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Jungle Jeanie's by the Sea
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Hopkins
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Georgetown, Texas
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“Amazing location and service”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I stayed in the "Tree House" to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were both very impressed with the property, ocean views and service from Jungle Jeanie and her staff. Can not believe something so homey is so close to the water. Has a very B&B fill and you talk to the owners and staff daily, any problem they will solve!


First off, let me say this, Big cash, lots of cash, small bills. We did this and we had no problem on our trip. There is not an ATM in the village and everyone only takes cash for goods and tours even. we took $700 US per and had no problem, could have made it with $500.


We took a puddle jumper from Belize city to Dangria, where Miss Barbara had previously scheduled ground transportation to the resort. A short 40 min drive (last 20 min is down dirt road through Hopkins) and we pulled into Jeanie's. Upon arrival, Resort staff had rooms ready for check in, even through we arrive 2 hours earlier than expected. Juilan took our luggage to our beautiful room 3 levels up, where I had requested Champange and flowers to be placed in the room.(Thanks Barbara!)

The room had a queen size bed, small table, mini fridge and oscolating fan. The bathroom prodive a pedistool sink, toliet and a shower (shower is insta-hot, 120v is wire to shower head) While the shower is not piping hot, it was plenty warm enough to shower on a hot muggy day/night. Our room also had a fronnt deck, which another table and set of chairs were place to enjoy the beach, which was maybe 20 feet away(see photo from door). All windows had screens and clear shutters, which might opt for some to not parade around your room, although there was hardly any foot traffic on the beach during off season. There is a safe on site, but we brought a small travel safe which worked fine.

The beach was well taken care of. I was up every morning by 6am (the wild life will let you know it is time to enjoy the beach) and the staff had already cleaned and raked the beach. There are several chairs and hamicks on the property to use (free). Jeanie also had some water equipment for use.

The Property is guarded by 4 (loving) german sheppards. Being a dog person, I loved playing with them on the Beach (miss you Louie!). Xena and her pups keep out any unwanted visitors, and patrol to property most of the day/night. Now in saying all that, there was/is no need for the protection, has it was incredibly safe in Hopkins while we where there. We walked/golfcart our way up and down Hopkins with no problem day or night. Also there is someone at the property at night incase of emergencies and the owners live on site.

There is no television, but there is internet. I know what your thinking "Great, now I can take care of all those work emails".... No, you are on VACATION, you are in a developing country and literaly one foot in the ocean. Take photos on your phone, upload them to Facebook to show your friends what they are missing and carry on. That being said, the internet is not strong enough to stream,skye,download new Batman movie. You can check you status or the news, and thats about as far as it will take you. There is a laptop in the front house that they can assist you in finding information.

Miss Barbara was a great help. Not only did she scheduled our flights in and out of Dangria, but also help schedule other appts, car rental, tours. Just ask, she'll help. You can have cars delivered to the property, have massages come to you. Just ask!

Sarah and Nicole where the two cooks on staff. They definely know a way to a mans heart. Their cooking was great. Breakfast is served every morning, a le cart. Dinner is optional, which you will need to let them know if you a planning to eat dinner with them. They plan dinner most nights. For breakfast I highly reccomend the Fry Jacks and a fruit plate!

Jeanies is located north of some other the other major resorts. A 10 min walk down south on the beach can lead you to other resturants such as Jaguar Reef (see my review), Chef Robs and a great massage and coffee shop, Butterflies. North of the property(about a 15 min walk down the dirt road) is the main ave of Hopkins. Resturants like Innies (See my review) and Driftwood pizza is at the northern tip.

Also along this road is Dung Lees (market/store) and many gift shops (Stop by Alex's shell stand) and Touring company "Alternate Adventures" (see my review) where you can get tours and motor bike/golf cart rentals.

It was a wonderful stay, Jeanie and John did a great job with the property and they have a great staff. We made sereval friends at the breakfast/dinner table and will defintely look to coming back again soon.

Room Tip: Every house is on the beach, can't lose!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Jungle Jeanie's is a great place to stay for the "in-between" traveler. Not a hostel, not a high end resort. My boyfriend and I stayed for 6 nights, and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Without pre-ordering, as we were told to do, we recieved lobster delivered to our "treehouse" just after arriving from the airport on our first night. We were VERY happy campers!
We've read a lot of negative reviews about their dogs. Yes, they do have 4 german sheperds. Yes, they are big, Yes, they sometimes bark. And because of the dogs, we NEVER worried about the safety of our belongings! All 4 of the dogs love to swim and are very friendly. We found them a bonus to our experience.
A few of the negatives - our bed was not very comfy, which we informed Jeanie of, and are certain that she fixed for future guests. And, no fault of Jeanie or staff at all, when there is no breeze, the sand flies can be VERY annoying! A night of slapping at those biting little #$%^$# ers and you'll be extremely happy with the wind blowing through your hair!
It's only a short walk into town, and we felt very safe walking around at night. The town of Hopkins is welcoming and quite safe for the tourist.
Thanks Jeanie and staff (Barbara was great too!)

Room Tip: The Treehouse is great for a couple. Up in the trees, the breeze is more prevalent to keep away the...
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Hello,

We went to Jungle Jeanie's three years ago and when we started to think about our annual trip this year, Belize was our first choice and so was Jungle Jeanie's!

As usual we were greeted with warmth and felt like we were returning home to friends and family. Some upgrades have been done around the property however it was almost exactly how we left it 3 years ago and that is one of the best things about this vacation spot. We stayed in the Sea Chalet again and were steps from the ocean.

The beach was wonderful and the update to some of the beach chairs made it even easier to spend hours on the deserted beach and in the warm water. The beach is swept each morning and well kept, the water was great and soft sand under your feet.

