Just spent an amazing long weekend at Jaguar Reef with a deal we bought on Living Social. It was a very easy transfer in Belize City from the commercial flight to the short flight out to Dangriga, and Jamal was waiting there to drive us to Jaguar Reef. He offered to stop at a store if we needed anything and answered all our questions about where to eat and what to do.
Upon arrival at the resort, we received our welcome drinks and had lunch. Ashley gave us a tour of the property and showed us to our room. It was quite spacious, even with a roll-away bed added, and we never felt like we were on top of each other.
TOURS: We did the barrier reef snorkeling and the Mayflower Waterfall hike with rappelling. Both were excellent! It was my first time doing both, and the guides made me feel very comfortable and safe.
DINING: We only ate breakfast and lunch at Jaguar Reef. Decent food, but you should definitely explore the area for other options. We went to Chef Rob’s and Barracuda Bar & Grill (down the beach to the right) and Hamanasi (down the beach to the left). Incredible meals at all three places, although you are paying resort prices.
VILLAGE: Go into Hopkins! We rode the free bikes, but you can also take a motorbike or golf cart. There are several good restaurants, as well as shops. We had breakfast one morning at Thong’s Café, lunch at Iris’s (seafood soup to die for), and dinner at Frog’s Point. Everything is so fresh and delicious! If you are in the market for jewelry, go to Seashell Art by Alex (right across the street from Iris’s). His pieces, made from various shells, sea creatures, coconut and local woods, are exquisite, and the prices are reasonable.
PEOPLE: Everyone is so warm and friendly! Not just resort staff, but the villagers you meet, as well. One evening, we took a taxi to the main crossroad in town (at King Cassava’s). The road from the resort is very dark at night, and being 2 females, we felt safer doing that. Barbara was our driver, and we arranged a pick-up time for the ride back. We were about 10 minutes late to meet her and she was no longer there, but she lives across the street from King Cassava’s, so someone went to get her. She told us she was getting worried about us and was going to drive the road back to the resort to look for us if we hadn’t shown up in a few more minutes.
TIPS: Bring cash for shopping and dining in Hopkins (bills less than $20 US, preferably). Bug spray is VITAL, especially in the jungle.
Overall, I highly recommend Belize and Jaguar Reef. I don’t know if it’s different during the high season, but it wasn’t a wild, party atmosphere, or overrun by kids. It was a great mix of families, couples, friends. We are already talking about going back next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Proud member of ViVA BELiZE, the leading Hotel Group and Adventure Company in Belize for the past 20 years. This beachfront resort is - An Untouched Paradise offering a unique Jungle and Sea Venture. It is an oasis of relaxation, with sunny skies, panoramic views of the ocean and just minutes away from the Garifuna Fishing Village of Hopkins. Other features of Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa: -WINNER 2015 TripAdvisor HALL OF FAME Award -FULL Service In-house Spa -Longest & Finest Beach in Belize -Pool with Swim up Tiki Bar -Kids pool -Beachfront Dining -Water Sports & Land Adventure Tour Desk ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jaguar Reef Hotel Hopkins
- Jaguar Reef Resort
- Jaguar Reef Lodge & Spa Belize/Hopkins