. Catch live bait and troll for barracuda, snapper and kingfish. Try a little drop fishing at some coral heads. Do it all with knowledgeable guides whose have fished these waters their entire lives.

Day Sails with Snorkeling can be arranged on sail or cruise boats. Day excursions leave in the morning and return at sunset or plan a romantic sunset cruise and watch the sunset over Victoria’s Peak while sipping wine or tropical libations. On day trips you can expect to stop at several cayes along the reef where you'll have time to snorkel and swim. Along the way relax on deck and enjoy appetizers savory dishes paired with local beers, drinks and rum punch and soak in the warm sunshine as you sail to your next stop.

Fresh Water Lagoon Kayaking - Explore the Fresh Water Lagoon and on kayak! The Freshwater Lagoon is filled with opportunities to view wildlife. Many of these animals would be almost impossible to spot were it not for your ‘eagle eyed’ tour guide who will identify the many types of wildlife that call the Fresh Water Lagoon their home.

Inland Excursions from Hopkins there are a number of inland attractions, including zip-lining and waterfall rappelling, guided hikes to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, visiting Maya ruins and Birding.

Bocawina Zip line & Waterfall Rappelling - Soar high above the jungle floor canopy and view the rain forest from a whole new perspective on the largest zip-line in Belize and Central America with 12 platforms and a total length of 1.5 miles. Nearby is Bocawina Waterfall Rappel. The longest zip line runs is 2,300 feet long.

Bocawina Waterfall Rappel tours begins with a short hike thru the tropical rainforest while guides explain the flora and fauna. The waterfall is an easy rappel and no experience necessary as guides will accompany you as you rappel 100 feet down to a refreshing pool where you can enjoy a cool swim before hiking back.

Mayflower Ruin Hiking Tour - Visit the Mayflower site before hiking to Antelope Falls. After a brief tour of the ruins, which has evidence of several ceremonial mounds as well as a ball court, you then continue on with your hike to Antelope Falls.

Antelope Falls with a drop of some 500 feet, cascades down a massive rock face, forming small pools along the way down. A steep trail leads to the top of the falls, and from this vantage you can enjoy picturesque views over the jungle and out to the sea. Continue on your own upstream, where you will find more pools and more cascading waterfalls. You can also choose to rappel down Antelope Falls.

Sittee River Wildlife & Birding - For Birders, the Hopkins area has some exceptional birding. The tour begins overland as you head out towards Sittee River Village, with stops along the way for interesting bird sighting; Then board a boat for the river portion of the tour to spot more birds such as trogans, aracari, pygmy kingfishers and tiger herons, along with iguanas sunning themselves on tree limbs and crocodiles idling peacefully near the shoreline. Learn about the Black mangroves that grow all along the river banks which are so important to preserving the habitat.

Scarlet Macaw Tour (January - March) - There is a place in Belize where you can see Scarlet Macaws by the dozens. Red Bank Village is the seasonal home of one of the largest concentrations of Scarlet Macaws in Central America. The macaws are seen in this area for only a brief period each year. They emerge from the Chiquibul forest and congregate around Red Bank, with a voracious appetite for the ripe fruit of the annato and the locally-named, “pole wood” trees, which cover the hillsides. When this fruit season is over, they depart, only to return the following year. Nothing beats viewing these magnificent birds in the wild!

 

 

Garifuna Culture, the Intangible Heritage...

Though commonly referred to as "Garifuna", the people are properly called "Garinagu" and the culture and language are "Garifuna". The Garinagu are recent arrivals to Belize, settling the southern coast of Belize in the early 19th century. The epic story of the Garinagu begins in the early 1600's on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.

During the 1600's, several slave ships wrecked off the coast of St. Vincent, an island in the southern Caribbean. The Africans who had been on board soon found the Island Carib Indians, who inhabited St. Vincent and several nearby islands. In defense of their land and freedom, Africans joined with Indians and the Garifuna culture was born.

In 1635, two Spanish ships carrying Nigerian slaves floundered and sank off the coast of St. Vincent. The slaves that survived and swam ashore found shelter in the existing Carib Indian settlements. Over the next century and a half, the two peoples intermixed, intermarried and eventually fused into a single culture, the Black Caribs or Garinagu.

By 1773, the Black Carib was the dominant population of St. Vincent. But, European politics began to exert its influence throughout the Caribbean. A series of wars between the French and British on St. Vincent culminated in a final battle on June 10th, 1796, where the French and their Carib allies where forced to surrender and leave the island. Thus would start a journey by the exiled Caribs in search of a home.

