My birthday was Dec 7 so I planed a Belizean adventure to mark turning 4-0. My wife and I flew into Ladyville, rented a car from Crystal Auto (definitely use those guys) and drove away. The highways were fine and we had no problem navigating around Belize. After driving in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, Belize was quite nice. Oh.. I put over 600 miles on that jeep patriot in 6 days. I wanted to see Belize and trust me... we did.... all the way down to PG where we ate bbq at Malukas on the water!
We arrived at Coconut Row Dec 6 late in the evening. Damian's staff welcomed us and helped us into our room. In fact, I didn't actually check-in until the next morning because Damian was gone and his staff trusted that we weren't gonna skip out. That's a great feeling.
I did all the research on Belize and Hopkins and decided Coconut Row would be perfect for my wife and I. We weren't looking for an expensive "resort" type place since we were highly mobile and really only needed a clean bed, bath and safe homebase. Keep in mind, Hopkins is a Garifuna fishing village (literally), so don't go expecting Ambergris or Folly Beach. We were only staying 2 nights so Coconut Row was a perfect choice.
We stayed in the CocoLoco Room. Nice. Clean. AC worked great. Shower was fine. Bathroom satisfied my wife. What more could you ask?
The beaches in Belize are different... there are NO WAVES (literally), the sand is a little course because of this. Don't go expecting Virgin Islands or Hawaiian sand/beach experiences. The 2nd largest barrier reef in the world creates a very unique environment. Enjoy Belize for that special characteristic. Bugs? Sure... it's Belize. Depending on when you go there are sand fleas, mosquitos, etc... but that comes with the territory. Easily manageable with baby oil, bug spray or long pants.
We hooked up w/ Noel (known locally as "Wij") who took us snorkeling for the afternoon. Noel was a great guy. He knows nearly all the fish and is a pleasure to spend time with. Although, I would encourage anyone who can to bring their mask and snorkel. Just sayin'. ;)
We ate at numerous locations the 2 days and nights we spent in Hopkins. King Casavas had a very good chicken, rice, veggie stir fry. I was actually surprised. It was across the street from Coconut Row so I used it as our "grab a drink get something easy place". The food out at Chef Rob's Gourmet Cafe was very very good... definitely get out there, he's a 1/4 mile or so South of Coconut Row and will give you that resort - first class dining experience... in flip flops.
The people of Belize were fantastic. I practically made friends everywhere we went. Chef Rob's staff was a blast. Noel was great. The girls at King Casava were exactly what I would have expected from Belize.
I can't say enough about Damian and his respect for our staying with him. He and I shared coffee and talked each morning. I commend him for his kindness and the simple quality of his place. I told him to charge more... I would have paid another $10/night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are directly in the center of Hopkins Village, within walking distance of all restaurants, bars and stores. We have the nicest beach in the village and plenty of chairs and hammocks for sunbathing or relaxing. All of our rooms include nightly A/C, a small fridge, coffee maker with coffee, hot showers, and overlook the sea. We have two-bedroom apartments available for families, and we have beautiful hotel rooms with either a king bed or two queen beds for couples or smaller families. The owners and some of the staff live on-site, and we have nightly security (although Hopkins is an extremely safe and friendly village - you'll love it!) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coconut Row Guest House Belize/Hopkins