Take a flight from Belize City to Dangriga and then a taxi to Hopkins.
Our Property Manager, Mirko, is a Tropic Air Agent and can arrange your flight and/or taxi travel within Belize.
There are many benefits to using a Tropic Air Agent to book your local flights within Belize. Mirko has the experience and knowledge about time needed between international arrivals/departures and local flights that get you closest to your destination. At no additional cost to you, Mirko will book all your local flights within Belize and surrounding countries and provide details about your travel. You do not pay for local flights until you arrive at the Tropic Air ticket counter before your flight, so if your previous flight was delayed for some reason, it is no problem to book the next available flight at no additional cost.
Email Mirko at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your local flights.
By Car from Belize City
We recommend using Crystal Car Rental. You can access them online and arrange to have the car picked up or dropped off in different locations for an additional fee.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are using a GPS, it may try to take you on the Coastal Road and will also give you a driving time of about 2 hours. DO NOT TAKE the Coastal Road, it is in poor condition. Driving time via Belmopan is at least 3 hrs.
Take the Airport road to the Northern Highway. There will be a gas station on your left at this intersection. (~ 2 minutes, 1 mile, 1.6 km)
Turn left on the Northern Highway and travel to the Burrell Boom cutoff. There will be a couple of tall communication towers on the left side of the road before the Burrell Boom cutoff. (~10 minutes)
Turn left on the Burrell Boom road and take it until it meets the Western Highway at a roundabout in Hattieville. Stay right. (~ 15 minutes, 11.5 miles, 18.5 km)
Turn right or west on the Western Highway and continue past the Coastal Road turnoff (Car rental companies do NOT permit the use of the Coastal Road due to its very poor condition) until you reach the Hummingbird Highway which goes through the outskirts of the capital, Belmopan. (~ 40 minutes, 32 miles, 51.5 km)
Turn left onto the Hummingbird Highway. There are several gas stations just past this and if your gas is low, get it here. Continue on the Hummingbird Highway through the Maya Mountains until you reach the Southern Highway.
The Hummingbird Highway is a beautiful drive but due to the narrow one way bridges (that come up fast!) and the unmarked speed bumps, it is NOT recommended that you drive this section at night. Watch for the Shell gas station on your right which is just before the turn off for the Southern Highway and Hopkins ( last gas station before Hopkins)There will be an Shell gas station on your right just before the turn off to the Southern Highway. Another good spot to fuel up. (~ 1 hour, 10 minutes, 48 miles, 76 km).
Turn right on the Southern Highway to Hopkins. Soon after you pass through Silk Grass village there will be a road to the left toward Hopkins. You will see a covered bus stop on the left. This is the Hopkins Road. Turn Left here. (~ 15 minutes, 10 miles, 16 km)
Take the Hopkins Road until you reach Hopkins Village. (~ 10 minutes, 6 miles) You will see Bus Stop & Grocery store on left. Take a right.
Check-In If You DO NOT have a Cell Phone which works in Belize: Before you head to Casita Del Mar, stop at Mirko’s, our Property Manager. His property is across from Thongs Cafe. To get to Mirko’s property, once you arrive at the main intersection in Hopkins, take a right. Drive for less than 1 minute and once you pass The Happy Store on your right, watch for the sign for Latitude 17. There is also a Like Home sign on the cabana. Leading to the back of this location is a driveway to a 4 storey, tower-like building with double garage doors and a giant wooden bird statue. Mirko and Annett live on the first floor apartment of this building. Park on the street and walk to their apartment. You can call him at 669-2660 once you arrive in the village. He will be expecting you the day you arrive. Mirko will escort you to the house and give you the basic information about the house as well as the keys.
Check-In if You Have a Cell Phone which works in Belize: Proceed directly to Casita Del Mar with the directions noted below.
Call Mirko at 669-2660 and he will meet you at the house for check-in.
Please note that check-in time is 3pm and check-out time is 10am.
From Mirko’s house, continue .6 miles, watch for the Dong Lee Store on the left. Just past Dong Lee’s there is a lane way to the left. Take this left and almost to the beach you will see another lane way to your right, follow that parallel to the beach. You will be following the concrete fence of our neighbour. Stop at the end of the concrete wall as our driveway ends there. If you drive further onto the sand you risk getting stuck.
What to Bring:
Hopkins is a very informal place, so casual clothes are the order of the day.
* Beach wear,
* light long pants and maybe a light sweater (There is nearly always a breeze at the house)
* recyclable water bottle
* hiking shoes
* long sleeve shirt
* bug repellant (You can purchase it locally as well.)
This is a Non-smoking home. Guests are asked to smoke outside and dispose of extinguished butts safely in garbage bins.
Sorry, no pets.
No candles, please.
Housekeeping: Our “Go Green” Linen Exchange and Cleaning Service will provide linen and towels to last up to a week and will provide fresh linens and towels on a weekly basis or more frequently upon request. We also provide cleaning service on a weekly basis or more frequently if requested. This is included in your rental rate.
Recycling: We do try to recycle what we can. Annett will collect beer bottles, along with Coke, Fresca, Fanta, Sprite plastic and glass bottles. NOTE: The plastic bottles must have caps on.
Environmentally Friendly: Belize is a third world country and we believe that as guests to this country we have a responsibility to “be as green as possible”. Our cleaning staff use environmentally green cleaning products, and our lights are all energy efficient. We ask our guests to contribute to our efforts by turning off lights and AC when not in use. We encourage our guests to bring reusable water bottles for hiking and trekking. Regrettably, water bottles are not yet recyclable in Belize.