The Island Carib Indians were descendants of the several waves of migration into the Caribbean by seafaring people from the Orinoco River area of South America. The earlier migrants were maniac farmers, whose ancient and specialized techniques of food preparation are retained to this day among the Garifuna, as well as among their distant relatives in the tropical rainforests of South America.

The British deposited the Caribs on the island of Roatan, Honduras. Shortly after, the entire marooned population migrated to the mainland of Honduras and allied with the Spanish in the fortress town of Trujillo. Unfortunately, a brief civil war in 1832 found the Caribs on the wrong side and once again many were forced to flee to neighboring British Honduras.

In 1823, the Garifuna in Honduras sided with the Royalist cause in an abortive attempt to overthrow the government in Honduras and to avoid escape of persecution many fled to British Honduras (Belize) under the leadership of Alejo Beni where they founded Dangriga.

In 1837, soldiers killed Garinagu in Honduras. A number of them fled to British Honduras (Belize) where they founded the village of Yonton, from whom the present inhabitants of Hopkins originated.

Between 1832 to1900, the Garinagu in Belize consolidated their settlements and spread from Dangriga to Seine Bight, Monkey River, Punta Negra, Barranco, Livingston, Hopkins and Georgetown.

We offer our guests an opportunity to go back in time and come live in a different world for a while. We welcome you to learn the ways of the Garifuna. You'll go on fishing trips, then prepare your catch along with other delightful Garinagu foods with the help of your family hosts. You'll interact with the community in Hopkins and Dangriga visiting schools, local Garifuna Artisans and Landmarks including the Gulisi Museum. In the evening, we'll teach you our traditional dancing and playing of drums.

Garifuna Drums, Artifacts & Cultural Apparel are available. Please contact us for ordering and shipping details.

Garifuna Culture

Today, the Garinagu struggle to keep their culture alive. It is the devotion of the Garinagu to their roots which sets them apart from the other ethnic groups in Belize. While many Garinagu are professed Catholics, they have retained numerous traditions and rituals from their Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Central to the Garifuna community is the belief in and respect for the ancestors. The Garinagu retain their powerful spiritual connection with past generations of any family group through a ritual called "Dugu". A Spiritual leader called a "Buyei" or shaman presides over family members, who travel from all over the world to gather at the dugu meeting place called a "temple". No expense is spared as fresh seafood, pork, fowl and cassava bread are prepared for days of healing, dancing, drumming and communing with the spiritual world.

This spiritualism spawns a wealth of creativity among Garinagu in the form of music, dance and art. Punta Rock is a modern musical interpretation of a Garinagu cultural dance. The Punta dance accompanying the music - with its seductive movements and rhythmic beat - is Belize's most popular dance.

Another favorite dance - the "John Canoe" - is performed during the Christmas season. The dancer wears a mask which resembles an English face topped by a hand-made hat similar to the English naval hats of the 18th century. The dance displayed the skills of warrior-slaves while mocking their British overseers.

The traditional Garifuna colors are yellow, black, and white. Women often wear long dresses sewn from checkered material along with colored head pieces. Bright colors, distorted perspective and historical themes dominate the work of the many talented Garinagu painters. Hand made drums of cedar and mahogany, stretched with deer skin, continually pound the African beat in most Garifuna villages. Garifuna crafts include traditional cloth dolls, coconut leaf baskets and maracas made of calabash gourds.

Traditional Garifuna foods are based on coconut milk, garlic, basil, and black pepper. Banana and plantain are grated, mashed, boiled or baked. Fish boiled in coconut milk, called serre, served with mashed plantain called hudut, is a deliciously rich meal.

Cassava, or manioc, is a woody shrub or herb which, like potatoes, has tuberous roots. But unlike potatoes, the juice which lies between the fibers of the manioc root is poisonous. The secret of extracting the root, involves a two-day process. First, the root is dug out before daybreak. The skin is peeled off, and the root is grated into a mash on stone studded boards. This mash is placed into a wala, a long, narrow, loosely woven tube made of palm fronds. When stretched, the wala compresses the mash, squeezing out the poisonous fluid. The resulting dehydrated cassava mash is then sun dried and made into flour, which can be sifted and baked into flat round loaves. The course "trash" left from the sifting is baked black and simmered with ginger, sugar, and sweet potatoes into a favorite drink called Hiu.

