When we arrive, Gloria was there to shows us the house and suggest where to got for a meal. She also helped us by recommending where we could get groceries for meals at home. Hopkins is a very small village, but has everything we needed. we had fun in the village and on day trips to see Mayan ruins, the jungle, and other sites. The house was an ideal location for everything.
We had a bit of difficulty finding the house upon our drive in from the airport, but the friendliness and helpfulness of the neighbors was perfect and we connected quickly with Gloria. It is a bit of a culture shock initially coming from the structure of North America, but we quickly embraced our new home & neighborhood. The house has everything you need, lots of what you want and was great for our family in terms of space, location, and atmosphere. If you're looking for a resort type setting and luxuries, go to a resort. If you want to get a flavor for local life, this is the place for you. Gloria is a lovely host and we strongly encourage you to eat in her kitchen at least once!! Her surprise delivery of the tastiest guacamole ever was so thoughtful and perfect. Enjoyed walking to Queen Bean for our first dinner and Driftwood Pizza another night. With the drumming center right there we enjoyed falling asleep to the rhythmic music several nights. Since there is no A/C, but lots of ventilation and fans, make sure you are prepared for some heat and humidity, especially in August! If and when we go to Belize again, we'll probably stay here again.
I enjoyed my stay. I felt as if i was at home.
Especially the balcony and ocean front view and breeze.
Everything about the house is perfect.
The people are friendly and Gloria was there to assist.
Will be back soon!
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. :)