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The Funky Dodo Backpackers

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Karuba South Main street Steps Away From The Main Intersection In The Village, Hopkins Belize
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/25/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

About

#1 of 16 Specialty lodging in Hopkins
Location
4.6
Cleanliness
4.3
Service
4.6
Value
4.6
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel is located right in center of the original Garifuna village of Hopkins on the Caribbean coast of Belize. We offer comfortable budget accommodation in the spacious 16 bed dormitory in full size single bunk beds and we have 10 private rooms that accommodate from 1 to 4 people with either shared or private bathrooms. We have free high speed Wi-Fi everywhere on the property and a cool shaded sandy yard where you can relax and chill out. We have hammocks and plenty of seating, a well equipped kitchen free of use and plenty of clean bathrooms. We assist our guests with the finding the best, lowest cost tour operators; you will be able to get out there and see the sights for the best prices in town. We are here to help and we will make sure you know where you are going and you know how to get there and that you are fully aware of all the things to see in and around the village. Come hang out with the coolest people from all around the world! See you soon! On a motorcycle or bicycle tour? The Funky Dodo has secure, roofed parking inside our compound, and an overnight security guard!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Kids stay free
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Street parking
Wifi
Diving
Hiking
Mini golf
Snorkeling
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Sun deck
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Kitchenware
Walk-in shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German, Polish

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Grade: 49 out of 100
19Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
278Reviews5Q+A43Room tips
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Tori G wrote a review Jun 2022
Northport, Alabama2 contributions
Outstanding hostel centrally located in a really chill town. The owners are so kind. We really enjoyed the hammocks and the mangos The place was clean and green. Bikes for rent super cheap. Comfortable beds
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jun 12, 2022
Thank you so much for your kind review. Until the next time, we wish you safe and happy travels!
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Tommy C wrote a review May 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed at the Funky Dodo with 6 of my friends in their dormitory rooms (8 beds in a room), and we had a great time. One of the owners, Roy, is definitely a character but is a great host. He gave all my friends and I towels for free and gave great recommendations for things to do in Hopkins. I didn’t catch the name of the other owner, but she was very sweet and kind. What I thought made the hostel so nice was the mix of people staying there. While our group was at Funky Dodo, there was a Swiss dude, a Portuguese girl, a British girl, two Dutch guys, a few French guys, and some other Americans. It was cool to see and talk to all people from different countries.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded Jun 1, 2022
Thank you so much for your kind review! Anna and I try to make everyone feel at home. We hope to see you all again soon. We wish you safe and happy travels!
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Lisa F wrote a review Jan 2022
Hartford, Connecticut97 contributions52 helpful votes
My partner and I stumbled on this place--after initially being put off by the word "funky" in its name. We got a spacious private room with a private bath. Breezy, nice courtyard, decent coffee in the morning. Lovely owners. Close to everything. Stay here!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jan 28, 2022
Thank you so much for your kind review! We wish you safe and happy travels!
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vanessamatthews57 wrote a review Apr 2021
Dallas, Texas1 contribution3 helpful votes
Enjoyed our stay, the treehouse feel was great. We were rained with sweet mangos from the tree. Very peaceful feel hammocks fresh coffee every morning. Perfect area, walking distance to everything. I would definitely recommend. Perfect for any budget
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Responded Apr 19, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review. So glad to have met you, hope to see you again soon! We wish you safe and happy travels!
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Marusa wrote a review Apr 2021
Raleigh, North Carolina16 contributions3 helpful votes
Great hostel on the coast in Hopkins. Just off the beach. Nice courtyard with hammocks and an outdoor kitchen. Balcony overlooks the courtyard. Coffee ready in the morning. Super friendly staff that were great with suggestions on where to go in Hopkins
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Apr 16, 2021
Thank you so much for your review! So happy to have you part of the FD family. See you again soon! We wish you safe and happy travels!
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EazyEsteppe wrote a review Apr 2021
Pekin, Illinois1 contribution1 helpful vote
Anna and Roy were great and very accommodating. Met some very cool people who also stayed there. Room was nice and clean. Hammocks, walkways and seating were all cleaned/wiped down daily. I will definitely stay here again if I find myself back in Hopkins.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Responded Apr 16, 2021
Thank you so much for your review! So happy to have you part of the FD family. See you again soon! We wish you safe and happy travels!
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Dawn L wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Amazing place to stay. Anna and Roy were the best host ever and went out of their way to help. Would not hesitate whatsoever to choose the funky dodo again on our next stay. ..and the mangoes that fell on our roof every night were delicious and free.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Responded Apr 13, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review! See you soon. We wish you safe and happy travels!
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Gloria wrote a review Jan 2021
New Orleans, United States7 contributions4 helpful votes
Post-covid review. I had a great one-night stay at Funky Dodo on 12/28/20. I booked the stay online for my first night in Belize since it is gold-certified. It was a clean room and had open air from the windows. I used the communal showers, which had open air filtering through. Regarding COVID, it felt very safe since the kitchen and bathroom were in an open space. I did buy some groceries at a store within 5 minutes of walking to cook. I used the gas stove and some spices that have accumulated over time. They also provide water for 50 cents a liter in the form of the blue water jug in the kitchen. It was very convenient! The purpose of staying in Hopkins was so that I could visit Bocawina Adventures, which I was able to. It's about a 25 minute drive from Funky Dodo. It's also close to the Jaguar Preserve/Cockscomb. Roy and Anna run the hostel together and they were very kind and gave me good tips on traveling in Belize. I had a great conversation with Roy! As a solo female traveler, I felt very safe there. There are security guards that are there during the entire night. I would definitely recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Responded Feb 24, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are Gold Standard certified for health and safety, and keep to all protocols. We hope to see you again soon, and wish you safe and happy travels!
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Olivia S wrote a review Jan 2021
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My friends and I stayed at Funky Dodo on a post-university trip to Belize in 2017. This was our first hostel of many across the country and we loved it here! While we were there, Roy and Anna, the owners, got married and invited us to join in eating their wedding cake! After moving on to another hostel, we realized we had left behind a phone and watch. We emailed Anna and Roy and they mailed it to us at to our next location. They didn't even charge us for the mail! I've been meaning to write a review ever since... better late than never? I've stayed at a lot of hostels since and the hospitality at Funky Dodo is unmatched.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Jan 2, 2021
Wow, that brings back some wonderful memories. Thank you so much for the review, we hope to see you again soon! Safe and happy travels!
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Amber3936 wrote a review Jul 2020
Corozal, Belize1 contribution
We had a quick overnight trip to Hopkins and were looking for a well located, clean, friendly, and economical place to stay. Funky Dodo checked all of the boxes for that. The accommodations are modest but the common area is great with lots of seating areas to read, play games, cook meals, or mingle with guests. The beach is just a few steps away and is fantastic for long walks or catching the sunrise. Owners Anna and Roy go out of their way to make guests comfortable and were fun to talk to.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Responded Jul 27, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was great to meet you, and we wish you safe and happy travels!
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PRICE RANGE
$35 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
BelizeStann CreekHopkins
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Funky Dodo Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to The Funky Dodo Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Sew Much Hemp (0.2 miles) and Holy Family Catholic Church (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Funky Dodo Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at The Funky Dodo Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, blackout curtains, and a stovetop.
Is parking available at The Funky Dodo Backpackers?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Funky Dodo Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Coconut Husk, Thongs cafe, and Loggerheads Pub & Grille.
Is The Funky Dodo Backpackers located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Hopkins.
Are pets allowed at The Funky Dodo Backpackers?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Funky Dodo Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Polish.