We really loved our stay at Gloria's house. It was everything we needed! Vacationing with adult children, 3 rooms were a must. The place had most of the comforts of home; a full kitchen, cable TV (we even watched our beloved Badgers lose in the NCAA tournament?) internet access, 2 bikes and water toys! We were warned earlier by other reviews about the cold water showers. We brought along a camping shower and so from time to time we enjoyed a solar heated shower. The noseums were not a problem for my husband and son, but my daughter and I were not as lucky. There's just wasn't anyway to get around them. We fell in love with Belize and its people. So much to do and see. We highly recommend the following: bioluminescence with "Lucky," "Antelope" trail in the Mayflower Bocawina preserve. At the end of the trail you get rewarded by a swimming pool and waterfalls. The Cockscome Basin has a real 40 minute lazy river to enjoy! Lastly, Hopkins is the best place to stay. Very chill!
This house is located on the north side of town in Hopkins near Driftwood Pizza. It's very hard to find at night as there are no street signs in Hopkins and sometimes it's hard to tell a street from a lane way. If you are going here make sure you get precise directions and Gloria's phone number. In General it's pretty close to everything in town and the two bikes that come with the place are a huge help with the shopping trips, particularly the one with the basket on the front. The pictures of the property are accurate it's right on the beach with a great view from the balcony and when we were there a constant breeze coming off the ocean. We had six people in our group and their was plenty of room.
Gloria is the caretaker of the property and can help you with just about anything whether it's minor issues with the property itself or where to find a good place to eat. Speaking of places to eat, Gloria has her own little Restaurant out front and she can cook you a meal if you ask. She cooked us sweet and sour pork chops with mashed potatoes and vegetables and it was one of the best meals I had in Belize and there is a lot of good food in Belize.
This is not an issue with renting the property itself but I was very disappointed with the amount of garbage in Hopkins. It's a very nice area with lots of things to do and very friendly people but the amount of garbage could prevent a lot of people from making this a repeat destination.
I'm so glad we found this Gem, neighbors and surrounding where great, Love the Village atmosphere. :)
We enjoyed our stay at this beach home. Gloria, and her son, greeted us as we arrived after dark. They cheerfully helped us find the home which would not have been possible in the dark otherwise. We were even personally guided to a recommended local restaurant on the beach which became a favorite.
The home is comfortable and not pretentious. A warning for those uninitiated to Belize - unless told otherwise, assume that hot water is not an option and utilize the cool shower for cleanliness and comfort after a hot day, not in the cool of the morning.
This rental is a nice place to stay and gives you an opportunity to really get to know the locals - some of the friendliest, warmest people I have ever met.
We enjoyed are time in Hopkins and the house was just what we needed . We can't wait to return !! The caretaker Gloria was wonderful . Our view of the ocean was perfect !!!