An eco-lodge adventure in the Rainforests of Southern Belize, with relaxation & beach-time in the Garifuna village of Hopkins
The Bocawina – Hopkins Jungle and Beach Explorer combines a four night active adventure at Bocawina Rainforest Resort with three nights in the beachside community of Hopkins.
This itinerary is ideal for guests who would like to combine an off-the-grid rainforest experience with some beach time at the nearby Garifuna fishing village.
- Stay in an eco-lodge in the heart of the tropical Belizean rainforest – wake up to the sounds of birds overhead, and experience the first light of the day through the jungle mist.
- Select four guided adventure experiences from Bocawina Resort’s extensive list of Activities and Excursions (link to activity page). Decide how active or relaxed you want to be!
- Take a guided trail walk in the Mayflower Bocawina Rainforest or journey through the rainforest canopy on the regions’ longest zip-line.
- Spend three nights at a Beach Hotel in the coastal village of Hopkins. Swim, snorkel, relax poolside, and experience the community’s rich Garifuna culture.
Available any date, any time of year
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
You will be picked up at Dangriga Airstrip or our Dangriga Operations Base and travel a beautiful 30 minute drive “off the grid” into the heart of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. (Our office can assist you with transportation to Dangriga from Belize International Airport or other parts of Belize).
Bocawina Rainforest Resort is a true eco-resort in the middle of Mayflower Bocawina National Park. The lodge is powered by an array of solar panels and a seasonal small-scale hydroelectric generating station. Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant so you can share daily experiences with family and friends from this remote rainforest setting.
Upon arrival, after a special orientation, you will have time to settle into the lodge and learn about the experiences that lie ahead in the surrounding mountains and rainforest. This itinerary gives you the flexibility to pick your own tours from an extensive range of activities and excursions available on-site, off-site and within the national park. You can select four tours, customizing them to suit your activity level and interests.
Considering starting off with the Rainforest Canopy Zip-line, an exhilarating ride with eight runs and a rappel. Or join a guided nocturnal hike that evening, and witness first-hand the fascinating transformation of the jungle at night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Rise with the sun and be on the grounds for the first rays of light emerging through the jungle mist. Waking up to the sounds of the tropical jungle is a pure delight, with the chatter of parrots and parakeets flying overhead, the fresh morning air scented with tropical blossoms, and the expectation of an exciting adventure-filled day ahead. There is no need to venture off the property to experience the essence of the jungle. Finding a quiet spot to sip a coffee with binoculars in-hand is a sure way to soak in the surroundings.
After breakfast, your will embark on your selected tour for the day. Try a guided Bocawina rainforest trail walk, hiking along bush trails as you discover local birds, wildlife, leading to waterfalls and unexcavated Mayan ruins. Your guides will point out medicinal plants and bring to life the layers of biological diversity that make the worlds’ tropical rainforests such a rewarding experience.
Should you prefer, venture further afield on one of the many off-site adventures. Descend into the Mayan archeological site of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, the most popular caving expedition in Belize. Alternately, cruise along the wildlife-rich Monkey River with a stop at Placencia for lunch and a bit of shopping.
Meals: Breakfast at Bocawina; Meals on Own in Hopkins
Your last morning at Bocawina is completely flexible. You can stay close to the lodge or follow a trail to a favorite pool or waterfall. We can transfer you to Hopkins right after breakfast, or drop you off later in the day. The choice is yours!
Upon arrival at Hopkins, settle into your room, then head out to the pool area for a refreshing beverage and dip. We have left your time at Hopkins totally flexible so you can be as relaxed or as active as you like. Lounge poolside, hop on a bicycle or sign up for an optional excursion at the hotel activity desk.
Meals can be enjoyed at the hotel, or you may want to check out some of the nearby restaurants and bars. Hopkins has an interesting mix of cultures and cooking styles. It is attracting some very talented chefs that are adding to the great local cooks in the village.
Meals: Meals on your own
Spend the next two days relaxing by the pool, strolling along the beach, and discovering Hopkins Village and the surrounding area.
Watch the local fisherman paddle out at sunrise in dug-out canoes to catch their fish for the day. Take a kayak out to see the sun set over Victoria's Peak, and view the rest of the mystic Maya Mountains as another day in paradise closes its eyes. Enjoy an evening of local Garifuna Drumming and sample some Belizean cuisine. Mingle with the friendly villagers, and experience Hopkins’ rich Garifuna culture.