The food was amazing as always and Sara outdid herself each morning with a wonderful breakfast and the best Fry Jacks around. Her homemade jam is fantastic and the service is bang on. She was always flexible with our breakfast time to accommodate our daily routines and simply needed notice the day before.

Our room was well kept and we had towels, a coffee maker, mini fridge and microwave so we could stock up at DongLee's and snack or drink anytime during the day.

John and Jeanie took us on an evening pontoon ride and provided snacks and refreshments - it was great entertainment and fun to ride the river at night.

For those who are unfamiliar with this property it is important to understand that this is the furthest thing from a 5 star all inclusive type resort. It is rustic and quiet and a place to go to relax, get away from it all, and enjoy some of the quirks of Hopkins and the surrounding area. If you are looking for a big resort that caters to your needs or air conditioning and 500 count sheets this is not the place for you. If you are looking for somewhere that the staff go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and to truly feel like family then this is a perfect place for a night or two, or like us, 2 weeks of paradise.

One thing to be aware of are the random occurrence of jelly fish - while most of large and easy to spot and sting a bit, we did see a small box jelly this time around and made sure to keep our eyes open in the event we saw another...

JJ's is close to Hopkins and a variety of restaurants - for great pizza make sure you head to Driftwood Pizza Shack, it was awesome and our meal at Beaches and Dreams was great as well.

Take advantage of the newly paved road to Placencia to do a bit of shopping, have a coffee and then enjoy a great meal at the Barefoot Bar.

If you have any questions or would like more information feel free to email me!

Cheers,
Nathalie

Room Tip: The Sea Chalet, Tree House and Beach Cabanas are all great!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Stayed in the Jungle loft, no air but never hot, nice breeze and plenty fans. Small bathroom, lots of bedroom space. Beautiful location and great beach, they have 4 large german shepards which the girls loved. Jeanie was a great lady, had a problem one night my daughter got stung by a scorpion, it was 2am and storming. Not sure if like scorpions in Flordia (non-poision, wasp like sting) so ran to John & Jeanies cabana, waking them up, she confirmed not poisioned said apply vinigar or lime to lighten sting which she did. (I had given my daughter anti-histamine immediately after it occured). Then Jeanie still feeling soo bad gave my daughter a chocolate bar, because chocolate will help her relax- it cures all. No TV though they have WiFi, nice selection of books in "lobby". They offered breakfast at the hotel, great fruit plate and the pancakes were filling, average price.

Room Tip: All cabana's well shaded, our cabana was set back from beach, others are on the beach.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

Jungle Jeannie's was a perfect place to spend the last few days of our honeymoon in Belize. The incredible beach-front location, the comfortable accommodations (private bath/shower in room), the friendly and helpful staff (and their playful German Shepherds) all combined to make this a place I would highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Spent 2 nights at this quaint & cozy little place that was actually recommended to us by a Hopkins local. Jeannie, John and Barbara met us with welcoming smiles the moment we walked thru the door. They set us up in a cabana next to the shore and our friend was set up in a cabana next to us that sat up above ours. The furnishings are simple and charmingly decorated. No tv which I was thankful for. Was most pleased at the cleanliness. The shower was sizeable and the toilet was modern. Lots of power outlets available. No air conditioning but the abundance of windows that can be opened allowed the seabreeze to keep us comfortably cool. A couple of chairs and a hammock on the front deck were perfect to relax on. And then there's the fresh delicious food! We thoroughly enjoyed the company of Jeannie & John for a Seafood Linguini dinner they prepared. This lovely couple were an absolute joy to talk with. Lots of great stories were shared together. If we find ourselves in Hopkins again we would definitely land ourselves on Jungle Jeannie's doorstep again! - Rick & Suzanne

Room Tip: We feel we were lucky to stay in the cabanas closest to the water. The ones to the rear are more sec...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

two years running to Beautiful belize for a month in april. Last year, was our 1st time to Belize. During my studies of BElize, the town of Hopkins seemed so sweet and Jungle Jeannies place seemed 'at the end of the village' n 'on its own'. We rented a car at the airport in the city, drove south to Hopkins. Landed at Jungle Jeannies with no problems. Our plan or staying one or two nights turned into 10 nights of our Belize vacation was based out of Jungle Jeannies. The location at Hopkins is great for many attractions. John n Jeannies is the most relaxing, chill place on earth. You can have breakfast n dinner on site or walk down the beach to try other great restaurants within a few minutes walk. Chef Robs is a must.
Nice water at the beach .. rough when windy but 'wave jumping' kept us happy on windy days.
we did not have any sand flea problems but others told us stories........
This year, we spent 2 weeks in southern belize and 2 weeks in honduras. While in Belize, again, we stayed at Jungle Jeannies for a few nights of real R n R. in between our action packed adventures, we headed home to see John n Jeannie.
I recommend Jungle Jeannies to all whom like top end hospitality and a beautiful jungle-beach setting. The cabanas are clean, funky and private. a little rustic but truly wonderful home away from home. I look forward to my next visit to Jungle Jeannies, by the sea

Room Tip: beach cabana is litterally on the beach. tree house has the most amazing views... you wont want to...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Jungle Jeanie's by the Sea
Address: Hopkins, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Hopkins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Hopkins
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Hopkins
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Hopkins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you are looking for a private romantic beachfront get away or the perfect family vacation, Jungle Jeanie's By the Sea is the place for you. Nestled on a private acreage bordering what many consider the best shoreline in Belize, Jungle Jeanie's is one of this country's best kept secrets! Our beachfront resort offers delightful accommodations on a palm-tree lined white sandy beach with a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure. Come to Jungle Jeanie's for a vacation you will remember! ... more   less 
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