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Island Expeditions Launches New Trip

Jungle and Beach: Placencia or Hopkins

Island Expeditions Launches New Trip

Jungle and Beach: Placencia or Hopkins

Jungle And Beach Explorer

Island Expeditions Launches New Trip: Jungle & Beach Placencia or Hopkins

After a 3-year hiatus, we are bringing back one of our most popular independent travel adventures: The Jungle & Beach Explorer!  This exciting trip combines the best of both worlds: an eco-lodge adventure in the rainforests of Southern Belize and relaxation at a beach resort on the Placencia Peninsula or in the seaside Garifuna village of Hopkins. 

This seasonal trip, available from May 1 to November 30, is designed for couples and families seeking an unforgettable vacation experience! This popular trip includes accommodation at Bocawina Rainforest Resort, and now offers two new beach hotel options: The Umaya Resort Placencia and the Colonial Inn Hopkins.



Bocawina Rainforest Resort: An Eco-Adventure Haven

Located in the Southern Maya Mountains, adjacent to the renowned 100,000-acre Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, Bocawina Rainforest Resort provides a one-of-a-kind eco-lodge experience. Nowhere else in Belize can you enjoy the comforts of a boutique eco-lodge, Belizean style dining, and a limitless selection of adventures within a National Park.  Centrally located in the heart of the Maya Mountains in the Stann Creek District.


Bocawina Rainforest Resort


Surrounded by waterfalls cascading into crystal-clear jungle pools and teeming with resplendent tropical birds and wild cats, the resort offers an extraordinary setting for your rainforest adventure. 

Enjoy the comforts of a boutique eco-lodge, savor Belizean-style dining, and embark on a limitless selection of adventures within the 7,000-acre Mayflower Bocawina National Park. Guided onsite adventures include ziplining, waterfall rappelling, hiking, and birdwatching, allowing you to immerse yourself in the wonders of this broadleaf tropical rainforest.   


Bocawina Rainforest Resort


Want to explore on your own? There are miles of hiking trails, all leading to beautiful natural waterfalls, and swimming holes that will leave you breathless.

With over 300 bird species identified in our National Park, Bocawina is the perfect destination for birdwatchers. Bocawina Mayflower National Park is also part of the Belize Jaguar Corridor, a protected habitat for big wild cats and endemic species. 


Bocawina Rainforest Resort adventures


Placencia: A Tropical Paradise on the Peninsula

Situated on the picturesque Placencia Peninsula, only a 60 minute drive south of Bocawina, Placencia is a tropical paradise like no other. With its idyllic white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees, Placencia is a dream destination for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts. 


Umaya resort Placencia


This vibrant coastal town offers a delightful blend of relaxation and adventure. Take a leisurely stroll along the narrow sidewalk, dotted with charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants serving fresh seafood. Dive into the thriving underwater world of the Belize Barrier Reef, embark on exciting snorkeling or diving trips out to Laughing Bird or the Sapadilla Cayes, or simply unwind on the beach and soak up the sun. Placencia's natural beauty, friendly locals, and stunning landscapes make it a must-visit destination for those seeking a tropical escape like no other.


Umaya resort Placencia


Umaya Resort & Adventures offers a breathtaking setting surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and the sparkling blue ocean. With its prime location, guests can enjoy mesmerizing views of the Caribbean Sea, the Placencia lagoon, and the majestic Maya Mountains in the backdrop. 


Umaya resort Placencia


The resort boasts 430 feet of private beach, where you can bask in the sun, sink your toes into the golden sand, and take refreshing dips in the crystal-clear waters. Additionally, Fyah Bar & Grill and a large swimming pool provide the perfect spots for relaxation. For a taste of Belizean cuisine, Restaurante Laguna offers specially prepared village-inspired dishes, accompanied by breathtaking views of the Cockscomb Basin.

Hopkins: Coastal Charm and Sea Adventures

The charming beach town of Hopkins in Belize is located only 20-minutes east from Bocawina. This traditional fishing town offers a laid-back and authentic coastal experience that captivates visitors with its vibrant culture and natural beauty. This Garifuna village is known for its warm hospitality, lively atmosphere, and stunning sandy beaches that stretch for miles.

Immerse yourself in the local Garifuna culture, sample delicious traditional cuisine, and enjoy the rhythmic sounds of drumming and dancing. Whether you're seeking a tranquil beach getaway, adventurous water activities, or a glimpse into Belize's rich cultural heritage, Hopkins has it all.


The Colonial Inn


The Colonial Inn at Jaguar Reef Resort in the heart of Hopkins Village, offers a captivating beachfront experience. Immerse yourself in the allure of this coastal gem, where you can explore the village's vibrant atmosphere and engage in exciting sea adventures. After a day of exploration, retreat to the Colonial Inn's rooms, featuring hardwood furnishings, refreshing air conditioning, and plush amenities. 


The Colonial Inn


Guests have access to the full-service resort and spa at the adjoining Lodge at Jaguar Reef, which includes a beachfront restaurant, sun-soaked lounge chairs, swaying palms, and colorful kayaks for thrilling water explorations. 

The Paddle House Restaurant, an award-winning culinary destination, entices guests with alfresco fine dining, creative cuisine, decadent cocktails, and panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Big Dock Ceviche Bar, offering a unique spot to enjoy signature ceviche, refreshing cocktails, local beers, and unforgettable sunsets.


The Colonial Inn


Trip Details:

The Jungle & Beach  Explorer starts and finishes in Dangriga. The package includes a 3-night stay in a standard room at Bocawina Rainforest Resort, where meals are provided. The adventure continues with a 3-night stay at either Umaya Resort in Placencia or The Colonial Inn at Jaguar Reef Resort in Hopkins (you choose!). Land transfers between resorts and the local airport are included, along with park fees and taxes.

Want to add an extra night in the Rainforest?

For those opting for an extra night at Bocawina, a variety of off-site tours such as Mayan ruins exploration, cave expeditions, and cultural tours are available! 

Island Expeditions' new Jungle & Beach Placencia and Hopkins trip offers the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation in Belize. Whether you're seeking thrilling activities, serene beachside moments, or cultural experiences, this trip has it all. Book your adventure today and create memories that will last a lifetime in the breathtaking landscapes of Belize.


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