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About Palmento Grove

Hopkins Belize Hostel World offers an amazing and enriching cultural experience with memories to last a lifetime.  Palmento Grove Eco Cultural Hostel owned and operated by the Martinez Family welcomes you to submerge yourself in the Beauty of Belize Hostels & Hopkins Hostels to enjoy all the wonderful Cultural & Natural attractions.

Enjoy our rustic natively exotic hostel while being hosted by our hospitable family. Come experience Palmento Grove the best Hostel in Hopkins located in a beautiful, secluded lagoon setting where you will be surrounded by tropical flora, fauna and a magnificent mountain view.   We offer a Belize Hostel Adventure filled with a rich cultural diversity, live drumming, singing and dancing, tasty Hopkins Belize Hostel Food and birds singing.  Let your Hopkins Belize Hostel Experience be remarkable adventurous yet safe.

Book your stay with us in the beautiful coastal Garifuna Village of Hopkins and let your Hopkins Belize Hostel experience be the best while you snorkel, hike, kayak, zipline, horseback ride & visit the magnificent Maya Ruins just to mention some of the many wonders of Belize Hostel World. For the culturally adventurous at heart, explore the Indigenous Garifuna & Mayan Culture through the soul of hospitable Belizeans that is sure to make your cultural vacation first-class.   Immerse in the impressive masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity as declared by UNESCO. Discover our vivid arts and let the Garifuna Drums move your body & soul.

Fascinated by the pulsating rhythms of the Garifuna drums? We are that please to share in the fulfilment of your quest to learn to play the drums and become members of our drummers club. Immerse in our unique language, rich cuisine and our exotic way of life. Be one with Belize’s natural and cultural heritage: Experience sunrise at dawn while fishing in a traditional dorey.Garifuna traditional cooking made easy: Share our recipes and food preparation with talented cooks.

Palmento Grove Hopkins Hostel is your able host to enjoying a breath-taking and exciting Hopkins Belize Hostel Vacation.  Hopkins Belize Hostel World offering an enriching vacation experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Palmento Grove Hopkins Hostel is your able host to enjoying a breath-taking and exciting cultural vacation in at one of the best Hopkins Belize Hostels.  Our Cabanas built from a mixture of native and contemporary material offers a unique nightly experience.   Our rooms are equipped with private bath, Air Condition/fan, 2 beds with orthopedic mattresses, WIFI and Cable TV to surely provide you a good night’s rest after a day full of adventure.

Hopkins Belize Hostel caters for all our guests.  Our Palmento Grove Restaurant & Bar welcomes you to dine with us in a clean & comfortable atmosphere, where you will be sure to enjoy a wide range of cultural and Belizean Gourmet Cuisine for Vegetarians and Vegans, cold Belizean Beers and a selection of local and imported liquor.

Our meeting facility is a one of its kind in Hopkins Village. Nestled in scenic & private grounds, the facility can host up to 75 persons.  Catering arrangements can be tailored to taste and budget.

The name Palmento Grove was derived from the main vegetation of the land on which the Hostel is located in Hopkins that is palmetto trees and mangrove. The name Palmetto was later tweaked to create Palmento Grove. The Martinez Family chose to focus on the Palmetto and Mangrove Trees because they represent who we are as the owners, which is resilient and dynamic and ready to take on the challenges of the business world determined to success as local native business owners offering the best Belizean Vacation Experience to every visitor at our natively exotic family Hostel.  Every visitor is a member of our family with whom we proudly share our culture.   We aim at delivering a tourism product that truly contributes to making the world a better place.  As avid contributors to our community and culture we actively strive to positively contribute to the preservation of the Garifuna Culture by sharing it with our valued guest that makes our business the success that it is.

Adventure & Pleasure with a natively exotic Garifuna Flavor!

From the comment book

Marianne Marzano (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

Beautiful property! excellent food! Gracious hosts!: Palmento Grove Lodge Guest Book - Hopkins Vacation - February 2014

Pete & Fran Evans (CUMBRIA, UNITED KINGDOM)

Warm and friendly hospitality, tranquil environment.  Funky Cabana!! Excellent supper and breakfast!  Thank you.: Palmento Grove Lodge Guest Book - Hopkins Vacation - February 2014

Douglas Miller & Patty Man (CANADA)

Lovely spot!  Great meals and friendly owners!! Thank you (best shower yet!!): Palmento Grove Lodge Guest Book - Hopkins Vacation - February 2014

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