The Best Hotel in Hopkins, Belize – Jaguar Reef.
Hopkins has officially become my favourite place in Belize. But before I explain it to you guys, just check out the video (and wait for the last 10 seconds, the view will blow you away!):
It’s low key, small, runs at a snail’s pace and is just outright beautiful. I had come straight from Belize’s island paradise, Caye Caulker, so it was a long day to get all the way to Hopkins. Boat from the island to Belize City, then a jump on a run-down bus to Dangriga, via the Capital; then a taxi the last 20 miles. It was evening before I finally made it to Hopkins.
I had some business to catch up on so I wanted to stay somewhere nice while I explored the region, but I wasn’t quite ready for the down right luxury I was about to experience with Jaguar Reef.
First of all the resort is literally on the beach, as in it’s been built on the beach! Secondly, before I could even drop my bags I was directed to the bar where I am offered a local rum punch to ease my weary limbs, I could get use to this sort of treatment.
After having a chat with the barman over my cocktail, and after finishing checking in, I got shown to my beach view room. The lady handed me to the key and on in I went.
So as you can see, the suite is huge. A nice couch and chair combo means the room doubles up as somewhere you can have a drink in the evening, or socialize with new friends, perfect. The sexy TV is fully loaded with western movie channels, sports, international news etc. As a long term traveler I can’t even begin to articulate the home comfort value of being able to relax with an hour or 2 of western TV in the evenings, even just in the background. Flicking channels while I caught up with work emails each evening was one of the highlights of my days.
The bed was a huge 4 poster number smothered in blankets and pillows. It’s almost a bad thing when the beds are this nice, how the hell am I supposed to wake up in the mornings when the bed is this comfy?! Aaaagh.
From the last 10 seconds of the video though, you guys can see the real benefits of staying at the Jaguar Reef, and this is exactly the reason I choose it. The seaview is 100% viewable from the bed. Pull back the curtains and this is your view:
Sitting on the bed and doing my work, with the ocean just 10 metres from my balcony is seriously motivating. Working and making money online has allowed me to live this lifestyle, and really embracing it like this keeps me motivated to make sure I never have to give it up.
The prices around the hotel were ridiculously reasonable. I got all my backpacking laundry done for $10, the whole lot. I literally washed everything I had and by the time I came home from day out it was waiting for me pressed and smelling like roses. Wow, traveling looks a lot different to where I started out 7 years ago!
I ate all my evening meals in the restaurant each day too, as well as breakfast, but that was so impressive I’ve swritten another post about that. But just as a quick idea, lunch can be had for around $7, insane value at a 5* place on the beach. Check out the post about the food options tomorrow.
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