We recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Belize. We spent one week in Hopkins in this lovely home owned by Randy and Elizabeth. The house is just a few km south of Hopkins, a small quiet village on the coast. It was "perfect for relaxing and getting away from it all" just like the description said! With the ocean just a few metres from the front door- You could be in and out of the water all day long. The water is bath-tub warm and is very shallow for a long ways out.
Although we didn't have any children with us, we kept thinking how ideal this home would be for a family with small children.
The house is large, clean and well decorated. We were three couples and found we had more than enough space for all. We all like to cook and the spacious kitchen allowed us plenty of room to all get in there and do our thing. The place was well equipped with necessary dishes, linens etc. The yard was well maintained by Marto and his son.
Although we spent lots of time on the beach, the central location allowed us to get out and see other sights. In less than an hour you can do some great hiking, zip lining, water-fall rappelling, and birding. There are plenty of opportunities to go out snorkeling, diving, and fishing as well. Randy and Elizabeth have provided bikes and kayaks which made the week extra special. We used the bikes daily to ride into Hopkins to get groceries or just to watch life happening. People were always really friendly and helpful.
My absolute favorite part of the week was going out with Marto, the property manager, on an evening adventure. We took the kayaks out on the near-by Sittee River one night and paddled until we came to a lagoon where we were greeted by the most amazing display of bio-luminescent plankton in the water. When ever something moved- paddle-kayak-fish etc. the water lit right up!! It was like watching fireworks in the water. We also got a chance to see some baby crocodiles along the shores.
Randy and Elizabeth were very responsive to our emails and returned our damage deposit promptly. They don't live in Belize but were visiting when we arrived. They introduced us to some of the very friendly neighbours which was an added bonus.
All in all it was a great week. I would highly recommend this property to anyone- especially families.