Belize // The south //


The small village of Hopkins, south of Dangriga and stretching along a bay, is home to well over a thousand Garífuna. Garífuna Settlement Day, on November 19, is celebrated enthusiastically here, and the friendly villagers are rightly proud of their rich heritage. Garífuna continues to be widely spoken here and the village is a great place to learn more about this unique culture. You can see drumming at the Lebeha Drumming Center (they host a performance most nights), and there are plenty of artists’ workshops dotted throughout the village; visit Charlie Miller at his workshop near the school for his excellent local knowledge and charming wooden handicrafts.

You can rent kayaks at Tipple Tree Beya (the lagoon just north of the village is a great place for kayaking), located on the beach near the village’s south end; windsurfing equipment at Windschief, also in the southern section of the beach; and bicycles (Bz$20/day) from Tina’s Bike Rental, on the road toward the village’s southern end. Many hotels can also arrange snorkelling or diving trips to the reef and cayes further out.

There are plenty of accommodation options here, with hotels, cabañas and resorts at all price ranges lining the beach. A good variety of restaurants serve simple Garífuna and Creole meals as well as cuisine with a more international flavour.

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