You will be met in Dangriga and transferred to Bocawina Rainforest Resort, located inside the 7000 acre Mayflower Bocawina National Park and adjacent to the world famous 10000 acre Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve. You will have four days at our unique eco-lodge in this remote jungle setting, and the opportunity to hand pick your daily adventures! Select four tours from our diverse range of activities and excursions being offered on-site, off-site and within the park. We give you the flexibility to set the pace and choose just how active you want to be.
Journey through the rainforest canopy on the regions’ longest zip-line or do a waterfall rappel and hike to Antelope Falls. For a mellower experience, enjoy the beauty of the jungle by horseback or visit the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech.
After your time in the rainforest, you will travel a short 30 minute drive to Hopkins, a small fishing village of 1500 people on the Central Coast of Southern Belize. Hopkins is known for its friendly people, and is one of a few towns in Belize where you still hear locals speaking in Garifuna to one another on the street! You will spend three nights at a beachfront hotel, with time to swim, relax by the pool and wander the streets to catch the cultural vibe of this eclectic community.
Beaches & Dreams Boutique Hotel & Beachfront Cabanas
Beaches and Dreams is located at the southern edge of a five mile stretch of beach. It is the "last resort" on the beach. You can enjoy a feeling of seclusion, yet are still within walking distance of other resorts and the village of Hopkins.
Beaches and Dreams accommodations are perfect for couples and families alike! The resort offers cozy, tastefully furnished beachfront rooms with amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. All rooms have WIFI access.
Beachfront Cabanas -These spacious rooms feature tiled floors and hardwood accents throughout and are furnished with colorful Belizean paintings and some of Belize's beautiful, local artwork. They offer uninterrupted views of the sea and are shaded by coconut trees. Enjoy a peaceful night's sleep listening to the sea or take in a sunrise from the hammock chair on your front porch. Situated a few yards from the Caribbean Sea, these rooms have beautiful ocean views. The cabanas have a King Bed, futon or bunk beds. All accommodations have a private bath with hot and cold running water, ceiling and floor fans, but do not have televisions or phones. Restaurants
Foodies are welcomed at the Barracuda Bar & Grill, one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in Belize. The Barracuda offers world class Mediterranean Cuisine and serves it casual Belizean style. It has a wonderful open air dining deck only 30 feet from the sea. The chef uses the freshest Caribbean ingredients which are cooked up Mediterranean-style. Lobster, shrimp, fish, steaks, smoked items and organic vegetables are prepared daily. The Barracuda is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Beachside Swimming Pool.
- Complimentary use of kayaks and bicycles
- Tours & Activities - Optional tours and activities can be booked at the lodge for an additional charge.
Parrots Cove Lodge
Parrot’s Cove Lodge is a comfortable beachfront hotel on the Caribbean coastline within easy walking distance of town. It is the perfect location whether you are seeking offshore and inland adventures, or simply looking for rest and relaxation.
Tropically decorated poolside rooms, with either one queen-sized bed or two double beds and a sitting area. All guestrooms have air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, coffee maker, small fridge, LCD television and clock radio/alarm. Restaurants
Chef Rob’s Gourmet Café overlooks the sea, features an eclectic cooking style, and changes its dinner menu daily based on availability of market fresh product. Love on the Rocks is a small cozy beach restaurant offering ‘stone grill cooking’, bringing back a tradition started thousands of years ago by the ancient Maya.
- Pool & Beach - Our Hopkins Resort is situated right on the beach. The beachfront is ideal for lounging, and the proximity to the Barrier Reef and atolls make diving and snorkeling accessible and convenient. Hidden in the landscaped courtyard, the pool reflects the resort’s intimate atmosphere of a private retreat. The waterfall tumbles over a mosaic mural of playful dolphins, the perfect spot for relaxing with a drink and a good book.
- Resort Gear - Guests have free use of our bicycles, kayaks, and snorkel gear (complimentary snorkel, mask and fins when used on property). The Village of Hopkins is 1-1/4 miles away by road (exit right from our front drive and enjoy an easy ride for approximately 10 -15 minutes!
- Tours & Activities – Optional tours and activities can be booked at the lodge for an additional charge.