"A Little Out of the Way for Traditional Culture" Top 5 Page for this destination Hopkins by MrRandMcnally

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Hopkins Belize

Hopkins is a small town south of Dangriga. It has beautiful sandy white beaches and wonderful people. There are two luxerious resorts south of town with diving tours but we stayed in a lovely inn closer to town, It gave us a much better chance to get to know the people.

Garifuna Culture

The Garifuna culture is a mix of african and caribian that centered around the Garifuna language that has been listed as a culture treasure by the UN. With a pounding drum based music and hip shaking punta dancing, the cultural pride is everywhere in Hopkins.

Settlement Day

Every november 19 the Garifuna selebrate the day that the ended their search for a home and were allowed to settle in Belize.

The day starts with a recreation of the first landing, followed by a catholic mass and a day of dancing and eating. I've heard that Dangriga has the bigger celebration with a huge concert but Hopkins gives a smaller more intimate and traditional celebration.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Beaches, wonderful people
  • Cons:Sand Flees
  • In a nutshell:If you can get there for Settlement day do it
  • Last visit to Hopkins: Nov 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 24, 2004
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2005 at 5:43 PM

    An excellent page on Hopkins and your experiences there!! I'm with you - I like the look of the Hopkins Inn and being near the people of the village is the only way to go! Great tips!

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2005 at 6:16 AM

    Nice page on Hopkins and the Garifuna.

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