BY PLANE - recommended
Flying from Belize International Airport to Dangriga and then taking a shuttle to Hopkins is the easiest, fastest and (for two people) cheapest way of getting here. The flight is 18 minutes and costs USD $164.50 (as of January 2017)/person for a round trip ticket – International Airport to Dangriga, then back to International Airport. We are an agent for Tropic Air and happy to book your flights at no cost to you – just let us know the arrival and departure times of your international flights and we’ll take care of the rest! You won’t pay us for the flight; you’ll pay Tropic Air when you arrive at the airport in Belize City.
Once you arrive in Dangriga, we’ll have a shuttle waiting to pick you up and drive you to Hopkins, which takes 30 minutes and costs USD $55 each way (for 1-4 people.) For those who don’t wish to fly, we are happy to arrange a shuttle to drive you on the three-hour trip to Hopkins for USD $200 (up to four people.)
There is one road leading out of the airport, and it dead-ends at the Northern Highway. Turn left on the Northern Highway and follow for about 10-12 minutes until you see the Burrell Boom Road on the left. Turn onto the Burrell Boom Road and follow it until the end – about 15 minutes. You will pass the Hattieville Prison on your right toward the end. The Burrell Boom Road will eventually join with the Western Highway at a roundabout in Hattieville. Drive west all the way to Belmopan on the Western Highway, which takes about 45 minutes. The Western Highway continues west to San Ignacio, but you will turn left at Belmopan, and drive straight to a roundabout and then onto the Hummingbird Highway. (You will actually bypass the center of Belmopan this way.)
Before you hit the roundabout and Hummingbird Highway, you will pass a gas station on your left; this is your last gas station for an hour, so check your fuel! Follow the Hummingbird Highway east toward Dangriga for about an hour, and don’t forget to enjoy the scenery! You will pass through many villages, the Maya Mountains, citrus groves, two citrus processing factories (one on your right, then one on your left) and finally there will be a Shell gas station on your right. You will take the very next right after the Shell Station, which is the Southern Highway. (If you end up in Dangriga, you’ve gone 6 miles too far!)
Follow the Southern Highway for about 10 miles. A few miles after passing Silk Grass Village, you will see a sign for the Hopkins Road on your left. You’re almost there! The Hopkins Road is about 4 miles. When you arrive in Hopkins Village, take a right, and we’ll be the first long driveway to your left (you’ll see our sign) – just drive right to the beach. Welcome!
Expect a long ride and lots of waiting if you take the bus system. You will need to take a taxi from Belize International Airport (which is actually in Ladyville) to the bus station in Belize City, which costs about BZ$50. You will then take several buses – one to Belmopan, the next to Dangriga. From Dangriga, only two buses go directly into Hopkins: one at 11 am, the other at 4:45 pm. If you can’t make one of these buses, either take a taxi from Dangriga to Hopkins (USD $50), or take a bus going to Placencia, Independence or Punta Gorda, and ask to be dropped off at the Hopkins Junction. From the junction, you will need to hitchhike four miles into the village. (Alternately, you can make arrangements with us to send a taxi, but do it before you leave Dangriga because there is no cell phone service at the junction! Also please note that taxis will charge extra if they wait for too long at the junction.) Once you arrive at the crossroads in Hopkins, turn right, and we are the first long driveway on your left – going to the sea!